Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 24, 2019
In 1994, Union Pacific announces plans to sell USPCI

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 October.

Oct. 25-27, 1994

Union Pacific Corporation announced it planned to sell USPCI, Tooele County’s first commercial hazardous waste disposal plant, because of declining profits and other reasons.

With 325 local employees and a new $200 million incinerator prepared for a December trial burn, U.P. announced that it wanted out of the hazardous waste disposal business. U.P. intended to divest itself of USPCI over a one-year period.

“In light of the current market conditions in the hazardous waste industry, Union Pacific’s announcement makes good sense,” said Joseph LaSala, vice president of government and regulatory affairs for USPCI’s Houston headquarters.

Later in the week, Utah Department of Transportation workers were seen taking down campaign signs in Tooele County. The action drew the ire of candidates.

Jed Connell, candidate for Tooele County Assessor, observed UDOT workers taking down campaign signs at the intersection of state Routes 112 and 138.

“I think the State was out of line in what they did,” said Tooele County Commission Chairman Leland Hogan. “Spending taxpayers’ money to pick up campaign signs is not right.”

Oct. 21-24, 1969

Terracor announced the appointment of a management team for its new Stansbury Park development in Tooele County. Dr. Philip D. Thorpe was named project manager and Paul D. West would serve as assistant project manager.

In a related move, Terracor also announced the establishment of a Tooele County liaison Committee for the Stansbury Park project. Members of the committee were scheduled to meet regularly with Terracor management for a continuous dialogue on the project and its relationship to existing and planned developments in the county.

Friday’s front page featured the results of Grantsville’s primary election. Incumbent Mayor Teryl W. Hunsaker would face Ratcliff (Cliff) Williams in the Nov. 4 municipal election. 

Hunsaker polled 344 votes giving him an 82-vote margin over the total numbers cast for his opponents. Cliff Williams claimed 132 votes to 130 votes for third-place Ferris Williams.

Candidates running for two Grantsville City Council seats include Glen Bolinder, Charles Stromberg, Robert Lawrence and Donald North.

Oct. 24-27, 1944

A total of 481 deer were checked in at the Stockton and two Grantsville stations, according to figures released by Tooele County Game Warden Roy Garrard. The total kill for the previous year was 687.

The kill was reported to be disappointing in the west mountains with Vernon district fair, and the best results were being obtained in the mountains south, east and north of Tooele City.

A freak of the season was a deer with three point antlers was killed in Bates Canyon that turned out to be a doe.

Later in the week, a pregnant woman traveling from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Tooele Army Depot on a Union Pacific train gave birth to her baby in the ladies dressing room of the train as it entered Tooele County. With the help of a doctor on the train, the woman gave birth to the baby at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

The best guess seemed to be that the baby’s official birthplace was Lake Point.

Oct. 24, 1919

Jurymen were selected for the trial of defendant Joe Tomlejenovich charged for the murder of Blas Frkovich on the morning of July 9, 1919. The body was found north of Tooele.

First witness in the trial was Dr. F. M. Davis. He testified about wounds on the head of Frkovich saying that any of the wounds could have caused death.

Sheriff David Adamson testified of finding the murdered man’s body north of Tooele and the buggy and horse that carried the body there.

Several other people testified in the case providing incriminating evidence.

With the evidence the state rested and J.L. Boyle, attorney for the defense, started to introduce evidence.

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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