Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 17, 2019
In 1994, 92 workers laid off at Tooele Army Depot

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. 18-20, 1994

It was announced that up to 177 Tooele Army Depot employees would lose their jobs on Jan. 20 to meet workforce reduction quotas.

The number of job losses could possibly be less than 177 because of retirements and transfers.

Jeff Linblad of TEAD public affairs said that the depot’s Civilian Personnel Office was working the numbers to determine how many workers would not return to work on Jan. 24.

On Jan. 20 the front page announced that 92 workers were laid off at TEAD. The announcement of pending layoffs had been made a year earlier.

The 92 employees, with an average tenure of 11 years, were issued notices they would no longer be employed at TEAD as of Jan. 22.

Depot officials said the layoff would not be postponed in the 11th hour as in the past. The action was considered to be the largest employee layoff in the depot’s 51-year history.

Jan. 14-17, 1969

Law enforcement officers from the Utah Highway Patrol, the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office and Tooele City Police were joined by Police Reserves and members of Sheriff’s Posse in a massive manhunt in the hills east of Tooele on Jan. 12.

More than 45 heavily armed officers conducted an unsuccessful attempt to apprehend two men believed to be wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Salt lake City earlier in the day on Jan. 12.

Friday’s front page included news of the collision of a car and freight train southwest of Tooele. The car was demolished in the crash. The accident occurred on Jan. 14 at 9:55 p.m. at the crossing just north of the Tooele City Sewage Disposal Plant. A car driven by Bill Norton became mired in the mud as the driver attempted to turn around. Unable to move the car, Norton began walking toward town to call for a tow truck.

Jan. 18-21, 1944

Twenty-three men had been inducted into the United States Armed Forces by the Tooele County Selection Service Board.

Nineteen were Tooele County residents and four were from other boards for local induction.

The men were inducted into the Army, Navy and Marines.

Later in the week, Grantsville schools were closed by Mayor Ray Hammond due to a scarlet fever epidemic

The Board of Education and the state Board of Health were adverse to the suspension, but expressed obedience to the mayor’s order that was expected to close schools for two weeks.

Due to the closing, the annual Old Folks celebration scheduled for Jan. 27 was postponed until Feb. 17, according to chairman Victory Lawrence.

Jan. 17, 1919

The front page featured the news of dogs saving lives during World War I.

A certain fox terrier on the firing line in France had a record of saving 150 lives, all fighting men, according to the North Dakota Banner.

There are many other dogs in France with honorable life-saving records on the battlefields. A regiment could be made up of soldiers saved by dogs that have run the gauntlet of fire in the hunt for wounded soldiers.

Correspondent 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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