Thumbing the Files for May 8

100 years ago, 1914

F.C. Bradford, of Oregon Agricultural College, accepted the job of principal of Amherst High School. He was a direct descendent of Gov. William Bradford, of the Mayflower, the second governor of Massachusetts.

Ed Hamilton, an African-American
held on a charge of assaulting a 10-year-old white girl, was taken from the parish jail in Shreveport, La., and lynched. A mob of 1,000 men and boys took three hours to break into the jail.

In Amherst, Mrs. Mary Gardner celebrated her 98th birthday in a quiet way, receiving a few relatives and friends who extended their love and best wishes, leaving gifts of flowers, sweets and money.

Dr. Perry Joslin and bride, of Milford, Mass., visited at his father’s, H.H. Joslin’s, in Lyndeborough. They made the trip by auto.

The Cabinet often used jokes to fill space. Here is one: He said, “I don’t think I would like to marry any girl unless I knew she was self-
sacrificing.” She, in response: “But wouldn’t that prove it?”

70 years ago, 1944

Eight workers from Newfoundland came to help on farms in Hillsboro County for the duration of the war and were assigned to three farms in Hollis and two in Bedford.

A broadcast from Moscow stated that the Extraordinary States Commission on the Investigation of Crimes by the German invaders reported two million men murdered since the Nazis moved into Russian territory.

The Tremont Theatre in Nashua was showing “Two-Man Submarine” with Tom Neal and Ann Savage, and “Pride of the Plains” with Bob Livingston.

John French, of Wilton, was promoted to major in the Army Air Corps at Stout Field in Indianapolis where he was attached to the clerical department in a troop carrier command.

Fred Holt returned to his home in Lyndeborough after spending the winter in Wilton.

50 years ago, 1964

The Village Singers, a group of area homemakers from Amherst, Milford and Wilton who enjoyed singing together, was looking for new members.

The Boy Scouts of Amherst heard from Mr. Adams, an Eagle Scout and the assistant scoutmaster in Milford, who told them of different types of packs and how to pack them, and showed them how to put a sleeping bag on a knapsack in horseshoe fashion.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing Elvis Presley in “Kissin’ Cousins” in which he played “two roles for the first time.”

Wilton High School’s baseball team evened its record at 1-1 with a 1-0 win over Merrimack. Correspondent Francis Gros Louis reported that “smooth working Billy Edwards soft-curved Merrimack to death as he went the distance.”

Robert Saba, a social studies teacher from Wilmington, Mass., was named principal of Wilton High School.

25 years ago, 1989

Students, friends, family and local businesses rallied to help Matt Lyons, a Milford Area Senior High student who was severely injured in a fall while on vacation in South Carolina. He was facing the prospect of paralysis of his lower limbs.

Ron Violette, of Milford, owner of Violette’s IGA, received the Spirit of America award from the National Grocers Association in recognition of his achievements in furthering the cause of the independent food distribution industry.

The American Stage Festival in Milford was planning to open its season with “West Side Story.”

The Peacock Players were preparing to put on “The Phantom Tollbooth” with Alice Campbell, of Amherst, as the Everpresent Wordsnatcher, Carey Bradbury, of Amherst, as the Spelling Bee, and Hana Lanes, of Bedford, as Tock.

The Milford Area Senior High boys tennis team, coached by Kevin Christian, improved to 9-4, beating Pelham but losing to Bishop Guertin.