Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 11, 2019
In 1994, Tooele City set to annex TEAD property

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 second week of July.

July 12-14, 1994

Officials announced that more than 1,700 acres of TEAD’s industrial complex would become part of Tooele City’s jurisdiction by early September. 

One June 27, Tooele Mayor Bud Pendleton received notification from the Department of the Army in Washington D.C. that the City could move forward to annex TEAD.

In a letter to Pendleton, Paul W. Johnson, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for installations and housing, stated that TEAD’s commander and the Army Corps of Engineers had been informed to “provide (the mayor) any assistance needed to expedite the annexation.”

Later in the week, wells used to supply drinking water for Vernon were running low or dry and the town’s mayor said the problem was linked to heavy water use at a nearby sod farm owned by Tooele City.

Mayor Cosetta Castagno said that persistent and excessive pumping of water by Tooele City at the former Meredith Sod Farm had seriously impacted Vernon’s ability to provide water to its residents.

July 8-11, 1969

The Tooele City Engineering Department estimated that work on new sidewalks and gutters in the downtown area would be well underway by Aug. 1.

Bids from contractors would be open July 17. During the week following, the contract would be let and work started. All work was expected to be completed within 90 days of the contract date.

Letters had been sent to property owners explaining the project and giving them an estimate of the cost of their participation.

Friday’s front page featured news of Tooele City police recovering several stolen bicycles.

A 13-year-old boy and his father were charged with grand larceny. The father was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The boy had taken several bikes and with the aid of his father had broken them down using the parts to rebuild other bikes. Modified bikes in some instances were painted and sold to other boys.

July 11-14, 1944

Col. Henry E. Minton, Commanding Officer Tooele Ordnance Depot, announced an important addition to the Tooele Army Depot guard force. The new contingent is composed of 16 members of the K-9 Corps sent directly to TOD after a rigid course of training at Fort Robinson, Nebraska.

The depot would be one of two installations in the vicinity to have dogs augmenting the regular guard force.

“These dogs are here to do a job and are not under any circumstances to be considered as pets,” said Capt. John White.

Later in the week, the Tooele City culinary water crisis brought about by the drainage and repair of the big storage tank at the head of Main Street was expected to end by Saturday.

Embarassing to both residents and officials alike, the passing of the temporary water crisis would lift a load from all concerned.

The repair on the tank was completed Wednesday, but it would require until Saturday for the setting of the cement and scrubbing out of the tank with a purifying solution.

July 11, 1919

At the Tooele County Commission meeting, the road supervisor was ordered to post notices to the effect that no more gravel was to be taken from the pit on the state road between Tooele and Erda. An order was given to locate a convenient gravel pit and purchase the same for the use of the county.

A petition for a public law library at the courthouse was not approved by the commissioners.

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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