Looking Back: Truck stuck on Cains Hill, LBJ withdraws from race

Imagine spending five hours stuck on Cains Hill Road. That was the fate a Long Island moving truck met April 5, 1993, after it stopped to let a car pass on the narrow road.

“[The truck] broke its drive shaft in the strain of restarting on the steep hill,” The Press reported in its April 8, 1993, edition.

“Oddly, while there is a ‘No Thru Trucks’ sign at the top of the road, there is none at the bottom warning truckers not to turn off Route 7,” the newspaper observed.

It wasn’t the last time Cains Hill would make news that week.

“Tuesday, a car and a utility truck collided on the narrow road,” The Press said. “No injuries were reported, and the driver of the car was issued a ticket for traveling too fast for conditions.”

That week the Parks and Recreation Department was getting ready for an inclusive initiative that would open its summer day camp up to disabled children.

“A lot of these children go to school in the community,” said Hope Wise, president of Ridgefield Organization for Special Education. “They are known. They have friends. The problem is, in the summer, they had to stay home.”

The newspaper reported that the students would take part in the usual camp activities with other children, “although they have a variety of physical and mental disabilities which, not long ago, might have kept them from participating.”

The top news story that week regarded First Selectman Sue Manning, who announced her plans to seek re-election for a fourth term.

“I’m not making any secret about that,” she told The Press. “I still enjoy it, and that’s why I’m going to run again.”

50 years ago

President Lyndon B. Johnson made national news the week of April 4, 1968, when he announced he would not be seeking a second term as America’s president.

“I can’t interpret what happened any better than the man in the moon, but I think Johnson didn’t expect to win the election and didn’t want to lose,” said Paul Rosa, chairman of the Republican Town Committee, told The Press.

“I don’t think [Eugene] McCarthy will win the nomination and there are a lot of anti-Bobby Kennedy Democrats,” he added. “If Hubert Humphrey does anything, he’s going to be the fall guy. He’ll stand on the administration’s record. I hate to see anyone be a fall guy.”

Rosa noted that peace within the Republican Party was “rather weak” but noted that there was a “a lot more trust than there was four years ago.”

He predicted Richard Nixon to triumph over Kennedy in November.

Thomas Cassidy, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee, had some thoughts on who would represent his party later that year.

“If you polled the Democrats, Hubert Humphrey would be the winner.”

He wasn’t hopeful the Democrats could win re-election given the situation.

“I don’t give [Humphrey] much of a chance,” he said.