Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — September 1921

LIME ROCK — Mrs. Fenton burned her hand quite badly one day this week.


James Bradey, the general handyman, wishes to say that he will do any kind of work the coming winter; furnaces cared for, snow shoveled, in fact if you want such work done he is your man. Better see him now and engage him for the coming winter.


LIME ROCK — Mrs. Gillette is suffering from hay fever.


50 years ago — September 1971

Chief Circuit Court Judge John J. Daly this week defended the abandonment of court sessions in 17 localities including Salisbury and North Canaan as necessary for the courts to survive. The number of criminal cases handled by the circuit courts has increased 60 percent over the past 10 years and the number of motor vehicle cases 120 percent with no additional judges, he told The Lakeville Journal.


Edward Ernest Kleinschmidt, who celebrated his 96th birthday last Thursday at his Twin Lakes residence, has racked up an impressive score of patents in his long telecommunications career. At last count they totaled 118, including the teletype machine, a phototelegraph, a macaroni-twisting device and the telescripter, which enables car and truck operators to receive printed messages while traveling on the road.


The Xavier Kollmeier house on Woodland Drive, Lakeville, has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shanley. Mr. Shanley is the new manager of the Canaan office of the Southern New England Telephone Company. The Shanleys have four daughters.


David Colt, 21, of Winsted, was taken to Sharon Hospital last Thursday night after a one-car crash in Salisbury. State Police report that Colt was traveling west on Route 44 east of Salisbury center, when his car ran off the left side of the road and struck a bridge abutment. The car was totally demolished. Colt escaped with facial lacerations and a fractured ankle and was reported in satisfactory condition in the intensive care unit at Sharon Hospital on Monday.


Construction on the Sharon condominiums continues apace this week. Builders Desmond and Yovan recently granted an easement to the Hotchkiss Library for its driveway and parking area, according to records at the Town Clerk’s office. The library granted an easement to the builders to lay sewer, storm and water pipe lines over library property.


A new optical center opened in Lakeville this week on the triangle of land bounded by Farnam Road and Route 41. The proprietor is Daniel Longaven, a tall, friendly man with dark wavy hair who took up residence in Amesville last year with his wife, Doris, and two teenaged children.


25 years ago — September 1996

The 10-pointed star on the green is gone. And the 29-year-old “tradesman,” as the starmaker calls himself, wants it back. At midnight three Saturdays ago, he unloaded 100 pounds of gorgeously painted steel on the triangle of grass in Cornwall Bridge where routes 4 and 7 meet. “My wife helped me,” he said in an interview this week. Then the two of them went home to see what would happen. “I was expecting a little reaction of course, and then after a month or two I’d take it away, in all anonymity.” But that is not exactly what happened. The star stirred a LOT of reaction. And then somebody ELSE took it away. But the anonymity is something he wants to hold on to, for a while anyway. “I’m not an artist. This is just a hobby,” he said.


Lee Ellen Sohl, the new Title One instructor at Kent Center School, has a lot to keep her busy. She has a collection of animals that numbers well over 40 and she brings her well-known petting zoo to numerous village events. She is a teacher, an artist, one of Kent’s dog wardens, an ice hockey coach, a newspaper columnist and vice president of the PTA. When she installed herself at her new Center School desk last week, she brought with her four hermit crabs for company. It seems certain she will incorporate her pets and her love of animals into the new teaching position.


Cara Buck has been promoted to director of sales and marketing at radio stations WKZE AM and WKZE FM. Ms. Buck has been with WKZE for almost two years and has extensive prior sales experience.


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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