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 December.
Dec. 3-5, 1991
Tooele County residents developed extra calluses on their hands from a weekend storm that dumped more than 16 inches on Tooele Valley. The storm came at the end of November and further boosted the month’s water total to 4.68 inches. Normal for the month is 1.55 inches.
The Tooele County Commissioners voted in support of installing a heavy metal gate above Legion Park in Settlement Canyon to eliminate problems caused by off-highway vehicles. They cited public safety concerns and erosion damage as the main reasons for installing the gate.
Dec. 3-5, 1966
A Tooele City man told the Tooele City Council that raising the city’s sewer connection fee was a discriminatory way of raising revenue for the city. Dale James told the council the fee specifically discriminated against new home builders. Tooele City Attorney Ralph Millburn agreed that the fee is discriminatory and recommended the city adopt a sewer connection fee ordinance similar to Salt Lake City.
A safe stolen from the Grantsville City Post Office during a burglary was found empty on a deserted road about two miles north of Grantsville. It was found by a farmer with its door battered open and its contents scattered on the ground. At least $10,000 in money orders, stamps and cash were stolen. Employee cash drawers in the safe were emptied.
Dec. 3-5, 1941
Every registered voter in Mercur cast his or her ballot at school board elections and came within eight votes of electing C. E. Bartlett, their candidate. Sidney Hullinger of Ophir was the successful candidate, with 139 votes to Bartlett’s 131. The Parent-Teachers organization at Mercur was credited for getting 100 percent of registered voters in Mercur to vote.
The Tooele High School basketball team was the victor in a practice game against Bear River High School. The score was 39-25. And a memorable evening full of “song, dancing and gaiety” was promised for participants in a ball by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. All proceeds from 25-cent tickets went for a planned renovation of the old City Hall.
Dec. 3-5, 1916
The Tooele County Commission held a business meeting on Dec. 4 and conducted the following business:
The commissioners agreed to visit a road that runs alongside Vernon Creek between Vernon and Benmore to determine if they should grant a request to close the road.
They also denied a request by Mrs. Joseph Ruff of Grantsville to reduce her 1916 property taxes, as well as denied a request by Charles W. Kirk and Samuel S. Stillman to issue a refund on their 1915 sheep tax.
Also, a map of the town of Burmester near Grantsville was presented and approved. Lastly, the commissioners appointed F. W. Grey as deputy sheriff and to serve without pay.
This week’s report compiled by David Bern.