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100 years ago — January 1923

Those who annually gather ice from the lake are beginning to wonder when it will be thick enough to harvest. At present there is about two feet of snow with about seven inches of ice.


Mr. A.H. Heaton was at his accustomed place in the store again on Tuesday, after being ill for a few days with indigestion.


The chemical truck was called to the White Hart Inn on Tuesday about noon to extinguish a blaze in the kitchen caused by the ignition of a pan of hot grease in the oven. The blaze had the makings of a first class fire, but prompt action with fire extinguishers soon subdued it.


50 years ago — January 1973

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles will soon require more “minimum rump space” for boys and girls who ride the state’s school buses. Students from seventh grade up will be guaranteed at least 15 inches rump space apiece when new regulations developed by Commissioner Robert Leuba and his staff take effect.


The selectmen’s office at Salisbury Town Hall received a telephone call direct from the office of Gov. Thomas Meskill Tuesday afternoon, asking for conservation of fuel oil in all public buildings.


Women students will be enrolled at The Hotchkiss School for the first time in September of 1974. School trustees decided also to enlarge the school’s student body to approximately 500, with a goal of about 150 girls by the fall of 1976.


25 years ago — January 1998

Janet Manko of Lime Rock has been named associate publisher of The Lakeville Journal Co. LLC effective Feb. 2. Publisher A. Whitney Ellsworth made the announcement this week. The company publishes three weekly newspapers, The Lakeville Journal, The Millerton News and The Winsted Journal.


Joan Lamothe is opening a creamery on Canaan Mountain Road in Falls Village next month. The business will feature a variety of cheeses and eventually raw milk.


Dr. William Adam who lives near Beckley Furnace in Canaan has uncovered a document with Ethan Allen’s signature — an agreement to build the first blast furnace in the Northwest Corner in Lakeville at the outlet of Lake Wononscopomuc. The two-page document, written in January 1762 while Mr. Allen was living in Lakeville, was part of a collection of papers found by the late writer Terry Southern in the house he owned next to Dr. Adam.


These items were taken from The Lakeville Journal archives at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library, keeping the original wording intact as possible.

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