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100 years ago — June 1922

The windows at Brinton’s Garage have attracted many passersby lately. In one window is a good sized stuffed alligator and the next window contains two stuffed diamond backed rattlers, all of which were killed by Mr. Brinton when he was in Florida last winter. The snakes each measure more than seven feet and are wicked looking reptiles.

ORE HILL — Harold Wise had the misfortune to break his arm while playing on the ball ground of the school last Friday.

— The state roads of the town will soon be treated with oil which will allay the dust nuisance where it is applied.

— A handsome new green Wilton velvet carpet has been laid in the sanctuary of St. Mary’s church.


50 years ago — June 1972

Evelyn Dann, a devoted and vital member of the administrative staff at Indian Mountain School, will retire next month. Miss Dann, school secretary and bookkeeper, has served the school for 37 years, longer than anyone else in its history, and has worked with all four of its headmasters.

— Lakeville Journal Editor-Publisher Robert H. Estabrook was honored by Colby College Sunday with the award of a degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. The honorary doctorate was presented by Colby president Robert E. L. Strider during the college’s 151st commencement exercises at Waterville, Maine.

— Maude Ethel Ball, formerly of Salisbury, died Sunday at Winsted Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was the widow of Charles H. Ball, who had served in the Civil War, and was one of the last two Civil War widows in Connecticut. Her age was 86.

— Mr. and Mrs. Miles Messervy of Sharon have sponsored a fully subscribed and most unusual sporting event for this area — a genuine truffle hunt — complete with truffle hounds and trained pigs, beginning June 11 in the late forenoon and ending at about 5 p.m., with a late tea on the Messervy terrace for participants, weather permitting.

— John D. DeVries of Sand Road, Canaan, received his bachelor’s degree this week from the State University Agricultural and Technical College in Cobleskill, N.Y. Mr. DeVries majored in Agricultural Engineering.


25 years ago — June 1997

Severe understaffing of the North Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps has forced its officers to hire EMTs to cover day and some night shifts — at a cost of about $75,000 annually.

— Joshua Epworth of Lime Rock graduated May 17 from Tulane University in New Orleans with a bachelor of arts degree in theater arts. He is the son of Marsden and Anthony Epworth.

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