Turning Back The Pages - November 19

100 years ago — 1909

CANAAN — Miss Hazel Beeman of Winsted has been visiting her aunt, Mrs. William H. Canfield.

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The Observer (editorial): Typhoid fever is generally traceable to bad drainage or bad sanitary conditions. Look to your cesspools, vaults, etc. before it is too late. The day is coming when Lakeville must have a sewage system. Sooner or later this question must be faced regardless of expense.

John Conway who has been in the employ of E.L. Peabody has resigned to take a position as a fireman on the C.N.E. Railway. He expects to be located at Maybrook.

CANAAN — It is reported that J. Henry Roraback is to organize a large lime company with a main office in Canaan. It is said that there will be plants at all of the points where the New England Lime Co. has kilns, for the purpose of competing with the trust.

50 years ago — 1959

This week William L. Fox Jr. of West Cornwall and Lakeville has announced the purchase of the Cornwall Insurance Agency from Robert Blake, attorney, of West Cornwall.

SHARON — Ted Drum left yesterday with his family for North Carolina where he will open a grocery store and gas station.

FALLS VILLAGE — Miss Becky Foster and Rosemary Foster, accompanied by Mrs. H. Lincoln Foster, spent last Friday and Saturday in New York City, shopping. They stayed with Mrs. Foster’s sister, Mrs. Joseph M. Ford, in Riverdale, N.Y.

25 years ago — 1984

CANAAN — Laurence P. Smith of Collinsville this week took possession of the Canaan Airport after purchasing it from its former owners for $270,000. Smith said he will continue to seek the controversial license change to a commercial license. He stressed that while a commercial license does not necessarily mean increased use of the field, it will allow tighter controls over the facility.

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