Thumbing the files for the week of Sept. 20-27

Thursday, September 20, 2012

99 years ago, 1913

R.E. Streeter, a Bible student and lecturer from Providence, R.I. was to speak on “Where Are the Dead?” at Milford Town Hall.

A bicycle case in juvenile court was continued. A wheel, owned by Joseph Tortorelli and ridden by Anthony Aveni was stolen from Union Square a month before. The police traced it to Amherst where it was sold to Gordon Wilson who sold it to Joseph Comolli of Milford who sold it to John Harris of Nashua. The original thief proved to be a boy, and Judge Bales took the case under advisement.

Emery Holt of Lyndeborough entertained three milk testers.

A valuable hog owned by Almon Griswold of Federal Hill in Milford went missing, joining the number of hens, apples and other farmers’ property that had been recently stolen.

Two carloads of peaches were shipped from the Wilton rail station, one going to Boston, the other to Manchester.

Residents of Forest Street in Wilton were watching a flock of English sparrows that were led by a black bird with a red ring around its neck. The flock was said to number more than 100.

72 years ago, 1940

The best gasoline value in town, according to a page 1 advertisement, was at the Daniels Oil. Co. at the corner of Cottage and Elm Streets where 80 octane was 90 cents for six gallons and 87 was 90 cents for five gallons.

A “dainty lunch” of toasted tuna fish salad sandwich, dessert and coffee or milk was being offered for 35 cents at the new Milford Restaurant on Union Square.

In Lyndeborough, it was said that Mrs. Fanny Stephenson was a little more comfortable, but still quite weak.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Sailor’s Lady” with Nancy Kelly and Jon Hall.

In South Lyndeborough, Roy Rabideau was driving a new Plymouth.

Wilton merchants were complaining about mill workers and store clerks parking all day on Main Street, taking up spaces that could go to customers.

50 years ago, 1962

The state Fish and Game Department announced plans to reclaim Harshorn Pond in an effort to improve trout fishing. That meant killing all the fish and restocking with desirable species, in this case, brook trout.

The National President of the VFW Auxiliary, Mrs. Elfrieda Tice of Mitchell, S.D., spoke at the Harley-Sanford VFW post.

Twenty-eight relatives ranging in age from 8 months to 81 years gathered for a family reunion at the South Lyndeborough home of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Joslin.

The Super Save Market on Grove Street in Milford was set to open and would feature air conditioning, music and an automatic exit door.

Our correspondent, Mrs. Ray Bishop, reporting on Lyndeborough, said that many in town were shocked at their tax bill with a rate of $7.50 per $100.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Cape Fear” with Gregory Peck, Polly Bergen and Robert Mitchum.

25 years ago, 1987

Milford and Amherst were getting hit with big county tax increases to help pay for the jail. Amherst Selectman Richard Verrochi called it “an imprudent investment.”

Julia’s, a gift shop on West Street owned by Mary Jordan, opened in Milford.

Stephen Morse, Edward Walter, George Durham, Jean Engelhart, and Rainsford Deware III joined the Milford Police Department.

Maureen Daugherty became the first woman cubmaster in the 45-year history of Milford Pack 4.

The Wilton Town Hall Theatre was showing “My Life as a Dog” and “Robo Cop.”

About 100 people attended a Mont Vernon School Board bond hearing to talk about the proposed addition to the Village School. Principal Helene Bickford was there to answer questions.

Somersworth beat Milford Area Senior High, 19-7, in football.

The Wilton High field hockey team ran its record to 2-2 with a win over Conant.

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