Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1918

LIME ROCK — School has closed on account of five cases of scarlet fever in town.


SALISBURY — Master Raymond Knickerbocker is ill with pleuro pneumonia.


TACONIC — Miss Sadie Gordon is pleasantly situated as companion to a lady in Dorchester, Mass.


LIME ROCK — A. Humes is to move from Chapinville to Mrs. Owen’s farm.


LAKEVILLE — Mr. E.O. Wagner is at present picking a good sized crop of fine red raspberries at his place. Since Sept. 1 he has gathered fully 25 quarts and is still picking.


SALISBURY — Mr. and Mrs. Guy Drumm, Mr. and Mrs. John Decker and nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Kelsey and son Reginald are among the victims of the Spanish Influenza.


50 years ago — 1968

The Salisbury Board of Selectmen has voted not to call a Special Town Meeting as requested by Charles D. Ashman in a petition dated Sept. 23 to rescind the Zoning and Planning Commission. The board’s action is based on the written opinion of the town’s attorney, Thomas R. Wagner, that “it (the petition) is neither legal nor proper, since it is physically impossible to rescind a commission.”


Charles Francis, 83, of Sharon died last evening at Sharon Hospital after a long illness. He was a resident of White Hollow Road and had a long and distinguished career in both the English and American Theater.


Steve Blass wound up the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates this year with .750 won-lost average to top the National League.


25 years ago — 1993

The new $10 million Cornwall home of tennis star Ivan Lendl is nearing completion. The palatial home, complete with tennis courts (what else?), a gym and two pools, is on 600 acres of land.


In a reversal, the Connecticut State Police’s highest ranking officer issued a statement this week stating that the Barbara Gibbons murder is considered an “unsolved murder.” As reported in The Lakeville Journal’s Sept. 23 issue, a police public information official considered the 20-year-old case “closed and solved” with the arrest and trial conviction of her son, Peter Reilly. Colonel Joseph A. Perry Jr., commanding officer of the state police, issued a statement Wednesday morning that the murder case is considered an “unsolved homicide” and added that “the Barbara Gibbons case remains open and detectives will continue to actively pursue any investigative leads that may become available.”


Items oritinally appeared in past Lakeville Journal issues.