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 and second week of December.
Dec. 7-9, 1993
Tooele Valley Medical Center slashed its budget by $1.25 million.
Yet, proposed employee layoffs, dropped physician contracts, closure of the intensive care unit, and the sale of medical clinics were not implemented by the hospital’s Special Service District Board.
The board agreed to consider amending the budget after hearing a proposal by TVMC’s medical staff.
The proposal was to dump the hospital’s management contractor, use federal monies to fund the hospital’s emergency room, and privatize health clinics.
Plans for the medical center changed later in the week after a five-and-one-half-hour board meeting, according to Thursday’s front page.
About 44 hospital and health clinic employees would lose their jobs in early January 1994.
Also, Quorum, Inc. would continue to manage the financially plagued medical center.
The decision to retain the services of Quorum, Inc., came in spite of 11 doctors signing a letter declaring their “no confidence” in Quorum officials. An additional 35 employees signed a petition asking that the contract with Quorum, Inc. be terminated.
Dec. 3-6, 1968
The Tooele High School band and the Tooele County Sheriff’s Posse escorted Santa Claus through downtown Tooele to his house on the corner of Main and Vine streets to visit with children on Friday evening.
Hundreds of children watched the parade, many of them perched on their parents’ shoulders.
As the parade made its way through the city, Mayor Frank Bowman and Gail Parker of Utah Power and Light Co. threw the switch to turn on Tooele’s Christmas lighting.
Children were given the opportunity to whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa Claus.
Later in the week, the office of the Tooele City Recorder released information on new building permits for November. The cost estimates totaled over $72,000.
Permits issued included a carport, porch, three houses, garage, and remodeled house. There were also four new sewer connection permits issued during the month.
Dec. 7-10, 1943
Well drilling for additional culinary water in Tooele City was cast aside by the city council as a proposition of gambling with taxpayers’ money.
Experts who were hired to give opinions expressed that striking water through a deep well was possible at a cost of approximately $8,000 but with no assurance of its usability after the water was encountered.
The front page that week also featured news of an increase in the population of Tooele County from April 1, 1940 to March 31, 1943.
Joseph S. Mayer, Utah director of the War Manpower Commission, said that a recent study disclosed that six Utah counties had experienced an increase in population.
Weber, Salt Lake, Davis and Utah counties each experienced growth of 5,000 or more. Tooele County’s population increase was listed in the 2,500 to 4,999 range with Carbon County in the 1,000 to 2,499 range.
Four counties with populations over 10,000 saw a slight decrease in population. They were Box Elder, Cache, Sevier and Sanpete.
Dec. 6, 1918
Edward Hunter Barrus, son of Owen H. and Mary Ann Hunter Barrus of Grantsville, was killed in action in France on Sept. 29, 1918, according to a telegram received by his father.
Young Barrus was born in Grantsville on Oct. 22, 1893. He left for Camp Lewis Washington on Sept. 19, 1917, where he received training and became a member of headquarters company 362nd Infantry.
Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report