Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — July 1919

More than 16,000 horses in Connecticut were displaced by motor vehicles in the past decade, it was seen by figures obtained at the capitol. Statistics prepared in the office of Tax Commissioner William H. Corbin revealed that the horse population of the state dropped from 75,779 in 1908 to 59,737 last year, while records of the motor vehicle department showed that the number of horseless vehicles leaped from 7,895 to 95,650. Five automobiles appeared for every horse removed.


LIME ROCK — Martin Merriman has accepted a position in Torrington and expects to move there soon.


SALISBURY — Miss Marion Eggleston is assisting at the Drug Store.


C.B.S. Brewer of Mill River, Mass., has just completed his haying, using the same scythe snath he has used for the past 56 years.


Mr. William J. Stein, a first class piano tuner of Albany and Great Barrington, announces that he will come to Lakeville if enough applications for piano tuning are received. Parties wishing his services may leave their names at the Journal office.


Score one for President Wilson, who by his veto of the rider to the Agricultural bill has saved the daylight saving measure, a fact which will be welcome news to the greatest part of the country. Thousands have benefited by the extra hour of daylight, only a small part of the country being dissatisfied. 


This is the time of year for housewives to can all they can can. If the sugar shortage prevents them from canning all the cans they would like to can, they can still can all they can can without sugar.


50 years ago — July 1969

Robert Francis of Lakeville, president of The Lakeville Journal since the end of February 1969, has expanded his publishing interests by completing negotiations with the Northwest Publishing Corporation of Litchfield to acquire the Thomaston Express of Thomaston and Connecticut Western News of Canaan. The two publishers, C.J. DelVaglio of the Express and W. Ross Grannan of the News, will continue in their posts and no personnel changes in either paper or The Lakeville Journal are contemplated, Mr. Francis said.


“Rascal,” a baby raccoon pet of Tommy and Peter Euvrard, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Euvrard, was found on Sharon Mountain Road keeping vigil beside his mother who had been killed by a car. The three are full-time friends; Rascal sleeps in a pillow case on the boy’s bed, follows the boys at play, and Tommy says they can speak to one another. He is fed a diet of egg or milk with sugar and is living a good life with his friends.


A Falls Village resident has received considerable public attention and praise with the completion of the Newport Bridge in Rhode Island. John W. Kinney of Undermountain Road supervised the field forces of 10 contractors who worked on New England’s largest suspension span. The bridge, dedicated June 28, is 2.13 mile span across Narragansett Bay and replaces the Jamestown Ferry.


25 years ago — July 1994

SHARON — Walter A. Fairservis Jr., 73, died after a long illness Tuesday at his home here. A 25-year resident of Sharon, Dr. Fairservis was considered one of the world’s experts on Asian cultures and prehistory. For many years until his retirement in 1983 he was professor of anthropology and director of Asian Studies at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. He is best known locally for the East-West Fusion Theatre he created with his wife, the results of a life-long love of the theatre.


These news nuggets originally appeared in The Lakeville Journal.