Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 3, 2020
In 1995, Wendover residents plead for an elementary school

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 first week of December.

Dec. 5-7, 1995

Nearly one-third of teenagers in Tooele County smoke, according to state reports. And despite various efforts to educate them, county health officials feared the number of younger smokers would keep growing.

“Whatever we’re doing isn’t working,” said Helen Ann Jones, Tooele County public health educator. “We feel sometimes frustrated but we can’t quit trying.”

Instead, the Tooele County Health Department was doubling its efforts to restrict the sale of tobacco products to minors in the county. Tooele County Health Department issued a resolution declaring its support of government efforts to classify nicotine as an addictive drug and restrict sales to minors.

Later in the week, about 100 Wendover, Utah residents chartered a bus and rode two hours to pitch their pleas for a new school to a capacity crowd at the county school board meeting in Tooele.

But despite the residents’ efforts, members of the Tooele Board of Education told them the possibility of building an elementary school in the border town of 5,000 was unlikely. Elementary students in Wendover were attending  school in West Wendover, Nevada

“There is no money in our budget. In fact, we’ve been cutting things out,” said Roy Stout, business administrator.

Dec. 1-3, 1970

Despite a chilly wind, hundreds of anxious youngsters greeted Santa Claus on a Monday evening as he arrived in Tooele.

A special parade escorted the bearded old Elf who rode through the city on his own float. He was accompanied by Tooele High School’s Marching Band, a truck from the city fire department and members of the Sheriff’s Jeep Patrol. Flashing lights and screaming sirens added to the excitement.

Following the parade Santa went to his tiny red and whie house on the County Courthouse lawn where he greeted children and gave them small candy canes.

Friday’s front page featured the formation of a new union for members of Tooele County law enforcement.

Tooele and Grantsville City police departments and the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office joined forces to form a police labor union. Of the 20 to 25 eligible officers in the county, only 14 had signed as members of the union. 

Members who joined believed that the organization would strengthen their bargaining power with the various government units.

Dec. 4-7 , 1945

Tooele City would be the scene of two important elections on Dec. 5 when the $85,000 Memorial Building Bond issue would go to vote, and a school board member would be named for District 3 comprising that portion of Tooele City lying south of Vine Street.

The Transcript-Bulletin had given liberal space to the Memorial Building Committee for them to explain the bond issue with a series of advertisements.

Also in the paper was a warning from a committee of taxpayers that the bond exceeded the legal debt limit of Tooele and urged its defeat. 

Later in the week, Tooele City Memorial Recreation Center’s $85,000 bond issue was carried by the voting taxpayers of Tooele City at the election by 104 majority vote. The final count showed 337 votes for the bond and 233 votes against the indebtedness.

About 25% of eligible voters cast a ballot.

Dec. 3, 1920

Charles A. Kuchs was an easy winner of the honors to represent school district No. 2, comprising the Tooele North Ward, Plat C and Lincoln at the school election Wednesday. 

Kuchs obtained 268 votes as against Alfred M. Nelson’s 174 and Archibald Bevan’s 53 votes.

Unofficial returns received from District 4 comprising the school representative district of the south end of the valley, gave W.J. Ahlstrom had a lead of almost 50 votes over Assel C. Tanner. Ahlstrom received 53 votes and Tanner 108.

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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