stamford rewind Today in Stamford history: May 20
100 years ago
Potatoes were rotten, so Cohen & Co. found
Rotten potatoes caused a rumpus in the City Court this morning. Judge Young was hearing the civil action brought against W. J. & S. H. Davenport Co., produce wholesalers in New York, against S. Cohen & Co. of Stamford. The claim was for $256.25. The suit was over alleged rotten potatoes sold by the plaintiff to the defendant.
... It appears that Howard O. Lente of 632 Second Street, Brooklyn, salesman for the company, sold to Morris Cohen, purchasing agent for the S. Cohen & Co., 55 barrels of potatoes at $7 per barrel. The sale was made at the old Dominion dock, in New York, at about 3:30 a.m., which is the usual time, for the buying and selling of produce at the docks.
Mr. Cohen, it seems, had asked for Tartt Farm potatoes, of which brand there were no more, and another brand was taken in place.
50 years ago
Board to continue screening publications in public schools
Screening of public school newspapers prior to distribution was continued as the Board of Education’s policy despite a request by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union to liberalize the policy, and another by members of the Stamford Free Press.
... The board, in several work sessions and meetings with representatives of the Stamford Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and editors of the Stamford Free Press, realizes, there are two issues, according to Dr. Ruth Linke, board president.
First, she said, is the ACLU statement that the Tinker case allows students to distribute anything in the schools without prior censorship.
If the material is libelous, pornographic or unlawful, action should be taken afterwards, the ACLU believes, according to Dr. Linke.
10 years ago
Stamford’s Villa Maria seeks to expand
Villa Maria Education Center, a school for 76 children with learning disabilities run by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, hopes to convert unused portions of the convent into classrooms and other space for the school.
The school began in 1962 as a tutoring program in the rooms of a nearby carriage house. It then moved into its own building and expanded into the adjacent convent. Enrollment now is capped at 76, and Villa Maria is waiting for the final approval to expand gradually to 120.
“There are so many children that are being identified as having a learning disability,” Sister Carol Ann Nawracaj said. “We really have saved a number of children’s lives.”