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 either during the fifth week of March or first week of April — depending on whether the year was a leap year.
April 2 and 4, 1991
Grantsville Middle School received a $10,000 hazardous waste material cleanup after an incident at Career Day spread mercury through the school. The student explained his grandfather was a gold miner and was selling plastic bags containing mercury to other students. Health department officials said the short-term exposure should not have any long-term effects on students.
The local board of education also approved a study to determine the future of Central Elementary, which at the time was the oldest operating school in Tooele County.
March 29 and April 1, 1966
The Middle Canyon Irrigation Company drilled two successful wells near Left-Hand Fork of Middle Canyon after digging approximately 69 feet down.
Meanwhile, a statistical report of 1965 recently released by the Utah State Auditor’s Office showed Tooele County was the second-largest county in the state in land area and eighth largest in population, as well as the seventh-lowest in taxes levied per capita. The Tooele City Council also appointed Glenn C. Martin and Alice Harvey as city treasurer and recorder, respectively.
April 1 and 4, 1941
The Transcript Bulletin published an old photo of the Tooele Band on the front page. The photo was taken before the year 1900. Pictured band members included: Sol Isgreen, Nels Johnson, Sam Johnson, A.J. McCulstion, John Shields, Robert McLaws, George Shields, James Gollaher, Herbert Vowles, Arthur Vowles, James Kirk and Richard Henwood.
Tooele County was also featured in the recently published tour book “Utah, a Guide to the State,” which was compiled by the Writer’s Program of the Works’ Progress Administration.
March 31, 1916
The front page was covered in short stories, fables and words of advice. One paragraph read: “Springs are little things, but they are sources of large streams; a helm is a little thing, but it governs the course of a ship; a bridal bit is a little thing, but see its use and power; nails and pegs are little things, but they hold buildings together; a word, a look, a frown — all are little things, but powerful for good or for evil. Then just think of this, and mind the little things.”
This report was compiled by Jessica Henrie.