Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 3, 2018
In 1993, tornado destroys Motor Vu screen

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 May.

May 4-6, 1993

A front-page story reported that Tooele County ranked near the top of the state in alcohol consumption rate per capita. Summit County also ranked at the top in alcohol consumption.

According to statistics compiled by the Utah State Division of Substance Abuse, 40 percent of Tooele County residents used alcohol regularly. The figured compared to 31 percent of citizens statewide who routinely drank. 

The county also ranked near the top of the state in DUI arrests with 300 DUI arrests prosecuted through justice courts in Tooele, Grantsville and Wendover in 1992.

A story about a tornado destroying the movie screen at Motor Vu Drive In in Erda appeared on the front page later in the week. A sign on the marquee simply stated “Oh Shi-”

On a Monday, about 8:40 p.m., while theater owner Alan Bradshaw and his family were inside their home less that 100 yards away, a tornado slammed into the 75-foot-high by 100-foot-wide screen. The National Weather Service confirmed the screen was hit by a twister. Damage was estimated at $50,000.

“I hate not to rebuild it,” Bradshaw said. “It’s been part of my life for so many years.”

April 30-May 3, 1968

A $1 billion military construction authorization bill, which included $4 million for Tooele Army Depot and Dugway Proving Ground, was approved by U.S. Congress.

Rep. Sherman P. Lloyd said the bill authorized a $2.3 million construction program at TEAD for operational maintenance and production facilities, and $1.7 million for operational facilities at Dugway.

The bill still needed to be approved by the Senate and go through an appropriations process.

Later in the week, the front page reported that two incumbent county commissioners had filed for re-election. 

Commissioner George Buzianis of Tooele and Commissioner Sterling Halladay of Grantsville filed for re-election.

Halladay was seeking  re-election for the two-year commission seat, while Buzianis was seeking re-election to one of the two four-year commission seats.

May 4-7, 1943

Except for themselves, the Tooele County Commissioners raised pay for all county officers while acting under authority from a law passed by the State Legislature permitting a 25-percent increase in the salaries of elected officers.

The yearly salary for clerk, treasurer, sheriff and recorder was raised from $1,500 to $1,875. The assessor was raised from $1,350 to $1,650 and the attorney from $1,200 to $1,500.

Graduation dates were announced on the front page of Friday’s edition for Grantsville and Tooele high schools. Grantsville’s commencement was scheduled for May 19 and Tooele’s for May 20.

Approximately 115 Tooele Junior High School students were set to receive certificates of graduation on May 20.

May 3, 1918

Tooele Central School closed at the end of the week, and parting words were said to pupils and teachers. School officials reported excellent teamwork throughout the year, and although half of the faculty was leaving, some would remain to see the opening of school in September. For the year, school was in session 142 days with 448 promotions and 68 retentions. Forty promotions were made at midyear to junior high school.

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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