Turning Back The Pages - November 12

100 years ago — 1909

SHARON — Mr. George Klebes is having his house wired for electric lights.

R.C. Miller has been in bed since Friday owing to a peculiar accident of which he was the victim. While he was passing between the work benches in his shop a quantity of galvanized sheet iron roofing which was leaning against the bench in the center of the room fell over, pinning him against the opposite bench in such a position that he was helpless. As the metal weighed about 1,000 pounds, it was a wonder that both of Mr. Miller’s legs were not broken.

A couple of passersby heard his cries for help, rushed into the shop, lifted the metal and released him just in time to prevent his fainting. Both legs were badly lacerated and Mr. Miller was confined to the bed for several days, being unable to walk.

A large force of men are working at the Berkshire Power Co.’s dam, building a wing wall on the west bank of the Housatonic river so as to prevent the river from carrying the bank downstream.

LIME ROCK — J. Flynn met with what might have been quite a serious accident. His horse stumbled, threw him out, breaking his nose.

50 years ago — 1959

The latest star, for the new state of Hawaii, shone among the other 49 on the flag flying from the pole in front of Salisbury Products, Pocket Knife Square, Lakeville. Frederick Leubuscher raised the new flag in honor of Veterans Day, though the official date on which the star is to be added to the flag is July 4, 1960. The new state was admitted to the Union on Aug. 21.

Two daylight robberies took place in Canaan between 1 and 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, one in Fuller Hardware Store, the other in Hart’s Five Ten and Twenty Five Cent Store. $60 was taken from the unattended cash register in Fuller’s and $105 was taken from the safe in Franklin Hart’s office in the back of the store. Trooper Joseph Janco is in charge of the investigation.

25 years ago — 1984

CANAAN — Work started this week on new sidewalks along the western side of Church Street. The walks are being installed to end a controversy over a young schoolgirl who was walking along the edge of U.S. Route 44 to her bus.

CANAAN — Martha and Pat Pallone greeted about 1,800 well-wishers Sunday when they opened their new Canaan Pharmacy. Visitors were treated to an extensive buffet, music and gifts.

Taken from decades-old Lake-ville Journals, these items contain original spellings and phrasings.

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