Milford Citizen of the Year back in the day

116 years ago, 1898

When the convention of New Hampshire Women’s Clubs was called to order in Milford Town Hall, it was well filled with women, all of whom were “earnest of aspect and wore the intelligent air which is the distinguishing mark of the end-of-the-century club woman,” according to The Cabinet.

E. O’Brien and Ed Burns were before the Milford Police Court for intoxication. They paid $8.62. A few days later, Officer Dodge took Robert Howe to Grasmere, 60 days for intoxication. John Marshall was also before the court for a similar offence, and by depositing $8.62 with the authorities, was set at liberty.

Mrs. F.P. Amidon was chosen president of the Wilton Ladies’ Reading Club.

66 years ago, 1948

President Harry S. Truman was re-elected in what The Cabinet called a “startling upset,” beating New York Gov. Thomas Dewey. Republican Sherman Adams was elected governor of New Hampshire. In an editorial regarding the presidential race, The Cabinet asked, “If the Republican Party cannot win in 1948, then when can it win?”

In Milford High School’s mock election, Dewey beat Truman 184-110.

Lamb legs were selling for 69 cents a pound at local IGA supermarkets.

South Lyndeborough dedicated its new firehouse. Fire Chief Stephen R. Sherman gave the dedication speech and Robert Mackintosh was in charge of refreshments.

50 years ago, 1964

The Cabinet endorsed Lyndon Johnson for president over Barry Goldwater, saying, “Lyndon Johnson appears to us far more aware of the responsibilities that go with the power of the presidency.”

Milford police were looking for the person who shot holes in the door of the Wadleigh Memorial Library, probably with an air rifle.

Miss Janet Saraceno, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore Saraceno, of Willow Street, Milford, was enjoying a three-month tour of Europe, including skiing in Austria.

In an advertisement, the Milford Motor Co. on Mont Vernon Street said, “The 1965 Ford rides quieter than a Rolls-Royce!”

25 years ago, 1989

Mont Vernon and Amherst voted to form a new cooperative high school district for those two towns, leaving Milford on its own.

The Milford Planning Board held an informal discussion about plans for a Dunkin’ Donuts on Nashua Street, between the waste water treatment plant and the Subaru dealership.

The Amherst Patriots Pop Warner Football league was about to hold its first Caulfield Bowl, playing teams from Derry and Salem. The bowl was named for Paul and Hope Caulfield of Corduroy Road, staunch supporters of the Patriot organization.

Violette’s IGA honored – with two-inch porterhouse steaks – Jason Ricker and Matt Rand, offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, for the Milford Area Senior High football team.