Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 9, 2022
In 1997, new group selected to manage Tooele Valley Medical 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 second week of November.

Nov. 11-13, 1997

A study found that 2.6 million pounds of hazardous materials were transported through Tooele County on state Route 36 and state Route 138 by either box trucks, tanker trucks or flat bed trucks in a 48-hour period. 

Those hazardous materials included explosives, poison gas, flammable liquids, poisons, corrosives and other miscellaneous materials.

Tooele County Sheriff’s Department Hazardous Materials Manager Harry Shinton said the study’s main purpose was to try to convince the Utah Department of Transportation of the need to build a “bypass road” through Tooele County.

Later in the week, it became official — Rural Health Management will manage the Tooele Valley Medical Center special service district, including the hospital, home health agency, and nursing home — at a total cost of $287,604 a year — until Dec. 31, 1999.

Hospital board members inked that agreement during a special meeting. RHM’s management fees included salaries for administrators, chief financial officer, computer specialist and human resources specialists.

It did not mean that Tooele’s only hospital wouldn’t be sold to another entity prior to the year 2000. But should the hospital be sold, RHM would receive a cash allotment of $575,208.

Nov. 7-10, 1972

Incumbent State Senator Karl G. Swan of Tooele, won his bid for reelection overwhelming the write-in candidate posed by Vernon Worthington. Senator Swan swamped his challenger 2290 votes to 717.

State Representative Beverly White also won her race for election against write-in candidate Clarence Hansen with 4059 votes to 752.

Mrs. White was appointed to her post following the death in mid-term of Rep. Chileon Halladay.

Riding the crest of a landslide vote, President Nixon won four more years in the White House with more than 60% of the nation’s total popular vote. Calvin L. Rampton won an unprecedented third term as Utah’s governor.

Later in the week, the Department of the Army’s second highest honorary award, the Meritorious Civilian Service award was presented to Al Lis by Colonel Ralph C. Robinson.

The presentation, which was a complete surprise to Lis, was made with Mrs. Lis, the depot directors and most of Lis’s 150 employees of the Management Information Systems Directorate in attendance.

Nov. 11-14, 1947

Ross Ephrum Davis, age 21, was killed the previous Friday at the Combined Metals mine at Bauer. He was hit by a falling rock while working, and died before he could be brought to the surface. 

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and since his discharge had been working in Tooele.

Also, Anton Ferkovich of Eureka reported a strike of high grade ore in the Erickson Mining District, 11 miles southwest of Vernon.

He had been prospecting the district for 30 years and was in Tooele to make proof of his labor.

Later in the week, a color sound, 16-MM movie of the historical S.U.P. 1947 Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City Trek, was purchased by Glen S. Shields, a member of the Trek.

The movie was produced by the Viking Picture Corp. of Chicago, Illinois and was originally intended for Trek members only, but when the Company realized it carried such an outstanding story, they cut out many scenes of personal interest to Trekkers, and produced the movie wholly for its public appeal. Mr. Shields purchased this picture to make it accessible to Tooele County residents.

Nov. 10, 1922

The Republicans carried every office in the county at the general election Tuesday, and gave a majority to the heads of the ticket.

The only candidate on the Democratic County ticket who ran a close race was John Anderson of Grantsville, who was running for assessor against LeRoy Sutton, also of Grantsville on the Republican ticket.

The election of Sutton had not been officially confirmed up to the present time because it is not known as yet either officially or otherwise how voting went in the Deep Creek 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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