Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 3, 2023
In 1998, Tooele County nears agreement to sell 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 first week of May. 

May 5-7, 1998

Forty-six years of taxpayer ownership of Tooele Valley Medical Center (TVMC) was about to come to an end.

County Commissioners planned to sign a letter-of-intent to sell the hospital to Community Health Services (CHS), a company based in Brentwood, Tenn. CHS had teamed up with Salt Lake City-based Heritage Management, Inc. to jointly buy TVMC.

CHS offered $4.3 million more than Rural Health Management Corp. to buy the hospital and had the financial wherewithal to begin immediate construction on a new hospital.

Later in the week, employees at TVMC expressed displeasure with the potential sale of the hospital to Community Health Services.

Ann Lawson, TVMC administrative assistant and human resource manager said “the morale of our employees has really gone down this week. We were just beginning to believe that the current hospital management was on good ground. Now the Commissioners tell us they may sell the hospital to someone else. No one knows what is going to happen to our employees.”

May 1-4, 1973

Tooele City started a nursery to provide trees and shrubs for use in city landscaping projects.

On Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, Mayor Robert Swan joined in planting over 1000 young trees at the nursery which is located west of the Oquirrh Hills Golf Course.

When the trees are 3-5 years old they would be transplanted to the city cemetery, golf course, parks and other beautification projects, Mayor Swan stated. Trees were made available to the city through Utah State University.

Later in the week, Tooele City Police Chief Orvel Hamilton and County Conservationist Roy Garrard requested public assistance in protecting grass and trees near the Settlement Canyon Reservoir.

During the previous weekend, 50-60 trees and an area of grass were planted by the Tooele Chapter of Future Farmers of America. Under the direction of Leland Beckstrom, 60 young people from Tooele High, including both boys and girls, set out shrubs, pinetrees, and grass to beautify the popular summer fishing spot.

May 4-7, 1948

After a shutdown of two months due to winter weather, Bonneville Oil, Gas and Exploration Company had resumed drilling on their test well three miles north of Grantsville, according to J.Q. Griffith, manager.

After the shutdown, some trouble was encountered in the resumption of drilling, but the operation had resumed and the 2,600 foot level had been passed.

Formation analysis, compared to other producing fields carried out by experts, disclosed very encouraging signs at the local well.

Later in the week, Tooele City had requested that the Bit and Spur Club take over the entire celebration for July 4th along with the annual rodeo. Plans were discussed and Norval Adams named general chairman for the occasion, while Howard J. Clegg would be chairman of the rodeo.

The club voted to construct an open air dance floor at the southeast corner of the rodeo corral, and to fence the east side of the corral for this year’s club projects.

May 4, 1923

Tooele High School news on the front page included items of the purchase of tennis equipment, a track meet, and whitewashing the “T.”

The tennis equipment arrived, and was being used very extensively. The junior high and district schools planned a track and field meet in Grantsville. May 11th would be “T” day and the students planned to journey to the east bench and whitewash the  “T” 

Tooele High won a track meet at Grantsville by a score of 60-53 winning the cup. No very high records were made because of the wet field.

May 10th would be award day for Tooele High School. Attorney Baird of Salt Lake City would present the Baird Medal and the basketball, football and debating awards would be given away.

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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