Turning Back the Pages

100 years ago ­— December 1921

SALISBURY — Mrs. Florence Hicks has gone to Brunswick, N.J., to visit her son Parker.


Another Salisbury boy has won a deserved promotion. Mr. Harold Everts who for some time has been in charge of the Venango State Bank at Venango, Neb., has been promoted to the general managership of four banks composing the Haskins chain of banks in Nebraska. He will have the whole management of these banks and receives a very handsome salary for his services. He will probably make his headquarters at Grant, Neb.


Edward Webb Jr. has sold his milk route to Overbrook Farm.


The lakes on Mt. Riga are covered with about seven inches of ice and Long Pond contains about four inches. Lake Wononscopomuc closed over night.


LIME ROCK — Mrs. J. Owens has sold her lower farm known as the Green place to Mr. Lorch of Kent.


The days will now “begin to lengthen and the weather to strengthen” according to the old saying.


50 years ago — December 1971

The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville is considering a proposal to become co-educational as part of a long-range program to meet changing educational needs and challenges.


Richard Barton this week withdrew his application for construction of a car wash in the vacant lot which he owns opposite the old railway depot on Ethan Allen Street in Lakeville. Stating that he had “learned in the Army not to play cards against a stacked deck,” Mr. Barton instead applied for a permit to construct and operate a restaurant on the site. The permit was granted promptly by Zoning Administrator J. Kenneth Athoe.


Mrs. Violet Norton Cunningham, Sharon’s Town Clerk for 20 years, will no longer be at her post at Town Hall as of Jan. 3, when the new Town Clerk, Mrs. Anna Johnson, will take over. Mrs. Cunningham has no specific plans for the future but thought “I’d been town clerk long enough.”


A miniature church, modeled after a church in New Hampshire, was built by Harry Dotson of Silver Lake to celebrate the season. The church, which stands in Mr. Dotson’s front yard, has a miniature altar with figures and a chandelier which lights up. Mr. Dotson plans to add small pews and an organ, made from a toy piano.


Fans of Canaan’s Stanley Segalla or of television’s Captain Kangaroo will have a chance next Friday, Dec. 31, to watch their heroes in action together. Mr. Segalla, famed stunt pilot, will appear with The Captain in a sequence filmed at Rhinebeck, N.Y., this fall. The Captain Kangaroo show is aired in Connecticut on Channel 3, WTIC.


25 years ago — December 1996

LAKEVILLE — Blaming “teachers’ unions, government systems and the media” for his decision to quit the radio call-in show “Straight Talk,” Michael Flint said goodbye to his WQQQ listening audience Sunday morning after 30 months on the air. “Liberals rejoice,” he said.


The Salisbury Association’s Holley House Museum received a $5,250 Connecticut Humanities Council grant this week to further the historical center’s new focus on 19th-century women.


Connecticut Light and Power has presented the town of Sharon a check for $5,283 for installing energy-efficient electrical systems in the renovated Town Hall. According to a CL&P spokesman, the move will save 24,408 kilowatt hours of electricity a year.


The Lakeville Journal Co. LLC this week announced three significant staff changes. Managing Editor Kathryn Boughton is leaving the company, Associate Publisher James Timpano said, in a restructuring of responsibilities and streamlining of costs. Her duties, which include editing the Taconic Week supplement, will for now be assumed by Editor David Parker. Millerton News Editor Heather Heaton  has accepted a position with the Republican-American in Waterbury, and Georgette Navarra has been promoted to Classified Advertising Manager, succeeding Andrea Salvadore, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests.


With its right wheels mired in mud and the driver unable to steer, a dump truck slid for about 100 feet on the shoulder of Lower Road in Canaan Thursday afternoon, narrowly missing a tumble down a steep embankment. Rescue workers spent more than two hours working to free the 20-ton truck, which along with a load of about 30 tons of quarried limestone, ended up at a precarious angle against the guardrails, its tires sunk so deep in the mud its axles touched the road.


These items were taken from The Lakeville Journal archives at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library, keeping the original wording intact as possible. Go to www.scovillelibrary.org to find more archives and history.

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