Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1919

John Roebuck, age 63, a well known farmer of this section, met a tragic fate Saturday afternoon, being killed by an angry bull. The shock to the family was very great and to Mr. Roebuck’s many friends as well. The bull had always been gentle, and had given no previous trouble, a fact which doubtless caused Mr. Roebuck to be taken totally unawares.


Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Scoville will entertain about 150 of their friends at a dance at their home in Taconic tomorrow night.


LIME ROCK — Lester Hunter had the misfortune to hurt his knee.


The cement road across the flat from the railway bridge to Burton Brook is nearing completion. It is the subject of much favorable comment. It is expected that the work will be completed by Monday next, and after about 8 or 10 days’ drying and hardening will be ready for use.


LAKEVILLE — There are unmistakable signs of a revival of freight business on the C.N.E. road. Wish we could see unmistakable signs of a revival of better passenger train service.


50 years ago — 1969

Three sets of lawyers were preparing legal briefs this week in the newest Superior Court chapter of the 11-year legal battle of the Lime Rock Protection Committee Inc. to curb the alleged “noise nuisance” created by unmufflered racing at Lime Rock Park.


Proponents of benches in public parks gained a partial victory this week when the Salisbury Board of Selectmen decided to put two benches in Bauer Park in Lakeville.


A reunion of the Class of 1939, the last high school class to graduate from the Sharon High School, was held on Sunday at the Legion Hall. There were 34 in attendance, which included teachers and persons who were in the class for one or two years. Of the 14 who graduated, only four were unable to attend.


Ambler R. Travis, who recently retired as head of the Science Department after 30 years of teaching at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, has been appointed patients’ counselor and coordinator of volunteers at the new Robert E. Geer Memorial Extended Care Facility, now under construction in Canaan.


FALLS VILLAGE — “Open House” was held this past Saturday and Sunday at the new travel trailer sales lot on Route 7 adjoining the Brinton homestead. The V-B Recreational Sales is owned and operated by Vincent Brinton. Many interested persons inspected the small homes on wheels during the opening of this new business.


KENT — A surprise luncheon party was held at Kent School last Friday in honor of Alexander Ward, who has retired from the school maintenance department after nearly 22 years of service.


25 years ago — 1994

SHARON — Voters last week overwhelmingly rejected a neighborhood group’s proposal to stop construction of a water plant off Calkinstown Road. The 394-144 vote last Friday brings to a halt, temporarily at least, to the Calkinstown Corner Historical Association’s plan to get the plant site moved elsewhere.


These items first appeared in The Lakeville Journal.