Thumbing the Files for Dec. 5-11

100 years ago, 1913

The state Humane Society held its monthly meeting in Nashua and reported that seven counties were visited and much cruelty checked. One case was reported of a pair of oxen whose shoe-less feet were worked to a point of bleeding and whose sides showed horrible marks of goading. Another case was that of a baby colt that was compelled to be harnessed and driven daily to a point of exhaustion by its ill-judged driver. Society directors urged people to do Christmas shopping early to make the delivery work easier for the horses.

The first of the paving cutters left Milford to spend the winter in England and Scotland. Some were to return in the spring.

The doctors of Milford met and revised their price lists but apparently did not reduce the cost of any care. They did say that they were troubled by how slow some of their patients were in paying them.

The Star Theatre in Milford was advertising “high class moving pictures” for 10 cents.

The Perham Corner school in Lyndeborough was closed for a month because its teacher, Ellen C. Doherty, was ill.

A Lyndeborough man, hunting for deer in Wilton, went out one night by moonlight and saw what he thought to be a large deer and blazed away. The animal turned out to be a heifer owned by a man in Greenfield. The Lyndeborough man was able to buy the heifer for $10 and was well satisfied with his bargain because for that amount of money, he brought home $25 worth of meat.

70 years ago, 1943

Irving Y. Salisbury, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Salisbury of Mont Vernon, broke his collar bone in an automobile accident when the car in which he was riding turned over on the Francestown Turnpike. Allen M. Hazen, 16, was the driver and was taking Salisbury and his sister, Marsha, 13, home from school in Milford. Miss Hazen suffered several bruises on her arms and legs. The car skidded on the icy highway and turned over at the bottom of Nichols Hill. It was considerably damaged.

George Parker and Charles Scully, hunting deer in Milford, followed tracks for three hours but won no venison. The tracks led them to the missing Oulton pigs, four of which escaped two weeks before the owner Oulton’s pen.

Joan Falsani of Milford was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Air Force Nurse Corps.

Arthur Reynolds was the only South Lyndeborough resident to have gotten a deer by this point in the hunting season.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Cowboy in Manhattan” with Robert Paige and Frances Langford. The Tremont in Nashua was showing “Return of the Vampire” with Bela Lugosi and “Bar 20” with William Boyd.

50 years ago, 1963

Charles E. Blood, 33, of Wilton, married and the father of five children, was killed instantly by a bullet said to have been fired by a companion, Richard Whitney, 25, with whom he was deer hunting in Wilton Center.

Milford was starting an adult physical fitness class for men to be led by Rollins Hardwick in the high school gym. Janice Cook was organizing a similar class for women.

In an editorial on the assassination of President Kennedy, William B. Rotch wrote, “We can disagree with our leaders, vigorously and strenuously. The atmosphere that invites violence is not created by honest dissent, but by vilification, the morbid eagerness to believe and repeat the worst.”

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Palm Springs Weekend,” with Troy Donahue and Connie Stevens.

Wilton High School’s boys’ basketball team beat Marlboro, 59-57, in overtime.

25 years ago, 1987

As they waited for the arrival of Santa Claus on the Milford Oval, Mandy Clark, 4, and her mom, Michelle, of Milford, were photographed singing “Frosty the Snowman.”

In an editorial, William B. Rotch referred to a freshman legislator in Concord who repeated two pledges she had made:

“One pledge was to do everything in her power to ease the burden of the real estate tax. The other was never to vote for a state sales or income tax. Some day, New Hampshire politicians are going to have to accept the fact that they can’t have it both ways.”

Officer John Winterburn, 24, was named the Milford Police Department’s Officer of the Year.

Amherst Police Chief John Osborn said his officers would continue to carry revolvers rather than change to increased-shot automatics. He said he thought the revolver was safer for his men to carry and said he wanted them to rely upon the quality of their shooting rather than the quantity of their ammunition.

Stuart Draper resigned as Wilton town treasurer and Barry Greene was appointed to replace him.

Thomas Chrisenton was elected chairman of Lyndeborough’s stone arch bridge study committee.

Richard Brown Sr. of Amherst, shot a 242-pound buck in Pittsburg, the third largest deer to have been killed in the state.