Thumbing the Files for Sept. 25
116 years ago, 1898
J.B. Heald returned to Milford after a western journey, having been as far as Omaha.
A change in the railroad schedule meant that the trip from Boston to Milford would take one hour and 40 minutes, 20 minutes longer than previously.
F.A. Fessenden, the well-known Milford baker, was stricken with paralysis of his entire left side, which spread to his face, but still he was making his accustomed trip to Hollis to serve his customers there.
Master Ralph Currier, of Amherst, was apparently paralysed from the effects of vaccination.
The peach orchards of George W. Parker and Elmer B. Parker in Lyndeborough were several times visited by thieves.
66 years ago, 1948
Firefighters from all parts of the Monadnock region rallied to the far side of Temple Mountain to fight a fire that raged through an estimated 350 acres of scrub spruce.
The price of milk was scheduled to go up by half a cent, making the retail price per quart 23.5 cents.
Amherst firefighters were called to an apparent fire at the Currier Farm but it proved to be lime dust rather than smoke.
The State Theatre in Nashua was showing “The Babe Ruth Story” with William Bendix. The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” with Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Melvin Douglas.
More and more Lyndeborough wells were going dry and locals were hauling water from ponds for livestock.
Charles McGettigan was president of the Wilton High School Student Council.
50 years ago, 1964
The cost of renovating Milford Junior High was estimated at $160,000.
In an editorial about the book “None Dare Call It Treason” by John A. Stormer, Editor William B. Rotch said that “the real danger of such a book is that it offers simple answers to tremendously complex situations. The easiest thing in the world when things go wrong is to look for a scapegoat.”
Milford High beat Wilton 2-1 in boys’ soccer before a large crowd at Pine Valley Park. Milford got two goals from Bob Heaton and Wilton got one from Skip Harwood.
Later in the week, Harwood and Joey Poisson scored twice to lead Wilton over Alvirne 4-0. The defense was led by goalie Jimmie Tigh and defenders Carl Boutwell and Barry Greene.
25 years ago, 1989
Terry Rousseau was named advertising manager of The Cabinet, replacing Mimi Havinga, of Mont Vernon, who retired.
The Amherst Fire Department’s annual yard sale raised $1,350 for the department, and one of those helping was Deputy Fire Chief John Bachman.
The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Getting it Right” and “Do the Right Thing.”
Twenty-four Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School teachers signed a petition opposing the distribution of birth control devices in the school.
The Milford Area Senior High girls’ field hockey team, coached by Jeanne O’Brien, won its first game of the year, beating Merrimack, 2-0, just nine days after losing to Merrimack, 1-0. Chris Murphy scored one goal, and Milford’s other score was a shared goal by Jill Galeucia and Tara Spellman. It was goalkeeper Debi Klein’s second straight shutout, the other a 0-0 tie against Exeter the previous week.
Edward G. Bahan was named coach of the Hampshire Hills Seawolves swim team.