A bridge to Milford’s past

100 years ago, 1913

Clarence Sibley, a steam driller at Lovejoy Granite in Milford, and Mrs. Esther Rose, of Lynn, Mass., were arrested at a boarding house on Nashua Street in Milford and charged with a statutory offense. The complaint was made by John Rose, the woman’s husband who is a machinist employed in Lynn. He came to Milford, swore out a warrant and had it served by the police. Sibley and Mrs. Rose were held on bonds of $500 each.

A general alarm was rung for a fire in one of the Maple Street tenements in Milford owned by the American Thread Co. A quick response kept the blaze confined to the chimney.

Pinnacle Grange in Lyndeborough celebrated its 40th anniversary. Four charter members were present – Mr. and Mrs. Andy Holt, G.E. Spalding and W.H. Clark.

Wilton High School began the winter term with 59 students.

70 years ago, 1943

Pvt. Vincent Mannino was enjoying a 15-day furlough at the home of his parents on Nashua Street in Milford. He was stationed at Camp Robinson, Ark.

Milford Selectmen appointed Mrs. Mary M. Reeble, of High Street, to the police department. She had done police work in Boston and New Jersey before moving to Milford. She was expected to wok primarily with juvenile cases but would have full police powers.

Europe’s historic Brenner Pass, the connecting link between Germany and Italy, was pounded by waves of U.S. bombers seeking to disrupt rail lines feeding Nazi armies. It was a counterstrike to a Nazi air raid of Bari, Italy, in which 30 German planes whizzed in at low level and sank 17 Allied cargo vessels lying at anchor in the harbor.

The State Theatre in Nashua was planning a gala New Year’s Eve midnight show with fun, favors and noisemakers for all. On the screen: “Riding High” with Dorothy Lamour, Dick Powell and Victor Moore. Admission was 68 cents plus 7 cents tax.

South Lyndeborough’s Committee on Civilian Defense – Carroll Center and Mrs. Adelaide Herrick – were collecting cotton and woolen clothing to be sent to the countries freed from Nazi oppression. Bundles could be left at the village store.

A full-page advertisement for war bonds asked, “How much does it cost to bomb Berlin?”

In Wilton, an employee of the Whiting Mill rescued several mallard ducks from the frozen ice of Whiting’s pond by chopping them free with an axe.

50 years ago, 1963

Milford Police Chief Duane B. Rockwell said his department would be running its annual New Year’s Eve taxi service and added, “We really mean it when we say that if you go to a party and have too much to drink, we would much rather have you call the police and let us give you a ride home than try to drive yourself. There is no need to be embarrassed. This is a common sense precaution.”

The Capt. Josiah Crosby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution announced that its Good Citizens for 1964 were Miss Jane Dutton, of South Lyndeborough, from Wilton High School, and Miss Eleanor Plummer, of Mont Vernon, from Milford High School.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Under the Yum Yum Tree” with Jack Lemmon, Carol Lynley and Edie Adams.

The Wilton Youth Center was sponsoring a cartoon special at the Wilton Town Hall Theatre. Admission was 10 cents.

25 years ago, 1988

Richard Purnier, director of the Milford Fish Hatchery, got the OK from the Milford Planning Board to build a cement building on North River Road as the first step toward the construction of a fishing pond there.

Richard Rose, producing director of the American Stage Festival, volunteered to direct the 1989 Amherst PTA play. The play had been in danger of being canceled after 36 consecutive years because it had no director. May Bell, the PTA’s liaison to the production, said Rose’s involvement would “certainly … help to boost the auditions for the play.”

The Wilton Town Hall Theatre was showing “Accused” and “Crossing Delancy.”

Harold Melcher announced that he would resign from the Wilton Planning Board because serving on the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School Board was taking more time than it once had.

The Milford Area Senior High girls’ basketball team ran its record to 4-2 by beating Manchester Memorial and Manchester West.