Turning Back The Pages
100 years ago — April 1921
SALISBURY — H.R. Brinton has delivered a Studebaker limousine to Secretary of State D.J. Warner and a Cletrac tractor to E.A. Lucier of Norfolk.
ORE HILL — John Rowe and family have moved from Great Barrington, Mass., and are occupying one of the Salisbury Iron Corporation houses.
— Householders are busy polishing up their yards and lawns and housewives have been badly bitten by the housecleaning bug.
LAKEVILLE — Mr. E.E. Bartram, who injured one of his legs by slipping from a step ladder last week is once more on duty at Roberts store, although still compelled to use crutches.
50 years ago — April 1971
Sixth District U.S. Representative Ella T. Grasso (D-Conn.) has written to a U.S. Postal Service official in Washington on seeking a reversal of the Service’s decision not to re-establish a postal unit in the Taconic community in Salisbury. The Taconic postal facility burned down on Jan. 31.
— People in Salisbury and nearby towns are mourning the loss of Wallace W. Barr DDS, a good and gentle man and a dedicated dentist. Dr. Barr suffered a stroke Friday and died Monday in Sharon Hospital.
(For a story on the controversial pumped-storage water site proposed for either Falls Village or Sheffield, Mass., please see the April 8, 1971 edition, page 1. Link is www.scoville.advantage-preservation.com/viewer. For the Northeast Utilities report, please see the last page of that issue. A little bonus in this week’s column.)
25 years ago — April 1996
CORNWALL — In just 37 minutes residents at Saturday night’s town meeting remedied Cornwall’s most vexing real estate problem. They voted yes to selling Rumsey Hall, a colossal and disintegrating hulk on Bolton Hill Road, to real estate developer Andrew Hingson.
— “Ice out” on Lake Wononscopomuc — generally a good indicator that winter is losing its grip — came last Friday, March 29. According to observer/ chronicler Rodney G. Aller of Lakeville, this year’s ice season was longer than usual, but no record breaker.
NORFOLK — The historic Apple House building was sold at auction to the highest of four bidders last Saturday. National Loan Investors of Oklahoma City, the mortgage holders, paid $60,000 for the vacant Route 44 structure. Badly in need of repairs, the property was appraised for the sale at $30,000.
These items were taken from The Lakeville Journal archives at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library, keeping the original wording intact as possible.