Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 21, 2021
In 1996, 18 inches of snow in one day closes schools, snarls traffic

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 January.

Jan. 23-25, 1996

The U.S. Department of Defense declassified information on the U.S. stockpile of chemical weapons, confirming that the Tooele Army Depot (TAD) had by far the largest share of the nation’s nuclear weapons.

Officials said the move was an example of U.S. openness in the area of chemical weapons and underscores the U.S. commitment to eliminate chemical weapons worldwide.

“This will give the citizens of Tooele County a better basis for discussion concerning their current storage and destruction,” said John Peetebone, chief public affairs officer at the Tooele Chemical Activity.

Later in the week, a record 18 inches of snow fell in Tooele Valley in one day, causing school closures, transportation delays, slide-offs and power outages.

Bill Alder, at the National Weather Service, predicted one to four more inches of snow the next two days. Tooele County School District cancelled school on Thursday due to the bad weather and a decision had not yet been made for Friday.

Jan. 19-22, 1971

A spokesman for the Tooele Adult Education program had issued a call for wholehearted community support to make the current program of 19 classes a success.

Holger Tychsen, an instructor at Tooele High School, indicated the number of classes actually held would depend on the citizens’ involvement.

“Some of the classes will help individuals complete requirements for a high school diploma while others may be taken for sheer enjoyment,” Mr. Tychsen stated. Registration was set for January, 20.

Later in the week, Tooele Police Chief Orvel Hamilton warned motorists that his department had begun to crack down on persons using slugs in parking meters.

“Our department has been doubly busy during the last three months repairing meters which were damaged by the rings from “pop-top” beverage can lids,” the chief said.

Washers, play money coins, rings from beverage can lids and other small items have been used by motorists to deposit in the machines.

Jan. 22-25, 1946

Unemployment for the first time since Pearl Harbor was creeping into Tooele County, according to labor service manager George E. Larsen.

Tooele Ordnance Depot and Deseret Chemical Warfare Depot, two of the county’s wartime major employment sources, were dropping back to post-war manpower ceilings, which meant a reduction in the present personnel.

At the Tooele Smelter, jobs had been filled by former employees returning from service.

Jobs for miners were available at Elton Tunnel and a few vacancies existed at Bauer.

Several from Erda and a majority of the residents of Lake Point were affected by the Garfield Smelter strike.

Later in the week, Tooele Mayor Alma D. Tanner signed a proclamation and proclaimed the week of January 27 to February 2 as Safety Week in Tooele City to coincide with National Safety Week. The proclamation revealed that during the previous year more people had been killed by traffic accidents than in World War II. He called upon each citizen to make a solemn pledge during the week to respect all human life above all else.

Jan. 21, 1921

A committee with representatives from Tooele, Grantsville and the County attended an irrigation seminar in Salt Lake CIty. 

They were unanimous in their enthusiasm that the county could obtain sufficient water to irrigate at least 40,000 acres. This would mean that the population of Tooele county could be more than doubled, and place it among the leading agricultural, as well as industrial counties of the state.

Property owners would need to cooperate and form a Tooele County Irrigation District.

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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