Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 14, 2022
Tooele County holds groundbreaking for Deseret Peak Complex

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 third week of June.

June 17-19, 1997

At Thursday’s budget meeting of the Tooele City Council, a decision was reached to go ahead with a new Tooele City Hall.

The city council and the mayor got together to discuss which capital project the city was going to finance into the budget for the 1997-98 fiscal year.

A new city hall was a priority for Tooele because of a mandate by the federal government several years ago that all public buildings must be handicapped accessible. City Hall was a far cry from accessible for someone in a wheelchair.

Later in the week, the Tooele County Commission held a groundbreaking ceremony to formally begin construction of the Deseret Peak Complex. 

The first phase of the $15 million complex was to be completed in time for the 1998 Tooele County Fair. 

Among other things, the first phase of the project would include a softball complex, soccer field, Tooele Army Depot museum, a western village, and Indian museum, a fine arts center, horse stables and outdoor arenas, and a three-quarter mile race track.

June 13-16, 1972

After going down the previous two years, Tooele City property taxes were about to be increased.

A budget passed by the City Council called for the total tax levy to be raised by 0.3 mills to provide the bulk of the $2.4 million allocated for the city’s operation during fiscal 1972.

Only a handful of citizens attended a public hearing in City Hall during which the budget proposal was adopted without change. Most of those attending the hearing represented the police department and were lobbying for increased salaries for patrolmen.

Later in the week, figures obtained from the latest Census of Housing showed that rent had increased 55% in Tooele County during the past 10 years. The increase was huge for those living in the 1,940 rental unis in the local area.

Rents in Tooele County increased from the $49 per month median recorded in 1960 to no less than $76 in 1972. This did not include utility and fuel costs.

June 17-20, 1947

The story of Scouting in the Salt Lake Council and Tooele District would be told Wednesday night during a dinner at Mar Vista at 7 p.m.

All members of the committee would meet before carrying this story of scouting into over 800 homes and places of business in Tooele, Tooele Ordnance Depot and TOD Park.

According to O.T. Barrus, chairman, this was the first time a united effort had been made to acquaint the people of the community with the needs of scouting in relation to the program, adult leadership, and finance.

Later in the week, three Tooele boys were painfully injured, and one seriously, in the explosion of a giant powder cap while they were at play near their homes on North First-West Street.

One of the boys picked the giant cap out of the ditch while at play. He started to hammer the cap with a rock and it exploded in his face, injuring him so seriously that he was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City after receiving local medical attention.

June 16, 1922

The first ore charges were dumped into the reverberatory finance at the local smelter Wednesday. The roaster plant was opened yesterday and the converter plant will be operating next week, making the complete cycle for the smelting of copper. 

As the first step toward the opening of the lead plant, the sintering plant will be started sometime next week.

The employment is gradually picking up. About 160 men are now employed and by July 1 it is planned to have 350 men at work.

Sports Editor 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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