Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — May 1919

SALISBURY — Hamlet Hill Farm has received a carload of Guernsey cows from Wisconsin. They arrived Tuesday.


CANAAN — Dr. and Mrs. Irving F. Barnes motored from Oyster Bay last week and visited at Henry Barnes’. Mrs. Eugene T. Rowe returned home with them to spend a few days.


SALISBURY — Miss Lucy Reed has gone to Pennsylvania, where she has secured a good position.


LIME ROCK — Mr. E. Amundson is having his house painted white.


SALISBURY — Quite a little excitement was caused on Monday afternoon when it was discovered that the roof of George Ashman’s house was on fire. The blaze was soon put out but not before enough damage was done by fire and water to make the house unfit to be occupied. Mr. Ashman and family are occupying Mrs. Barton’s house until the house is put in shape again. It is not known how the fire started.


LIME ROCK — Mr. Duby is the caretaker of the cemetery for the coming season.


TACONIC — Guy Johnson has leased for a term of years a small building and site on which a stone is to be erected, near the Chapel corner.


A force of men have commenced work at Smith Hill on the new state road. It is said that about 2,000 feet of cement will be laid in the streets of Salisbury and Lakeville.

50 years ago — May 1969

Three cars were stolen, one taken and returned to its garage after being driven around, and an attempt to take another was made in a series of episodes which occurred in Cornwall last Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Besides the car-napping the night included other depredations. One store was broken into and cash taken, and an attempt to enter another resulted in the parties only getting into the basement of the store.


Several local people lent a hand in producing a television commercial at Lime Rock Track recently. Star of the commercial, produced by the National Safety Council, is former racing driver John Fitch of Lime Rock. The purpose of the one-minute spot is to show people that automobile skidding is controllable.


Earlier than the robin and with more assurance than a spring peeper, the weeping willow proclaims spring in a golden haze of glory. It seems strange that a tree as foreign as the weeping willow should symbolize spring to many New Englanders. Yet it does. It has since colonial days, for the weeping willow was an early import, closely associated with the early settlers’ European background.


25 years ago — May 1994

LAKEVILLE — Passersby have wondered at the meaning of the new sign outside a building on U.S. Route 44 between Lakeville and Salisbury that for 34 years has housed the offices and plant of the Lakeville Precision Molding Co. The new sign reads “ITW — Insert Molding Products — Lakeville Division.” Edward Kowalski, new manager of the plant, said the new sign simply is a formal reflection of the plant’s association with Illinois Tool Works, which occurred five years ago.


These news items originally appeared in The Lakeville Journal.