Thumbing the Files

109 years ago, 1906

The Grand Hotel in Mont Vernon was preparing to close for the year after experiencing the most prosperous year in its history, its landlord, named Bates, said.

During the summer in Mont Vernon, help in local business was hard to come by. Cooks, kitchen, table, and chamber girls were exceedingly hard to get at any price, and table and farm help was equally scarce. The very highest prices were paid for the very poorest and most uncertain service. Our correspondent said that labor was "certainly getting the upper hand in modern life."

At the Joel Perham lot in Lyndeborough, where the mill was located, someone attempted to burn out a bees’ nest but the fire spread, beginning to cause some alarm. Some of the neighbors went to help and the Wilton Fire Department came very near having to help put it out. It was finally quelled but not before it had burned some two or three acres.

Fred Frazer, of Wilton, purchased a machine by which he could make a large quantity of jelly and he intended to run the jelly business in connection with his cider business. Our correspondent said there was good money in the business because there were no jelly works nearer than New Jersey.

70 years ago, 1945

Ship’s barber James Saraceno was to arrive in Boston from Seattle. He had landed there from the Pacific area where he was stationed for more than two years.

Robert Johnson, 13, captain of Milford’s eighth grade football team, broke his arm when he tripped and fell while practicing during the school’s physical education period.

Andreas Wegner, 34, a German prisoner of war who escaped from the Parker Farms near Perham Corner in Lyndeborough, was recaptured through the vigilance of a South Lyndeborough storekeeper and swift action by State Trooper William McBain. William Jones, proprietor of South Lyndeborough’s general store, noticed a stranger sitting on a bench beside the highway in the center of the little town and though he fit the escaped man’s appearance, so notified State Police and McBain came and apprehended Wegner.

First Lt. Mary Holt Smith arrived home in Mont Vernon from the European Theater where she traveled much as a nurse with the surgical unit of the U.S. Nurses’ Corps. She said she thought Germany was a beautiful country.

54 years ago, 1961

Sixth grade teacher Marion Jacques was named assistant principal at the Jacques School in Milford.

A group of people who appeared by be Gypsies arrived in Wilton and was asked to move on after they had "made nuisances of themselves" at local roadside stands and business places. Officer Ole Nilsen ordered them to leave Wilton before noon, and they complied with the order. They had three cars with two small house trailers and carried large tents which they had set up in a field owned by Herman Glines, who told police he didn’t want them there.

Airman third class David Schmidt of South Lyndeborough, stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Ill, was spending a 15–day leave with his parents. On his second day home, while walking in the woods, he suffered a painful injury to his right eye when a tree limb snapped back and hit him.

The Town Hall Theater in Wilton was showing "10 Days to Tulara" with Stirling Hayden and Grace Raynor.

24 years ago, 1991

Ryan Nofsinger raced around right end on a broken play and scored the touchdown that broke Milford’s 18-game losing streak in football. His one-yard run came with less than a minute left in the game and gave the Spartans a 12-6 win over Manchester West.

Erik Champy came from South Lawrence, Mass., to be the new fourth grade teacher at Lyndeborough Central School.

The U.S. Census found that the average Mont Vernon resident lived in a $176,400 single–family detached home, was white, married and between the ages of 18 and 64. The town’s total population was 1,812.

Dan Hurlin, the artistic director of Andy’s Summer Playhouse, was to perform his Obie-award winning show, "A Cool Million," at the American Stage Festival in Milford to raise funds for Andy’s in Wilton.

Hollis–Brookline beat Wilton-
Lyndeborough 3-1 in boys’ soccer. Denny Charbopnneau scored WLC’s goal, assisted by Seng Do.