Thumbing the Files for Oct. 2

116 years ago, 1898

The Hillsborough County Total Abstinence and Education Society met in Milford Town Hall. One of the organization’s aims was to get the pledge of every boy and girl in the public schools to abstain from alcohol.

Several cases of destitution were reported in Milford and charitable-minded people were called upon to render assistance.

Alice Matthews Chase was preparing to open her millinery rooms in Wilton, featuring trimmed hats.

The apple harvest in Amherst was greater than expected.

66 years ago, 1948

The Monadnock Region Square Dance Festival drew more than 500 people to Milford Town Hall, “an outstanding demonstration of the popularity of square dancing in southern New Hampshire,” The Cabinet reported.

There was an ongoing, but friendly, feud between Milford’s Red Sox and Yankee fans. When the Sox knocked the Yanks out of the American League pennant race, local Sox fans decorated local Yank’s fans’ doorways with black crepe and bouquets of flowers. Then the Cleveland Indians beat the Sox for the pennant, so Yank fans returned the favor.

Amherst firefighters voted to contribute their annual salaries as volunteers toward the purchase of a 1,000-gallon tank truck.

The Daniel Webster Theatre in Nashua was showing “Forever Amber” with Cornel Wilde and Linda Darnel.

50 years ago, 1964

Robert Philbrick, of Milford, was elected to his fourth term as chairman of the Hillsborough County Democratic Committee. Charles McGettigan was named Wilton’s Democratic chairman.

Judge Harold D. Cheever was awarded a Presidential Certificate of Appreciation by Gov. John King for his 20 years as a member of the Milford Selective Service Board.

The Latchis Theater in Milford was showing “The Raiders” with Robert Culp and Brian Keith.

The Cabinet’s Rambling Reporter, William Ferguson, wrote about a girl who was locked in Louie Aveni’s fruit store in Milford and was late for school, “but she had a good excuse.”

The Wilton Baptist Church announced that it would screen the Billy Graham film, “Miracle in Manhattan.”

25 years ago, 1989

Milford was considering an ordinance to limit sitting on the Town Hall steps, forbidding their use after 6 p.m. It would also establish a 9 p.m. curfew for town playgrounds and the Oval.

A new ordinance governing smoking in Milford Town Hall was adopted, restricting smoking to the new kitchen of the ambulance section of the basement, and in the Union Square entrance lobby on the basement level.

The Amherst Highway Department built a fence and placed a granite monument inscribed “Pauper’s Cemetery” after it restored the old burial site just north of the intersection of routes 122 and 101A.

Bat Magoon was performing in the Sunset Lounge at the Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Center in Milford.

The Milford Area Senior High girls’ soccer team launched a defense of its state championship title by winning its first six games of the year under coach Chris Saunders.