Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — April 1919

SALISBURY — Philip W. Warner has gone to Panama where he has a good position with the United Fruit Growers Association.


The first thunderstorm of the season occurred Monday evening.


LAKEVILLE — Donald M. Thrall, who has been spending the winter in the south, having been employed as chauffeur at Palm Beach, returned to his home here last Thursday.


David A. Doty announces the opening of his ice business. He will also do trucking and carting of ashes, rubbage, etc. at reasonable rates. A phone call is all that is necessary to secure his services. See his adv. elsewhere.


LAKEVILLE — A large elm tree near P.P. Everts’ residence which had been loosened by the recent storm and was leaning dangerously on Monday was stripped of its branches by the workmen of the Telephone and Electric light companies and rendered safe. The trunk will be taken down later on.


Fire at the plant of the Connecticut Lime Co. just east of Canaan caused a loss of $40,000 on Saturday evening. The tower, two kilns and a quantity of lime were destroyed.


50 years ago — April 1969

Phillip Lovett, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Lovett Sr. of Salisbury, got a big thrill last Saturday when school friends began calling him to congratulate the lad on the fact that he had his picture in this week’s issue of TV Guide. Phillip appeared in a feature photo, with Dick Smothers of the famed Smothers Brothers television program which was taken at Lime Rock Park last Labor Day when the star raced here.


The 350-acre site of Lime Rock Park had changed owners twice in one day but no progress was announced on lifting the court ban which closed down sports car racing after the Labor Day races. Papers filed in Town Clerk Lila Nash’s office on April 1 showed that the Lime Rock Corporation, operator of the track, exercised its option to purchase the 350 acres from Autosport Properties Inc. of which John Norwood is the principal, for $125,000. Then the Lime Rock Corporation immediately sold the property for $190,000 to Paul Lincoln Cornell Jr. of Washington Depot, as trustee for an undisclosed owner. Mr. Cornell then leased the property for five years to the Lime Rock Corporation.


Abraham Brown, operator of the Lone Oak Camp Sites, has filed for a new car dealer license on the corner of Route 44 and Brown’s Lane in East Canaan. A hearing on the request is scheduled at the Town Hall on April 17 at 2 p.m. Mr. Brown plans to sell new camp trailers in conjunction with his camp ground operation.


25 years ago — April 1994

SHARON — Robert M. Finn and his wife, Anne, have returned from Ukraine where he served as a volunteer with the International Executive Service Corps. The not-for-profit organization provides managerial and technical assistance to private enterprises in developing countries.

These items originally appeared in The Lakeville Journal.