Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 7, 2017
In 1992, voters approve $9.8M bond for school construction

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 second week of September.

Sept. 8-10, 1992

The front page featured a story about a person shooting out the dining room window at the house of Grantsville Police Sgt. Dan Johnson.

The policeman said the tactic was probably meant to scare him, but that it wouldn’t.

“It will not work. They will not intimidate me and I will not leave town,” Johnson said.

On Aug. 28, at 11:45 p.m., Johnson and his wife, Lisa, were awakened by a blast. Someone had shot the dining room wind out of their home. A wad from a 12-gauge shotgun was found on their dinning room floor.

There were no suspects, but Johnson said he had a “good idea” of who was responsible.

Later in the week, voters approved a $9.8 million school bond during a Tuesday primary election with 51 percent voter turnout. More than 74 percent of voters approved the bond.

Construction of a new Central Elementary School in Tooele was being considered.

School board chairman Gene White said the district would probably proceed immediately to build additional classrooms at Grantsville Elementary so 5th-grade students could return to the elementary school by the next year.

In regard to Central Elementary, White said board members would look at the current location and other plots of ground for a new building.

Sept. 5-8, 1967

Five traffic accidents occurred on the Friday before Labor Day. One person was killed and five others were injured.

A Salt Lake city man was killed in an accident at 2:45 a.m. on U.S. 40 about 51 miles east of Wendover. Another Salt Lake City man was seriously injured in the accident.

The Utah Highway Patrol reported that the driver of the car fell asleep and the vehicle left the pavement. He lost control of the vehicle when he tried to get back on the pavement. The car rolled over four times.

Two Tooele youths were seriously injured in another rollover three miles north of Tooele on state Route 36. The driver of the car was cited for reckless driving. Two other people were injured in a crash near Grantsville.

There were no injuries in two other vehicle accidents.

Later in the week, the front page featured a story on construction of a new federal building/post office in Tooele.

Construction of the building was ahead of schedule and supposed to be completed in six to nine weeks.

The construction superintendent reported that the walls were up, the roof was on, the lathes in the interior were in place and workmen were now plastering the north wing of the new addition.

The new wing would almost double the size of the old post office. A new air conditioning system and heating system was included in the project.

Sept. 8-11, 1942

Tooele City issued warrants of arrest for three local trailer camp proprietors.

The ordinance reads that all persons who permit one or more auto trailers on their property are subject to the license of $25 per year.

Officials said the fees could be paid with quarterly payments, semi-annual payments or a yearly payment.

The violations would be dismissed if the fees were paid, according to a city court official.

Later in the week, the front page featured a story on an increase in salaries for Tooele policemen.

For the second time in as many months, salaries of policemen were boosted by unanimous action of the city council.

The salaries were raised from $150 to $175 per month, and the city marshal from $170 to $195 per month.

Sept. 7, 1917

A celebration was given in honor of county soldier boys on Labor Day. Some people called it one of the most successful gatherings ever held in the county.

A parade marched through the principal streets of Tooele.

After the parade, a public meeting was held in the opera house, where interesting patriotic exercises were held. The meeting was followed by a banquet, during which all soldiers and former soldiers, accompanied by their mothers and fathers, were guests of honor.

A male chorus rendered “The Star Spangled Banner,” and Judge Joshua Greenwood of Salt Lake City, delivered the main address of the day.

Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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