Governor’s wife plants lilacs at local school

116 years ago, 1898

The Rev. F.L. Knapp, of the Milford Baptist Church, spoke against amusements like card-playing, dancing and theater-going.

Charles B. Heald returned to Milford from a trip through Vermont and to Lake Champlain. At one point, his train was delayed by a washout on the Fitchburg road and he said 30 houses were inundated near Bennington.

Miss Bessie Knapp wanted to form a class for study in drawing, and for painting in watercolors and pastels. She asked interested people to come to her home on Souhegan Street in Milford to consult about terms and hours of study.

66 years ago, 1948

A dance featuring Michael Patryn and his orchestra and vocalist Johnny Moore would be held every Saturday at Milford Town Hall from 8 p.m. until midnight. Admission was 90 cents, tax included.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Relentless” with Robert Young and Margaret Chapman.

Prize winners at the card party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.A.G. Putnam in South Lyndeborough were Grace Dolliver, Mrs. Chester Harwood, Lawrence Cutter, and Edward Schmidt, Jr.

Several people gathered at the Wilton home of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Rideout to see the night blooming Cereus plant, the blossoms of which lasted about 12 hours. Vernon Ames and Bernice Perry took photos.

50 years ago, 1964

Republican National Committeeman Perkins Bass, of Peterborough, called for a ban of John A. Stormer’s book “None Dare Call It Treason” at all state Republican functions. The former congressman said the book “represents a radical extremist philosophy that is totally inconsistent with Republican Party principles. The book was endorsed by the state’s Citizens for Goldwater Committee.

The Cabinet endorsed Lyndon Johnson for president, editorializing that he had “the capacity to become a great president, while the election of Senator (Barry) Goldwater would have tragic consequences for the country.”

Stanley Livington, of Kimball Heights, Wilton, accepted a position as salesman in the Joslin Hardware store on Wilton’s Main Street.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Act One” with George Hamilton and Jason Robards Jr.

25 years ago, 1989

The final piece of equipment was installed at the new playground at Keyes Field in Milford. It was a project of the Milford Mothers Club.

The Amherst Men’s Club wrapped up its 12th annual 10K road race.

A fire pole at the new Amherst Fire Station was dedicated to Bruce Tarpley, an Amherst firefighter who died during a training exercise in 1987. His widow, Nancy, and children Scott and Kristen participated in the dedication.

Milford’s Kristi Richardson shot a 43 on the final nine holes to win the girls’ state golf championship. She shot a 93 for the match.

Goals by Michaela Kennedy and Shauna Carter gave the Wilton-Lyndeborough girls’ soccer team its first victory of the season, 2-1 over Calvary Christian.