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 first week of November.
Nov. 2-4, 1993
Grant “Bud” Pendleton was elected Tooele City mayor on Nov. 2 to replace George Diehl. The 58-year-old Tooele County Treasurer defeated Tooele City Councilman John Cluff 1,847 to 1,335 votes.
In the council race, incumbents David Faddis and Colleen DeLaMare were re-elected to fourth and fifth terms, respectively.
“The next step is to set up a smooth transition and then get on with the projects,” Pendleton said. Two major projects included water development in anticipation of growth, and dealing with Tooele Army Depot’s realignment.
In Grantsville, Mayor Howard Murray retained his spot as mayor defeating challenger Shane Watson 615 votes to 525 votes.
Thursday’s front page featured a story about a 32-year-old Grantsville man’s encounter with a rattlesnake in the West Desert while deer hunting.
“As we were hiking, my daughter Cassie asked if there were any rattlesnakes in the area,” said Mark Tate. “I told her I had never seen one out there when one grabbed on my finger. When the snake hooked onto my left index finger, it wouldn’t let go. I shook my hand, but it held on.”
Tate and his family were in an isolated area, and did not reach Tooele for several hours. He was treated by doctors and transported to LDS Hospital where he spent the night.
Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 1968
Tooele City police announced that drug abuse in the community has continued to grow.
Officials said they discovered LSD and marijuana have been readily available for a long time.
Even though relatively few people have been involved, evidence indicated that the hard stuff was beginning to penetrate the area. Hard stuff included amphetamines, barbiturates and heroin. Drugs of this nature have a more serious reaction on the mind and body of the user, officials said.
Later in the week, the front page featured information on the upcoming general election the following week.
Republicans Richard Nixon and Spriro Agnew faced Democrats Hubert Humphrey and Edmund Muskie for president of the United States.
Tooele County Commission candidates were John (Jack) Johnson, Dean Hunt, George Buzianis and Sterling R. Halladay. The front page featured information on all the local candidates.
Nov. 2-5, 1943
Lt. Lee Barraclough, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Barraclough, was home on a two-week furlough from England following 25 bombing missions over enemy territory in Europe.
He was a pilot of a Flying Fortress and was connected with the Eighth Air Force of the U.S. Army. He returned decorated with the three Oak Leaf Cluster and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Friday’s front page featured results of Tooele City elections.
N. Howard Jensen led his city Republican ticket to victory during the election in one of the largest voter turnouts in city history. Jensen defeated Democrat Sol J. Selvin 1,047-475 for mayor.
Marcellus Clark won the four-year councilman seat. D. L. Gillette, George E. Nelson and Edgar Peterson won two-year councilmen seats. The lone Democrat to win was John T. Adams as recorder. Zella Gowans was elected treasurer.
Nov. 1, 1918
The front page featured a request for residents to pay their fair share of property taxes in order to meet the continually increasing demands for money to pay for government. Residents were urged to place their properties on the assessment rolls to reduce the burden on the vast majority of individuals.
The assessed value of Tooele County in 1918 was $3 million more than it was in 1917. The story explained that if a person’s property taxes were higher than the previous year it was because the market value of their properties had increased.
Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report