Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 24, 2023
In 1998, Tooele City plans for new city hall, new city library

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 26-28, 1998

Residents of the S&W Trailer Court in Lake Point were given 30 days to shut down and pack up. The owner had vowed to fight the order.

A zoning ordinance compliance inspection of the trailer park and bar by the Tooele County Department of Engineering on May 13th found “violations that required immediate attention on the property.” 

The trailer court came under a grandfather clause when zoning was adopted in 1975, and was regulated as a nonconforming use with limitations. The area was not zoned for a trailer court, but was allowed to stay open as long as no other uses or amendments were made to the property or houses.

Later in the week, Tooele City announced that it would be building a new city library as well as a new city hall. The cost of both projects was expected to be in the $6 million neighborhood. They would be financed together using the utility franchise tax (electric, gas, cable and phone), which was raised from 4% to 6% the previous year. Interest being collected from the $10 million sale of the CMF to Detroit Diesel would also be used as well as redevelopment money.

May 22-25, 1973

Floodwaters continued to plague Tooele County, but damage had been kept at a minimum.

With the town’s water system clogged with silt, residents of Ophir continued to to receive culinary water by tanker truck. A section of Stockton’s culinary water line was washed out but had since been repaired. Water from Settlement Canyon Reservoir was still washing down Tooele City streets. And several canyon roads had been closed.

Mayor Lester Orr reported that Stockton’s broken waterline in Soldier’s Canyon was repaired. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” he said.

Later in the week, commencement exercises were scheduled for May 30 for 400 students at Tooele County’s four high schools. Last year, 376 students completed the requirements for graduation, while in 1971 there were 391 persons who received diplomas.

This year 13 seniors would graduate from Wendover High School, with 26 graduates at Dugway High School and 66 at Grantsville High School. Tooele High School, the district’s largest school, would award diplomas to 295 seniors.

May 25-28, 1948

Tooele County Sheriff and Mrs. Charles A. Hymas were in the L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City after having been gravely hurt in an auto-truck collision about five miles out of Evanston, Wyo. on a Sunday night.

Returning to Tooele, the Sheriff and Mrs. Hymas were about five miles out of Evanston and partially blinded by the lights of an approaching auto. A truck without lights, stopped almost in the middle of the road, loomed before them. A man stood at the side of the truck, the auto approached on the side. The Sheriff, who was driving, was forced to run into the back of the stalled truck. 

Later in the week, Tooele City began pumping from 300 to 400 gallons of water per minute into the City mains from the new deep well in the southwest section of town.

The pumping was started on Friday, May 21 and the operation was continuous and would continue until all storage was filled, according to City Manager Dale James.

The hot, dry weather of the past 10 days had drawn heavily on the city supply, but the added amount of well water was gradually building a reserve, James stated.

May 25, 1923

Memorial Day services would be under the direction of the local post of the American Legion. One of the features of the day would be the unveiling of the Soldier’s Monument at the Tooele Cemetery by the Legion boys.

All ex-servicemen, other war veterans, and all organizations who desired were asked to form a parade in front of the Strand at 10 a.m. Led by the band, this procession would march south to the cemetery.

A ceremony would include the unveiling of the Soldiers Memorial Monument and decorations of the soldiers’ graves by the Boy Scouts.

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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