Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 19, 2019
In 1994, plane crash in Cedar Mountains kills four

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 December.

Dec. 20-22, 1994

Officials said weather could have been a factor in the crash of a single-engine plane in the Cedar Mountains on Dec. 18, 1994. All four people onboard were killed.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the Piper 32-R aircraft was en route from Salt Lake City to either Wendover or Elko, Nev. when it crashed at about 6:20 p.m.

Snow showers were reported in the area at 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. 

“The snow shower was very short-lived but quite violent for about an hour. It can obscure the mountain area,” said Bill Alder of the NWS.

Later in the week, a computer system Tooele County was paying $18,000 per month was not doing what its designers said it would, officials said.

Four years earlier, the County had signed a 10-year contract with the computer contractor and the system was still not online.

“We are just spending a lot of money for nothing. We bought software, but we aren’t using it. We need to break this contract,” said County Commissioner Teryl Hunsaker.

Dec. 16-19, 1969

About 200 employees were evacuated from a Dugway Proving Ground storage area Thursday morning when a liquid form of nerve gas accidentally leaked out of a giant storage container.

Army officials said the danger was negligible and that there were no injuries. Experts quickly neutralized the liquid and workers had returned to their jobs within an hour and a half.

Friday’s front page featured a plea from Tooele Golf Course Pro Earl Schneiter for residents to help protect the golf course during the winter.

“Last year snowmobiles driven over the course caused extensive damage to the greens and fairways,” Schneiter said.

This year absolutely no snow machines can be allowed on the area, he said. 

Dec. 19-22, 1944

Two prisoners escaped from the Tooele County Jail between 3:15 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Monday with the aid of outside help and were believed to have been taken away immediately by an accomplice. 

The escapees were convicted just a week previous on an unlawful cohabitation charge, and were awaiting transfer to the Utah State Prison.

The walls of the jail were dug through and keys secured for the freeing of the two men. Four other prisoners in the jail at the time refused to leave.

Later in the week, the front page featured budget numbers for Tooele City and Tooele County.

Tooele City’s budget increased by $16,000 with $10,000 to be used for the improvement of water lines from the springs to the storage tanks, and $6,000 toward recreation.

The Tooele County budget was set at $122,140 for 1945 as compared with $123,605 for 1944.

Dec. 19, 1919

The front page included news items from Grantsville.

The county game warden had sent some oats to be scattered around for the starving quail. The quail were quite numerous. R.R. Judd was in charge of the feeding.

District school principal Theodore R. Johnson left for Salt Lake City on Monday to attend the meeting for school principals of the state.

Golden and Royal Erickson had returned from Delta where they had been since last spring raising beets. 

A supply of sparrow bait had been sent to Grantsville by the county agent. People in the east part of town could get some from O.H. Barrus. People in the west part of town could get some from G.M. Matthews.

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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