Turning Back the Pages - April 5

100 years ago — April 1912

SALISBURY — The residence of Mrs. William Rockwood Warner narrowly escaped destruction by fire on Sunday night at about ten o’clock. Some water was being heated on an oil stove in the kitchen. For some reason the tank holding the oil exploded and blazing oil was thrown in several directions, causing a fierce blaze. The prompt action of Sherman and Clifford Warner in applying fire extinguishers was all that saved the house. The entire interior of the kitchen was scorched and the blaze had started to enter the pantry.

LIME ROCK — Harlow Merriman is taking suckers from the river by the dozen it being favorable weather for fishing.

LAKEVILLE — Edward McCue has purchased the Porter place of his father and informs us that he will put it in good repair, improve the surroundings and thus create at least two good rents.

LIME ROCK — Mrs. Cashdollar had a quilting party Saturday with a few friends and neighbors.

LAKEVILLE — William McCarty has taken a position as fireman at the Hotchkiss School.

50 years ago — April 1962

Steve Blass, who is the property of the Pittsburgh Pirates, may make the big jump from Class B to Triple A baseball this season. Steve has been with the Pittsburgh main squad until two weeks ago. He is now at the minor league training base of the Pirates in Florida and will be definitely assigned to one of their top minor league clubs in the near future.

SHARON — Mr. and Mrs. John Carley moved last Friday from their home on Gay Street, where they had lived for many years, to the new home their son, Donald Carley, has built for them on Hilltop Road.

25 years ago — April 1987

Workmen who began the project of rebuilding the Salisbury Town Hall last week were surprised to find a cat living in a portion of the old foundation. The cat, which was turned over to Town Clerk Louise McGrath, promptly gave birth to four kittens. Anyone interested in adopting them should call Mrs. McGrath at 435-9511.

It was no April fooling that the ice went out on Lake Wononscopomuc early on the morning of April 1 this year. It was the latest ice-out in five years, according to Town Grove Manager John Pogue.

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