Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — June 1917

SALISBURY — Miss Madeline Beers is absent from the tea room on account of an attack of grippe.

Mrs. John Hayde was struck by an automobile and quite badly injured at Millerton last Saturday evening. Mrs. Hayde sustained a fractured skull and a broken collar bone. She was hurried to Sharon Hospital where she is now reported as improving.

LAKEVILLE — The Hose Company was called out Thursday afternoon to extinguish a blaze in Mrs. Knight’s boat house.

TACONIC —  Rev. W.P. Estes is suffering from an injury to his knee.


50 years ago — June 1967

An explosion (possibly caused by spontaneous combustion in freshly stored sawdust) started a run-away fire early Sunday morning which completely demolished the calf barn at Hamlet Hill, Salisbury.

Awakened by the explosion at a little before 3 a.m., Mrs. Norman Sills, whose husband owns the Hamlet Hill dairy herd, alerted the Lakeville Hose Company while Mr. Sills and others on the farm successfully led all the calves to safety before the fire spread to their part of the building. Also salvaged was a full tank of gasoline and the farm blower which firemen later were able to tractor-haul away from the scorching heat.


The public meeting held Friday evening in Salisbury Town Hall with the Board of Selectmen, Director of Health, and representatives from the State Department of Health, indicated clearly that Salisbury’s Town Dump will inevitably join all others in the state in a “changed image.” Robert Mundy and Richard Carpino, sanitarians from the State Department of Health, told the 60 people who attended that “we no longer have dumps. Under new legislation we are now dealing with refuse and sanitary disposal areas, over which the State Department of Health has complete jurisdiction in all towns and cities.”


Ian Barclay has just returned to Salisbury after completing a two-month trip aboard a 45-foot ketch which sailed from Miami to Spain with a crew of six. Looking tanned and thinner, and with a trim new beard, Barclay said that he enjoyed his first ocean-going experience and would do it again, but would rather go on a boat that leaked less.


25 years ago — June 1992

Former State Police Commissioner Cleveland B. Fuessenich, terminally ill with cancer, shot himself last Wednesday outside the Litchfield police barracks. Commissioner Fuessenich, 73, held a special place in the hearts of many in the Northwest Corner. He was commandant of the Canaan barracks from 1961 to 1967 when he transferred to headquarters in Hartford. He became commissioner in 1971.

Kent author Donald Connery said Fuessenich “was the only person in the State of Connecticut who apologized to Peter Reilly for the terrible mistakes the police had made during the trial.” Mr. Connery wrote a book about the Reilly case, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent,” detailing the events of the Barbara Gibbons murder and the police framing of her son, Peter Reilly. “It took a big man to do that,” agreed Bob Estabrook, former editor of The Lakeville Journal, who had also been deeply involved in the case.