Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — July 1918

A force of men is busy constructing road from Dutcher Bridge to the Root corner near Canaan. Work on the new concrete bridge over the Housatonic is also progressing.


SALISBURY — William Jones Jr. is working at Smith’s Garage.


LAKEVILLE — George Miller, who endeavored to enlist in the Naval Reserve, was rejected, owing to color blindness.


Summer resorts generally report a fewer number of city visitors than usual, caused doubtless by war and uncertain business conditions.


50 years ago — July 1968

Kent Pharmacy and two private homes were entered and robbed last week. The pharmacy was broken into Thursday night and an assortment of merchandise taken. The haul included approximately 55 to 65 cartons of cigarettes, 100 pairs of sunglasses, 35 pocket edition books and two transistor radios, according to State Police.


Timothy and John Hawley, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hawley of Canaan Mountain, have been spending two weeks at Camp Workcoeman, the Boy Scout camp located at West Hill in New Hartford.


KENT — Josh Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Davis, left on Sunday for a six-week stay at Camp Har-Cliff in Maine.


The North Canaan Fire District has completed final negotiations with the Connecticut Water Resources Commission for aid from the state and federal government in the construction of a new sewer treatment plant and interceptor line.


25 years ago — July 1993

CORNWALL — Henry Obookiah is finally going home, 186 years after he left his native Hawaii. Obookiah, widely regarded as the first Hawaiian convert to Christianity, died in Cornwall of typhus in 1818 at the age of 26. He was buried in the Cornwall Cemetery off Route 4, where he remained until Wednesday when archaeologists exhumed his remains, the first step in fulfillment of Obookiah’s deathbed wish to return to his native land.


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