Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — September 1919

LAKEVILLE — The silent policemen have arrived and were used Labor Day for the first time. There are two of them, one at the intersection of Main and Holley streets and the other at the railway bridge. The installation of the “billy cops” will make for much greater safety at these dangerous corners.


Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Fitting and daughter Phebe of Baltimore have returned to Salisbury. Mr. Fitting expects to finish his house which he had started.


ORE HILL — Master Frank Sherman was hit by an automobile Saturday but was not seriously injured.


LIME ROCK — Mr. and Mrs. Martin Merriman of Torrington were in town over Sunday.


SALISBURY — Samuel Whitbeck is working in the Drug Store while Mr. Champagne is out of town.


ORE HILL — Little Mildred Dean is the proud owner of a beautiful large doll won in the Doll Prize Contest at Puff’s Drug Store in Millerton, N.Y.


CANAAN — A cow valued at $150, owned by Miss Bessie Millard of Great Barrington died a few days ago of anthrax. The remainder of the herd have been immunized. This is the first case in this section in eight years.


Contractor John H. Garrity has just put new concrete steps in front of St. Mary’s Parochial School.


50 years ago — September 1969

Allergic to bees, Mrs. Karine B. Jansen, finding a bee in her car last Friday evening, became frightened and lost control of the vehicle which crashed into a utility pole on Route 44 near Belgo Road, Lakeville. The impact snapped off the pole and caused a power outage in a considerable number of Lakeville homes for more than an hour. Mrs. Jansen is reported to be improving from severe facial lacerations.


First Selectman William B. Barnett reported Wednesday that the deeds have been received by the Town of Salisbury for the 22-acre strip of right-of-way purchased by the town from the Penn-Central Railroad.


New teachers for fourth-grade pupils at North Canaan Elementary School are Mrs. Ruth Epstein and Robert Snyder, both of Canaan.


Many a chuckle was created by a sign on the Falls Village Town Hall over the weekend which said “No labor performed here on Labor Day.”


New staff members at the Norfolk Center School this term are Alexander Miner of Simsbury, Mrs. Mary Ellen Hood of Torrington and Mrs. Patricia Bourque of Winsted.


25 years ago — September 1994

CORNWALL — Cornwall resident Steve Hedden took home the $300 first prize in the “cow chip” contest at last weekend’s annual Cornwall Agricultural Fair. Mr. Hedden won the contest when a cow, placed in a ring marked with 300 numbered squares, chose to fertilize the square Hedden selected for $3.


These items were copied from past issues of The Lakeville Journal.