Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 24, 2022
In 1997, Tooele wins state softball title; Grantsville state baseball crown

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 fourth week of May.

May 27-29, 1997

Tooele High soccer and Grantsville High baseball both claimed state championships on Friday, May 23.

Tooele upended Sky View 2-1 in overtime Thursday and blanked Ben Lomond 2-0 Friday to seize the 4A State Soccer championship at Woods Cross. The soccer crown was the first ever for the THS program.

Meanwhile, earlier in the afternoon, Grantsville avenged two losses to region rival Juab with a convincing 8-2 victory over the Wasps to claim the 2A State Baseball crown at Brigham Young University.

Later in the week, Louis A. Killpack announced he was retiring after 34 years of educating Tooele’s children. He served 23 years as Tooele Junior High principal.

Killpack said he would like to be remembered as a person who put people first. “I’ve always felt people were more important than deadlines or projects,” Killpack said.

“You do not lose anything if you invest your time and your money into a child,” Killpack said.

May 23-26, 1972

A crowd estimated at 6,500 visited Tooele Army Depot Friday as the depot observed its 30th birthday. And during the time this throng visited the depot it was treated to a variety of events ranging from parachute jumping, aircraft flyovers, to traditional cake cutting.

After watching in awe as nearly a dozen parachutists leaped from a helicopter, the big crowd thrilled to the marching music of the Tooele High Band, and marveled at the intricate drills of Tooele’s drill team, The Sha-Ronns.

Later in the week, Major Sam Paris M.D., assigned to the Dugway Proving Ground, ran 83 miles from Ft. Douglas in Salt Lake City to Dugway in only 11 hours as part of Dugway Days activities.

After an early morning start on Thursday, May 18, the only stop the 34-year-old Army doctor made was at the Tooele Army Depot, approximately the halfway mark, where he rested overnight. 

He kept up the pace of 10 mph and arrived at the post gym at Dugway in good health at noon Friday.

May 27-30, 1947

This issue of the Transcript-Bulletin marked its 53rd birthday, with 3,430 continuous publications having been printed since its founding in 1894.

Starting as a handset weekly with a one-page hand turned army press, The Transcript-Bulletin now ranked as second to none in the intermountain west in up to the minute printing equipment.

Two Intertypes and two automatic presses, second to none in the publishing business, head the list of choice equipment.

Later in the week, rumors which had been flying freely for the past several weeks that the International Smelting & Refining Company plant at Tooele planned a wide expansion was spiked today by Smelter officials.

Declaring the rumors to be without foundation, Carlos Bardwell, general superintendent, said that there were no plans for expansion and the wild rumors afloat are groundless.

It is unfair to the citizens of this community, said Mr. Bardwell, to be fed these rumors when they are are entirely untrue.

May 26, 2022

The smelter showed its first signs of life when smoke poured out of the big smoke stack as the result of the boilers being fired, preparatory to the starting of the power plant. 

On June 1, a fire will be built in the first reverberatory furnace, and by June 10 or 12, the furnace will start to take charge. This will be followed by the opening of the converter plant.

As for the lead plant, word was given out that between the 20th and the last of June operation would begin in that quarter.

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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