Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 15, 2020
In 1995, Wendover High wins first sports state championship

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 October.

Oct. 17-19, 1995

For 23 years, Wendover High School had been relegated to what longtime coach Dean Stringham referred to as “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” status.

Wendover finally took that long awaited walk down the aisle at Cedar City.

The Wildcats baseball squad battled to a 9-6 triumph over league rival Intermountain Christian School to seize the school’s first ever state championship.

The state title touched off a huge celebration in Wendover as the team arrived home with the state championship trophy.

Later in the week, a document asking the Army to turn over Tooele Army Depot’s industrial area to the Tooele City Redevelopment Agency for less than fair market value was withdrawn, officials said.

The recalled document called an economic development conveyance (EDC) stipulated that Tooele’s RDA would receive $35 million from the Army to upgrade local infrastructure and maintain TAD facilities until they were privatized.

County Commissioner Gary Griffith said a revised EDC would be submitted “very quickly.”

Oct. 13-16, 1970

Traffic signals for Tooele’s Main Street and completion dates for Interstate 80 were among a variety of subjects discussed during a meeting of the Utah State Road Commission in Tooele.

The commissioners also advised county authorities to enact ordinances controlling the weight of vehicles on county roads and commended Tooele City for its forward looking approach for improving the business district.

The road commission pledged complete cooperation of its department in working out details of Tooele’s downtown improvement project.

Friday’s front page featured news of a new shop facility for Tooele City’s street department. The shop would be built by Butcher Construction Company of Salt Lake City at a cost of $33,247.

The 44,800 square foot structure would be located on South Coleman Street near the shops for the School District and County Road Department.

The building would include maintenance and storage areas for equipment and supplies.

Oct. 16-19, 1945

N. Howard Jensen, mayor of Tooele City for the past two years was renominated by Tooele City Republicans to head the City ticket for another election at a nominating convention.

Alex W. Rhone won the nomination for four-year councilman. The two-year councilman nominations went to Carl E. Peterson, D.L. Gillette and Frank McKeller.

The Democrats would hold their City Nominating Convention at the City Hall on October 17.

Later in the week, the front page featured news of the opening of deer season.

More deer, better deer and larger deer than usual would match wits with an estimated 77,000 hunters from Utah, California and Nevada starting on Saturday, Oct. 20 as the annual Utah buck hunt would get underway.

The term ‘buck hunt” was a misnomer to the extent that 14,700 special permits for the removal of female deer had been at a high priority.

Oct. 15, 1920

Exhibits of crops produced by boys doing club work under the direction of Mr. McDonald won 22 first-place awards and seven second-place awards at the state fair.

This was in competition with boys from the entire state and was an achievement Tooele County could be proud of since no other school or district even approached this number of awards.

Tooele High School also made a good showing in the judging contests for encampment boys.

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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