Turning Back the Pages
100 years ago — February 1922
John F. Green, who is employed on the New Haven road slipped from a passenger train while making up in the Winsted yards last Friday morning. He was rendered unconscious being severely bruised about the head and sustained a wrenched knee.
LIME ROCK — Several people in town have hard colds.
ORE HILL — Wm. Rowe had the misfortune to fall on the ice, cutting his head so badly that stitches had to be taken to close the wound.
Adv.: Stockings cheaper and better than before the war at Mrs. C.S. Jones’ Bargain Store, Millerton.
C.H. Osborn is going out of the harness business and is offering some great bargains.
Mrs. Ivan Boyd resumed her duties at the Ore Hill School on Monday after being ill with grippe.
50 years ago — February 1972
It looks as though residents of the Northwest Corner are definite optimists, if land-office sales of those little green and white 50-cent state lottery tickets are any indication. Sales were brisk, to say the least, in six of the area’s seven towns, with Sharon the exception. Sharon merchants turned “thumbs down” on the whole idea. Bianchi’s Clothing Store in Canaan sold almost 500 tickets on Tuesday, the first day the tickets were on sale, with a few women coming all the way from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to buy. Approximately 220 were sold in Canaan’s First National Store, with one customer buying 18.
Thirty-nine passengers and the driver of a chartered bus believed en route to the Salisbury ski jump were treated at Sharon Hospital Sunday following an accident on Route 22 in Amenia, N.Y. The northbound bus skidded on ice, crossed to the other side where it struck a rock ledge, then rebounded to the east side where it struck guard rails, police said.
Beverly A. Frost and Maria T. Nania, both of Canaan, were named this week as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 1972 at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Flooded fields of the Edmund Dean farm in Falls Village were a beautiful reminder on Monday of the Sunday rainstorm which deluged the area. Frozen ground and melting snow combined with rain to produce a heavy runoff. Numerous cellars and well houses were flooded in Falls Village and the Lime Rock area. Falls Village firemen responded to pump out at least one flooded basement Sunday night.
The Cornwall Consolidated School’s 54-passenger school bus lost two of its left rear wheels on Route 7 while enroute to the Kent Center School with 15 members of the Cornwall basketball team as passengers on Thursday, Feb. 10. Skilled handling by veteran school bus driver Ralph Scoville brought the bus to a safe stop and enabled him to discharge the youngsters unharmed. The bus is used for school field trips and short trips in the district for after-school sports. Coach Douglas Carlson was on the bus with the team. A thorough investigation conducted by school officials and the state Department of Motor Vehicles failed to reveal the cause of the accident.
Rural mail carrier Frank L. (Shine) Coons Jr. received a 19-year “Safe Driver Award” from Postmaster Eugene Bull at informal ceremonies at the Kent post office last week. Mr. Coons drives a 47-mile route each day of mail delivery. The award, in the form of a pin, is in recognition of 19 years of continuous accident-free driving while serving his route.
25 years ago — February 1997
LAKEVILLE — The National Iron Bank, with headquarters here, is celebrating its 150th year. The bank has operated continuously since 1847 except for a 10-day “bank holidary” decreed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 to allow banks and the government to catch their collective breath after a depositor drain on all banks. Even during that 10-day hiatus, the bank kept its doors open to reassure customers who wandered in.
Vanessa Pesce, daughter of Rose Ann and Mark Niedhammer of Lakeville, was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Georgetown University. She is a graduate of Kent School.
Libby Ongley of Canaan this week joined the Lakeville Journal Co. newspapers as display advertising representative. She will work with advertisers primarily in the Lakeville- Salisbury, Sharon, Cornwall and Kent- New Milford areas, according to Associate Publisher James Timpano and Advertising Manager Anna Mae Kupferer.
These items were taken from The Lakeville Journal archives at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library, keeping the original wording intact as possible.