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Turning Back the Pages - May 3

100 years ago — 1912

SALISBURY — Mrs. Chas Wanger while visiting her daughter, Mrs. Freeman Dempsey in Canaan, had the misfortune to fall down stairs and sprain her ankle. She was brought home in an automobile Sunday.

To a person living in Connecticut, it seems hard to realize that boulders are so scarce in other sections of the country that, when one is needed for a fountain, it is necessary to send to Connecticut for one. Such is the case, however, and Taylor & Buckingham at New Milford last week assisted in loading upon a car a five-ton boulder consigned to Saginaw, Mich., where it is to form the base of a fountain. If there is anything these hills and valleys are long on, perhaps relics of the glacial period, it is boulders of all sizes and shapes, and if there is anyone else in that flat middle west desiring a few boulders, they are here for the asking.

Emil Heinz and wife spent Saturday and Sunday at the Hotel “Rocky Dell.” Mr. Heinz is the popular meat dealer from Falls Village.

Bartram and Flynn have added to their delivery service two handsome up-to-date wagons, and just notice how straight Cero, Peter and Thorne set up when on their rounds.

50 years ago — 1962

A wind-felled pine tree, dragging down electric wires, started a stubborn forest and brush fire on Sugar Loaf Mountain on the Sharon side of the Housatonic River at Cornwall Bridge last Friday, a little after noon. As the dry spell had made tinder of the woodlands, the fire immediately took a firm hold and both Cornwall and Sharon Fire Departments plus five fire wardens and extra volunteers spent several hours bringing it under control.

KENT — Members of the League of Women Voters met at the home of Miss Dorothy Hopson last Thursday for the annual meeting and voted to disband as of May 31.

25 years ago — 1987

FALLS VILLAGE — The Inn will try to reopen this weekend, said owner Pat Hibbits, after a fire on April 23 closed the place down for 10 days. The fire erupted behind the stove in the kitchen, after the ductwork piping from the stove radiated into a wire-filled box on a wooden wall. Fire chief Ed Dickinson said this was not an electrical fire but that the wood in the old building had become dry.

Funeral services were held Wednesday April 29 for George Ernst, a prominent Salisbury businessman and owner of Shagroy Market, who died Saturday morning in a rafting accident along a remote stretch of the Cheat River in West Virginia. Mr. Ernst was one of five Connecticut people who were thrown from their 16-foot raft while running the rapids along a stretch of water known as “The Big Nasty.”

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