Turning Back The Pages
100 years ago — November 1921
SALISBURY — H.S. Kelsey has a new Reo speed wagon.
ORE HILL — Martin Solan is laying a foundation for an addition to his barn.
— Some hoodlum or hoodlums broke down some of the highway signs near Bartle’s corner last week and turned others so that directions were wrong. Mr. F.B. Riggs caused them to be straightened out temporarily. Some people have a rather simple sense of what is funny.
—The ground was white with snow for the first time on Sunday morning.
LAKEVILLE — Constance Shaw is confined to the house with chickenpox.
— Canaan is to have a community house, the gift of a fund of $6,200 by the estate of the late Ella Brown having been turned over to a building committee. A suitable building will probably be erected later.
60 years ago — November 1961
The six-town community of Northwestern Connecticut, which has become increasingly famous for its large number of artists and writers, lost one of its best known men of letters last week when pneumonia took the life of James Thurber. He succumbed to this illness Thursday just as he was beginning to show signs of improvement following a brain operation.
— Numismatists, persons who would just like to see an impressive collection of coins, students of history, all should visit the Sharon office of the Litchfield County National Bank this week or next to see a collection of silver dollars and a collection of gold coins of the U.S. on display there.
— The 4-H Cockerels are now the 4-H Cockerels and Hopperels. The new name was decided by the group at its first meeting of the 4-H year in order to enlarge its project to include the raising of rabbits.
— Charles Wilbur started on Tuesday as substitute clerk at the Sharon Post Office, according to an announcement by Postmaster George Lamb.
— The Connecticut Light and Power Co. has announced that there will be a one-hour interruption in electric service next Wednesday starting at 1:00 p.m. The work that is being done is one of the preliminary steps in preparation for a second main feed line into Cornwall.
25 years ago — November 1996
SHARON — In the lingo, it’s a “C Store,” a place to buy everything from hot dogs to motor oil. This week, Sharon’s convenience store, the Nutmeg Pantry, changed its name and its appearance. But the new Xtramart at the corner of Main Street and Calkinstown Road is still the place to buy milk late at night, pick up a greeting card or a paperback or have a cup of coffee (free this week) with owner turned manager Rick Hotaling.
FALLS VILLAGE — Wildlife biologists cannot say how the moose that was washed out of the power plant canal and dropped 400 feet into the Housatonic River died, but they do know the 600-pound young male did not have brain worm, after samples of the animal’s brain and spinal cord showed no signs of the disease. But a Connecticut Light and Power Co. executive has taken steps to make certain no other animal will get trapped in the plant’s canal by planning to build a four-foot-high galvanized fence along the east side of the canal.
These items were taken from The Lakeville Journal archives at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library.