Horses, gypsies were common sights on the Oval

100 years ago, 1914

The Ladies Charitable Society, of Milford, held a missionary meeting and tea and entertained their families at the Congregational chapel with a clever farce titled “The Coming of Annabelle.”

The Poverty Party, which was to have been held at the Believue Hotel in Mont Vernon, was postponed due to the illness of Mrs. MacCrillis.

Our Mont Vernon correspondent asked why it was not made a misdemeanor by the Legislature to cut down those huge shade trees along the road going down the large hill. “Look at the remains of those kings of the forest, then put on your thinking bonnet.”

In Mexico, Gen. Pancho Villa swept aside all resistance and began his final assault on the city of Torreon, the last stronghold of Gen. Huerta’s government in the north.

Miss Grace Merrill, of Amherst, received a painful injury while running a sewing machine. She had the misfortune to run the machine needle through her finger and break it off.

70 years ago, 1944

Lt. Joan Falsani, of Milford, a member of the Army Nurse Corps, was transferred to Sioux City, Iowa, after completing basic training at Mitchel Field, N.Y.

Nicholas Maffee, of Milford, owner of Maffee’s Gasoline Station in Nashua, had his right to sell gas suspended for nine months after he was charged with selling gas without requiring gasoline ration coupons.

Suzanne Heald, of Milford, who enlisted in the Waves, was attending Indiana University to prepare for her Naval career as a storekeeper.

As the Axis radio dinned that the invasion of Europe could be expected at any day, huge fleets of heavy U.S. and British bombers continued to pour fire and destruction on the enemy’s industry and defense installations, with Berlin the No. 1 target.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Crime Dr.’s Strangest Case” with Warner Baxter. The Tremont in Nashua was showing “Minesweeper” with Richard Arlen, and “Outlaws of Stampede Pass.”

50 years ago, 1964

Visitors from distant lands took part in a program put on by the VFW Auxiliary in Milford, part of an effort to promote friendship and to help visitors understand this country and its people. Photographed at the event were Margie Wetherbee, Miss VFW 1963-64, representing the U.S.; Malisa Franco from Bolivia, sponsored by the Milford Rotary Club; Rosa Maria Admana and Aurora Borlaza from the Philippines, who were taking the teachers training course at the School for the Deaf at Crotched Mountain; and Elda Richelli, of Italy, who was visiting her brother and family in Milford.

Roy Claire, of Wilton, was selected to coach the Ricciardi Hartshorn American Legion Post’s baseball team.

A tragedy was averted by the quick thinking and action of Sidney L. Hall, who rescued young Earl Abshire from the icy water hole in the rear of Hall’s store in Brookline and applied mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Taking the examination for the position of Lyndeborough postmaster were Mrs. Dorothy Quinn, Mrs. Loretta Currier and Richard Cheever.

25 years ago, 1989

Richard Mace was elected chairman of the Milford Board of Selectmen and Vician Barry as vice chairman.

The Milford Area Senior High math team placed third out of 29 high schools in the large school division at the state Math Contest, sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of Math Teachers. Chris Morse, a MASH senior, had the only perfect score in the state.

Richard Verrochi, chairman of the Amherst Board of Selectmen, was to be one of several local officials participating in a press conference in Concord to protest a state plan to shift more than $38 million in social services costs to the county level.