Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — December 1918

While examining his traps on Mt. Riga last Sunday, William Taylor was fortunate enough to secure a good sized Canadian Lynx. It was necessary to despatch the animal to remove it from the trap. It is a very rare find in this section and the pelt is worth a goodly sum. The animal weighed 60 pounds and was fat and in fine condition.


David Doty announces he has purchased the plant of the late Lakeville Gas Co. and will remodel the building into a first class ice house, and also wishes to inform the public that he will sell ice the coming season to all and any who wish it, and at the most reasonable rates possible.


Wanted — To exchange a new modern five-room bungalow, bath, hardwood floors, concrete stoop and wall, three-quarters of an acre of land, fruit and berries, situated in village, for a rundown farm anywhere in Connecticut. E.L. Peabody, Real Estate Agent, Lakeville, Conn.


The new Dutcher bridge over the Housatonic River, on the line dividing North Canaan and Salisbury, is one of the best bridges in this part of the state. The concrete structure has been completed at an estimated cost of some $30,000, which is born by the state, and the two towns. The highways approaching the bridge will soon be in condition for all kinds of traffic.


Mr. Talmadge Finkle and son Harvey received a crate of oranges and grape fruit from Florida this week, sent by E.R. Smith as a Christmas gift. The quality of the fruit was superb.


50 years ago — December 1968

Mrs. Gerald M. Livingston of Cornwall happily reported this week that she had received an unexpected Christmas present: the return of her treasured decorative three-foot-high, 400-pound solid lead owl which was stolen from her estate last September. The long-missing owl was returned over the weekend by two men who claimed they had found the piece of art in some woods near Warren.


FALLS VILLAGE — Paul James Marston Jr. is home on Christmas leave to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Marston Sr. He recently has been stationed on the S.S. Bigelow in Jacksonville, Fla.


Mr. and Mrs. Clyde J. Berner, former West Cornwall residents, now at Islamorada, Florida, write they are enjoying the warm weather there and their usual pastime of fishing, as both are ardent fishermen. They recently went out in the Gulf and between the guide and the couple caught over 100 trout and 14 snook, but kept only enough to eat, returning the rest to the sea to grow larger.


Roderick W. Tooley of Lake-ville has taken over his new duties as tax collector to fill a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Mrs. Edith MacNeil.


FALLS VILLAGE — A lumber mill that had operated on its Route 7 location for 21 years, converting native timber into lumber, was completely demolished by flames in a little over 15 minutes last Thursday.


25 years ago — December 1993

SHARON — An $800,000 proposal to renovate the existing Sharon Town Hall calls for adding thousands of square feet to the increasingly cramped town office quarters for far less than the cost of a new structure. The plan, a model of which was created by local architect Robert Chapin, will be presented to voters in February by the town’s master plan committee, a group charged earlier this year with finding a solution to the space problems at the Town Hall.


These items are extracted from past Lakeville Journals.