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 January.
Jan. 25-27, 1994
Grantsville and Tooele officials verbally agreed to pay more money for dispatch service during a meeting on Jan. 24 with the Tooele County Commission.
Tooele City agreed to pay $64,000 and Grantsville City $16,000 yearly, bringing an end to protracted, bitter negotiations with the commissioners over rising dispatch costs.
Before the Jan. 24 decision, Tooele was paying $42,544 per year and Grantsville was paying $10,584.
Both cities said they could absorb the increase without raising taxes.
Thursday’s front page included Tooele City’s proposal to annex Tooele Army Depot property.
Representatives from several local taxing entities were asked to support a move by Tooele City to annex 1,500 acres of TEAD and provide all municipal services to the acquired area.
Excluded from the plan was the depot’s ammunition area.
Representatives from Grantsville, Stockton, Tooele County and the Tooele County School District were asked to embrace the plan for the Tooele City Redevelopment Agency to take title of the land.
Jan. 21-24, 1969
The Tooele High School band was expected to arrive home on Saturday after its memorable trip to Washington D.C. to perform in President Richard Nixon’s Inaugural Parade.
The band left Tooele on Jan. 13 and arrived in Washington on Jan. 17.
On Jan. 18, band members were given a tour of the capitol with Rep. Sherman Lloyd and Rep. Lawrence Burton as their guides.
Later, they toured other historic sites in the city.
The band marched in the parade on Monday, Jan. 20.
Friday’s front page included news of a fatal truck-train collision at the Faust crossing about 30 miles south of Tooele.
Two Salt Lake County men were killed instantly on a Sunday afternoon when the pickup truck they were riding in was struck by a Union Pacific Railroad train about 5 p.m.
An eyewitness in a car following the truck said the pickup apparently stalled as it pulled up to a small grade and onto the tracks.
Jan. 25-28, 1944
Tooele City laid claim to the state’s best war bond patriot in the person of Marion B. Lee, rural mail carrier.
Lee had purchased during 1943 a total of $1,650 in war bonds out of a salary of $2,200.
In other words, 75 percent of his total salary during the year was spent on war bonds.
The Transcript Bulletin declared him champion and challenged anyone in the state to show a better record.
Later in the week the front page recognized another citizen for purchasing war bonds.
Lt. E.L. Barraclough, who the previous week was awarded the Junior Chamber of Commerce outstanding citizen award for 1943, purchased a total of $1,400 in war bonds during 1943.
Lt. Barraclough, who completed 25 bombing missions over Europe in 1943 as a Flying Fortress pilot, was stationed at Hobbs, New Mexico, as a flying instructor.
Jan. 24, 1919
The front page featured an advertisement for 160 acres of land in West Delta. The land included 25 acres of alfalfa, 45 acres of beet land near the beat dump and 80 acres of raw land.
Also included were a small house, good well, corral and stable.
Price of the land was $80 per acre. A small down payment would handle the deal with liberal terms on the balance. The land included the “best water right in the state.”
Buyer could take possession at once; crops would take care of future payments.
Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report