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 100 years ago — October 1920

SALISBURY— W.S. Thompson who has been farmer at the Salisbury School will terminate his connection with the school November 1st and will move his family to Lakeville occupying the Dr. Peterson place to be vacated by Dr. Tuttle.

SHARON— Mrs. Mary St. John is in the hospital suffering from an injured hip caused by a fall last week. Mrs. St. John although nearly 90 years of age is reported as doing nicely.

LAKEVILLE — The students of the Hotchkiss School were given a holiday on Friday in honor of Richmond Landon’s establishing a record for the high jump in the recent Olympic games at Antwerp.

The road from Ore Hill to the New York state line is practically completed and is a great improvement. The remainder of the road from Ore Hill to Lakeville still needs attention. A little scraping and filling would help much.

50 years ago — October 1970

SHARON — Susan Wanser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wanser of Main Street, was home from Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., last weekend. Barbara Hoskins, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. R. Hoskins, formerly of Sharon, who is also at Emma Willard, accompanied Susan home on her way to spend the weekend with her grandmother.

KENT —Warrant Officer Candidate Charles G. Twomey, 26, recently completed a 20-week training course at Fort Wolters, Tex. He is the son of Charles G. Twomey, Highwatch Farm, Kent.

Philippa Tuttle set up her easel outside the Congregational Church and did a lively business in pastel portraits. During a lull, a small Salisbury boy came up to her and said he would like to have his picture drawn. She told him the price and he walked away downcast. Running after him, she asked him what he could pay. “I have 21 cents,” he said. “It’s a deal,” she told him, and did a portrait sketch of him on the spot. He was delighted and carried off his treasure. Later in the day he returned with an assortment of brothers and sisters, each bringing his or her collection of pennies. Miss Tuttle sketched them all, then just as the Fair was closing, she learned there were more at home. She has asked Mrs. John Fitch to round up the rest of the family soon. “I want to sketch them all,” she said.

25 years ago — October 1995

SHARON — Thinking back on it, Joseph Griskauskas might have smelled the hay smoldering in the old concrete silo for a day or two. “I just didn’t realize it” the 35-year-old dairy farmer said this week. But his Amenia Union Road neighbor Wallace Chase driving to work Friday morning saw smoke issuing from an opening in the silo and called 911 on his cellular phone. Spontaneous combustion, said the firefighters. A little rain in the very hot very dry hay got the chemistry for a fire going. Then it took four companies from two states and an estimated $1,300 worth of foam to extinguish the smoldering. By 11 a.m. everybody could go back to work.

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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