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 March.
March 31-April 2, 1998
Roads were the major concern of Tooele City residents, according to a survey intended to steer the city in the right direction for capital improvements.
“Although not specifically addressed on the questionnaire, a majority of the respondents claimed that roads should be the number one priority for Tooele City’s agenda. They claimed that the roads are in need of repair. They also complained about potholes and said that much of these problems are attributable to the developers,” according to the survey.
Later in the week, Tooele’s Drew Hansen, who played a pivotal role in leading the University of Utah basketball team to the NCAA championship game, was honored along with teammates in a pep rally at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City the day after the title game.
Senior captains Hansen and Michael Doleac received keys to Salt Lake City from Mayor Deedee Corradini.
The THS alumnus helped propel the Utes to the championship game with his stellar defense. He also excelled in the classroom with a 3.999 GPA, earning Academic All-American status.
March 27-30, 1973
Ground was broken for a $2 million residential development for Tooele City.
To be known as “Bench Mark I” the condominium village would be located on nine acres of a Greek immigrant family’s ranch on the highest bench of the city. A Salt Lake City financier described the area as “the best ground in Tooele City.”
Twin Peaks Incorporated (TPI), developer of the project, was a company formed entirely by people who were living in the Tooele area or who had their roots here,” according to Jay Buzianis, executive vice president of TPI.
Later in the week, the General Service Administration’s (GSA) Denver office criticized the Utah official Highway map of 1972 and the Utah Travel Council for designating for recreation purposes a Utah area that was part of an active bombing and gunnery range.
The area located south of Wendover, known as “Blue Lake,” was open to the general public for recreation purposes, but was still considered by the Air Force to be part of their active bombing and gunnery range.
March 30-April 2, 1948
Horses will be rounded up and taken from the Dust Area Saturday, April 3, according to A.L. Hanks, chairman of the board of supervisors, Grantsville Soil Conservation District. All who can were requested to help round up the horses Saturday morning.
The horses will be in the corral southwest of Grantsville Saturday afternoon. Any horses not called for will be held in the corral until Sunday. It is hoped that very few will be left until Sunday as the corral is made of barbed wire and the horses might get hurt if too many remain, Hanks explained.
Later in the week, one of the outstanding events of the Latter-day Saints Mutual Improvement Association’s (MIA) season was the Stake Gold and Green Ball. The Gold and Green Ball marked the end for the various Ward Balls. It will be held at the Tooele High School gymnasium.
The theme for the dance will be “Easter,” and all decorations centered around that motif.
Variegate colors of Gold and Green extending from a gold circle suspended from the ceiling was the basis for the decorations.
March 30, 1923
Much interest was being taken in the entertainment to be given at the Strand by the Music Department of the high school this afternoon and evening. The picture “Fine Feathers” was a high class production and the concert given by the advanced Orchestra and Band will be special indeed. This is the first appearance of the Band, but they will furnish the public with a real surprise. They are students mostly of the freshmen class of the high school and the junior high.
Two clever one-act plays would be staged at the Stand next Thursday in connection with the first class movie drama “Billions.” These plays are put on by the Tooele Central school teachers. The purpose is to raise sufficient money to pay for the new fixtures which had been installed in the school kitchen.
Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report