Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — December 1918

SALISBURY — William Parsons is the new clerk at Dickinson’s Drug Store.


Major Joseph Bidleman Bissell, the noted surgeon and radium specialist, died Monday at his home, 46 West 55th St., New York, in his 60th year. He had been ill only three days, and had come home for Thanksgiving from Fort McHenry, near Baltimore, Md., where he had been chief surgeon and had contracted infection of the blood.


While the section men were burning the dead grass along the railway tracks at Cook’s cut last Monday, a spark ignited the roof of the large barn at the Cook place and made things lively for a short time. The blaze was promptly fought with fire extinguishers and a bucket brigade consisting of neighbors with the help of some Millerton men who were rushed to the spot in autos. Mr. Cummings, who occupies the Cook place, entered the barn, crawling up under the roof just in time to bat out a small blaze in the straw with his cap and then he proceeded to cut a hole in the roof. His prompt action without doubt saved the barn which was full of unthreshed grain and hay. Damage was slight.


SALISBURY — Fred Seeley has purchased a five-passenger Reo car of Brewer Bros. in Canaan.


LIME ROCK — Mrs. E.B. Carter has been suffering with blood poisoning in her hand.


50 years ago — December 1968

Having spent many hours on national highways with state troopers studying traffic problems, and then writing articles about it for national publications, Edward D. Fales of Lime Rock Station is now bringing out a book (slated for 1969 publication) summarizing his ideas on Advanced Driving Techniques.


The Lakeville Precision Molding Inc. is carrying out a $50,000 construction project to double its manufacturing plant area on Route 44 in Lakeville, Richard M. Bell, president and co-founder of the eight-year-old company, announced this week.


“Harold” the friendly dog who was missing several days from his home, the Williams Clarkes of Cornwall Bridge, week before last, was found dead this past week beside the railroad tracks up above his home. He had evidently been hit by one of the freight trains which occasionally go through.


25 years ago — December 1993

SALISBURY — Donald Buckley, who with his wife Gloria runs an antiques business on Main Street, acquired his certificate as a master model railroader earlier this fall during a ceremony at the International Model Railroader’s association’s national convention in Valley Forge, Pa. He became only the 199th person to have achieved this advanced degree. The organization numbers 20,000 railroad buffs worldwide.


Items have been selected from past issues of The Lakeville Journal.