Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 28, 2021
In 1996, GHS girls win first cross country 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 fifth week of October.

Oct. 29-31, 1996

NASA officials went to Dugway Proving Ground to conduct a hearing to gauge public comment about a possible space plane landing in 1999.

And what they found was a crowd of about 50 who thought highly of the idea of the X-33 Advanced Technology Demonstrator space plane.

“I have lived here all my life and I am very excited,” said a life-long resident of Dugway about the possible landings. “This is a chance for people to see the space plane land in Dugway. It’s great.”

Later in the week, the Grantsville High School girls cross country team won its first-ever cross country state title.

The Cowgirl squad placed five runners in the top 16 positions at the state meet to surprise and ruin Monticello’s four-year reign as state champs. Grantsville recorded 41 team points to topple the Buckaroos’ 50 and garner the gold trophy.

Liz Oliver led the way with a second-place time of 19:56.5. Amelia Oliver finished sixth. Margaret Begay, Lisa Pectol and Kyra Cox rounded out the scoring for the champion Cowgirls.

Dugway claimed the 1A state  title for both boys and girls.

Oct. 26-29, 1971

Cyprus’ Kerry Rupp kicked two crucial field goals of 34 and 38 yards as Cyprus rolled in the division championship by downing the Tooele Buffs 18-14 for title..

Kerry Rupp is the son of Glen Rupp, former Tooele High star in both basketball and football, and successful coach for the past 17 years.

Kerry Rupp also played quarterback for the Pirates.

Later in the week, Tooele County would vote the following week on a proposed $975,000 bond issue that would provide for construction of a new courthouse in Tooele.

Increased population had completely overgrown the present facilities, county officials said. They pointed out that the office space and storage space in the current courthouse built in 1896 was woefully inadequate.

If the bond issue was approved, a new jail would be built as part of a combined Tooele City – Tooele County Public Safety wing on the new building.

 Oct. 29-31, 1946

 Oct. 29, 1946  was the final registration day before the general election on Nov. 5

If you are not registered and eligible to vote, it is your duty as a citizen to make yourself eligible to cast your ballot.

Voters who had moved into other districts since the last election should transfer to the district where they now reside. 

Registration polls would open at 8 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. There were eight registration districts in Tooele.

Later in the week, extensive damages occurred in Tooele City from horses which had been turned loose on the streets. Horses were infesting lots, farms, haystacks. Estimated damages from the horses ranged as high as $100 per incident.

City ordinances prohibited livestock being turned loose on the streets and owners were responsible for the damages caused. The police department had received as many as 50 calls in one day from property owners who reported damages from stray horses.

Oct 31, 1921

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Sports Editor 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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