Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — October 1917

The large barns of James Landon were totally destroyed by fire on Wednesday evening. The buildings, nine in number, could not be saved although a large crowd from all the surrounding country, including the Lakeville and Salisbury fire companies, were on hand to do what they could. The fire started in one of the large barns at about 7:30 and spread with great rapidity. The live stock in the barns were saved and it was fortunate that the large dairy herd was in pasture at the time. The glare of the fire was seen for miles around and fully 150 automobiles were at the scene. Mr. Landon has the sympathy of his friends in the loss of his fine barns. The loss is estimated at about $10,000.

LAKEVILLE — Miss Ella Roselle has again entered the employ of C.H. Osborn as housekeeper.

TACONIC — Mr. A. Matheson has moved his family and household goods to the cottage at the Renshaw place, where he has begun his new duties.

LAKEVILLE — Three silent policemen will be placed at dangerous points in the village. One will be located near the bank, another at the intersection of the roads near the town sign post and the third near the railroad bridge. They will be illuminated at night.


50 years ago — October 1967

David Jacquier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jacquier of East Canaan, has been named recipient of a Future Farmers of America Regional Award, according to an announcement by the Hartford Electric Light Company. 

FALLS VILLAGE — Now a student at Northwest Connecticut Community College in Winsted, Maureen K. Passini of Undermountain Road will be taking a secretarial course. Miss Passini graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School last June.

John Vickers was outside his antiques shop on Main Street in Lakeville Monday of this week when he saw a small furry animal nibbling the grass near the curb. On approaching he found the visitor to be a baby muskrat. Picking some grass, he preferred it to the small creature, sure that the muskrat would flee the advance. Not at all! With complete trust, the animal waddled over and nibbled the grass from Mr. Vickers’ hand. When it was gone, the little fellow turned and ducked unconcernedly into the storm sewer culvert, disappearing from view.

CORNWALL — Robert Washburn  is attending Hartford University School of Engineering. He graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in June.

Miss Olive B. Haskell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Haskell of Sharon, was married to Asa B. Goddard, son of Mr. and Mrs. George William Goddard of Plainville, Mass., on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Arnoff of Lakeville will sail on Saturday, Oct. 7, on the new Italian ship, Michael Angelo, for a 20-day trip to Spain, Rome and Monte Carlo.

CORNWALL — Sarah, Debbie and Seth Heminway of Granby have been visiting their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Calhoun, while their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C.  Heminway Jr., were vacationing at Cape Cod.


25 years ago — October 1992

Stephanie Clarke of Lakeville will be a contestant in the East Coast Miss Pre-Teen Pageant Oct. 18 in Hartford. She is a seventh grader at Salisbury Central School and the daughter of Sandra Gomez and Stephen Clarke.