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100 years ago — November 1921

SALISBURY — Mr. J.G. Kimmerle has installed a Hartford Automatic refrigerating plant doing away with the necessity of using ice. The new plant keeps the cooler at the proper temperature and served a new glass display case. It is very convenient, and keeps meats in far more satisfactory and sanitary manner and provides a very tempting display for customers to choose from.


The ground was white with a slight fall of snow on Monday morning.

60 years ago — November 1961

The Sharon Fire Department, assisted by the Lakeville Hose Co., controlled and contained a fire which started on the second floor of the Sharon Ballet School building at about 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Gallons of water were pumped into the attic and the second floor of the building by the two tank trucks of the two fire companies, by a pumper from a nearby brook and also by a pumper from a nearby hydrant. Two men in gas masks from Lakeville went into the attic to kill the fire there, which had spread from the kitchen area of the upstairs front apartment. Forty-three Sharon men and a large number of Lakeville men helped, according to George Lamb who was in charge of operations.

Young Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gorat lost all their possessions except the clothes on their backs. Married only 11 months and expecting a baby, they lost their furniture, their china and all their wedding gifts; none of which was covered by insurance. The Journal would like to serve as clearing house for a neighborly “Fire Shower” to help them replace at least a few of their household necessities. As furniture is difficult to store until the young couple gets established again in a place of their own, money would probably be the most acceptable form of help. Send checks to the “Fire Shower Fund,” at the Lakeville Journal.


There was ice on the lake at Mt. Riga last Sunday and a few snow flurries on Wednesday and Thursday of last week.


Gerald McGowan of Dublin, Ireland, has accepted a position as night linotype operator at the Lakeville Journal.


John McChesney was transferred to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., from Sharon Hospital for special treatment for a fractured hip suffered in a fall while horseback riding. He is expected to return to Sharon Hospital this week.


FALLS VILLAGE — Robert I. Patterson, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy A. Patterson, is serving in the Atlantic aboard the tank landing ship USS Waldo County, operating out of Norfolk, Va. The Waldo County recently returned from the Mediterranean where it operated with units of the Sixth Fleet. During its cruise the ship visited Spain, Italy and Greece.


Miss Mary C. Mackey, librarian of the Hotchkiss Library, is resigning effective June 30, 1962, after 46 years of unfailing and untiring efforts to expand and improve the library services to Sharon residents. She took up her duties as librarian in 1916.


Miss Amanda Hargis, instructional supervisor in the elementary schools of this district, has rented the Mather bungalow on Bragg Street. Mr. and Mrs. James Herd have moved from Falls Village to the Consolini apartment on East Main Street.

25 years ago — November 1996

An accident-plagued curve near the intersection of Route 44 and Orchard Street in Lakeville may be redesigned as part of a separate state Department of Transportation project to alter a hazardous school crossing. The white fence in front of Marvin and Virginia Rosen’s residence on Route 44 has been struck numerous times by motorists including two accidents in the past month.


With the beginning of this season’s basketball play in the Senior Division of the Canaan Youth Basketball League, a young girl will join the ranks of boys in the upcoming league games. Cathy Mechare, 13, a national AAU basketball team member for the last two years, will be playing in the heretofore all-boy league. She joins a growing list of females who have competed on equal footing with boys.


John F. Perotti, president and chief executive officer of the Salisbury Bank and Trust Co., was elected first vice chairman of the Connecticut Bankers Association at the CBA’s recent annual meeting in Bermuda. The CBA’s membership includes virtually every bank in the state.


Two area residents have successfully completed a forest and wildlife conservation course and are available without charge to help landowners who want to improve and enjoy their woodlands. Robin Ketchum of Norfolk and Ella Clark of West Cornwall were among 30 people who completed the intensive 3 1/2 - day course at the Yale Forestry Camp in Norfolk.

Quality, selection and service are things every shopper looks for, but when it comes to groceries, how much they spend (or save), is the biggest concern. So say the results of an informal poll of regular shoppers at Stop & Shop in Canaan. An overwhelming number of them said they believe their grocery bills are higher since the retail chain’s parent company, international retailer Royal Ahold, bought out Edwards Supermarkets and began a chainwide changeover and sale of stores.


These items were taken from The Lakeville Journal archives at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library, keeping the original wording intact as possible. Go to www.scovillelibrary.org to find more historical archives.

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