Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — July 1917

TACONIC — Miss Edna Hunt has been suffering from an attack of laryngitis.

SALISBURY — Miss Gertrude Hardisty has taken a position in G.H. Clark’s Dry Goods store.

LAKEVILLE — Miss Ruth Silvernail of Millerton visited her aunt, Mrs. George Cook one day last week.


Derailment of the locomotive tender and buffet car of the Pittsfield- New York express two miles north of Cornwall Bridge Saturday night caused an interruption of through traffic on the Berkshire division of the New Haven railroad for more than six hours. It is believed that the severe rainstorm which passed over the section early in the evening undermined the roadbed, causing the rails to spread.


50 years ago — July 1967

SALISBURY — Mumps was no handicap to equestrian Linda Bushnell, 13 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George S. Bushnell. Linda, riding “The Flying Scotchman” from Holley Hill stables, was Reserve Champion, mumps and all, at the Albany PHA Horse Show held last weekend at the Chatham Fair grounds.

Howard A. Knight, a Canaan electrical contractor, became a member of the board of trustees of the Canaan Savings Bank at the bank’s annual meeting on July 11. 

The Sharon Fire Company was called to extinguish a fire on Friday at the Edward Waldron home in Sharon Valley. The fire, caused by electrical wiring, burned a hole in the second floor, but was quickly put out by the Company.


FALLS VILLAGE — Mr. and Mrs. Harold Felton have returned to their home on Prospect Street.

Kent’s First Selectman Arthur Newton and Resident Trooper Robert Boyden endeavored to save the life of an injured puppy late last Friday night. Informed that a dog had been seriously hurt by a car, the two men took it to Sharon to the nearest available veterinarian in a futile attempt to keep the dog alive. Townspeople had noticed the little collie obviously lost, and frantically seeking its owner all day Friday along Route 7.


25 years ago — July 1992

FALLS VILLAGE — Ten years ago radio personality Pegeen Fitzgerald opened a 35-acre nature preserve and animal sanctuary with unique facilities, including large rooms with floor level windows so that cats could come and go at will within a fenced five-acre area. The rest of the property is kept posted for the enjoyment of possums, raccoons, deer, wild turkeys and other creatures. Last Saturday the staff, supporters and well-wishers joined in a modest celebration of a decade of serving companion animals and their owners by providing a safe haven for cats, in particular, and a few dogs whose owners could no longer care for them.


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