Thumbing the Files for the week of Jan. 16-23

For the week of Jan. 16-23

100 years ago, 1914

Miss Barbara Bartlett of Milford, who for a year had been acting as secretary for Mrs. Perkins Bass of Peterborough and Chicago, was to accompany Mrs. Bass on a foreign trip to Africa, Algiers, Italy, Sicily and France.

Joseph Tortorelli of Milford set a new duck pin bowling record of 112-111-105 for a 328 total at the Smith alleys.

The Milford Methodist Church was crowded for a talk by Antonio Andrea Arrighi of New York City who told of his experience as a drummer boy under Garibaldi, and as a galley slave.

While on duty at the central railroad station in Wilton, Miss Ruth Balmforth heard a noise in the post office below that sounded like an explosion. She notified Postmaster Hutchinson who came expecting to see the post office safe blown up but instead found nearly all of the ceiling in the back part of the office on the floor.

70 years ago, 1944

Milford’s Granite Grange, led by Master John Fitch, Jr., voted to purchase a $500 war bond.

Trustees of the Milford Congregational Church decided to open the church only for church activities for several months because of a shortage of hard coal. Thus, the Milford Woman’s Club was forced to change its meeting to the Community House.

Russian armies forged deeper into pre-war Poland in flaming action on the Eastern Front, overrunning territory the Reds claimed as their own, but that the Polish government-in-exile insisted must remain part of their country.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Young and Willing” with William Holden, Eddie Bracken and Susan Hayward.

Proceeds from a baked bean supper at the Wilton Town Hall put on by local Finnish people were to go to Russian war relief.

Wilton’s Donald Draper, who had only recently been inducted into the Army, was training at Camp Blanding, Fla, and would be assigned to the infantry.

50 years ago, 1964

New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, seeking the Republican nomination for president, returned to the area, his second visit since November, to speak to the Souhegan Women’s Republican Club in Wilton.

Wayne Lamminen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Lamminen of Wilton, enlisted in the Air National Guard and was sent to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing Elvis Presley in “Fun in Acapulco.”

The Harlem Ambassadors comedy basketball team was to battle Wilton and Milford high school faculty members in a game at the Wilton High gym.

The Wilton Library had a circulation of 28,409 in 1963, a record high.

Cleary’s Drug Store was doing business on Main Street, Wilton.

25 years ago, 1989

Milford Police officers John Winterburn and George Durham were in charge of the town’s Neighborhood Watch program.

Dr. Linda-Jo Pettingell opened her chiropractic office on Nashua Street in Milford.

Amherst Selectman William Overholt announced that he would seek a second term.

Amherst builder Joseph Luongo won the contract to demolish Amherst’s old firehouse with a bid of $12,380.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Babette’s Feast” and “Bird.”

Wilton Selectman David Stein announced that he would seek a second term.

The Milford Area Senior High gymnastics team won two meets, defeating teams from Lowell, Mass., and Nashua. Karen Weismann won on the uneven parallel bars with a score of 7.8.

During a week of basketball, the Wilton-Lyndeborough girls’ team defeated Calvary Christian and High Mowing but lost to Thayer.