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100 years ago — March 1922

If all the telephone poles in this state were cut into building material and used in the construction of new homes, the housing problem, with its accompanying high rents, might be solved in any one of the larger cities of the state. Their (sic) are 265,074 telephone poles in use in Connecticut at the present time. The average length of a pole is 30 feet, which makes 7,942,220 feet, or 1,506 miles of telephone poles, enough of them, if placed end to end, to reach from New Haven to St. Pierre, N.F., and perhaps a few left over with which to build a “boom” into Northumberland Strait. Frequent inspection of 265,000 poles to assure their soundness and stability is no light task.


Michael Dunn of Lime Rock has a new car.


LIME ROCK — Charles Brasie says he feels as if he had been living on a merry-go-round, having moved three times in five years and soon expects to move into Mr. A. Frost’s stucco house.


A mild form of flu seems to be epidemic in this section, nearly every house containing one or more cases of something that might be called either flu or grippe.


Miss Evangeline Cullen who has been suffering from abscesses in both ears is now reported as much improved.


Mrs. Mary Goslin is now working at the A. & P. Store regularly.


The family of Henry Atkins are said to be quarantined owing to the presence of diphtheria in the household.


50 years ago — March 1972

Passenger service on the Upper Harlem Valley Line of the Penn Central ended Monday. The evening train from New York City pulled into Dover Plains, discharged eight passengers and returned to New York. A year of hearings, court appeals and pro-railroad crusading had come to naught. Orders to terminate trains from Dover Plains to Chatham, N.Y., went out in the mid-afternoon on Monday, after Penn Central officials learned that the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia had upheld a District Court decision allowing service to end.

Deputy Transportation Commissioner Samuel Knell of the Bureau of Rail and Motors Carriers has announced that the Berkshire Corridor of railway from Danbury to Canaan will “definitely” be preserved.


Governor Meskill designated 1,430 acres of the Housatonic State Forest atop Canaan Mountain on Saturday as part of a new Connecticut Natural Area Preserve System. The Canaan Mountain site was by far the largest of five chosen for their unique educational and scientific interest. The designation adds protection against any sort of development.


Owners of the Sharon Water Company, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Goldberg, have agreed verbally to sell the facility and 46 acres of property to the Town of Sharon for $200,000, First Selectman William Wilbur told a meeting of the Sharon Republican Women’s Club Tuesday afternoon. Final details are being worked out by attorneys for both parties, and will include a 90-day option to buy.


Ernest and Chestene Moore, New Haven residents with a weekend home on Dublin Road, are apparently in line to become the new owners of the Falls Village Railroad Station. Penn Central Transportation Company trustees must still approve the sale, but the Moores were revealed this week as winning bidders for the property.


25 years ago — March 1997

SHARON — Fire officials early Tuesday continued to investigate two fires that destroyed separate homes Monday night and which injured several people. The first fire, reported at 7:16 p.m. at 39 Tichnor Rd., accidentally ignited the residence after a guest “improperly fueled a wood stove,” according to Sharon Fire Marshal Stanley MacMillan Jr. The guest was treated at Sharon Hospital for a cut on his hand and smoke inhalation.

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