Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1921

SALISBURY — Millard Silvernale at last Sunday’s dinner regaled himself on green peas and new potatoes from his own garden.

ORE HILL — The storm of last Wednesday killed “Major” the Collie belonging to James Moore.

LIME ROCK — Marjorie Richardson is entertaining a little friend from New York.

LAKEVILLE — Mssrs. Ira D. Traver and Benjamin Cleaveland spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cleaveland at Brookfield Center. They made the trip by wagon, driving Paul’s horse and returning by train.

LAKEVILLE — Miss Lila Senior has taken a position at the local office of the Conn. Power Co.

— An exploding firecracker frightened E.L. Peabody’s team while ice was being unloaded in the rear of the hotel on Wednesday afternoon, causing them to run away. They took a route across the road down between the Journal office and the Telephone Central office, ran to a point near factory pond, made a right angle turn around the old Beehive building out past the sheds in the rear of the Holley block and came to a stop when one of the horses collided with a telephone pole near Egan’s market. Strange to say, nothing was broken and one horse received only a slight scratch. How they made the sharp turns in safety, is hard to imagine.


50 years ago — 1971

Connecticut Gov. Thomas J. Meskill has rented a cottage on Twin Lakes for the summer and expects to make frequent use of it with his family, The Lakeville Journal has learned. The cottage is owned by W. Rees Harris and is on Lake Washinee in the area served by Between-the-Lakes Road.

— The birthday party given to Walter Samuel Whitbeck at White Hart Inn in Salisbury on Friday was a town-wide tribute to a well-loved man. Sam Whitbeck is a native of Salisbury, born in Lime Rock June 24, 1891. He started working at Salisbury Pharmacy as a registered pharmacist in 1914.

— Austin Lovett, chief mechanic of the Salisbury Highway Crew, retired Wednesday after 24 years of service to the town. Mr. Lovett has been one of the mainstays of the town’s road maintenance and has had a real part in building Salisbury’s reputation for prompt and excellent snow clearance and road care.

— Eleven-year-old Neal Kosciusko of Lakeville was half-off his bicycle on Robin Hill Lane last Monday, according to State Police. Approaching the intersection of Wells Hill Road and Robin Hill Lane, he fell off the bike, striking a passing car as he fell. The motorist reportedly continued without stopping, possibly unaware of the accident. No serious injury was reported.

— The Canaan- Falls Village Historical Society is now in the process of preparing for the opening of a Canaan Museum. This branch of the museum, currently maintained in Falls Village, has been a long-time goal of the society. The new museum will be located in the Masonic Building in the area formerly occupied by the Connecticut Western News.

— The historic Covered Bridge at West Cornwall is to be one of the six drawings for the Connecticut Bank and Trust Company’s new personalized line of scenic checks. The series of checks, called Connecticut Heritage Checks, was designed exclusively for Connecticut Bank by artist Richard Welling, a native of Connecticut.


25 years ago — 1996

There hasn’t been a quiet moment at Lakeville Automotive since David Jones opened his repair shop at a former gas station on Main Street in Lakeville last week. Jones is open six days a week and services foreign and domestic cars. A native of the area, he brings to his new business 20 years of experience, most recently at Sharon Autosport.

SHARON — Christopher Miller of Amenia Union Road has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Southern Connecticut State University. The list is composed of students in the top 10 percent of the class.


These items were taken from The Lakeville Journal archives at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library, keeping the original wording intact as possible. To see more archives that are open to all, go to www.scovillelibrary.org.

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