Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — December 1918

SALISBURY — Mrs. George H. Belcher Jr. has been in Hartford this week, owing to the operation which Mr. Belcher underwent for appendicitis last Monday.


LIME ROCK — The Ladies are to meet at the Casino on Thursday afternoon to do Red Cross work. Everybody is welcome.


Frank Bonfauti, 47, employed in the works of the Barnum-Richardson company, East Canaan, was killed last Sunday morning. He was overcome with gas and fell into a furnace top, being frightfully burned before he was rescued by fellow workmen. He was born in Italy and had lived in Canaan for the past 13 years. He is survived by his wife and three brothers, the latter in Italy.


Notice — If the party who stole a single harness from my barn two weeks ago, will return same by Saturday night, he will save himself serious trouble.


TACONIC — Howard O’Hara, who was wounded in France, receiving a broken leg by a flying piece of shrapnel, is now in a hospital in England and is reported as doing well.


More than three score engineers on the New Haven railroad have been set back to firemen this week because of the sharp falling off in business.


TACONIC — Mrs. Clifford Bloomer has kindly donated a sewing machine to the local Red Cross work room. 


50 years ago — December 1968

Dr. Mark Van Doren of Cornwall Hollow, noted writer and teacher, has just received the Illinois Sesquicentennial Fiction Award for his recently published collected stories, vol. III.


Finally, after 15 months of planning, state red tape and work by the town highway crew, all is ready for the construction of a new span at the Carter Road bridge site in North Kent. The multi-plate arch, with its accompanying ton-and-more of bolts, finally arrived in Kent last week. But work is again at a standstill, due to heavy rains that choke the brook and prevent construction at the site.


KENT — Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Miller and their six children escaped without injury when their home in the Flanders district caught fire last Saturday night. The blaze apparently started in a bedroom on the second floor, and quickly ignited the roof. Unofficial estimates put damages at between $8,000 and $10,000. The house, which many years ago was the company store for the Kent Iron Works, is now owned by Mr. Robert Sperry of Watertown. The owner plans to repair the loss.


Mrs. Allen P. Curtis of Lake-ville retired on Dec. 1 after 25 years service with the Southern New England Telephone Co. She started as an operator in Lakeville and was transferred to Canaan when the Lakeville office was closed 10 years later. Then she was chief operator’s clerk for 10 years and for the last 10 years was a line assignment clerk in the plant department.


25 years ago — December 1993

LAKEVILLE — An Indian Mountain School teacher is trying to focus campus and community attention on the plight of the homeless by living for a week in a frigid outdoor shelter similar to ones occupied by the thousands of urban residents. Leslie Addicks, chairwoman of the IMS mathematics department, is forsaking the comforts of home for five nights and six days by taking up residence in a cardboard refrigerator box outside the private boarding/day school that enrolls fifth through ninth grade students.


News items appeared originally in The Lakeville Journal.