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 April and first week of May.
April 29 – May 1, 1997
New found human bones and Indian artifacts at Tooele’s first cemetery had intensified concerns that a new subdivision would cover pioneer and Indian burial sites.
Members of the Settlement Canyon Chapter of Sons and Daughters of Utah Pioneers and leaders of Skull Valley’s Goshute Indians were becoming increasingly concerned that grave sites would be desecrated as a result of the proposed Canyon Rim Estates Project.
About 66 houses were planned near the area of SR-36 and Settlement Canyon Road.
Later in the week, due to garbage and safety problems, the Stockton shooting range was now off limits.
The area north of Stockton, which had commonly been known as the “shooting range,” would be closed off to shooters, according to the new lessee of the property. The ground had recently become private property through a long term lease.
The Stockton resident, who preferred to remain anonymous, had leased the land to clean it up and protect it. Only horses and two-stroke vehicles would be allowed on the grounds, according to a press release.
April 25-28, 1972
Business activity rose by 35.5% in Tooele County during 1971, according to a study prepared by Utah Foundation, the private tax research organization. For the state as a whole, the total volume of business activity increased by 15% the previous year.
The Foundation report showed that gross sales tax collections accounted for $41.9 million in Tooele County during 1971. This compared with total business activity of $31 million in 1970 and $22.2 million in 1965.
Later in the week, the issue of how Tooele High School students should appear in school was the topic of much discussion for about two weeks both in the halls of the school and during meetings of the Tooele High School Advisory Council.
As a result of this concern a five-member committee, appointed by the Advisory Council, had prepared appearance guidelines.
Many students contended that the advisory council had no right to tell them how to dress.
April 29 – May 2, 1947
Naomi Warburton of the Tooele City Beautification Committee announced that the week of April 27-May 3 was set aside for clean-up and Tooele City workers would haul away rubbish if it was placed on the curb throughout the week.
“Please everyone get behind this beautification project and let’s make Tooele the most beautiful city in Utah,” she wrote.
“We must see that people who come here to visit us this summer take away the right impressions. We are so used to our eyesores that they don’t seem so horrible to us as they will seem to strangers. So please plant up those vacant lots, or at least clean them.”
Later in the week, Chairman W. Bevan Anderson reported that all details had been completed and the decorating of TOD recreation hall for the Bit & Spur Barn Dance on Saturday, May 3.
The big dance was being sponsored by the club for the entertainment of Tooele County’s dancing public and nothing had been left out to make it one of the outstanding events of the year.
April 28, 1922
The traveling health clinic, under the auspices of the Utah Public Health Association, was meeting with decided success in our city.
The clinic will close this afternoon (Friday) in Tooele at 4 p.m. and move to Grantsville where it will open Monday morning to take care of the free examination of children and adults in that section.
Four U.S. and two state doctors are in attendance.
Also, the fifth and final production of the opera “Queen Esther” would be presented on Saturday evening at 8:00 o’clock.
Sports Editor Mark Watson compiled this report.