Thumbing the Files

109 years ago, 1909

Mrs. Turner, of Milford, who was visiting her brother–in–law in Presque Isle, Maine, wrote to The Cabinet to say that her host would raise 8,000 barrels of potatoes that year.

All schools in Milford were to open on Sept. 10 and close on July 1.

In national news, L.L. Whitman and C.S. Carris arrived in New York from San Francisco in a 36–horse-power automobile, establishing a new cross-continent auto record of 15 days, one hour and 50 minutes.

Ordway & Kendall of Milford were advertising a stock of new and second-hand carriages, including Top Buggies, Concord, and Democrat wagons, plus harnesses, whips, robes and blankets.

George Proctor, of Wilton, won a $3 prize for his story in the Boston Sunday Herald under the "Best Vacation" category in which he described a trip to Camp Ellis, Maine.

70 years ago, 1945

The top ace of World War II, fighter pilot Maj. Richad Bong of Poplar, Wisc., died when his jet-propelled Shooting Star blew up shortly after a takeoff at Burbank, Calf. When he entered the Air Force in 1941 at age 20, he topped all other U.S. airmen by shooting down 40 Japanese planes in action extending from Australia to the Philippines.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing "The Girl Rush" with Wally Brown, Alan Carney and Frances Langford.

Lyndeborough planned Old Home Day for Sept. 2, with morning church service, a basket lunch and free coffee. The Temple Quartet from Concord was to entertain.

A High Mass of Thanksgiving in observation of the end of the war was sung in Sacred Heart Church in Wilton.

54 years ago, 1961

Charles A. Elliott III, of Lyndeborough, joined his father, Sgt. Charles A. Elliott II, as a member of Battery B, of Milford’s National Guard unit.

Milford was preparing to test its new 700–pound, 100–inch civil defense siren, installed on the roof of Town Hall.

Amherst’s American Legion Home on Mont Vernon Road was holding an auction featuring household articles, among them a sewing machine "in excellent condition," a gun rack and a home-made wagon.

Bowlmore Lanes in Milford was offering candlepin bowling, calling it "the great American family game."

The Town Hall Theater in Wilton was showing "Portrait of a Mobster" with Vic Morrow and Leslie Parrish.

24 years ago, 1991

Mason was considering sending its students to Milford in 1992.

Hurricane Bob knocked out power in several areas of the Souhegan Valley, but except for some uprooted trees, Bob was more of a threat than a disaster.

Construction began on the 60,000–square–foot Milford Middle School addition.

Amherst’s Clark and Wilkins schools were reorganized under one principal when Linnea Gershenberg replaced Christina Trudo, who had been principal of Clark only.

"Jesus Christ Superstar" was the closing production of the season at the American Stage Festival in Milford. Ellen Zachos played Mary Magdalene and Reed Armstrong was Jesus.

Lyndeborough’s Suzy Ginn placed sixth in the modern pentathlon at the U.S. Olympic Festival. She finished second in the epee, fifth in the 2,000 meter run, fifth in shooting, eighth in the 200 meter swim, and 10th in the stadium jump. She was to attend Princeton.