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 third week of January.
Jan. 19-21, 1993
Tooele Valley Medical Center paid more than $150,000 for a state-of-the art mammography machine and ultra sound unit.
“We’re doing fantastic and phenomenal things here,” said administrator Jan Furner. “We will have better equipment and diagnostic equipment as this hospital has ever had.”
The new equipment was equal to if not greater than equipment found in Salt Lake area hospitals, the administrator said.
A front-page story later in the week announced that Tooele City would increase its water rates by $2. By a 4-1 vote, the council adopted a resolution that raised the base water fee from $8 to $10 for homes.
The $2 hike would be used to reimburse a $650,000 bank loan obtained three years earlier to purchase the former Meredith Sod Farm in Vernon for proposed future water development.
The increase was anticipated to generate approximately $100,000 per year.
Jan. 16-19, 1968
A nationwide copper strike reached its sixth month during the week of Jan. 16, 1968.
Anaconda Copper Corporation and the striking Steelworkers Union had scheduled negotiation sessions for the first time since October.
Keith Dymock, president of Tooele Smelter Men’s Union No. 55, said that strikers were hurting.
“Most of their resources are gone, but morale is very high and we are determined to see this thing through,” Dymock said.
Later in the week it was announced that the Tooele County School Board approved the construction of an auditorium for Tooele High School. Cost of the project was estimated at $800,000 plus architecture fees.
Plans called for the construction of a 1,400 seat auditorium with a loft, a band room, concert room and drama classroom.
Superintendent Clarke Johnsen said that teachers at the school would be consulted on the plans so the building would have maximum usability.
Jan. 19-22, 1943
The front page featured a story that scores of unfulfilled coal orders were on file at the local coal yard with no immediate prospect of relief.
Atkin Bros. Coal Company was completely out of supplies except for a small pile of coal. Consumers Coal Company was expected to be sold out during the week. Both companies had many emergency orders unfulfilled.
The situation had been acute for several weeks, but became desperate due to sub-zero weather combined with inadequate housing for hundreds of newcomers and temporarily situated residents.
Also that week, the front page reported that damage of great proportions had been wrought in Tooele Valley by heavy winds. Tooele’s defense area, where construction was underway, had suffered tremendous damage, especially to partly completed buildings.
Workmen were ordered to leave the area on Wednesday when heavy wind carried planks through the air, and created extreme danger. One man was seriously injured when he was struck by one of the planks.
Jan. 18, 1918
Black Hawk War veterans from Utah and their widows would receive part of $25,000 appropriated by the Utah State Legislature.
Utah Secretary of State Harden Bennion said that out of the $25,000 fund appropriated, enough would be withheld to carry to a conclusion the campaign that was conducted to secure federal pensions for the veterans of the Black Hawk War.
Several old military men, or their widows, in Tooele County were entitled to a share of the money.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.