Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 2, 2022
In 1997, Charlie Roberts elected mayor of Tooele City

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 November.

Nov. 4-6, 1997

Tooele City native son Charlie Roberts was elected the city’s mayor in a sweeping landslide victory in Tuesday night’s municipal election.

Roberts — a current Tooele City councilman — accumulated 68% of the vote, while Jeff Carter received 32%. The final vote tally was 2,446 for Roberts and 1,137 for Carter.

Collecting 58% of the vote, Merle Cole, 65, was declared Grantsville’s new mayor Tuesday evening. Cole accumeted 1,678 votes compared to challenger DeRay Sparks, 54, who came in with 1,191 votes.

Later in the week, election results indicated less than half of registered voters went to the polls Tuesday night in Tooele and Grantsville to elect new mayors and new city council members.

Over 44% of Tooele City’s 8,270 registered voters went to the polls while 42% of Grantsville’s 2,848 voters cast ballots in the off-year municipal elections held Tuesday night.

Both of those numbers were a stark improvement over the primary elections held the previous month. That was particularly the case in Grantsville, where only 24% went to the polls in October.

Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 1972

Construction began Oct. 31 on a major renovation project designed to provide faster and more efficient motor banking service at the Tooele office of Commercial Security Bank.

When completed the project would increase the number of auto teller service positions from two to four. In place of conventional drive-up windows the new system will employ vacuum tube stations but will retain the personal contact between the teller and the customers.

Later in the week, an important meeting of the Erda Town Council had been scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8 to discuss the proposed Tooele County master plan and to reexamine the makeup of the council.

“As an area providing wide open spaces, good living and plenty of water begins to grow, residents become increasingly concerned over the impact of the population influx,” Commissioner Jay Buzianis stated.

To date, Erda has had three town meetings concerned with the problem posed by industrial areas, density factors and trailer homes all in reference to the new Tooele County Master Plan.

Nov. 4-7, 1947

Tooele,  flashing a powerful passing attack, swamped the Grantsville Cowboys 26-6 Friday afternoon in the Tooele High School stadium.

Glen Hamilton, end, starred for the Buffaloes with 19 points to his credit. Charley Lee scored six points and Dale Leatham did the passing.

Looking back over the season Charley Lee, Dale Leatham, Kent Cahoon and Glen Hamilton have turned in great performances for the Buffaloes and are potential candidates for all-state honors.

Later in the week, county commissioners of Tooele, Beaver, Millard and Juab counties, in company with a delegation from the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce, were assured the completion of a linking highway through these counties by the State Road Commission at a meeting held in Salt Lake CIty Thursday.

The final plan on this road was to open up a new highway, making a choice of routes in and out of Salt Lake City from the south.

Nov. 3, 1922

The Tooele County Republican Party Committee praised their party for a reduction in property taxes in Tooele County from 1920 to 1922.

In a front page story, the committee stated money collected from property taxes dropped from $422,882 in 1920 to $339,624 in 1922.

“It is not our purpose to knock the Democratic Party, but someone in the Democratic Party has recently printed false statements concerning taxes. Voters, you want fairness and a fair analysis is all we ask. The tax rolls are subject to examination.”

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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