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100 years ago — August 1921

SALISBURY — Twenty two friends of Nettie Morey met at her home Saturday afternoon to celebrate her tenth birthday. After several games had been played, the birthday cake was cut. A gift of money was found in one of the pieces. Many pretty and useful presents were received.

—Ralph DiMeola, Anthony Frisco and Dominick Cruscesa, taken north of Canaan last week Wednesday night with an automobile laden with liquor, were fined a total of $360.18 by Justice Ford at Canaan. The fine was paid by New Haven parties. 

— A row of pea vines 100 feet long, heavily loaded with pods and every pod completely filled with peas, is the sight that John Grogan, Fr. Donahue’s gardener, is showing his friends these days. They are a sight worth seeing.

50 years ago — August 1971

The Litchfield Savings Bank has filed with the State Banking Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for approval to open a branch office in Lakeville, according to H. Curtis Ferris, president of the bank.

—Edward and Priscilla Reagan will live in the Holley-Williams House in Lakeville which is being prepared as a museum by the Salisbury Association. The Reagans will exchange house and grounds care for a six-room apartment in the historic old house.

—Frederic Harmon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Harmon of Falls Village, is home on sick leave after Army service in Vietnam. Recovering from a bout with malaria, he will be at home until the 30th of this month before reporting for a two-week stay at Fort Devens, Mass.

25 years ago — August 1996

SHARON — She was born Aug. 7, 1896, and this week she celebrates her 100th birthday. Eunice Abbott Yoakum, mother of writer Robert Yoakum of Lakeville, lives in an apartment in Sharon, and thinks there is nothing particularly remarkable in turning 100. Mrs. Yoakum was born in Hartford and remembers seeing Mark Twain when she was five years old. The family moved to Arizona where she went to high school and college. Her most vivid memory of these years is of nursing Mexican workers during the deadly flu epidemic of 1918.

CANAAN — After nearly two years, people still call Edwards Supermarket on East Main Street Finast. Within the next few months, they will have to deal with another name change, when Edwards becomes Stop and Shop. 


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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