Editorials

Flag from nation’s capitol presented to Milford

Thursday, February 27, 2014

100 years ago, 1914

The region was dealing with one of the heaviest all-day storms reported in years. Many Milford people spent an afternoon digging trenches to turn the floods from their cellars.

A meeting of the Amherst Progressive Club was postponed because of inclement weather. It was stated in the news item that the object of this club was not to get votes for women.

Duerschmidt’s baker wagon figured in another runaway when the horse dashed away on Monson Place in Milford. Charles Johnson stopped it with no damage.

A young boy came to Milford and was driven to Amherst where he was hunting for a Caldwell family. There were many Caldwells there but the boy said the Caldwells he was looking for were his grandparents and he had come to tell them that their son had been in a runaway accident and had both legs cut off, and was not expected to live. Finally, the desired people were located. They were an elderly couple living on the old Patch farm.

The pretty little pony of Carl Quigley, of Wilton, fell in its stall, broke its leg and had to be killed.

Archie Gage was driving the Richardson meat sleigh in Wilton when one side of the sleigh settled suddenly, pinning him underneath.

70 years ago, 1944

Employees of the Langdell Lumber Company in Milford called the Fire Department when they saw smoke near their building, but discovered that it was just some railroad men burning railroad ties.

Charles Cassanerio, of Milford, a water tender third class, was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in the Mediterranean. He took part in the African and Sicilian invasions.

Rosario Locicero, of Milford, was promoted to private first class in the Army.

With the sea at their backs, U.S. and British troops traded heavy blows with the Germans on the Anzio beachhead below Rome.

50 years ago, 1964

Milford voters planning for Town Meeting had to consider, among other things, whether to build a swimming pool at Keyes Field. The Cabinet endorsed the project in an editorial.

Sen. Barry Goldwater, seeking the Republican nomination for president, was scheduled to speak at a Republican Women’s Club meeting in Hollis. And Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, vying with Goldwater, was to speak at Amherst Town Hall.

Perennial Republican presidential candidate Harold Stassen was planning to be in Milford and Wilton.

The Women’s Association of Milford invited Elva Ray Harris, of Lunenburg, Mass., to deliver a lecture called “Fun With the Poets.”

The Wilton High School ski team lost to Peterborough by only 1.2 points.

Joseph E. Ring, of Wilton was killed in a three-car collision on Route 101 in Bedford and his wife, Edwina, was seriously injured with a fractured skull, a fractured cheekbone and injuries to her eye and ankle. Also killed in the crash was Herbert J. Schoerner, of Fitchburg, Mass., whose car collided with the Ring vehicle in a head-on crash.

25 years ago, 1989

To honor their success in having the Milford Town Hall placed on the National Register of Historic Places, Congressman Chuck Douglas would present the Board of Selectmen with a U.S. flag from the nation’s capitol.

The East-West Health Club on South Street in Milford was offering to get folks into shape for $8 a week.

Negotiators for the Amherst School Board and the Amherst Education Association met with a fact-finder for six hours. At issue were salaries and health insurance.

Alexander “Rick” Brougham, of Mont Vernon, was sworn in as a part-time Mont Vernon police officer.

Mont Vernon elementary school students chose “The Villager” as the school’s mascot. It was a depiction of a child holding a lantern. School colors chosen were red and blue.

Jane Farrell and Susan Warren were squaring off for the post of Wilton town clerk.

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