Who was No. 1 in Wilton in 1982?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today, June 25, 2015, is the 139th anniversary of the battle of the Little Bighorn.

116 years ago, 1899

For the July 4 celebration, there were to be two bicycle road races, starting from Union Square and then by North River Road and the Wilton Road to the finish on Elm Street. The first race was open to all, the second only to those who had never competed for a prize. There was an entry fee of 25 cents.

Seven students graduated from Milford High School, only one of them, Ethel Burns, a young woman.

A four-horse team started to run near the printing office in Milford, but it was captured by a man on a bicycle. The Cabinet wrote that “the number of teams left standing about our streets (is) evidence (of) the fact that the fools are not all dead yet.”

Albert Lowe and his wife took a bicycle ride from Amherst to Nashua where they met friends and went to the Baptist picnic at Long Pond, near Lowell. The trip from Nashua was by the electrics.

66 years ago, 1949

Vandals splashed bright blue paint on sign posts, utility poles, trees and rocks all along West Street and out past Osgood Pond and along the road toward the High Diving pool.

Because of an abundance of rain, the governor rescinded the ban on smoking in or near woodlands.

High praise for the umpiring ability of Milford’s John Stoddard was seen in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald in Nova Scotia. He was an ump for the Halifax and District Baseball League and was named umpire in chief.

Two Milford girls were among the 10 finalists in the Miss New Hampshire contest that was won by Flora Sleeper, of Laconia. They were Barbara Charron and Shirley Langille.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Make Believe Ballroom” with Jerome Courtland, Jimmy Dorsey, and Ruth Warrick. The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “The Storm” with Charles Bickford, Preston Foster, and Tom Brown.

50 years ago, 1965

Clyde Lavine, of Laconia, was named principal of Wilton High School.

Melody Zahn was one of the lifeguards at Milford’s new swimming pool at Keyes Memorial Field.

Scattered hail storms caused considerable damage to orchards in Hollis, Pelham, Wilton and Lyndeborough.

In an editorial, Cabinet Editor William B. Rotch argued against allowing grocery stores to sell wine, even though they were permitted to sell beer and wrote, “Balanced against the state’s need for more revenue is its responsibility to control the sale of alcohol.”

Peterborough Movies was showing “Night of the Iguana” with Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr.

In South Lyndeborough, our correspondent, Mrs. Edith D. Ross, reported that Mrs. Margaret Hutchinson suffered burns on her legs, hands and face while burning trash in an outdoor fireplace, when an aerosol can exploded. She did not know the can was in the trash.

24 years ago, 1991

Proceeds from the sixth annual High Hopes balloon festival in Milford topped $40,000, which was $6,000 more than in 1990. High Hopes granted wishes to terminally and chronically ill children.

At the official opening of the Milford Recycling Center’s new plastics baler, Gov. Judd Gregg praised the town as one of the state’s leaders in recycling efforts. Nearby, a group of former recycling center employees picketed the facility, charging that they had been unfairly dismissed, claiming that the firm that ran the recycling operation, Consumat Sanco, was unfair in its labor practices.

Damien Carter, of Amherst, had the role of Peter in Andy’s Summer Playhouse’s production of “Peter Pan” in Wilton Center.

Mike Finley went the distance and shut out Salem as the Souhegan Valley Indians Senior Babe Ruth baseball team split a doubleheader, winning the second game behind Finley, 7-0, after losing the opener, 8-0.