A double take on Nashua Street
100 years ago, 1914
During Memorial Day services in Milford, flowers were placed upon the graves of 166 soldiers and sailors of the Civil War and 32 Revolutionary War dead, buried at the West Street Cemetery. In a special ceremony, an old Confederate flag was flown over the grave of James Bartle, of Milford, better known in town as “Jimmy the Reb.” He was a former Confederate soldier and a supporter of Jefferson Davis who lived for many years in a shanty in the south of town. The flag was not flown for long because some of the veterans at the ceremony felt that it should not fly indefinitely in the burying ground where so many of their comrades were taking their final rest.
The Milford High School baseball team beat the Stearns School of Mont Vernon, 7-3.
Austin Holt, of Lyndeborough, was the owner of a new automobile.
In Wilton, Special Officer Willette was declaring war on the auto speeder after he stopped and warned several on a Sunday.
70 years ago, 1944
Retail grocers throughout the state were waiting to receive the new list of top legal prices they could charge for dry groceries and canned goods.
Flight Officer Harold Eastman, of Milford, was among the members of the crew of the Lady Stardust II, a flying fortress bomber that was forced to land in the English Channel as it was returning from a bombing mission over Brux, Czechoslovakia. The nose of the plane had been sheared off when a plane flying above was hit and a crew member from that plane fell onto the Lady Stardust.
With his forces taking a jump of 125 miles to the northwest in Dutch New Guinea, Gen. Douglas MacArthur advanced closer to his goal of the Philippines to avenge Bataan.
The State Theatre in Nashua was showing “The Heavenly Body” with William Powell and Hedy LaMarr, and “Pardon My Rhythm” with Gloria Jean.
50 years ago, 1964
Hitchiner Manufacturing, of Milford, was chosen to cast a 16-inch sculpture of the head of the late President John Kennedy by sculptor Robert Berks.
Mont Vernon sixth-grader Jane Winsor was chosen May Queen for the May Day celebration of the Mont Vernon Home Circle.
Two Milford residents, Madeline Ryder and Michael Swiezynski, were chosen queen and king of the junior prom at Bishop Brady High School in Manchester.
The Rev. John T. Feeney, of Sacred Heart Church in Wilton, celebrated 30 years in the priesthood.
25 years ago, 1989
The Milford Rotary Club was planning a river cleanup project to remove old tires, plastic and other debris from the banks of the Souhegan.
Keith Johnson delivered the Gettysburg Address as Milford marked Memorial Day.
Residents of School Street in Amherst were concerned about skateboarders on their street and suggested that the recreation department recognize boarding as a sport and provide classes in safety and the proper use of equipment.
The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Say Anything.”
Ray Hindle, of Amherst, representing the Derryfield School, won the state tennis singles title, beating Andy Smith, of Concord, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. In the team state tournament, Hindle, his brother Dave, and Jamie Ashworth led Derryfield over Milford Area Senior High boys, 6-3. The MASH girls’ team fell to Manchester West, 6-3.