Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1919

SALISBURY — Arthur Dubois is visiting his parents.


The question of oil on the roads is becoming very acute, and it is hoped that the community will not be left in the lurch unexpectedly as it was last year.


SALISBURY — G.H. Selleck had the hard luck to lose a valuable horse last week.


SHARON — Mrs. John Carley, who fell last week breaking a leg, is reported as doing well at the hospital.


CANAAN — E.B. Stone has purchased of Mrs. George Wilcox the old blacksmith shop on Railroad street and house now occupied by George Potter.


LAKEVILLE — Miss Ida Spurr and Mrs. A.B. Hall are sojourning at Atlantic City.


The New Haven railroad as a retrenchment measure is to close the Central New England roundhouse in the West Winsted yards and housing CNE locomotives at the roundhouse in the east end.


50 years ago — March 1969

Mrs. Mae (Schoeck) Sanka of Sharon died March 19 at Sharon Hospital after a long illness. Her body was sent to Massachusetts Institute of Technology for study because of a curious circumstance which, at one time, gained national publicity. Mrs. Sanka was one of the last survivors of the so-called “radium girls” who had worked in a Waterbury clock and watch factory, painting the luminous dials on watch faces. With her husband, Michael Sanka, she operated the Sanka Jewelry Shop in Millerton for many years, and after retirement helped the Donald Knowltons out at the Woodland Coffee Shop in Lakeville. Born in Waterbury, Dec. 10, 1903, she was the daughter of the late George and Mae (Thompson) Schoeck.


FOR RENT (adv.) LOVELY pine-paneled store about 16x24 with show windows, new awnings and canopy. $70 per month. Falls Village, 824-5224.


The Rev. Joseph Forte’s special meat sauce and hard work by members of the Council of Catholic Women resulted in a financial and gourmet success for the Italian supper served at St. Mary’s Church in Lakeville Monday night.


25 years ago — March 1994

FALLS VILLAGE — South Canaan Meetinghouse has regained its original appearance following the restoration of a Palladian window in its south wall. The window, removed a century ago, was restored last week.


SALISBURY — The town now has a local gravel source on Dugway Road following Planning and Zoning Commission approval of a Selectman’s application last week. The PZC approved First Selectman Bud Trotta’s application last week to reactivate gravel pit operations at the Goodwin property on Dugway Road for exclusive town use.


These items were pulled from past Lakeville Journals.