The Tooele Transcript Bulletin has published Tooele County news since 1894. Here is a flashback of local front-page news from 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago that occurred during the fourth week of December.
Dec. 22-24, 1992
Tooele County officials approved a $10.3 million budget for 1993 that included a 4-percent, across-the-board salary increase for county employees, but no general tax increase.
The 1993 budget would nearly match what was spent in 1992. The increase for 1993 represented the anticipated spending of “accumulated” Class B road funds for new road construction.
The 1993 budget also established a Hazardous Materials Department, said Tooele County Auditor Glenn Caldwell.
“We have budgeted $90,000 to handle hazardous material problems in the county,” he said. “Joe Trujillo will be heading up the department.”
A story in the Thursday edition revealed that in six months Tooele Army Depot would eliminate 804 jobs.
Military officials said the downsizing would be met around June 25. TEAD Commander Col. David Emling made the announcement over the depot’s closed circuit TV.
TEAD spokesman David Hunt said the current workforce at the depot was 2,766.
Dec. 19-22, 1967
High winds pounded Tooele County on Dec. 18, and it upset the normal routine for residents.
Tooele County School District buses were not sent out to collect students Monday morning, and a third bus slid off Burmester Road north of Grantsville. Heavy equipment had to be dispatched to pull the bus back on the road.
Superintendent Clark N. Johnsen said the school bus trip from Vernon to Tooele was canceled at 8 a.m. when it was decided that drifting snow made traveling too dangerous.
The small bus that carries students from Skull Valley to Dugway was also canceled and students stayed home.
Snowstorms hit Tooele later in the week with 10 inches measured in a 24-hour period that ended on Wednesday at 6 p.m., according to Burdette Bevan, local weather observer for the National Weather Service.
The combined storms had residents climbing through 14 inches of snow.
Tooele County Sheriff Fay Gillette reported only minor fender benders occurring during the storms. He said the snowstorms helped to hold down the incidences of crime.
Dec. 22-24, 1942
It was announced that merchants and professional men of Tooele would host the annual Santa Claus party on Dec. 24 in the Tooele County Courthouse under the auspices of the Lions Club.
Superman would drop off Santa Claus at the party, and Santa would visit with each child and provide them with a gift.
Tooele Central School’s chorus of 120 students would provide Christmas music.
Also in news that week, the proposed Tooele County budget for 1943 was featured on the front page. The budget was set at $130,830. It nearly matched the 1942 budget of $131,000.
The 1942 budget was fixed at $127,090, but due to an increase in road expenditures because of defense projects, the outlay increased to $131,000.
Dec. 21, 1917
The front page featured a story with a New York dateline about a man escaping from a German prison camp.
Willet C. Smith of South Norwalk, Connecticut, reached the United States on Nov. 6 from Sweden. He escaped from Luebeck, Germany, by concealing himself in a crate where he existed for six days without food or water.
Smith had been held in two other prisons before being moved to Luebeck, Germany. He was a prisoner for seven months. During the ordeal he dropped from 210 pounds to 130 pounds.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.