Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 3, 2016
Vernon gets first woman mayor and snowstorm hits Tooele City

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 March.

March 5 and 7, 1991

An administrative judge from the U.S. Department of Interior ordered USPCI and Aptus Environmental Services to stop building a hazardous waste incinerator at Clive, west of the Cedar Mountains. The judge forbade the companies from using an access road to reach the site until the project was reviewed.

The Tooele County Commission appointed Edwin St. Clair to the commission, replacing Bill Pitt, who had resigned recently to enter the Justice Court system. Cosetta Castagno also became the first woman to serve as the mayor of Vernon. Castagno was appointed to take Mayor Ken Rigby’s place after Rigby accepted a call to serve an LDS mission with his wife.

Dr. Robert Moss, West Elementary principal, was reactivated to the Utah National Guard to serve as chaplain and director of the Family Assistance Center program.

March 1 and 4, 1966

Second District Juvenile Court Judge Reginald W. Garff passed sentence on 13 Tooele teens who were convicted of automobile truancy, which Garff defined as “riding in an automobile while truant from school.” The teens’ driving privileges were revoked for 30 days.

Later that week, a winter storm dumped 15 inches of snow on Tooele City. The storm was the wettest, heaviest and longest thus far in the season. The Fish and Game Department also built eight water holes for thirsty game birds. Each was connected to a tank, or “guzzeler,” with either a 1,000 gallon or 2,000 gallon capacity.

March 4 and 7, 1941

Tooele Mayor Nelse Bromstrom, other elected officials and city staff moved to a new city hall building. Mrs. Eliza Nelson, Tooele’s oldest native pioneer, also turned 89 on Feb. 28.

A few days later, Tooele County Selective Service announced the names of 12 men who would fill Tooele County’s March quota for the U.S. Army. Dan Gillespie also resigned as head football coach at Tooele High School, planning to devote all his time to teaching. Gillespie had been head coach since 1937. Before that, he worked as assistant coach under Sterling R. Harris. Superintendent Harris said a replacement for Gillespie had not yet been considered.

March 3, 1916

The front page was covered with news briefs about other states and countries. One brief said Detroit was the first American city to adopt electric taxicabs. Another talked about a steam-driven tractor in New England that ran off Coke. A third story said New Zealand’s 1916 government revenue was estimated at nearly $857 million. A fourth story read, “A single nest of the Australian bush turkey has been found to weigh five tons.”

This report was compiled by Jessica Henrie.

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