Thumbing the Files for Jan. 9

100 years ago, 1914

The Milford High School girls’ basketball team defeated the Amherst girls 21-8.

Congressman James M. Curley was elected mayor of Boston.

Members of George Langdell’s class at the Milford Baptist Church Sunday School took a sleigh ride to Nashua.

Amherst reported the coldest day of the season, between 10 and 14 degrees below.

Wilton Selectmen sold the old town hall boiler to Nailbow the junkman.

James Flanders drove a new horse into Wilton. The horse weighted 1,200 pounds and was shipped from Brighton, Mass.

70 years ago, 1944

Miss Suzanne Heald, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hermann L. Heald, of Milford, was sworn in to WAVES, the first from town to join that service.

Alfred Medlyn, seaman first class, returned to South Brooklyn, N.Y., after a four-day leave at the home of his parents on Nashua Street in Milford.

The Milford High School boys basketball team lost to Townsend, Mass., 84-55. The girls lost to Townsend 34-33.

Lt. Gen. Mark Clark’s Fifth U.S. Army blasted the Nazis from strong points blocking the 75-mile road to Rome. Meanwhile, fleets of Allied bombers winged their way over the English Channel to pound Nazi fortifications along the French coast, while the RAF rained another 2,234 tons of explosives on battered, hapless Berlin.

Many people in Lyndeborough were confined to their homes with prevailing colds, correspondent Mrs. Ray P. Bishop reported.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Gildersleeve’s Bad Day” with Harold Peary and Jane Darwell.

50 years ago, 1964

Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater was in Milford and Amherst seeking the Republican nomination for president. That followed a November visit from New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. Goldwater spent half an hour with Milford High School students and gave a brief talk at the Rotary Club luncheon.

Milford Army Capt. William E. McGee, 26, was serving as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army Support Group in Vietnam.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing Disney’s “The Incredible Journey.”

The Milford High School boys basketball team defeated Pinkerton Academy 52-48.

The Wilton Town Hall Theatre was showing “Yellowstone Kelley” with Clint Walker and Edward Byrnes.

25 years ago, 1989

J. Michael Deasy was elected president of the Milford Rotary Club.

The Amherst Board of Selectmen was looking into the possibility of giving voters the option to change the town’s form of government, perhaps something called “representative town meeting.” In that form, a number of representatives would be elected from districts throughout the town and at least once a year meet with the selectmen to vote on issues and make decisions. That would have replaced the town meeting form of government.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Things Change” and “Scrooged.”

The Amherst PTA announced that its spring production would be “Brigadoon.”

The Wilton School Board presented its first million-dollar budget of $1,009,024.

Milford’s Stephanie Ulicny placed second in the 3200-meter run in Dartmouth Relays at Dartmough College.

J.W. Tatum, of Wilton, was coaching the High Mowing School’s girls basketball team.