Donated millstone a nice addition to park

100 years ago, 1913

The Milford Congregational Church was preparing to celebrate its 125th anniversary on Nov. 20 and the first event was to be the recreation of one of the first sermons written and delivered by the Rev. Humphrey Moore, the first Milford pastor.

The late train from Boston to Milford had a time change: Instead of leaving Boston at 8 p.m., it would leave at 5 and arrive in Milford at 6:36 with cars running through to Wilton and arriving at 6:45. Passengers to Milford and Wilton no longer had to change trains in Nashua.

Those who attended a lecture at the Milford Methodist Church by P.E. Call of Boston heard about, and saw slides of, the slums and dives of Boston.

A horse and delivery wagon owned by J.A. Bruce of Milford and driven by Gordon Bemis collided with a horse and buggy driven by a man from South Merrimack. The latter rig was demolished.

John L. Perham of Perham Corner had been quite ill but after being attended by Dr. Hatch was out and on his milk and cream route again.

In Wilton, an incident happened that stirred up the feeling of the citizens: A peddler with a team called at a house and finding the lady alone demanded a dinner be cooked for him at once. He then went to the barn and fed his horse from the owner’s oat barrel. He returned to the house, ate his dinner and departed, leaving two spools of thread to pay for his dinner and that of his horse.

70 years ago, 1943

The executive secretary of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, speaking at the Hillsboro County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, blamed organized labor for the high cost of living and said “farmers are definitely not to blame.”

The first fathers from Milford were inducted by the Selective Service System. They were Joseph Shaughnessy and Arthur Buxton.

A thief broke into the Milford Ration Board office and stole gas coupons worth 6,593 gallons “of precious fuel.”

U.S. forces opened a drive on the Japanese’s final stronghold of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Tonight We Raid Calais” with Annabella, John Sutton, and Lee J. Cobb.

In South Lyndeborough, William Leavitt and family moved into the cottage that had recently been occupied by the Kiernans.

World Order Sunday was observed by the Unitarian Church at Wilton Center. The topic of the sermon delivered by the Rev. Russell R. Bletzer was “The Dream of World Order.”

50 years ago, 1963

Big headline in The Cabinet: “Rocky” in Milford Today. But it wasn’t Sylvester Stallone. It was New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller who was coming to the state after announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president. He was to visit Lorden Lumber, Hitchiner Manufacturing, and the Milford Oval.

The Milford Congregational Church was preparing for a week-long observance of its 175th anniversary.

The senior class at Wilton High School was putting on “Gentleman Prefer Blondes.”

Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Powers were the new owners of the Wilton Diner, previously owned by William Boyd.

Milford High School’s physical education director, Rollie Hardwick, started an after-school gymnastics program.

Turtleneck jerseys were on sale at Twin Tows Ski Equipment on Intervale Road in Wilton.

25 years ago, 1988

The Souhegan Valley remained overwhelmingly Republican after the local election results were tabulated. The only Democrat remaining in office was state Rep. Betty Hall of Brookline, who kept her seat by 54 votes over Shirley Morley.

The Milford Area Business and Professional Women named Patty Rotch of Milford their Woman of Achievement, and Chester and Evelyn Harwood, owners of Harwood’s Market in Wilton, were honored for running a business that supports its community.

Tuan Nguyen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nguyen of Vietnam, was named Milford Area Senior High School student of the month. The senior was living with Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Coffee of Amherst.

The Wilton Town Hall Theatre was showing “Coming to America” and “Gorillas in the Mist.”

Teenagers Karen O’Brien and Chris Ohnesorge, both of Amherst, were directing the Peacock Players’ production of “The Pied Piper.”

The Milford Area Senior High girls’ soccer team trounced Manchester Memorial 5-1 to make the state tournament semifinals.

Sophie Merrill of Wilton came in third in the women’s division of the 5K road race sponsored by Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Club of Milford.

In high school football, Milford lost to Exeter, 40-6.