Thumbing the Files for May 15

100 years ago, 1914

Milford High School beat Wilton High 9-5 in a baseball game played at the Pine Valley field in Wilton, but later in the week, Pepperell High beat Milford 13-3 in a game at Endicott Park in Milford.

The large powder house at the Young Sons & Co.’s quarry in Milford blew up, shaking the whole town. There were about 20 large kegs of powder and some dynamite in the powder house. It was surmised that the wooden structure caught fire from a brush fire started when someone carelessly threw down a lighted match.

Near Bangor, Maine, the life of game warden E.S. Hodgkins was saved by a fellow hunter. The two had been hunting wild cats and had killed two when the game warden looked up to see another on a tree branch above him, “creeping slowly forward, his lips drawn back over his glittering teeth and (with) the look of a demon on his savage face.” The cat leaped at Hodgkins but was shot and killed in the air by William Ryer, who had quickly drawn a .38 caliber revolver.

A valuable hound dog was run over by an auto on Nashua Street in Milford. The auto, which was going about 50 miles an hour, disappeared before bystanders could read its number. The dog, owned by Louis Locicero, was not killed and Chief Goodwin had to put the animal out of its misery.

70 years ago, 1944

Donald “Dutchie” Von Iderstine was home in Milford to spend three weeks with his parents and his wife, the former Phyllis Tuttle, of Wilton, after returning from England.

The Manchester-Fitchburg bus schedule was revised so that there would be four round trips daily between Manchester and Wilton, with five on Saturday and Sunday. There were four daily trips from Milford to Manchester, and a morning bus from Wilton to Fitchburg.

Lt. Gen. Joseph Stillwell’s mixed U.S., Chinese and native Burmese forces pushed the Japanese farther back in northern Burma in a drive to clear a new supply road to China.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Hat Check Honey” with Leon Errol and Grace McDonald. At the Town Hall in Wilton, “Top Man” with Donald O’Connor was showing.

Pvt. Richard Jowders was home in Wilton on a 10-day furlough from Indiantown Gap Military Reservation in Pennsylvania.

50 years ago, 1964

Donald O. Young, retiring commander of Amherst’s American Legion Post, was named chairman of that town’s Memorial Day parade.

Talarico Pontiac on Elm Street in Milford was offering “as-is bargains” with “just a few left.”

An Amherst seven-room colonial ranch house with a two-car garage, fireplaced living room, formal dining room, paneled family room with fireplace, three bedrooms on three-quarters of an acre was selling for $26,500.

Four Wilton teenagers were injured when a car driven by Joey Poisson left Abbot Hill Road and crashed head-on into a large tree. The others injured were Charles Webb, Walter Bausha and Robert Daly. Their classmates organized a record hop at Town Hall to raise funds for the four. Dennis Markaverich, a senior at Wilton High School, volunteered to be the DJ.

25 years ago, 1989

The Souhegan National Bank, with offices in Milford and Amherst, among other towns, was offering 9.85 percent interest on deposits of $2,500 or more.

Five Milford Middle School students won honors in the National History Day competition for a computer program on Harriet Tubman. The students were Paula LaBranche, Debbie Plant, Jennifer Emerson, Kalyn Branscom and Joy Churin.

After 15 years, Douglas Kirkwood decided to end his tenure on the Amherst Planning Board. Meanwhile, Cynthia Dokmo was elected to her third term as chairwoman of that board.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Rain Man,” and “Salaam Bombay.”

Wilton Fire Chief Rene Houle was elected president of the 19-town Souhegan Mutual Fire Aid Association.

Jamie Crooker lined a two-out, two-strike, bases-loaded double in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Scott Ross scampered across the plate with the winning run as Wilton, one out away from being held hitless, came back to beat Conant, 6-5.