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 August.
Aug. 16-18, 1994
In spite of sizzling heat, hundreds of residents were not discouraged from flocking to the grand opening of Northlake Elementary School Monday.
The $5.5 million school opened its doors from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to students, parents and curious visitors.
Visitors strolled through the doors and into a spacious atrium that serves as the school’s entrance. Visitors explored the new 75,000-square-foot facility that replaced the old Tooele Central School, which closed earlier in the year.
Later in the week, a Tooele County Health Department study indicated cancer rates in Tooele County were no higher than the national level.
The study was initiated after local residents raised concerns about the effects of open detonation at Tooele Army Depot.
In Tooele County the rate of cancer cases reported in 1990 (the latest available year) was equal to 329 incidences per 100,000. The national rate for 1990 was 377 cases.
Aug. 12-15, 1969
With their backs up against the proverbial “wall,” time running out fast, a trip to the WBBA Worlds Series dangling as a prize, and held hitless for four innings, Grantsville exploded for two runs in the bottom of the fifth to capture a 2-1 win over Morgan Saturday.
The win, the fourth straight in tournament competition, earned Grantsville the right to advance to the WBBA World Series, which would begin the next Wednesday in Northridge, Calif.
After 13 years of competing in the WBBA, it marked the first time Grantsville advanced to the World Series.
Friday’s front page featured new contract amounts for Tooele County teachers.
A new teacher with a bachelor’s degree would start at a salary of $5,950, an increase of $550 over the previous year. A teacher with 12 years experience with a bachelor’s degree would receive $9,197, and increase of $877 over the previous year.
Aug. 15-18, 1944
Tooele City purchased 13 acres of land five miles northwest of the city for a new garbage dump.
The land was purchased from the State of Utah at a cost of $125 and as soon as practical the present dump site in the northwest section of the city would be abandoned and the new location put into use.
It was anticipated that the present dump site would be burned because of an infestation of rats.
Later in the week, more than 150 Tooele County servicemen not stationed in many sections of the world had already made application for the general election Nov. 7, 1944, it was disclosed Thursday by Tooele County Clerk David Bankhead.
Ballots would be printed as quickly as the list of nominees could be certified, Bankhead said, in order to permit as much time as possible for the sending out and return of the votes.
Aug. 15, 1919
The official tax levies for Tooele County agreed upon by the County Commission for the current year are as follows:
State general 2.4 mills, State schools 2.6 mills, County 1.8 mills, indigent .5 mills, County Schools 5.5 mills, County Library .1 mill, State roads 1.5 mills, County roads 1.5 mills, Tooele City 8 mills, Grantsville City 7.8 mills, Stockton 4 mills and Ophir 4 mills.
The following cities of the County would pay the following total tax: Tooele 23.9, Grantsville 23.7, Stockton 19.9 and Ophir 19.9.
Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report.