Downtown Milford 35 years ago

100 years ago, 1913

In a big fire that raged at Tufts College, two students were injured including Herbert Anderson of Milford. His hand was painfully burned while fighting the fire.

Morton Duff, who went to Jacksonville, Vt., to work on a farm, returned to Milford. He enjoyed the work in the big potato fields and his health was much improved.

The Japanese launched the battleship-cruiser Kirishima at Nagasake. It was said to carry eight 14-inch guns and 16 6-inch guns, plus eight torpedo tubes.

Fred Boutell was working on his Amherst farm and spied on the meadow below a fox busily looking into the earth, possible for mice, and seizing an implement he surprised the fox, captured it and bore it home.

While Mr. and Mrs. E.S. Robinson were walking on their Amherst farm, Mrs. Robinson picked a bunch of arbutus and Mr. Robinson captured a fox, which he was having mounted.

In Wilton, 141 hunting licenses were issued.

70 years ago, 1943

About $2,000 in damage was caused by a fire in the upstairs apartment of the Pleasant Street, Milford home owned by Dominic Amato, janitor of the Souhegan National Bank. It was believed to have started from an oil stove that sparked an upstairs wood shed.

Pvt. Nicolas Grugnale of Milford was transferred from Boca Raton, Fla., to Santa Anna, Calif.

A surprise party was given to Salvatore Saraceno by the Hook and Ladder Company of Milford of which he was a member. He was presented with a purse of money. Saraceno, who had been manager of the First National store on South Street for eight years, was leaving for the Army.

The Red armies cut two important railroads in Russia that linked German armies of the north with those of the south.

Amherst High School students had raised $575.35 in war bonds and stamps sales.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Squadron Leader X” with Ann Dvorak, Eric Portman, and Martin Miller.

Lt. William Maher of Wilton was injured when his B-24 bomber crashed while trying to take off from a field at Walla Walla, Wash. He was the navigator and sustained severe cuts and bruises but no permanent injuries. The Maher family was in Hackensack, N.J., for the winter when they received word of the accident.

50 years ago, 1963

The Souhegan Valley plunged into mourning after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The bell of the Milford Congregational Church began to toll after the announcement of his death and continued until a special union service of prayer that night. The Baptist Church changed its regular Sunday service to prayers for the president and a special memorial service. St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Milford was filled to overflowing at a special Requiem Mass and a large crowd attended a memorial service at the Church of Our Saviour. The Methodist Church, too, held a special service. Churches in Wilton held special services the Monday after the assassination. All weekend activities in Wilton, including the penny sale and the CYO dance, were cancelled.

A Manchester motorist spent a terrifying night pinned under his overturned car beside Route 101 (now Route 101A) in Amherst. Ronald Ling was rescued after four hours and was found to have suffered only minor cuts and abrasions. Police said Ling’s car left the highway,smashed a guard rail, and overturned. He told police he thought a tire had blown out, causing a skid.

Our South Lyndeborough correspondent, Edith D. Ross, reported that Burton Reynolds shot a deer while hunting with his father, Guy B. Reynolds, in Greenfield and he was a surprised but happy young fellow.

Lyndeborough, Temple and Francestown formed a girls’ volleyball league.

Red Sox third baseman Frank Malzone, and umpire Bill Jackowski were to be speakers at the Wilton Sports Night sponsored by the Holy Name Catholic Men’s Club.

25 years ago, 1988

Nancy Tarpley of Amherst received a recycling award from the New Hampshire Resource Recovery Association for her efforts to find a solution to the state’s solid waste problems.

Amherst Police Chief John Osborn projected a 20 percent increase in police overtime and asked for an additional officer in his proposed 1989-90 budget.

Amherst’s tax rate went up 16 percent, from $25.50 to $29.70.

Freddy Geis of Amherst won the Baboosic Lake T-shirt design contest and was given a gift certificate by town recreation director Mike Beliveau.

In a letter to the editor, Bob Hagar of Milford wrote, “The time is now for a Milford taxpayers’ association, not to fight city hall but to prevent having our homes taken over…”

Two Milford and one Wilton firm were honored by the American Lung Association of New Hampshire for banning smoking in their work places. They were Saphikon and Hampshire Hills of Milford, and Chalet Susse International in Wilton.