Lyndeborough store once featured gas pumps

100 years ago, 1914

A Maine sheriff and six deputies made what was believed to be the biggest seizure of liquor in the history of that state, taking the contents of a large box car in the Maine Central Railroad yards in Bangor. The lot was 2,502 gallons of whiskey, gin, rum, brandy and cocktails, and 54 barrels of ale and beer, all valued at $5,653.

The Milford Granite Company secured two important contracts: One for the Franklin Pierce statue that the state was to erect in Concord, and the other for the Straus Memorial to the Titanic victims to be built in New York City.

Teamsters took two massive granite boulders from the railroad siding in East Milford and carted them to Mont Vernon. They weighed more than two tons each and were taken from the side of Mt. Monadnock and shipped to Boston where they were embellished with bronze tablets. At Mont Vernon, they were to be erected in the cemetery on the Conant lot at the behest of William Conant, of Boston and Mont Vernon.

A recent scarlet fever scare in Milford had almost subsided. Eighteen houses had been quarantined and school rooms in town were thoroughly fumigated.

Guy Draper, of Wilton, accepted the position of chauffeur with Mrs. Edward Abbott, of Wilton Center.

70 years ago, 1944

A large crowd of both young and old people enjoyed the minstrel and variety show, “The Cotton Cuties,” presented in the Milford High School auditorium by the Alethia Club, of the Methodist Church, and the Christian Crusaders, of the Baptist Church.

As Western Europe crackled under the Allies’ savage bombing offensive, Nazi No. 2 Hermann Goering, and Nazi No. 3 Joseph Goebbels used Hitler’s 55th birthday to loudly appeal to the German people for unquestioned loyalty during the hectic period to follow.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Swing Your Partner” with Lulubelle and Scotty, Vera Vague and Dale Evans.

Three state game wardens blew up with dynamite a beaver dam in the pond near Norman Horton’s home in Mont Vernon.

Thomas Herlihy, of Wilton, was promoted to captain in the Army Air Corps at Fort Myers, Fla., where he was an instructor.

Erland G. (Pete) Frye, of Wilton, caught a squaretail trout 20 inches long and 3 pounds, 5 ounces in weight, and he said he caught it, “in the brook, right near the rock.”

50 years ago, 1964

Joe Coleman, a former pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, was to be guest speaker at the banquet for Milford youth baseball players.

The Souhegan Valley Nursing Association was planning an Oral Sabin Polio Clinc in Milford, Mont Vernon and Amherst.

The Methodist Church in Milford was planning a ham and baked bean supper with a charge of $1.25 for adults, and 75 cents for children.

Welcome Wagon International was planning to expand to Milford, Amherst and Wilton and was looking for hostesses with “a keen interest in their community and a sincere interest in people. Typing ability and a car for personal use are essential.”

Bernard A. Streeter Jr., announced that he would run for Governor’s Council in the Fourth District that included Cheshire and Hillsboro counties. He was 29.

25 years ago, 1989

Congressman Charles Douglas spoke at Loyalty Day ceremonies at Milford Area Senior High School and told the students that while other nations “celebrate the law of force, we celebrate the force of law.”

Gov. Judd Gregg cut the ribbon opening the state Department of Safety building in Milford.

Jack and Jill Kindergarten in Amherst turned 30 years old.

Michael Perlis, 36, of Amherst was named publisher and senior vice president of Playboy Enterprises in New York City by Playboy Chairman and CEO Christie Hefner.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Jackknife” and “Rain Man.”

Don Chambers and Rebecca Secrest were named co-managers of the Wilton Recycling Center.

Ken Garnham stepped down as coach of the Milford Area Senior High boys basketball team, and Bill Brown was named coach.