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Turning Back the Pages - January 19

100 years ago — January 1912

This part of the country underwent the most extreme weather in a number of years last Saturday night. With the approach of darkness the mercury sank steadily, and by nine o’clock had reached twenty below zero. By morning the record for a number of years had been broken. At the Moore place near Salisbury the thermometer registered 32 below, at Spurr’s store 24, and at the Miner farm 31 below.

LIME ROCK — Miss Margaret Hubbard gave a whist party to a few friends on Monday evening.

50 years ago — January 1962

FALLS VILLAGE — Flags in town were at half-mast this week for Joseph D. Hanlon Sr., a selectman for 30 years, who died at his home last Saturday evening at the age of 72 following a long illness. A Falls Village resident for the past 50 years, he conducted a dairy farm near the intersection of Routes 63 and 126. In addition to his long service as Democratic selectman, he was a former member of the local Board of Education and a former Justice of the Peace. He was the first school bus driver in Falls Village, serving in this capacity about 20 years.

LAKEVILLE — Fire inexplicably broke out in cartons of packed china in the cellar of the Arthur Watson home last Thursday afternoon. The Lake-ville Hose Company was notified when smoke was noticed coming from the basement, and a quick response confined the blaze to two containers. Eight-year-old Marcy Watson discovered the fire and phoned the warning, as both parents were out at the time.

CORNWALL — While Mrs. George Soule and Mrs. Mary Carl were on their way to the Ladies Aid Society on Thursday, they saw a rare sight in a large tree beyond the residence of Mr. and Mrs. David Stoddard on Dibble Hill road. A large Snowy Owl or, as it is sometimes called, Arctic Owl, was perched on a limb. They stopped to watch him and he flew across an open meadow toward the nearby woods. This type of owl is not ordinarily seen in these parts.

25 years ago — January 1987

The old Berkshire Line tracks that pass the Canaan Depot will be revamped, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the federal government. The 35-mile stretch to New Milford is expected to begin transporting freight again, according to Housatonic Railroad President John Hanlon, whose company will receive the money.

Taken from decades-old Lake-ville Journals, these items contain original spellings and phrases.

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