Thumbing the Files

For the week of May 22-29

100 years ago, 1914

F.J. Bittinger was setting out 1,500 trees on his farm on the Mont Vernon Road in Milford. They were mostly apple trees. Dynamite was being used to dig the holes, and Bittinger had 350 pounds of the explosive.

Seven horses belonging to the state, which had been for several weeks in the possession of the Peterborough troop of cavalry, were delivered to Lt. McLane’s command in Milford.

Percival S. Hill, president of a large tobacco company, unnamed in a brief story, challenged Thomas A. Edison to prove his contention that cigarettes were harmful and that smokers were feeble minded.

In special services at Sacred Heart Church in Wilton, Bishop Guertin, of Manchester, confirmed 17 boys and 11 girls.

Charles Woodward, of Lyndeborough, narrowly escaped serious injury when he fell from a stone wall and a large stone fell on his leg. No bones were broken but his leg was badly bruised. The little fellow had to resort to crutches to get about.

70 years ago, 1944

A frost caused considerable damage to Souhegan Valley apple crops.

The Milford High School baseball team, coached by Ray Pomeroy, won the Monadnock League pennant after beating Peterborough, 23-15.

Leon Jacques Jr., of Milford, was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point by Congressman Foster Stearns.

Vandals defaced a granite gate post at Milford’s West Street Cemetery and a reward was offered for their arrest.

U.S. and British armies in Italy launched a powerful drive against German lines below Anzio. The drive got underway after a thunderous artillery bombardment.

The Tremont Theatre in Nashua was showing “The Uninvited” starring Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey, plus “Boss of Boomtown” starring Rod Cameron.

The Gloria Food Store on Union Street in Milford was advertising “non-fattening French sauce, dietetic peaches.”

50 years ago, 1964

The Adams family, of Milford, was presented with a certificate of appreciation by the Swift Water Girl Scout Council for the family’s work in helping to develop the council’s Anne Jackson Camp in Wilton.

Milford High School’s boys tennis team extended its unbeaten string to six by defeating Monadnock Regional 7-0 and Bishop Brady 7-0. Among the singles winners was Bob Heaton.

Sunday afternoon stock car racing at the Brookline Speedway was closing for the season, but evening races would start in the summer.

Frank Stetson represented Milford High School at the annual meeting of the Junior Academy of Science at the University of Maine.

The Wilton School Board voted to eliminate the eighth grade graduation ceremony.

Perry Joslin, of Lyndeborough, was elected a director of the Wilton National Bank.

25 years ago, 1989

A car with a punctured gas tank left parked over a barbecue grill started a fire that destroyed a garage and the roof of a one-story Wilton home owned by Kay Runions and Dallas Linke on Mason Road.

Cabinet publisher William B. Rotch won the Eugene Cervi award from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. It recognized the editor who consistently acted in the conviction that “good journalism begets good government.”

Stuart Horne, of Milford, was honored as an outstanding school board member by the New Hampshire School Boards Association.

The Wilton Planning Board voted not to begin any hearings after 10:30 p.m. and that all meetings would be adjourned by 11 p.m.

The Milford Area Senior High boys and girls tennis teams made the finals of the state tournament. It was the fourth straight year that the girls were in the finals. They won the state title in 1988. If both teams were to win, MASH would be only the second school in state history to win boys and girls tennis crowns in the same year. Concord did it in 1985.