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Turning Back the Pages - November 22

100 years ago — November 1912

LIME ROCK — Frank Chase has resigned his position as chauffeur, which he has held for the past three years with Mr. C.W. Barnum. George Belcher now fills the vacancy.

SALISBURY — There is no school in Room 2, as Miss Lena Clark is ill.

LIME ROCK — John Barnum had a narrow escape from death while walking out of a window in his sleep and falling. He sustained a wrenched knee and several other bruises and cuts.

50 years ago — November 1962

A Canaan deer was struck on Nov. 13 while it was running across Route 7. The car, which was driven by Ronald Richards, age 30, of Sand Lake, N.Y., was moderately damaged on the front left side.

CANAAN — Leland Dovell of Railroad Street quietly observed his 82nd birthday at his home on Monday. Mr. Dovell retired from the New Haven Railroad in 1943 after 43 years of service. He is a 55-year member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, W.H. Stevens Lodge of Pittsfield, Mass.

25 years ago — November 1987

Several sightings of black bears in the Northwest Corner over the last few weeks have confronted residents with a thorny question: How many bears are bearable? The question was highlighted last week when a hungry black bear destroyed Norfolk resident Mary Hall’s beehives. “Over a two-day period, he completely destroyed the hives I’ve kept for years.”

AMENIA, N.Y. — Beatrix “Trixi” Strauss, 77, widow of the late William J. Strauss, of Home Farm in Amenia, died Nov. 14 at her home. Throughout Northeast New York state and the Northwest Corner of Connecticut, Mrs. Strauss was known for her birding expertise (having attained a “life list” of 600 species just last year) and for her bridge finesse. She was also known for her dedication to conservation and environmental issues, her love of music, and her general zest for life, which, despite recent health setbacks, continued to the end.

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