Turning Back the Pages

100 years ago ­— July 1922

Courtland Fenton has resigned his position with the Salisbury Iron Corporation.

LIME ROCK ­­— Perry Loucks has purchased a little Ford runabout.

LAKEVILLE — John Philip is in the Winsted Hospital suffering from severe injuries. It is reported that he was struck by an automobile.

50 years ago — July 1972

The old Maltby iron furnace just over the New York line on Belgo Road has largely collapsed. Heavy rains of recent weeks are the apparent cause. The furnace, reportedly built in 1840, stands on Taconic State Park Commission property just a few hundred feet from the North East - Salisbury (Conn.) town line. A state park spokesman at Rudd Pond said Tuesday he was aware the old furnace was crumbling, but knew of no state plans to have it rebuilt. A small part of the stone structure is still intact, but the whole front of the furnace has collapsed.

— Saturday’s auction at the former Children’s Colony summer camp at Long Pond, Lakeville, billed as the largest of its kind ever held in the area, was called off suddenly because of an impending sale. Scores of would-be auction goers were turned away Saturday. The auction would have included some 75 cabins and cottages and their contents.

— Sharon voters have approved purchase of the privately owned Sharon Water and Sharon Drainage Companies, despite heavy opposition to the move. The vote on the water company went 173 to 152; a vote of 85 to 3 assured purchase of the Drainage Company.

— Cloudbursts and violent winds Monday afternoon gave the Southern Berkshires a taste of the flooding and storm damage recently experienced elsewhere in the Northeast. An apparent small tornado swept down the east slope of the Taconic Range and uprooted or split several dozen large trees in a quarter-mile swath east of Route 1. In northwest Connecticut overflowing streams flooded highways and undercut bridges. Raging waters running off roads and fields left eroded gullies in many farms already suffering because of the wet season.

25 years ago — July 1997

SHARON — Rose and Bob Blass, Main Street residents for 16 years, were surprised with a going-away party Saturday at the Legion Hall where about 70 persons attended the event. The Blasses have moved to Wangum Village in North Canaan.

LAKEVILLE — Sights and Sounds video store will be closing its doors for the last time some time in July after five years of business.

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