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116 years ago, 1898

John F. Howard, of Boston, gave a Shakespeare recital at the Milford Unitarian Church. The Cabinet called his interpretation of the character of Hamlet “intelligent and satisfactory.”

Milford’s Granite Grange celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The Cabinet carried an advertisement for Battleax Plug, a chewing tobacco. The ad said “it satisfies that dry taste in the mouth.”

Miss Kittie Kent, of Wilton, was said to have typhoid fever. David Lovejoy, also of Wilton, had a slight shock of apoplexy which affected his speech.

66 years ago, 1948

Eleven Milford home movie enthusiasts formed the Amateur Movie Club.

It was expected that a bridge to connect Wilton’s Main Street with Route 101 would be under construction in a year after a step in getting land for the bridge came when the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company announced that it would close its Wilton store and that the building would be torn down.

The Custos Morum Rebekah Lodge of Milford annouced that it would hold a Finnish coffee party at the home of Hilda Pannanen.

Frank Blood, of Mont Vernon, had “two interesting pets called hamsters … a ratlike rodent.”

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Black Eagle” with William Bishop and Virginia Patton.

The High Mowing School in Wilton “adopted” Elvio Tabaretti, 14, of Italy through the Foster Parents’ Plan for War Children. His father disappeared and it was not known if he was alive and his family lost all they had during World War II. Elvio was seriously injured when a hand-grenade exploded. His right hand had to be amputated.

50 years ago, 1964

With the exception of Amherst and Lyndeborough, Souhegan Valley towns voted for President Lyndon Johnson, the Democrat, over Republican Barry Goldwater.

In Amherst, Mrs. Ethel McKenzi, 92, maintained her record of being the town’s first voter each election day.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Robin and the 7 Hoods” with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr.

The Amherst Fire Department elected its captains: Engine One, John Hanlon; Engine Two, Robert Hancock, and Engine Three, Curtis Worthen.

Emma Wheeler, of Milford, national president of the Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans, was honored with a testimonial dinner.

25 years ago, 1989

Elizabeth McCoy was named Milford’s assistant superintendent of schools.

Several local organizations, including the Milford and Wilton Conservation Commissions, sponsored a talk on global warming by Tom Lee at Milford Area Senior High School.

Lydia Larsson, of Amherst, was preparing to celebrate her 100th birthday.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Parenthood” and “Sex, Lies and Videotape.”

The Milford Area Senior High girls’ soccer team shut out Central in the quarterfinals of the state tournament and was preparing to meet Exeter in the semi-finals.

Gary Crooker was named athletic director at Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School. His son, Jamie Crooker, received the fall athletics awards Coach’s Award for his dedication to the school’s boys’ soccer team. It was presented by coach Pete Houston.