Turning Back the Pages
100 years ago — January 1923
Judge and Mrs. Donald T. Warner, Miss Lois Warner of Salisbury and Mr. William E. Fulton of Waterbury sailed last week on the Steamer Sytic for an extended cruise in the Mediterranean and other points in Europe.
LIME ROCK — Alfred Dunn is home from Lakeville having an abcess on his heel.
Owing to the deep snow and bad traveling, our mail carrier had to walk and carry mail.
Mrs. James Van Dyke, Mrs. Arthur VanDeusen and Mrs. Michael Dunn were the victims of an upset while driving in a sleigh near the Kenyon place on Main Street on Tuesday of last week. A car coming up on the rear of the rig with flapping skid chains caused the horse to jump suddenly overturning the sleigh. Mrs. Van Dyke received a bruised hip and Mrs. VanDeusen a bruised cheek, but fortunately no very serious injuries. The horse ran for a short distance but was quickly stopped.
50 years ago — January 1973
The proposed relocation and expansion of U.S. Route 44 between West Hartford and North Canaan will be deferred “indefinitely.” Gov. Thomas J. Meskill made the announcement Wednesday night. He said the state would instead explore mass transit possibilities.
“Even the Good Lord can’t provide snow when the temperature is in the 50s.” With that comment, directors of the Salisbury Winter Sports Association decided last Thursday that the annual Salisbury ski jumps, originally set for this weekend, will be rescheduled for Feb. 24 and 25.
Strange as it may seem, that reddish stuff visible under the ice on Lake Wononscopomuc is really blue green algae. This type of algae is normally found in warm weather in a band about six feet thick, about 32 feet below the surface of the lake. Edward “Ted” Davis, chairman of the conservation is “alive and growing,” a phenomenon for which he can offer no explanation.
John Burne has been appointed manager of the Sharon branch of the New Milford Savings Bank. Burne, who is replacing former manager Thomas Husted, has been living in Sharon since August of last year.
Kent firemen assisted in quelling a fire on a utility pole near Berkshire Transformer on Friday which caused a blackout in Kent and Cornwall that morning.
For the seventh consecutive year Nancy Baroody of Lakeville has won the coveted “Horse of the Year” award from the American Horse Shows Association.
25 years ago — January 1998
The worst part of it was trying to walk on the ice -- “solid sheets of it.” That was the sharpest memory Connecticut Light & Power men normally based in Falls Village brought back with them from Canada and New Hampshire where they voluntarily went to help after the recent ice storm. “We had to go over fence after fence,” crew member Wayne Douglas said of his time in Canada. Nobody was hurt, but they were bruised from frequent falls. He and Harold Nadeau, Larry Butts and Ed Wilbur were in Canada for eight days, returning home last Friday.
The deteriorating relationship between the town of Falls Village and architect Jim Lawler disintegrated last night when he resigned from the Lee H. Kellogg School project. Mr. Lawler had become increasingly disturbed by the town’s refusal to accept his estimates, reworking the scope of the project, and denying additional payment for him to work with the construction management company.
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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