Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 25, 2019
In 1994, one-hour high-speed chase ends in tragedy

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 fourth week of April.

April 26-28, 1994

Magnesium Corporation of America was the leading toxic polluter in Utah according to a federal report that ranked companies on toxic releases to the environment.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s toxic release inventory report stated that Magcorp released 61 million pounds of toxic pollutants into the air in 1992. However, Magcorp’s releases had declined from close to 65 million pounds in 1991.

“Magcorp is still the leader in the state but the company’s efforts to reduce emissions have  made a significant impact,” said Darrell Chisholm of the Utah Division of Air Quality.

Later in the week, a man in a stolen car led local law enforcement officers on a one-hour high-speed chase that started at about the 50-mile mark on eastbound Interstate 80 Tuesday evening. 

He took his own life when officers closed in on him after being chased by Tooele County Sheriff deputies, Grantsville City Police, Utah Highway Patrol, Tooele County Search and Rescue volunteers and a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter.

April 22-25, 1969

The Tooele High School student body elected Roger Caldwell as student body president for the 1969-70 school year. The announcement was made on Monday at an assembly after a week of campaigning.

Ron Rydalch was elected student body vice president; Marsha Van Fleet, secretary; Debbie Olsen, business manager; Ren Imai, student court judge; Mark Arnold, Boys League president; Karma Relich, Girls League president; and Allen Porter, yearbook editor.

Friday’s front page announced Law Observance Day USA on May 1. The theme for 1969 was “Justice and Equality Depend Upon Law – And You!”

Tooele Mayor Frank Bowman and Utah Gov. Calvin L. Rampton both issued proclamations that the week of April 27 through May 3 would be Law Observance Week.

Bowman said that life, liberty and freedom under our constitution was being challenged.

“If we understand the laws of the land and obey them we can preserve our precious heritage,” Bowman said.

April 25-28, 1944

The body of an unidentified man believed to have been dead since the previous fall was brought out of the hills some two miles northeast of Stockton by Sheriff Alma White and E. LaVar Tate, mortician.

The body was discovered on Monday by the Thomas brothers of Stockton and reported to Sheriff White.

There was no evidence of foul play, Sheriff White reported, and nothing to identify the body could be detected.

Later in the week, a front-page story identified the man found in the hills northeast of Stockton as John Menfor Elverson, of Lincoln House, Salt Lake City, according to Sheriff Alma White. 

He was an employee of a special railroad gang near Stockton last fall, and had been missing since that time. No relatives had yet to be located. It was determined that he was 57 years old.

April 25, 1919

Tooele County was accepting bids for the construction of three vaults and a toilet room at the county courthouse. 

Plans and specifications for the project were open for bidders at the office of the Architects, 506 Templeton Building, Salt Lake City, and also at the office of Fred L. England, County Clerk, Tooele.

A deposit of $5 was required for each set of plans given out. This deposit would be returned on return of the plans in good order provided the one securing them had submitted a bid in proper form.

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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