Turning Back the Pages
100 years ago — October 1921
SALISBURY — Master William VanDeusen has so far recovered as to be able to get about with the aid of crutches.
LAKEVILLE — M.G. Fenn has greatly enjoyed his wireless telephone outfit this week. Each day he received the daily baseball news and very generously hooked up with the Journal telephone and thus afforded a great deal of pleasure to many of his friends who were able to follow the game play for play as it happened.
Bert Scott is moving his household goods to Torrington where he has secured employment.
60 years ago — October 1961
One of the regional area’s newest educational assets will have its formal dedication this Saturday when the Sharon Audubon Center on the former Ford Estate on Route 4 will make its first public bow.
At the request of the selectmen of Salisbury and on instigation of the Lime Rock Protective Association, the Lakeville volunteer firemen took on an extensive survey of the entire town to ascertain water availability for fire fighting. This week, appropriately, they have submitted their nearly completed report as a pertinent observance of National Fire Prevention Week.
John Fitch of Lime Rock leaves tomorrow on a business and pleasure trip to California. While there he will attend the Times-Mirror Grand Prix Race in Riverside and the Laguna Seca races.
The family pet cat of Miss Mary Ellin Currie has been missing over a week and it is believed that the beautiful tiger Persian may have been stolen. The cat is seven years old and has never been any further away from home than to go down near the Cornwall Water Co. spring which is on Route 4 near his home. He has a collar with his name, “Tiger,” and the name of his owner. The sister of “Tiger” is heartbroken, and Mrs. Currie reports that she has refused to eat since the loss of “Tiger.”
CORNWALL — Mrs. J. Henry O’Donnell is in Scotland caring for her grandchildren while their parents, Mr. and Mrs. George McKitis, are on a vacation.
SHARON — Miss Charlotte VanCortlandt and Mrs. Malcolm VanZandt have volunteered to arrange for the cleaning and repairing of the Town Clock Tower at their own expense. The work will probably be under way at the end of this week, according to First Selectman Richard Carley.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Whittlesey Hart of Cornwall observed their 36th wedding anniversary yesterday. The Harts’ wedding trip took them up the Mohawk Trail which Mr. Hart reports was blocked with snow and closed to travel on Oct. 11, 1925.
Funeral services were held for Mrs. Mary (Garrity) Brazee, widow of David W. Brazee of Salisbury, last Tuesday afternoon at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Mrs. Brazee, affectionately known to townspeople as “Grandma” Brazee, died last Sunday at Sharon Hospital, leaving 30 descendants. Born in Salisbury July 12, 1877, daughter of the late John and Helen (Larney) Garrity, she had lived here all her life. After the iron industry was a thing of the past and the Mount Riga Corporation established a summer colony on the mountain, many of the former residents moved to the bottom of the mountain where Mr. and Mrs. Brazee lived and raised their family. Her great store of mountain lore was ever a source of interest to townspeople and visitors alike. One was never quite sure whether Grandma Brazee believed in all the mountain legends but she certainly enjoyed sharing them with any wayfarer.
25 years ago — October 1996
Edward Coffin Childs, one of Northwest Connecticut’s best known and most respected conservationists, died last Saturday. He was 90 years old. Mr. Childs, known as “Ted” throughout the region, directed the growth and management of the family-owned Great Mountain Forest, a vast tract of mountain woodland in Norfolk and Falls Village that came to be viewed as a model by other foresters and conservationists.
SHARON — Robert Chapin started his days in town as a weekender. Last week, after 56 years here, he was recognized as the man who figured out how to save the town’s 19th century Town Hall. He turned a tumble of levels and awkward additions into an elegant and authentic and useful public building. For his volunteered efforts he was honored at the building’s dedication Friday. And the new meeting hall in the vastly renovated building has been named after him.
These items were taken from The Lakeville Journal archives at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library, keeping the original wording intact as possible.