Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 14, 2020
In 1995, ceremony marks end of Tooele Army Depot’s maintenance mission

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 third week of May.

May 16-23, 1995

Nearly 300 people attended an open house at Tooele Valley Medical Center on Saturday, May 13. Nearly as many people visited the hospital during the three-hour open house as had participated in tours throughout the week. 

The hospital’s business office, dialysis room, dietary department, medical/surgery wing, emergency room, X-ray lab, respiratory room and physical therapy were open to the public. 

Matt Chambers, TVMC administrator said the main attraction was a newly refurbished birthing suite.

Later in the week, a milestone in the history of Tooele County passed on May 18 as Tooele Army Depot’s maintenance mission officially closed, culminating 53 years of service to this Country’s military.

The last 400 of TAD’s workforce, which totaled more than 5,000 at its peak, solemnly looked on as Col. Jesse Brokenburr commended them as well as the many employees who came before.

TAD’s maintenance mission was one of Tooele County’s largest employers for the previous 35 years.

May 12-15, 1970

Tooele Army Depot Commander, Col. Anthony F. Daskevich announced that the depot would observe Armed Forces Day on Friday, May 15 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. by conducting an open house.

Visitors to the depot would be given guided tours through the depot and there would be several special displays of Army equipment. Children would be given souvenirs, and soft drinks would be sold.

For the first time visitors would be allowed to see the depot’s modernized receiving operations.

Friday’s front page included a warning for people driving too fast within Tooele City limits.

Police Chief Orvel Hamilton said the department would place a greater emphasis on writing citations for excessive speed.

“We are receiving an excessive number of complaints about cars driving too fast through our neighborhoods, and because of this are instructing the patrolmen to clamp down on speeders,” the chief said. “They will be issuing tickets for even minor violations of four or five miles above the speed limit.”

May 15-18, 1945

“We the People” would be the theme of the Tooele High School commencement program on Friday, May 18 in the THS auditorium.

The theme emphasized the contributions immigrants had made to American culture.

Five students were scheduled to speak about where their people came from. Countries included Italy, Greece, Germany, Croatia, and Japan.

Awards would be given for “Outstanding Boy” and “Outstanding Girl.”

Graduates would be presented by Principal Evans and diplomas awarded by A.T. Crandall, president of the Board of Education.

Class song was “Your Land and Mine.”

Friday’s front page announced that wards and branches of Tooele and Grantsville stakes of the LDS Church would hold memorial services for President Heber J. Grant on Sunday in connection with their regular Sacramental services.

Memorial services would be held at all wards, branches and missions of the entire church throughout the world. 

Funeral services for President Grant would be held in the LDS Tabernacle Friday, May 18 at 12:15 p.m.

May 14, 1920

William Monteith, age 78, met sudden death under the wheels of the 4:30 shift train from the smelter May 13 at a distance of one-half mile east of the New Town Depot.

No one could be found who saw the accident and neither the engineer nor the fireman on the train saw Mr. Monteith. Men who were on the back steps of the back coach were the first to catch sight of the mangled body after the train passed over it.

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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