Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — August 1920

Charles Blake Carpenter Jr.  who has been working in the General Electric Plant in Schenectady, N.Y., has returned to Salisbury.

LIME ROCK — Mrs. S. Brusie is at Canaan Camp Ground for a week.

LAKEVILLE — Dr. H.E. Bartle was home from Torrington over the week end.

SALISBURY — A large number of people from this and surrounding towns visited the lake last Sunday and enjoyed the bathing.


50 years ago — August 1970

State Transportation Commissioner George J. Conkling announced Aug. 21 that the historic Route 128 Covered Bridge across the Housatonic River between Sharon and Cornwall will be strengthened and the study of alternate traffic routes has been abandoned. According to Commissioner Conkling, a review by department engineers shows that the four ton limit on the bridge can be increased to at least 10 tons and possibly more.

Mrs. Colin G. Girvan of Belgo Road, Salisbury, has a new mystery novel for girls being published in October, according to the fall catalogue of her publisher, The Westminster Press. The setting for “Shadow in the Greenhouse” is Connecticut where a counterfeiter of rare stamps provides a girl visiting her aunt and uncle for the summer with an opportunity to do some sleuthing while working in the family-owned greenhouse and parrying with her charming cousin Perry.

An electrical storm last Friday morning burned out a refrigerator motor and caused other damage in the amount of approximately $1,000 at the home of Mrs. Lila Nash on Bostwick Hill, Lakeville. A neighbor, Reed T. Manning, a member of the Lakeville Fire Company, responded immediately to Mrs. Nash’s call for help and extinguished a flame in the wall behind the refrigerator as the kitchen was filling with smoke. A powdered chemical used to put out the fire avoided damage by water.


25 years ago — August 1995

CANAAN — State Department of Transportation planners took a walk last week on what some hope is the site of a future bikeway and what others strongly oppose. While they offered suggestions and looked at alternatives, they said it is a town road and a town decision and recommended the matter be brought to a public hearing. 

CORNWALL —Deer can take out a hedge of day lilies overnight. They can deblossom hostas and decimate rows of romaine, patches of pachysandra, stands of hemlock. But they can’t do it around Deer No No, Cornwall artist Ira Barkoff said. Those who invest, he said, in a $24 box of eight squares of his personally formulated deer repellant can be certain those grazing bandits will eat somebody else’s garden for at least a year. “I guarantee it,” said Mr. Barkoff during an interview this week.


These items were taken from The Lakeville Journal archives at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library, keeping the original wording intact as possible.

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