Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1918

LIME ROCK — We hear that John Hall has been to France and was sent back to Virginia and is in a hospital with an injured knee.


Coal supplies in Lakeville have been practically exhausted the past week and prospects are not very bright for getting coal in the near future. Many people are now using wood part of each day to help out the meagre supplies of coal.


Monday was again pretty generally observed as a heatless day in this section. The spirit as well as the letter of the law seems to be well carried out.


February is with us today and February is supposed to mean Freeze Every Body. Counting out Sundays, and Heatless Mondays, and two holidays the month contains only 18 working days.


Commencing last Tuesday, anyone who tries to purchase wheat flour at any store must take 20 percent of same in other cereals, such as rye, corn meal, barley, etc. according to the new ruling of the food administrator.


50 years ago — 1968

Fire, presumably started by a spark from the fireplace, did extensive damage to the living room of the 200-year-old home of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore S. Gold at Cream Hill Farm, Cornwall, early Saturday morning. The crackle of flames awakened Mrs. Gold at approximately 1 a.m. and going downstairs she found the living room in flames. The Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department was called and 25 firemen responded with three trucks. They were able to keep the blaze confined to the one room, although there is smoke damage throughout the entire house. Efforts were made to remove the room’s furnishings, many of which were irreplaceable family heirlooms, but few were saved.


Claire E. Valenti, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Valenti of North Canaan, finished first in a written examination for senior girls December 5, and has therefore been named 1968 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Falls Village.


25 years ago — 1993

FALLS VILLAGE — Chester Hewitt, a seventh-grade student at Lee H. Kellogg School, won the school-level competition of the National Geography Bee Jan. 15 and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship.


Items are reproduced just as they appeared in The Lakeville Journal.