Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 23, 2019
In 1994, students bid farewell to Central Elementary

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 May.

May 24-26, 1994

A former administrative office building at USPCI’s Grassy Mountain Facility in Tooele County’s West Desert was destroyed by fire last Thursday morning, a company official said.

The company’s onsite fire response team immediately reacted to put out the blaze. However, the fire restarted and overtook the structure. The loss was estimated at $250,000.

“They thought they had it out, but apparently it wasn’t. … It was a long smoldering fire. It took four hours before it was out,” said Charlie Roberts, USPCI community relations representative.

Later in the week, students and faculty were prepared to say farewell to Central Elementary with the end of school on Friday.

The school was built in 1929 and would be put to rest by the Tooele County School District. The new Northlake Elementary School at the corner of 200 North and Coleman Street would take its place.

“I like this old school,” said Central Principal Albert Arellano. “But sometimes old things have to make way for the new.”

May 20-23, 1969

There had been a lot going on up on the east “T” mountain for the past month. Led by student body president Doug White, students had been building a large 102-feet by 130-feet “T” to replace the old one, which was originally built in 1913.

The old “T” was built by gathering many large rocks, shaped in the form of a “T” and whitewashing them every year. The new “T” would be cemented and painted white.

Friday’s front page featured a story on treacherous conditions at Settlement Canyon Reservoir. 

The water was at its highest level on record. Surrounding footpaths, ledges and roads used to fish from were under water with fishing season set to open on Saturday, May 31.The public was warned that fishing from the slopes of the reservoir would be dangerous. It would be difficult to fish from the slopes of the reservoir without sliding toward the deep water.

May 23-18, 1944

James R. Williams, former Grantsville mayor and Grover Higley, also of Grantsville, were the first two to file with the Tooele County Clerk seeking nomination at the Primary election July 11.

Both had filed for the two-year county commission seat, with Williams on the Democratic side and Higley on the Republican side.

Deadline for filing for political office was June 1. Positions open in the county were state senator, state representative, four-year and two-year commissioners and county attorney.

Later in the week, it was announced that Lyman Hill, student body president at Tooele High School, was chosen as “Outstanding Boy” at an awards assembly in the THS auditorium. Beverly Gillespie was chosen “Outstanding Girl” and Elayne Wallin was “Second Outstanding Girl.”

Allen Swan was elected student body president for the upcoming year. Alice Ostler was selected as first vice-president; Donald DeLaMare, second vice-president; and Beverly Larsen, secretary.

May 23, 1919

The front page featured news of the passing of Joseph W. Steed of Grantsville. Steed was born in England on Nov. 15, 1844, and died on May 15 at his home in Grantsville. He had been a resident in different parts of Tooele County since his childhood having come to this country with his parents James and Charlotte Steel when they were in their 50s.

Funeral services were held in Grantsville the previous Sunday.

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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