Turning Back The Pages
100 years ago — November 1920
SALISBURY — William Bannahan has gone to Cuba with the Thompson family of Twin Lakes to remain during the winter.
The coal situation is greatly improved in this village, the E.W. Spurr Co. having received a considerable quantity.
LIME ROCK — Mr. Fulkerson is our new milk man.
50 years ago — November 1970
A Salisbury family were the victims of a three-alarm fire last Wednesday night, which devoured the interior of their five-room home on River Road and destroyed most of their furniture and belongings. Herbert Duntz was working on his family’s new home on Undermountain Road when the fire occurred. Mrs. Duntz and her children were away visiting until about 9 p.m., when she returned to find the house in flames. Much of the property lost in the fire was not insured.
The Tree Planting Committee of the Salisbury Association is busy this morning planting trees in Lakeville Center to combat the gaps left where once wineglass elms spread their elegance. The committee has been working several weeks with town and state officials on the tree-planting program. Ward’s Nursery is handling the planting.
KENT — The Board of Selectmen has decided to put the question of blanket road abandonment in the hands of voters and taxpayers. The three town fathers voted Monday night to present to a town meeting a proposal which, if passed, would release the town from any obligation to repair and maintain old roads not listed on the state Town Aid Road list. The selectmen were prodded to such action by the Board of Finance, whose members called for abandonment “so that the town does not become submerged in a road improvement plan which could easily grow to bankrupting proportions.”
25 years ago — November 1995
How much Salisbury real estate is owned by part-time residents? The answer has been a matter of speculation for some years, but now the Land Trust Committee of the Salisbury Association is offering an estimate based on some research of town records. Part-time residents own 60.3 percent of the town’s privately-held acreage, according to a report being provided to land trust members and town officials by Mary Alice White who heads the committee. Full-time residents own only 39.7 percent of Salisbury’s acreage, Ms. White reported, though they make up 56.5 percent of all owners. Part-timers tend to own larger tracts.
SHARON — Voters at a town meeting Friday approved by a hefty majority an additional $1 million to build a water filtration plant off Calkinstown Road bringing the total now to an estimated $2.6 million. The United States Department of Agriculture is granting the water company $1.17 million to build the federally mandated plant.
SALISBURY — At its annual meeting in Montreal, Canada, the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists presented its distinguished service award to Dr. Nicholas A. DiSalvo of Hartsdale, N.Y., Salisbury, Conn., and Fort Pierce, Fla. Dr. DiSalvo served the society over a period of years in several offices, including that of president.
State Rep. Andrew Roraback congratulated Charles Bedell at his 104th birthday celebration last Thursday. Mr. Bedell and two other centenarians, Rose Wood, 100, and Christine Evers, 101, are residents of Sharon Health Care Center and were honored at a special birthday party. Students from Indian Mountain School, who visit the facility every week, formed a time line, recounting events that have occurred in every year since Mr. Bedell’s birth.
These items were taken from The Lakeville Journal archives at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library, keeping the original wording intact as possible.