Fewer trees, more pavement, same Oval

116 years ago, 1898

One of the largest blocks of granite that had been quarried at the Milford Granite Company, weighing about 30 tons, was to be made into a monument to go to St. Louis, Mo. The work would require several months.

Our South Lyndeborough correspondent wrote that a gravel walk had taken the place of the decayed plank sidewalk in front of the post office and that the cutting away of two large shade trees had materially brightened the prospects from within.

The Pinnacle House at South Lyndeborough was having a busy and successful season under the management of Landlord Clark. A Cabinet writer known only as The Loiterer had made two trips to the business and said “there are more pretty girls at that house than at any house in this vicinity.” Our South Lyndeborough correspondent wrote “we fully concur.”

Wilton Town Hall was to be the site of a hurdy gurdy party. Marie Gross and her husband were to furnish the music.

66 years ago, 1948

One of the highlights of Milford’s four-day Labor Day festivities was to be Duncan Fairlie, a one-legged diver who would climb a 100-foot tower in Endicott Park and dive into six feet of water. He was to do it all four days.

Donald P. McLeod finished transforming his poultry house on the Wilton Road in Milford into a roadside apple stand.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “The Paradine Case” with Gregory Peck, and the State Theatre in Nashua was showing “Duel in the Sun” with Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones.

Wilton Selectman James Sheldon suffered a broken leg while feeding his pigs.

Also in Wilton, officials announced that any resident who had not paid the poll tax for 1948 by Sept. 1 would be fined 20 cents.

50 years ago, 1964

The Massachusetts city of Quincy bought 400 acres of land in Mason and planned to haul 800 tons of rubbish each week to the site. The reaction of Mason residents, who learned about it when someone picked up a copy of the Quincy Patriot Ledger, ranged from outrage to surprise.

The Hillsborough County Republican Committee, meeting in Amherst, adopted the theme “Republicans Stay United to Win.”

Hal March and Marjorie Lord were appearing in “The Wayward Stork” at the Lake Whalom Playhouse in Fitchburg, Mass.

Alfred Jarest, chairman of Wilton Old Home Days, announced a door-to-door canvass of town to sell Old Home Day buttons, with teenagers doing the soliciting.

Sixty runners had signed up to race in the Wilton Old Home Days 10-mile “marathon.”

25 years ago, 1989

The incinerator and the building that housed it at the Wilton Recycling Center were severely damaged by fire caused when the rear door of the incinerator was not shut when burning began.

Neil Young was to perform at Manchester’s Veteran’s Park.

The Milford Drive-In Theatre was showing “Ghostbusters” and “Karate Kid II” on one screen, and “Weekend at Bernie’s” and “Say Anything” on another.

Pauline Brown was honored for her 26 years of service as a teacher in the Wilton and Lyndeborough school district. She had retired at the end of the school year.

The Milford Police Department beat the Department of Public Works in a softball game to benefit the town’s Bicentennial Committee.

The fall sports schedules were released, and in football, Milford Area Senior High would play Dover, Winnacunnet, Exeter, Merrimack, Bishop Guertin, Salem, Londonderry, and Pinkerton.