Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — November 1921

Word has been received from Mr. J.W. Cuineen, Superintendent of the Central New England Railway, that in the future the Salisury Station will be opened and heated on Sunday for the accommodation of patrons of Sunday trains.


LIME ROCK — Edward Carter of Lakeville was in town Sunday calling on his old school mates.


The favorite occupation of the average Lakeville resident at present is raking leaves and building bonfires.


LAKEVILLE — William Bradley Jr. has been exhibiting a good sized hoot owl to his friends. Bill captured the bird on the J.R. Taylor place recently.


Hilen Eggleston of Lime Rock has taken a position at Farnam Tavern.


Stanley Mather will soon move into a part of Burt Ball’s house on Church Street, recently vacated by Madison Silvernale.


60 years ago — November 1961

Albert W. Olsen of Lime Rock was elected President of the Board of Trustees of Sharon Hospital at the annual meeting held last Saturday. He succeeds Dr. Bradley Coley, who died on June 1.


SHARON — When two pranksters at 1:30 last Monday morning fired cherry bombs at his house, a Calkinstown Road resident fired a charge of bird shot at the intruders, wounding one in the left arm and both legs. The teen was treated at Sharon Hospital and released the next morning. His companion was uninjured. The resident was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and the youths were arrested on charges of breach of peace and illegal discharge of fireworks.


The first concrete steps toward doing something about public fallout shelters will take place within the next 30 days when a group of architects and engineers will move into the Salisbury area to conduct a survey of public buildings for that purpose, L.S. Neely, local Civil Defense Director, told the Journal this week.


Plans to reopen Geer Memorial Hospital as a community general hospital in Canaan were changed with the announcement yesterday  by a hospital spokesman that the building will open this week instead as an institution for chronic and convalescent hospital patients. Frank L. Jacobs said the state had granted the license to operate as The Geer Memorial Sanitarium and Hospital.


Correction: In last week’s Journal, some of the first copies off the press mixed the warp and woof of a carpeting advertisement for the Housatonic Rug Shop so that it seemed as though another merchant had gone into the business. We caught it on the press, but to those few readers who may have headed the wrong way in their search for wall-to-wall decorating, we apologize and bow in the direction of Cornwall Bridge.


FALLS VILLAGE — The Edward Wildey family has moved to the home on Dublin Road formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Kay Peterson.


A dog of mixed parentage, one that onlookers believe was Ronald Wike’s, caused great excitement in the Lover’s Lane area of town last Thursday afternoon when she got caught in a culvert under the road and was freed only when Harold Jones and Dick Murtagh of the Town Road Crew removed part of the culvert with a John Deere scoop shovel. After the dog (who showed her gratitude by happily rolling on the grass at their feet) had gone off, the men repaired the culvert and the road over it. Mr. W.M. Kimball, who reported the dog’s dilemma, said he thought Mr. Jones and Mr. Murtagh deserved credit, not only for all their work, but also for their attitude of interest in the trapped dog.


CANAAN — To widen the entrance to the parking lot used by customers of the First National and Colonial Theatre, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Boscardin  of Railroad Street is being moved from its former location at the entrance to the parking lot to a new site on Bragg Street.


25 years ago — November 1996

LAKEVILLE — Fairfield Farms ranked as largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Connecticut, having recorded 63 head of Angus with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 1996, according to Richard L. Spader, association executive vice president.


Todd Baker is in stable condition and recovering at Hartford Hospital this week following the crash Friday of the small plane he was piloting. But there is a long road to rehabilitation ahead for the 24-year-old Canaan resident who sustained severe injuries when the single engine Bellanca crashed into the Konkapot River in Sheffield, Mass. shortly after takeoff from Canaan Airport. There were no passengers on board. Todd is the son of Ronald and Joan Baker, owners of the Canaan Market.


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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