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 November.
Nov. 19-21, 1996
For nearly two months, Grantsville wanted another shot at top-ranked and undefeated Morgan.
The Cowboys got their wish on Saturday, Nov. 16 and made good use of the opportunity in the 2A State Championship game at Mountain View High in Orem.
Reese Evans scored a touchdown and the Cowboys did not allow a point en route to a 7-0 triumph over their archrivals.
Morgan defeated Grantsville 15-7 on Sept. 20 on the Trojans’ home field.
The triumph gave GHS its second football championship. The Cowboys claimed the school’s first football crown in 1992 with a 12-7 victory over Beaver, coincidentally on the same field.
Later in the week, the Tooele County Emergency Management team conducted a mock emergency disaster in the event of a large-scale release of nerve agent and human exposure to deadly gas. Also participating in the event were Tooele and Salt Lake County emergency teams, the American Red Cross and Deseret Chemical Depot officials.
Tooele County Emergency Management spokesman Myron Lee said the drill was a good one in that it helped point out some shortcomings and strengths of emergency procedures.
Nov. 16-19, 1971
Wendover Mayor John Susich was visibly disturbed about recent adverse publicity, implying that the town’s culinary water was sub-standard for human consumption.
“It is unfortunate that unconfirmed rumors, two off-hand complaints of contaminated drinking water, reached the news media before we had an opportunity to discuss the water situation with the town’s people,” he said. “The whole embarrassing subject could have been avoided with a short explanation.
“ … a heavy rainstorm that developed into a flash flood clouded the tap water in homes for a period of time. But our new backflush water pipe system cleared the lines in a matter of minutes,” the mayor said.
Later in the week, the Tooele County Commission approved the appointment of F. Deris Porter to fill the unexpired term of County Assessor Wendle J. Anderson.
Mr. Anderson, who had held the post for nine years, recently resigned the office at the insistence of his doctor. The appointment would become effective Jan. 1, but Porter would work through December to familiarize himself with the assessor’s duties and problems
Nov. 19-22, 1946
Progress looked good on a new well being drilled in Tooele.
The drilling was down 300 feet, and it was beginning to look very good, according to a report from Dale James, city manager.
It was anticipated that water would be encountered within the next 100 feet, according to the current information. Progress was being made about 15 feet per day.
Also, it was announced that on the following Monday, Tooele Volunteer Fire Department would host a banquet at Mar Vista honoring the Tooele High School football squad.
Later in the week, following a terrific windstorm which lasted two days and did extensive damage locally, Tooele was visited by an intense blizzard Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. which brought .70 of an inch of moisture and 7 inches of snow and sleet.
As the blizzard reached its height, it was suddenly augmented by a flash of lightning and clap of thunder which appeared to shake the very foundation of Tooele City.
Nov. 18, 1921
The 5th annual Roll Call of the American Red Cross would start today with an opening of a booth in the Post Office building. The booth would close Thanksgiving Day.
While they are not conducting a drive this year, Tooele County people can demonstrate their appreciation of the Red Cross for what it accomplished during and since the World War as well as the big things it stands for in peacetime, by renewing their memberships.
The annual membership fee is $1.00 Half of each membership fee would be retained by the Tooele County Chapter to be used as needed.
Sports Editor Mark Watson compiled this report