Winter fun in Milford from days gone by

100 years ago, 1914

George Stearns, of Mont Vernon, captured a large bobcat in Antrim. Later in the day, with the aid of Joseph Carleton and John Loveren, he captured another. Each weighed about 20 pounds.

A state Board of Health official inspected stables and dairies of Milford milk producers and found that in the majority of cases, conditions were bad and below standards.

Leon Hutchinson drove his car to Wilton and got Mrs. Delia Sheldon and took her to St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. Mrs. Sheldon, 91, walked briskly to the machine, enjoyed her ride and at Nashua, stepped out and walked into the hospital where doctors performed two operations, removing her appendix and 131 gall stones. The aged lady rallied quickly from the strenuous ordeal.

Roy Carpenter, of Milford, accompanied by two ladies, was thrown from a sleigh and bruised when his horse took fright and overturned the vehicle. The rig was badly smashed.

Cecil C. Smith, of Wilton, demonstrated chicken picking at the Lebanon poultry show and equaled his previous record of picking a hen in 15.5 seconds. He also picked hens slowly, explaining the proper way to pick as he went along.

70 years ago, 1944

Several men from the area were inducted into the armed forces, including Benny Markaverich, Richard D. Jowders, Calvin Wylie, Wilman Robbins and Frank Stearns, of Wilton.

John J. Aveni, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Aveni, of Bordentown, N.J., was killed in action in Italy. He was born and went to school in Milford, where his father was employed by the town water department.

After a wild chase that began in Massachusetts, three Lowell, Mass., boys were arrested in Lyndeborough at gunpoint by State Trooper William McBain and Milford Special Officer Robert Courage. The three, all juveniles, were alleged to have held up James McNabb of Lowell, taken his car, and started for New Hampshire. Lowell police notified officers in Nashua who picked up the fleeing car and followed it toward Milford. Milford Police Chief Edgar Brown fired several shots as the car passed him. It was revealed that two of the boys were brothers who had recently been paroled from reform school.

U.S. bombers ripped rail lines supplying German troops in southern Italy as American and British forces pressed against the Nazis’ winter line centered on Cassino, key to the road to Rome.

Rusty, a dog with the Army’s K-9 corps and in training at Fort Robinson, Neb., was returned to his owner, Claud Pittman, of Wilton, after he washed out as a war dog because of a lack of aggressiveness.

50 years ago, 1964

Milford marked the 35th anniversary of the opening of Raymond A. Dyer’s drug store on the Oval.

The roster of the Junior Girl Scouts of Wilton numbered 15.

State Sen. Nelle Holmes spoke to the Wilton High School civics class.

Milford baritone Robb Wetherbee was to sing in Boston’s Symphony Hall with the Boston Symphony Orchestera and the New England Conservatory Chorus in the first American performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Kaddish.” He also performed regularly as a soloist in the Milford Unitarian Church and was planning to sing in the Race Relations Service at the church.

Newmarket High beat Wilton 90-40 in boys basketball.

Ralph Meacom, 86, was presented Lyndeborough’s Boston Post Cane, which went to the town’s oldest resident.

25 years ago, 1988

State Police Troop B was preparing to move into a new barracks just off the Route 101 Bypass in Milford.

In an editorial, William B. Rotch wrote that the state “struck a blow for peace and quiet last year when the Legislature banned jet skis from the smaller lakes and ponds … Jet skis are noisy, obnoxious desecrations that violate my right to enjoy the relative peace and quiet of New Hampshire lakes.”

Osco Drug Stores held a grand opening for a new location in Shaw’s Lorden Plaza in Milford. It was the first store to open in the plaza.

Thomas Plourde was hired as director of public works in Mont Vernon.

In Wilton, Randi Stein was challenging incumbent Earl Watts for a seat on the Elementary School Board.

The Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School District proposed budget came in at $1,823,531, an increase of 11.2 percent.

Milford Area Senior High’s boys basketball team defeated Keene, 55-48. The Spartans were led by Jay Gaidmore with 22 and Kevin Boone with 20 points.