Thumbing the Files for April 24-30

100 years ago, 1914

Because of the prevalence of scarlet fever in the area, Milford decided that children under the age of 15 would not be allowed at places of public amusement. The Star Theatre was among those notified not to allow admission to the children.

An Italian child, age 5, was injured by a two-horse wagon owned by the White Mountain Freezer Co. and driven by Henry Roberts. The accident took place on Union Street in Milford when several children jumped on the cart. Roberts shouted to them to get off and somehow the youngest of them fell under the wheels, which passed over his back. The lad was carried to his home and quickly recovered.

Guy Reynolds bought the John Dolliver place in South Lyndeborough. Dolliver was to occupy the Frank Bishop tenement.

In Amherst, P.B. Flint, 83, who was trimming an apple tree, fell more than 15 feet from a ladder, receiving several bruises but no broken bones.

S.A. Spalding and Cecil Smith, of Wilton went to Lyndeborough where, with help from that town, they burned over several hundred acres on Rose Mountain where Spalding had one of the finest blueberry pastures in the state. Burning was essential to a good crop, they said.

70 years ago, 1944

Milford Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were planning to collect waste paper and tin cans to add valuable scrap to the national stockpile.

Russian forces stormed into Rumania where they encountered stiff resistance from native troops fighting for the Germans, while other Red forces drove ahead in the Crimea.

Britain and the U.S. demanded the termination of Sweden’s ballbearing trade with Germany and announced that they would look into Turkey’s increased shipments of chrome to the Nazis.

A nine-room house in Lyndeborough, on a half acre of land, was for sale for $1,850.

With the Democratic and Republican conventions still two months away, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Gov. Thomas Dewey were the leading contenders, respectively.

In Wilton, several old dogs just disappeared, and it was thought that they had gone off to die. No trace had been found of them.

50 years ago, 1964

Firefighters from Amherst, Milford, Hollis, Lyndeborough and Greenville assisted Wilton firefighters when high winds fanned a brush fire that stretched about a mile along the railroad tracks from Wilton toward Lyndeborough. Sparks from a locomotive were blamed.

New Hampshire Congressman James Cleveland, speaking to the Souhegan Republican Woman’s Club, defended the proposed Civil Rights bill.

The framework was being set up for Milford families to entertain children from the slums of New York through the Herald-Tribune Fresh Air Fund.

Amherst Boy Scouts were planning an overnight trip to Mount Monadnock.

Merrill’s Sunoco Service on Route 101 West in Milford announced that it had become the area agent for Connell’s New and Used Cars and had 75 cars from which to choose.

Advance Grange, of Wilton, celebrated its 90th birthday. Mrs. Barbara Boisvert, of Lyndeborough, accompanied by Cora Bishop, was one of the singers entertaining during the festivities.

Charles McGettigan was King Lion of the Wilton Lions Club.

25 years ago, 1989

The Final Score, which specialized in baseball cards, sporting goods, trophies and plaques, opened on Elm Street in Milford. Marcelle Simpson was the owner.

Amherst police were investigating a fourth theft of scrap metal from Hi Tech Fabricator on Columbia Drive.

The Milford Drive-In Theatre was showing “Twins,” “The ‘Burbs,” “Leviathan” and “Child’s Play.”

Milford Boy Scout Chris Brody was organizing a bike-a-thon to raise funds for the Souhegan Valley Association for the Handicapped as his Eagle project.

Charles O. McGettigan’s reappointment as Wilton highway agent was delayed. He had been nominated by Selectman Richard Greeley but Selectman David Stein said he wanted to talk with McGettigan before voting. After he did, and was ready to vote, Greeley said he wanted to talk with McGettigan. “I’d like to know what’s going on,” Greeley was quoted as saying.

Derryfield Academy’s boys’ tennis team ended Concord High’s 88-match home win streak, helped by four players from Amherst – Ray Hindle, Dave Hindle, Paul Hindle and Jamie Ashworth.