Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 12, 2018
In 1993, 384 TAD workers take advantage of early retirement

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 April.

April 13-15, 1993

Nearly 400 works took advantage of an opportunity to retire early from Tooele Army Depot.

Depot officials offered early retirement packages to get more workers to voluntarily quit their jobs and reduce the number of mandatory layoffs. The offer included voluntary incentive separation pay. Those willing to retire early had 30 days to sign up between March 9 and April 8.

According to TAD public affairs, 384 workers took the retirement package. Approximately 200 other employees were expected to receive layoff notices in May.

In other front-page news, TAD officials were scheduled to travel to California to make an appeal to limit the number of job cutbacks at TAD.

Representatives from two other states with military installations were also scheduled to make appeals to retain jobs in their states. Meetings would be held April 25-26 in Oakland. The two other states were California and Washington.

California was expected to dominate the hearings because of 20 defense-related facilities in the state on the proposed Base Realignment and Closure list.

April 9-12, 1968

Tooele City Council tabled a proposed ordinance that would  permit dancing in a hall where beer is sold. The council was expected to make a decision after it met with the county commissioners.

The ordinance was proposed after Mayor Frank Bowman and the county commission met the previous week. The County would like to have uniform ordinances throughout the county and asked Tooele City to consider the matter.

Grantsville already had enacted such legislation.

Later in the week, the front page featured a report on a death at a mine at Aragonite, Tooele County.

Robert E. Litts, Grantsville, apparently lost his footing and fell into a drift tunnel after which loose waste material fell on top of him. 

A co-worker, Frank Snively, Grantsville, heard him call from the bottom of the drift, “pull me out from the bottom.”

Litts’ boots, apparently were knocked off by the impact of waste material, were located at noon, but the body was not found until 6 p.m.

April 13-16, 1943

Construction of a 30-room concrete block school building and a commercial and recreation center were  included in the plans for Tooele Ordinance Depot City. 

A housing project was under construction adjacent to the future school building. 

The housing project would include 1,080 houses, 200 trailers and commercial buildings.

In other front-page news, Tooele City announced a military parade for Saturday, April 17.

The national war-bond chairman was touring Utah to promote the second war-bond drive which was underway in Tooele County.

A Saturday parade was scheduled from noon until 2 p.m., and would run on Main Street to Vine Street to the City Hall.

It would feature 100 vehicles manned by 135 soldiers, a 50-piece military band and the famous Camp Kearns entertainers.

April 12, 1918

The front page featured a story on the physical condition of Americans.

The military draft had shown that 29 percent of all eligible drafted men were physically defective. In some states the average ran as high as 50-60 percent. 

To control this appalling condition, health laws should be enforced in every state of the Union, said T.D. Woods of Columbia University.

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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