Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 19, 2020
In 1995, work begins on Higher Education Center

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 March.

March 21-23, 1995

A 14-year-old Tooele teen was arrested Friday night after allegedly shooting a handgun at a vehicle and narrowly missing two occupants inside.

Lt.  Marvin Allie, assistant Tooele City Police Chief, said the shooting was the result of a verbal altercation between the alleged gunman and the vehicle’s driver at The Main Event, 34 S. Main, Tooele.

He said the male juvenile, who was a student at Tooele Junior High School, and Richard Sutton, 20, Tooele, got into an argument inside the popular youth gathering place.

Later in the week, work on Tooele City’s long-awaited community college began Wednesday with officials sticking shovels in the mud and snow at a 10-acre lot in the City’s business park.

Standing before Utah State University President George Emert and 50 citizens, business and community leaders, Tooele Mayor Grant “Bud” Pendleton hailed the $1.5 million Tooele Community Higher Education Center as a “dream come true.”

March 17-20, 1970

A new census, which was getting underway, would spotlight many changes that had taken place in Tooele County the previous 10 years.

The data collected would show how many people there were in the local area and their distribution by age, marital status, education and gender.

Information from one out of every four families, would indicate average income, rent paid, value of the home, means of heating, modern appliances and automobile ownership, among other things.

Friday’s front page revealed an agreement reached during the week between the Utah State Travel Council and the Utah Highway Patrol on plans for a Travel Information Center and a separate truck weighing station just east of Lake Point in Tooele County.

Tra-Vel Inc., which operated an information center north of Echo on Interstate 80, was ready to pay the costs of building the Lake Point facility, according to Lee Jorgensen, director of the Utah Travel Council.

March 20-23, 1945

Fred W. Huling, formerly of Pueblo, Colorado, arrived in Tooele Monday evening to assume charge as Tooele County Recreation Director.

Huling would direct recreational programs and activities for all ages and groups.

Several entities would help pay Huling’s salary including the Tooele County School District, Tooele County and Tooele and Grantsville cities.

Haling was a graduate of the University of Denver with special post graduate work in physical education and recreation from the University of California.

Later in the week, reports on the deer hunt were published.

Out of 3,562 deer hunters in Tooele County during the 1944 season, there were 2,613 bucks killed in the county, according to official tabulation released by the Utah Fish and Game Commission Thursday.

San Juan and Tooele counties provided the best hunting outside the doe hunt areas with 85 and 73% bucks killed, respectively. Next among the happiest hunting grounds was Cache County with 65% success.

March. 19, 1920

Charles F. Brown, engineering economist of Salt Lake City, appeared before the Tooele County Commission at a special meeting Tuesday. 

He proposed a $6 million irrigation plan he had been working on since 1903. The plan would bring water to Tooele and Rush valleys from Utah Lake after completion of dikes to raise the level of the lake.

The commissioners refused to consider his offer. His haste in such a big matter was looked upon with much disfavor and the feasibility of such a project was not looked upon with the greatest enthusiasm.

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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