Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — July 1918

Plans are being made to buy the land and buildings of the Lakeville Training School for the feeble minded and rent or sell them to the United States government for use as a hospital for military convalescents, according to Dr. Charles T. LaMoure, superintendent of the Mansfield Training School and hospital. The purchase price is said to be about $25,000. Dr. LaMoure also said that he expected to move the 350 inmates of the Lakeville institution to Mansfield next September. The institution at Mansfield is a consolidation of the colony for epileptics at Mansfield and the training school for the feeble-minded at Lakeville.


SALISBURY — Mrs. John Shaw of Winchell Station is visiting Mrs. Stephen Newberry.


It is good news to automobilists that there is no danger of a gasoline scarcity. The price of gasoline may rise owing to higher freight charges and other causes, but it will not become prohibitive.


LAKEVILLE — George Joynes is suffering from localized blood poisoning in his right hand.


LIME ROCK — A monument has been placed in position on Mrs. F. Brusie’s burial plot by the Valentine Monument Co. of Millerton.


50 years ago — July 1968

A group of Cornwall Historical Society members recently went on an exploratory trip in the Crooked Esses  and re-discovered the Joel Bunnell Dam, which was built approximately 100 years ago for the Cornwall Bridge Iron Furnace. The dam was built by the Iron Company to hold water back in a reservoir during a drought, but was never used as the Iron Company went out of business before it was necessary to store the water.

The Historical Society members were led in their search by George Corban, who was born in the valley near the brook. Sixty-two years ago, he and his two brothers had followed the brook and found the dam. He had not been back since, but had no difficulty in leading the explorers to the site, even though the forest growth was dense.


John Davison will be at the desk during the daytime at the Wake Robin Inn this summer. He is a retired Army Captain. He is well known in the area for his horse show activities.


Tommy Wolf of Cornwall is on a nine-week camping and fishing trip by Land Rover to Fairbanks, Alaska. The trip is being conducted by Earl Brecher and includes two other young boys in addition to Tommy.


FALLS VILLAGE — Steve Blass visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Blass of Warren Turnpike recently. His mother returned to New York with him and watched him pitch a winning game for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the New York Mets. Steve pitched the whole game and only gave up one run.


25 years ago — July 1993

SALISBURY — Harrison Evans Salisbury, 84, one of the country’s most distinguished journalists and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, died July 5 while in Rhode Island traveling with his wife, Charlotte. Mrs. Salisbury had been a genial and concerned citizen of his adopted town of Salisbury since moving here in the early 1960s.


CORNWALL — Approximately 120 local firefighters battled a forest fire atop West Cornwall’s Mine Mountain for almost seven hours Monday.


News items are taken from past issues of The Lakeville Journal.