100 years ago

Long lines waiting to by Army food

Anyone who doubts the popularity of the action of the Common Council, when it voted to purchase surplus army food, should visit the Central Fire Station some afternoon or evening when the food is on sale. Th visitor will see a long line of people waiting to enter the station to make purchases, and, lined up on both sides of Main Street, he will see automobile after automobile.

The purchasers range from the poor person who can purchase only a can or two at a time, to the richer who own their own automobiles or can afford to hire automobiles or other conveyance to carry away food. A large percentage of the people, especially the wealthier people, see sugar.

The Mayor and Common Council’s campaign to reduce the high cost of living here is not popular with some local grocers, it would appear from a statement made today by Abram Spelke, purchasing agent for the city.

50 years ago

Crowds surround Zsa Zsa during visit to Stamford

Glamour personified came to Stamford Monday — Zsa Zsa Gabor visited Bloomingdale’s to promote a line of cosmetics and drew a crowd of men, women, and children, most of whom came to see her and some of whom stayed to look at the cosmetics.

Miss Gabor resembled a Pied Piper as she toured the store, trailed by children bent on getting her autograph for themselves or their mothers, who followed behind, urging their children to “get up closer and speak up!”

A small crowd had gathered by the cosmetics display before Miss Gabor arrived, but there crowd swelled after her appearance, with some sales personnel even deserting their posts to get a closer look. One woman said she was “starving” but didn’t’ want to miss seeing Miss Gabor by going to lunch.

10 years ago

Hundreds express their concerns about water to city

Hundreds of residents and concerned neighbors filled the bleachers Tuesday night at the Scofield Magnet Middle School gymnasium, only a few hundred feet away from the contamination the city believes has tainted the area’s water.

The concerned crowd packed into the gymnasium to ask public officials, including Mayor Dannel Malloy, city Director of Operations Ben Barnes, local and state representatives, and federal Environmental Protection Agency officials, about well contamination, short-term and long-term city strategies and public health effects.

... In May, the city closed Scofieldtown Park after a state Department of Environmental Protection report, released months earlier, showed soil contaminants that exceeded state standards.

The park was located on property used as a landfill from the 1930s until the 1970s, when it was capped and turned into a recreation site.

This summer, city and state tests began a series of tests of private well water, discovering two pesticides — dieldrin and chlordane — in four private wells on Hannahs Road and Very Merry Road.

The latest results show 12 private wells contain dieldrin and eight wells contain chlordane, city laboratory director Robert Murray said Tuesday. There are 40 more tests still pending and 20 samples to be taken this weekend, he added.