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 March.
March 19 and 21, 1991
Pat Tucker Pendley, a Grantsville native and country-western artist, spent a couple weeks with producers in Nashville. Pendley’s song “Trucker on the Road” held around #40 on the country charts for three consecutive months.
Later that week, 10 Tooele Army Depot employees returned from working in Saudi Arabia at the Persian Gulf War.
March 15 and 18, 1966
The Tooele City Council and Mayor Frank H. Bowman discussed the possibility of increasing the sewer connection fee, as well as raise the charge for water, sewer and garbage services. The increased fees would help cover the actual costs of the city.
The Utah Fish and Game Department also emptied two loads of approximately 10,000 rainbow trout into Settlement Canyon Reservoir. About 10,000 more fish would be planted in the reservoir later on, said Roy Garrard, Tooele’s conservation officer. The fish were part of a federal fish grant.
Col. George P. Holm, commander of Tooele Army Depot since 1964, was also reassigned to serve in South Vietnam. His successor was not yet named.
March 18 and 21, 1941
Work was resumed on the drilling of the Elton Tunnel after a delay since Feb. 18 due to a massive fault. In other news, three “beautiful new city jail cells” in Tooele, with two beds in each, still had not been used since the jail moved to the new city building.
County man Samuel Thomas Orme was also commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve after his graduation from Northwestern University at Chicago. Orme was sent to active duty with the Atlantic fleet.
March 17, 1916
Rather than news, the front page was covered with short stories like this one: “On one occasion, the great Lord Brougham went to the House of Commons in his new vehicle, which Robinson the coach-builder had christened after his lordship. He was met in the lobby by the Duke of Wellington, who thus accosted him: ‘My lord, I always thought your name would be handed down to posterity as the apostle of education, the teacher and enlightener of your fellow countrymen; but now henceforth you will be known as the inventor of a carriage — Brougham.’ His lordship answered: ‘Your Grace, I always thought your name would be handed down to posterity as the hero of a hundred battles; but now henceforth you will be known as the inventor of a pair of boots — Wellington boots.’ ‘Hang it,’ exclaimed his grace, ‘I had forgotten the boots!’”
This report was compiled by Jessica Henrie.