Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — July 1918

The worst fire that has ever visited Lakeville occurred Thursday evening, in the burning of John H. Smith’s Garage and which resulted in the death of Mr. Smith from the severe burns which he received while trying to save some of the cars stored in the building.

As nearly as can be ascertained, Mr. Smith had started a small vulcanizer and had left it for a moment to attend to some other duty. During his brief absence it is supposed a breeze from an open window blew the flame against the side of the building. The fact that everything was soaked with more or less oil, caused the fire to spread with lightning rapidity.


LIME ROCK — Whitney and Myron Vosburgh of Sharon spent a few days with their grandparents here.


LAKEVILLE — Charles McBride, Martin Francis, Thomas Graney and Henry Day were rejected at Camp Devens and returned home Saturday.


50 years ago — July 1968

In the not-too-distant past, travelers up the Skiff Mountain Road were not surprised to see deer and foxes, horned owls and raccoons along the way. Soon they may be startled by the appearance in the pastures of M. and C.H. (“Boon”) Moore, of a 400-pound shaggy black yak. The yak joins the Moore menagerie of 25 goats, a bevy of chickens and ducks, a flock of sheep, three pigs, three cats, three dogs, one horse and a pig named Pimple.


Prince and Princess Alexis Obolensky and their children, Sophia and Dimitri, are here from Washington, D.C., to spend the month of August with Mrs. William Barber of Taconic.


Miss Beth Taylor, 11, from Waterbury, is a guest this week at the Grover Atwood home on Belden Street, as part of the “Friendly Town” program.


25 years ago — July 1993

For a season that started out with persistent rains and imminent flooding, the summer of ’93 has turned into a scorcher. Fields of corn and hay, deprived of water for 12 weeks, lie withering in the sun, pools have dried up, even forcing the evacuation of ducks in Kent, and water use has been curtailed in some places.


LAKEVILLE — A new FM radio station may begin broadcasting from new studios here in the next month. Dennis Jackson of Wilton told The Lakeville Journal this week that he expects WQQQ 103.3 FM to be on the air in September.


News items were gathered from past issues of The Lakeville Journal, which this week begins its 122nd year of publication.