Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — October 1918

Sugar should not cost Connecticut housewives more than eleven cents a pound, according to Robert Scoville, Connecticut’s Federal Food Administrator, who added, in a statement made yesterday, that on much sugar eleven cents was really an excessive price for some time to come.


Church, school and movies are closed until further notice, because of influenza.


TACONIC — Mr. and Mrs. Hanlon are recovering, and George and Emma Brayen are ill with influenza.


Lost — A new Goodrich tire with rim, 34 x 4, somewhere between Millerton and West Cornwall. If found please notify W.B. Hubbard, West Cornwall and receive reward.


Henry Atkins, who was employed in the big munitions plant which was wrecked last week at S. Amboy arrived home on Tuesday. Henry was about to enter the main entrance of the plant when the explosion occurred, was thrown many feet and severely bruised and shaken up. A guard who stood within a few feet of him was instantly killed. Henry says the scene was beyond description and the stories appearing in the press were no exaggeration.


50 years ago — October 1968

The strange case of the theft of a 3-foot, 400-pound, solid lead owl was revealed Monday when an unusual want ad was telephoned to The Lakeville Journal for publication in this issue. It reads: “$100 REWARD for information leading to the apprehension of the perpetrator who removed one solid lead owl weighing approximately 400 lbs. and measuring three feet high from a private estate in Cornwall. Please call 435-9750.”


Neatly dressed in the prescribed “jackets and ties,” six youthful defendants aged 16 to 19 passed muster when they appeared before 18th Circuit Court Judge Yale Matzkin in Salisbury Oct. 3. Two men, in their early 30s, did not fare so well. Judge Matzkin sternly informed the coatless men in sport shirts that “if you ever have the occasion to appear in court again, be sure to wear jackets and ties.” During a recess, Judge Matzkin said parents’ lack of proper dress irritated him more than that of youths because “parents should set a good example.”


NORFOLK — Mrs. James Kelley was sworn in as Town Clerk Saturday morning at the Town Clerk’s Office by Town Attorney Edward J. Quinlan Jr.


SHARON — Miss Jane Wolcott began a two week vacation on Tuesday from her duties at the office of Dr. G.S. Gudernatch.


25 years ago — October 1993

Coyote sightings in the Northwest Corner used to be rare. This year, however, they are commonplace. One was even seen near Porter Street, within about 100 yards of The Lakeville Journal offices. Their characteristic night tine yowling is becoming more frequent than the calls of local owls.


NORFOLK — In order to comply with new federal environmental regulations that took effect last Friday, Norfolk opened a temporary transfer station Saturday, ushering in the first phase of the town’s post landfill era.


Items are taken from past issues of The Lakeville Journal.