Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — October 1917

TACONIC — Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Pentecost left Wednesday for a motor trip to points in western Massachusetts including the training camp at Ayer.


SALISBURY — Charles Hardisty, who has been conducting the Edward Barton farm, has given up his lease of the farm and has entered the employ of W.B. Rand.

Three cent postage and 2 cent postal cards will soon be in operation, one of the few reminders that the country is at war.

SALISBURY — While returning from church on Sunday, Frank Fitzsimmons who is employed at Evergreen Farm had a dangerous and exciting experience. The evener on the wagon broke, frightening the horse and causing it to run. Mr. Fitzsimmons was thrown out, one wheel passing over the back of his head and cutting a gash that required nine stitches. Mrs. Fitzsimmons and child were also thrown out and somewhat cut and bruised. However, all parties are doing well at present.

LAKEVILLE — Master Ernest Tompkins is in the Sharon Hospital due to a broken left arm which he sustained by attempting to climb onto the back of a wagon on Monday.

CANAAN — Jerome Root of the Canaan Mercantile Co. is on a week’s vacation.


50 years ago — October 1967

The eighth grade in Cornwall Consolidated School had started raising money toward a class trip but when, two weeks ago, they heard about the plight of hundreds of victims of Hurricane Beulah in Texas, they decided to send off a donation from their small fund. Mrs. Sarah B. Schwab, their teacher, sent their contribution in the form of a check to a relief center in Texas.

LAKEVILLE — Airman Bobbie C. Palmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter P. Palmer of Farnam Road, has now been assigned to the Air Force Technical Training Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., for specialized schooling as a communications specialist. Airman Palmer is a 1967 graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

FALLS VILLAGE — Mrs. Lena Blodgett of Prospect Street will be celebrating her 96th birthday this Saturday, Oct. 14, although she is, unfortunately, in the hospital. Friends have been urged to send cards addressed to her at the Litchfield County Hospital, Winsted, Room 209.

A 12-car passenger train carrying about 500 people arrived in Canaan last Sunday afternoon. In these days of the dying railroad, Sunday’s trip was a first, as never before had a train come from Philadelphia to Canaan. The trip took a total of 6 1/2 hours with a stop over in Canaan of less than one hour before returning to Philadelphia. Sunday’s train, named the Fall Foliage Special, was sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

CANAAN — Word has been received that Frank B. Richardson, formerly of Canaan, died in Sarasota, Fla., on Thursday Oct. 6. He was born in 1889 in Monmouth, Me., and graduated from Bates College in 1911. He came to Canaan as principal of the high school in 1919, in which capacity he remained until 1939, when RHS was opened.


25 years ago — October 1992

CANAAN — The emphasis is on fun and food this weekend at the Freunds Farm Market Fall Festival. According to Theresa Freund, anticipation is running high as the farm marks its fifth annual Columbus Day weekend event. The festivities will include a tour of the working dairy farm with its 185 milk cows, calf hutches and 200,000-gallon milk storage tanks.