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Turning Back the Pages - December 6

100 years ago — December 1912

SALISBURY — While cutting corn-stalks last Friday W.B. Clark’s right hand became caught in the machine and three fingers were very seriously injured.

LAKEVILLE — Merrill Fenn of the S.N.E.T. Telephone Co., has gone to Redding Ridge, where he will still be employed by the Telephone Co.

SALISBURY — The meat market has been sold to William Teeter.

LIME ROCK — The Altar Chapter Ladies are to give a sale of fancy articles and food on Thursday evening at the Casino and there will also be a Christmas sale up stairs for the children.

50 years ago — December 1962

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Poley and daughters Dorray and Susan have moved from Lakeville to Torrington, where they will make their home. The Poleys formerly owned the Village Restaurant in Lakeville.

A Connecticut-bred heifer became the Grand Champion Female last week at the largest Aberdeen-Angus show ever held at the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago. Mole’s Hill Blue Lady 1243, with Jim Keen, manager of the Ryan Farm in Sharon, at the halter, attained this honor in the grand finale of the 1962 show season, where the exhibitor list numbered well over 100 owners and represented all areas of the country from coast to coast and across the border into Canada.

25 years ago — December 1987

Haystack Telecommunications Inc. has completed, or is working on, six miles of new cable to serve customers in Sharon and Lakeville, company manager Thomas Farrell said recently. Homes on Westwoods, Mitchelltown and Herrick roads in Sharon will now get service, as will Wells Hill Road, Robin Hill Lane and Woodland Drive in Lakeville.

CORNWALL — As the southern Berkshire Line is readied for its first freight run in 15 years, the Railroad Watch Association threatens to bury, under a storm of paper, the Housatonic Railroad’s bid to upgrade that line.

CANAAN — A collection of videotaped letters between students at North Canaan Elementary School and their counterparts at a junior high school in Kawasaki City in Japan won the top prize recently at the 10th Annual Tokyo Video Festival.

Called “A Bridge Over the Ocean,” the presentation by 14-year-old Katsumori Hosomi was a record of a two-year exchange of letters between the two student groups, and was named Number One among 1,661 entries from 30 countries. “A masterpiece,” the judges called it.

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