Thumbing the Files for Oct. 31

100 years ago, 1913

The Eastern Basket and Veneer Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., purchased the Wilkins Basket Factory in Milford and also bought the land in front on Union Street that had been owned by the Wilkins brothers. Eastern also leased the shop on South Street owned by Mrs. Thomas Winters and formerly used in basket making by the Hawkins Corp.

Pepperell defeated Milford 13-7 in a Monday afternoon football game in Pepperell. P. Erwin scored for Milford on a 95-yard run after recovering a Pepperell fumble.

The Holt family, which recently came to Milford from Peterborough, leased the John T. Smith house on Elm Street. Mr. Holt was employed in the basket factory.

The Milford fire department responded to an automobile fire on Oak Street. Emilio Portalupi had gone to his garage and cranked his big seven-passenger Rambler but the engine back-fired and ignited the gasoline. He extinguished it with sand and pushed the car out of the garage. Then he cranked again and almost instantly the machine was a mass of flames. The big car was reduced to twisted iron.

Although the slaughter of gray squirrels was said to have been heavy in most parts of the state, there were a good number left in the Wilton area. A few were shot in the Gregg woods between the village the Wilton Centre but people who traveled the route every day said there were as many seen as before.

70 years ago, 1943

John Fitch was elected master of Milford’s Granite Grange.

The money which Milford people loaned to their government through war bond purchases for the construction of a landing barge was put to good use: The barge was ready at Greenport, Long Island for christening and landing.

William Ferguson of the Cabinet staff was commissioned an ensign in the Naval Reserve and was to leave for a two-month indoctrination course at Princeton University.

David Bianchi of Milford was promoted to second lieutenant from first sergeant after completing his 10-hour flight training.

Sgt. Francis M. Loiselle of Amherst won the silver star for gallantry in action near Nassau Bay, New Guinea. Loiselle was hauling a wounded man to safety and engaged in hand-to-hand combat with two Japanese.

The Japanese were said to be building more planes than U.S. forces were destroying.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “It’s A Great Life” with Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, and Hugh Herbert.

South Lyndeborough was short $25 in its quota of $200 for the United War Fund, chairman Perry Joslin reported.

50 years ago, 1963

Edward J. Powers, the former FBI man who was picked to direct the state’s pioneer lottery venture, told Milford Rotarians that “the New Hampshire sweepstakes can and will be a success” because it will be regulated by the state under close supervision, not for private profit but for public education.

Restoration of Milford’s First Congregational Church was completed and a rededication service planned.

Lyndeborough correspondent Mrs. Ray P. Bishop reported that much-needed rain finally came to the town and was much appreciated by those out of water.

Milford High School was offering an adult education class in typing.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Rio Bravo” with John Wayne, Dean Martin, and Ricky Nelson.

The Town Hall Theater in Wilton was showing “Thirteen Frightened Girls” with Kathy Dunn and Murray Hamilton.

25 years ago, 1988

Edward S. Trench, 23, was charged with placing two bombs outside the Zaccardi residence on Tarn Road in Lyndeborough as well as having two more in his possession when he was arrested in Merrimack.

Michael E. Putnam was named director of the Milford Area Communications Center.

In a letter to the editor, Janet Johnson, coordinator of the Wilton-
Lyndeborough Community Drug/Alcohol Abuse Prevention Task Force, said only a few concerned people attended the group’s first meeting. She ended her letter with, “the drinking and drugging is going on after school or before. It’s not just a school problem… it’s yours too.”

Members of the Amherst Planning Board told engineers that they do not want a proposed Route 101A bypass to bisect neighborhoods in the central or northern part of town but would prefer it near Route 101A in the southern part of Amherst.

The Wilton Town Hall Theatre was showing “Die Hard” and “Dead Ringers.”

The lowest bid for construction and renovation at Lyndeborough Central School came in more than $100,000 higher than the amount the school board had to spend.

Lyndeborough firefighters doused a chimney fire at the Connors’ residence on Pettingill Hill Road but not until after it had spread to nearby partitions, according to Fire Chief Zeke Harkleroad.