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100 years ago — May 1921

SALISBURY — A pleasant party was enjoyed last Thursday by Master Paul Parsons and six of his young friends. Everyone had a fine time.


ORE HILL — Miss Mary O’Loughlin is assisting Mrs. Shaw at the Interlaken Inn which opens this week for the season.


A fund is being raised to provide a Ford car for Miss Frink’s work for the Salisbury Association and The Child Welfare League. It is earnestly desired that anyone interested in this work should send a contribution, however small, for it is needed and will be welcome. Contributions may be sent to Mr. W.W. Norton, Treas.


LIME ROCK — Jack Frost was in town Monday night.


LAKEVILLE — The Robbins Burrall Trust Co. have just received a large portrait of Samuel S. Robbins who was one of the founders of Robbins Burrall and Co. in 1874. This portrait is the gift of his daughter, Mrs. Sarah R. Lyman and of the children of his daughter, Mary R. Church.


50 years ago — May 1971

A raging fire of undetermined origin completely destroyed the 80-year-old Interlaken Inn, a resort hotel and Lakeville landmark, early Thursday morning, May 20. No one was seriously injured in the four-alarm blaze, but inn manager William D. Rogers and nine other men who had been sleeping in the inn while doing work there narrowly escaped with their lives. Two paperhangers had to jump from a second-story window. Anthony J. Peters, Interlaken’s president, estimated the loss at about $500,000.


SALISBURY — Nelson Whitbeck, chairman of the Salisbury Sewer Commission, stated Friday that the commission will announce within the next month when new users of the recently constructed sewer lines may connect their houses to the laterals which have been brought to property lines by the commission.


Among winners of the “Concern” scholarship awards for 1971-72 are Douglas McArthur and Harold Fischer, both of Lakeville. Mr. McArthur, named the Martin Luther King Memorial scholar, will be a junior at Central Connecticut State College. Mr. Fischer, who received the Dorothy Haven Memorial Award, also will attend Central Connecticut.


Glass bottles for recycling have been accepted at the Salisbury Town Disposal Area, on the Erickson Farm for six weeks and the tractor truck has been filled. Another empty one will replace it. For a new volunteer venture, the project has worked quite well with most of the “cooperators” bringing bottles in cartons and also piling them properly in place. Harold Erickson said he has had to do very little in enforcement on repiling.


Lakeville firemen extinguished a grass fire Monday afternoon on the property of Theodore Woolsey on Belgo Road. The Woolseys, who live in Beloit, Wis., had just reopened their home here for the summer. Firemen said Mr. Woolsey had told them he had found a dead mouse in the house and had placed it in a bag and taken it outside to burn it. The next time he looked up the fire had spread over much of his lot.


In an effort to translate a concern for the environment into practical action, the Lakeville construction firm of Richard A. Snyder Inc. is experimenting with propane instead of gasoline as a fuel for its trucks. One new van has been fitted with a dual carburetor at a cost of $200 so that it can burn either propane or gasoline when the gas is not available.


25 years ago — May 1996

The funeral procession for Canaan’s Anthony Ghi followed behind his beloved No. 8, a brush truck owned by the Canaan Fire Department. The truck was Ghi’s particular pride. It performed its last service for the 29-year firefighter by carrying the flowers to his grave Monday. Ghi, 61, died  of a heart attack early last Thursday morning at his West Main Street home.


Note from Norma: The old Interlaken Inn burned 50 years ago. In the 5/27/1971 issue, the B section has pictures of that original building before the fire. Go to www.scovillelibrary.org to find them.


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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