Turning Back the Pages
100 years ago — August 1922
ORE HILL — Michael Maloney of Jersey City is visiting his cousins, Daniel and Matthew Maloney.
Classified Adv.: FOUND 8 head of young cattle roaming at large last Sunday. Chas. Harrington, Town Hill.
LIME ROCK — Mrs. Ellen Brusie has had her house wired for electric lights.
50 years ago — August 1972
More than 80 large trees were uprooted or snapped off at the Norfolk estate of Richard Childs and neighboring properties late Monday night when a tornado swept off the east side of Canaan Mountain during a severe thunderstorm. Residents along West Side Road reported hearing “a roar like an engine in a tunnel.”
— Edward Heacox of Calkinstown Road in Sharon has been named a corporator of the Litchfield Savings Bank. Mr. Heacox is owner of the Sharon Pharmacy in the Sharon Shopping Center.
— A farm in North Stonington that has been in the Brown family since 1832 and a farm in Litchfield that has been in the Webster family since 1868 have been designated Century Farms for 1972 by the Connecticut Agricultural Information Council.
25 years ago — August 1997
Department of Transportation Commissioner James Sullivan has agreed a flashing yellow light at the intersection of Route 44 and Lincoln City Road is an appropriate alternative to the proposed construction. The construction project was originally slated to begin next spring and would align Lincoln City Road and Prospect Street and lower the crest of Route 44 four feet. The DOT’s plan met with resistance from residents.
— When crews of United Parcel Service (UPS), which calls itself “the tightest ship in the shipping business,” went on strike Monday, some businesses relied on the old standby, the post office. Because of its strict regulation of handling packages, the postal service is not always the company of choice when it comes to shipping. But when the lead company bows out, the post office and other companies have to step in.
LAKEVILLE — As the ground thawed this past spring, a planter at the Holley House museum seemed to be sinking. When workers from the museum moved it aside, they discovered an underground room beneath it. Thursday, the state archaeologist Nick Bellantoni, said it measured about four by seven feet, and that it could have been a cellar for the general store which once stood on the site, a cistern or even a storage room used by the underground railroad. The dry stone structure did not yield any artifacts.