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Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — June 1919

SALISBURY — Thomas Finnegan is driving a Maxwell touring car.

 

CANAAN — John C. Jackson has gone to the House of Mercy, Pittsfield, for treatment.

 

LAKEVILLE — Editor A.W. Krause of Canaan was in town Tuesday and purchased a Reo car of A.S. Martin.

 

SHARON — Mrs. Robert Dowd has moved into the Prindle apartment vacated by Miss Parrott.

 

LAKEVILLE — After July 1st, M.E. Miller will conduct her shoe, trunk and bag departments on strictly cash basis and in order to meet competition will allow a liberal discount on all purchases.

 

CANAAN — The Borden people are now sending a truck to Chatham, N.Y., for ice as they are short at their Canaan plant.

 

LAKEVILLE — Selectman Lorigan last week applied a coat of oil to some of the roads in the village. The relief from the dust nuisance is noticeable.

 

Peter Johnson is now learning to operate the new motor trucks which Hotchkiss School has installed to replace its team.

 

50 years ago — June 1969

The historic, 128-year-old West Cornwall Covered Bridge apparently is not doomed to a fate of being closed to vehicular traffic after all. Dr. Robert Norton, engineer of bridges and structures for the State Highway Department, said Tuesday he recognized the problems caused by lowering the load limit on May 29 from 10 to 4 tons, but that it was done “to prolong the life of the bridge.”

 

Vassar College’s Fiftieth Reunion Class, 1919, has given the college a fund honoring Miss Sarah Gibson Blanding of Lakeville, president of Vassar from 1946 to 1964.

 

In a recent drive for funds to aid the Connecticut Society for the Prevention of Blindness, contributors from the town of Sharon were the sixth highest givers of all towns in the state.

 

The efforts of worried townspeople of Cornwall and Falls Village about a dangerous intersection have brought some results. Falls Village First Selectman Miles Blodgett has received word that the State Highway Department plans to lower the bridge railings on the south side of the bridge on U.S. 7 that is directly adjacent to the Warren Turnpike Road.

 

25 years ago — June 1994

FALLS VILLAGE — An unusual furry visitor has begun dropping in on his Falls Village neighbors recently, leaving them unsure of what to think of his intimidating presence. What Buddy Marshall at first thought to be a large dog on the deck of his Route 7 home last Thursday morning turned out to be a black bear. After sniffing around the grill and chairs, and nibbling on some parsley and a rhododendron bush, the bear sauntered off.

 

News items were selected from past issues of The Lakeville Journal.