Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 9, 2020
In 1995, brush fire rages out of control at Terra, Skull Valley

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 11-13, 1995

Former Grantsville High School Principal C. Randall Houk would spend nine months in jail creating a literacy program for his fellow inmates

Third District Court Judge William Rokich handed down the jail sentence July 10, 1995 after reviewing the case for more than two months. In addition he ordered Mr. Houk to continue to oversee “at least some type of literacy program” at least one day a week following his release as part of his 36 month probation.

Later in the week a brush fire near Terra raged out of control July 12, 1995 threatening two ranches, a herd of cattle and parts of the Skull Valley Indian Reservation.

The fire was close to being contained by 2 p.m., but swirling winds estimated at 35 to 40 mph forced it beyond fire lines and concerned firefighters enough to evacuate the nearby Skull Valley Indian Reservation.

July 7-10, 1970

A monument commemorating the old Rush Valley Pony Express Station which once stood in southern Tooele County (about six miles north of Vernon) was dedicated July 4, 1970, under the direction of the Sons of Utah Pioneers and the Mormon Battalion.

Members of the Battalion posted the flag of the United States and gave a rifle salute as the newly restored monument was unveiled. Eldred G. Smith, Patriarch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave the dedicatory prayer.

Friday’s front page featured a push for redevelopment of downtown Tooele to help improve the area for local businesses. 

Business leaders viewed a special film of a major redevelopment project in downtown Grand Junction, Colorado that helped improve sales in the city. The project took eight years to complete.

Decaying business conditions experienced by Tooele’s merchants sparked an interest in a redevelopment program for downtown Tooele.

July 10-13, 1945

Plans were rapidly taking place for an elaborate Pioneer Day celebration in Tooele for July 24th, in commemoration of the arrival of pioneers in Utah. 

Ray W. Hansen and Mr.s Ruth Till, had been appointed general chairmen and committees were rapidly being named for the complete celebration.

The day’s events would be climaxed by a street carnival at night with many top features including street dancing.

Later in the week, the committee in charge of the July 24th celebration had hit upon a novel idea to make the parade an outstanding event in the day’s program.

Because of wartime shortages the parade would be classified as a “Miniature Parade” — not miniature in length or any such thing, but only miniature as far as float entries were concerned. 

All floats would be built or assembled on small conveyances such as children’s coaster wagons, tricycles, bicycles, small carts, etc. 

July 9, 1920

From the raising of the flag and the cannon salute at sunrise until the last strain of music at the dance in the evening, the Fourth was fittingly celebrated in an orderly manner in Tooele.

Few floats and cars were out for the parade. Six prizes were awarded out of seven offered. The services at Liberty Park were short and spicy. Father Frank Seifer was the orator of the occasion.

Sports at the city park at 2 p.m. were participated in by the young and grownups. 

The dance in the evening was well attended. Those not desiring to dance were entertained at the Strand with the showing of “Terror Island.”

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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