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Turning Back the Pages - March 8

100 years ago — March 1912SALISBURY — C.F. Wanger has sold his plumbing and tinning business to Sabin and Dempsey, formerly of Falls Village and Canaan.Classified advertisement: A.F. Roberts Co. are advertising a car of very fancy potatoes to arrive during the coming week. Special cash price if delivered from the car.SALISBURY — The Misses Mary Reed and Gladys Stone were home from Danbury Normal from Friday night till Monday morning. 50 years ago — March 1962 Christopher G. Foster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip W. Foster of Canaan, will be valedictorian, and Miss Cynthia F. Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kent Miller of North Canaan, will be salutatorian when commencement exercises for the Class of 1962 are held at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School this June. Mr. Foster’s final average for the four years was 92.64, and Miss Miller’s 92.47.FALLS VILLAGE — Mr. and Mrs. Howard Simons have moved into the former Pulver home. They have a son Michael, 20 months of age, and a three-year-old daughter, Joanne. Mr. Simons works on the Canfield Farm. The family lived at Old Bank Farm about three years ago.CANAAN — Miss Kathleen Tompkins was taken in the Canaan ambulance to the Sharon Hospital and treated for a broken collarbone suffered in a sliding accident on Clayton Road in Ashley Falls last Friday afternoon. Kathy is the 13-year-old daughter of Mrs. Margaret Tompkins of Ashley Falls Road. She was one of many sliding casualties suffered over the weekend because of the slippery crust on the snow. 25 years ago — March 1987 CANAAN — Eleven-year-old Melissa (Missy) Bartlett, daughter of Patricia and Merrill Bartlett and Connecticut’s Muscular Dystrophy poster child, died Sunday, March 1, in Hartford Hospital. She had been admitted to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington Feb. 13. She was the third child in her family to die of the disease. “Missy wanted to be a nurse,” said Mrs. Bartlett. Her daughter was always looking ahead. She went to school, did her homework, was a member of the Girl Scouts and the school chorus. Her disease never stopped Missy from trying anything.An explosive sound that rattled windows and loose boards and caused eyes to look to the skies throughout the Northwest Corner and parts of New York State on Feb. 26 was declared a sonic boom by the Seismic Network Station in Boston, Mass. The noise — known by geologists as an acoustical vibration — is heard when an aircraft exceeds the speed of sound. Taken from decades-old Lake-ville Journals, these items contain original spellings and phrases.

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