Thumbing the Files

75 years ago, 1941

Two Milford men were among nine from the area accepted for selec­tive service. They were Raymond G. Ciardelli and Willis Stickney. New Hampshire’s next draft call was to be in September when the state was to be asked to provide 135 men. Milford’s quota would be eight.

Four hundred disciples of a sect known only as the Christians met in the fields at the Perley Chappell farm on Federal Hill in Milford.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing "Mutiny in the Arctic" with Richard Arlen and Andy Devine. It was billed as "A mighty spectacle of the frozen Arctic north packed with action chills."

Durant’s Cafe opened on Mont Vernon Road in Milford and offered tasty sandwiches, beer and ale. James Kregos was the proprietor.

65 years ago, 1951

Mr. and Mrs. George F. White sold their Milford poultry farm on Merri­mack Road and would move to Flori­da. They were to take with them their favorite cat, Blackie, who was 12 years old and had produced 112 kittens.

Wilton’s Baby Popularity Contest ended with Eleanor McGettigan, 3, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. McGettiga, crowned queen after receiving the most votes. John Wilkin­son, 10 months old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Wilkinson, was crowned king.

Pasquale Tallarico gave a piano re­cital at the Wilton Center Grange Hall.

In his column The Sportsman, George S. Proctor wrote that "skunks are often justly accused of raiding ducks’ nests and killing ducklings, but skunks also eat large quantities of snapping turtle eggs and snapping turtles kill large numbers of duck­lings."

30 years ago, 1986

Dr. James Kennedy of Amherst said he believed he had seen the first local cases of Lyme disease. The state Department of Health said that if Kennedy was correct, they would be the first cases contracted in New Hampshire.

Gov. John Sununu presented Cora Bishop, Lyndeborough’s oldest resi­dent, a bouquet at the town’s 250th anniversary celebration.

Dr. Joseph Raczek bought the Ouellette Opticians’ practice on Elm Street in Milford. Electrical Supply of Milford opened in Eagle Hall on the Milford Oval.

The Amherst Community Players chose "Damn Yankees" for its fall production.

The final show of the summer at Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton would be the musical, "The Witches," based upon Roald Dahl’s children’s story and adapted for the stage by Dan Hurlin, Andy’s artistic director.

The ninth annual Amherst Road Race was scheduled for Sept. 7.

15 years ago, 2001

Amherst officials expressed frus­tration at the amount of time it had taken the state Department of Trans­portation to install rumble strips on 1.8 miles of Route 101 and former Selectman William Overholt called it too little, too late after a head-on col­lision killed Lillian Prud’homme of Bedford and injured three Massachu­setts teenagers.

The Ford Motor Co. was planning to build a 40,000-square-foot dealership at 575 Nashua St., in Milford, consoli­dating the businesses of Milford Ford and Best Ford of Nashua.

Melissa Frydlo, daughter of Sharon Frydlo of Amherst, became the first woman president of the Northhamp­ton, Mass., Lions Club, making her King Lion.

Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton ws planning to put on "The Epony Horse" in its Teen Black Bos, featur­ing Kim Ciola and Stephanie Speidel of Milford, and Jamie Harrow of Amherst.