Is this downtown Wilton?

116 years ago, 1898

Officer Dodge of Milford condemned a horse belonging to the Wilton baker. The animal seemed to be affected with glanders, and was a menace to every other horse he came in contact with.

Everyone who listened to the sermon by the Rev. J.S. Seward of Alston, Mass., at the Milford Unitarian Church, spoke in the highest terms of not only his scholarly effort, but the interesting, logical, and instructive features of the discourse.

His text was, “So the first shall be last, and the last first.”

Our Amherst correspondent, Mrs. V.R. Dodge, wrote, “Take the advice of the Sunday Globe and flee to the woods for comfort.”

A small item, apparently an advertisement but presented in regular newspaper type, said, “Thousands of people have been cured of piles by using DeWitt’s Witch Hazel Salve.”

The item was attributed to W.F. French of Milford, and W.I. Durgin of Wilton.

66 years ago, 1948

Rosario Ricciardi, in an advertisement, announced that he would be starting a new home-delivery fish route in Milford, Wilton, and Amherst. All fish were guaranteed fresh.

Gilbert Riley of Mont Vernon had a successful fishing trip at Lake Winnipesaukee, bringing home a six-pound salmon and several trout.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Big City” with Margaret O’Brien, Robert Preston, and Danny Thomas.

The Catholic Daughters of America was planning a baked bean supper at the parish house in Wilton.

Dr. Paul Sweezy of Wilton was elected a national committeeman from New Hampshire at the Progressive Party convention in Philadelphia.

50 years ago, 1964

A “Miss VFW” pageant was to be part of the Milford Labor Day celebration. Girls were to be judged upon appearance, personality, and talent.

Milford was expected to get $19,866 for its share of the state sweepstakes distribution money.

Amherst was to get $9,916, Lyndeborough, $3,240, Mont Vernon, $2,560, and Wilton, $8,220.

Eleven Souhegan Valley families were entertaining Fresh Air children from New York City for two weeks.

In an editorial entitled “Rights are relative,” Editor William B. Rotch wrote, “What makes every discussion of ‘rights’ so controversial is that no one can exercise a right without infringing on someone’s freedom.”

Victor Bernasconi, a former Milford resident, was appointed fire chief of Anchorage, Alaska. He had been living there for 14 years.

The Milford Drive-In Theatre was showing Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis in “Captain Newman,” and Robert Mitchum and Elsa Martinelli in “Rampage.”

25 years ago, 1989

Fifty-four units of elderly housing were planned for Bridge Street in Milford.

The Milford Board of Adjustment granted a special exception for a Dunkin’ Donuts shop on Nashua Street.

Amherst Recreation Commission member Sue McCarthy told the Board of Selectmen that vandalism was a problem at Baboosic Lake.

The Monadnock Peace Coalition was planning its annual vigil at the top of Mt. Monadnock to commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Milford Police Department rode a 17-run fifth inning to a 29-23 victory over the Fire Department in a softball game to benefit the town’s bicentennial committee.