A look at the Souhegan River’s past
116 years ago, 1898
The Milford Cornet Band was preparing for its season with dancing to be held. Admission was 25 cents for “gents” and 15 cents for ladies.
It was said that there were numerous unoccupied tenements in Milford and one citizen said it was likely that a good portion of them were not in all respects what they should have been for people to live in when sanitary conditions were considered.
George Hill, of Amherst, sold apples and was paid by check but when he tried to cash it, found that it was “worth just the paper and nothing more.” Others in the area had the same problem.
In Milford, J. Cole, of Katskill, N.Y., who was staying at the Howison House, purchased 10,000 barrels of apples from local growers, paying $20,000 total. The purchases were made for New York residents.
66 years ago, 1948
Milford’s VFW post was preparing for its Thanksgiving Eve Ball at Town Hall featuring Ben Hall and his Orchestra. The door prize was a 15-pound turkey.
The State Theatre in Nashua was showing “A Southern Yankee” with Red Skelton, plus “Blonde Ice” with Leslie Brooks. The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “That Lady in Ermine” with Betty Grable and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Robert Courage, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Courage, Sr., of Milford, returned home from St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after an operation. He was a patient there for five weeks.
The Wilton Restaurant, located in the old B&M railroad station was offering Stockwell Farm’s “famous roast young native turkey” dinner for $1.50.
50 years ago, 1964
The Souhegan National Bank was preparing to distribute $105,000 in Christmas Club checks, plus an additional $1,000 earned in interest. It was the largest Christmas Club in the bank’s history, with 1,200 depositors taking part.
The Amherst Senior Girl Scouts were planning a ham and bean supper with proceeds going towards making Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas remembrances for people in rest homes.
A four-bedroom, 1.5-bath home with a two-car garage, and in excellent condition was selling for $16,900 in Amherst.
The Wilton Center Baptist Church was planning an “old fashioned community hymn-sing” with Mrs. Ethel Dennis on the organ.
25 years ago, 1989
The Milford School Board appropriated $8,500 for a study of land on West Street, adjacent to the high school, for a possible middle school after voters at a special meeting turned down an appropriation to study land across West Street from the high school.
The Amherst Board of Selectmen turned down a request by the Fire Department to have liquor at its annual supper, in keeping with a policy that no alcoholic beverages should be served on town property.
The Milford Area Senior High girl’s soccer team beat Exeter, 3-0, in the semi-finals of the state tournament, but fell to Manchester West, 3-1, in the finals.
The Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Club’s tennis team placed third in the nation at the United States Tennis Association/Volvo Tennis League championships. Team members included Amherst residents Chris Fach, Judy Maguire, Linda Ryan and Carol Smith.