Before it was the Cafe on the Oval

116 years ago, 1898

Residents of Milford were to be entertained by the pupils of the New England and Industrial Home for the Blind. The entertainment was said to be strongly endorsed by the press, clergy and many prominent men in the country.

In national news, The Cabinet reported that Texas was able to talk with Maine over a 2,600-mile telephone wire.

In Amherst, Harry Boutell took over the milk route of the late Nathaniel Melendy.

In Milford, Mr. Turner, dealer in butter and cheese, bought a new covered sleigh and it was said his route extended to many adjoining towns and covered about 200 miles a week.

In Wilton, there was some criticism on the condition of sidewalks about town, and an appeal was made to all to see that they were kept clean.

66 years ago, 1948

Red Sox catcher Birdie Tebbetts was to be the guest speaker at Boys’ Night sponsored by the Churchmen’s League of the First Congregational Church in Milford.

In Milford court cases, James L. Stone, of Claremont, was charged with stealing a bicycle and he was bound over to the grand jury.

In the Milford High School News column, written by Anna Carr, it was announced that Mr. Hutton said there would be no snowballing on the school grounds and that pupils would be punished for wilfully snowballing where there is a serious danger of injury.

The State Theatre in Nashua was showing “Sealed Verdict” with Ray Milland, and the Town Hall theater in Wilton was showing “I Love Trouble” with Franchot Tone and Janet Blair.

The sophomore class at Wilton High School was holding a contest for a drawing to select a school shield to be used on book covers.

50 years ago, 1964

The Pelham Transportation Company, which had been running a bus between Wilton and Nashua, threw in the sponge. Company owner A.R. Vautier called the bus route “a losing proposition.”

The Derryfield School was planning to open in September 1965.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “The World of Henry Orient” with Peter Sellers, Paula Prentiss, and Angela Lansbury.

At Allan Morrison’s used cars and parts business on North River Road in Milford, a 1954 Chevrolet station wagon was selling for $75.

Miss L. Gladys Howard, of Wilton, was given a special national award of distinction, and first prize, at the flower show of the State Federation of Garden Clubs for her design called “And a Happy New Year.”

25 years ago, 1989

Fire destroyed the Lyndeborough home of Corey Cheever and Sue Gilbert on Old Coach Road.

Kelly Ciotadini, a sixth grader at Amherst Middle School, was one of 12 state-wide winners in the Governor’s Recycling Magic Poster Contest.

Jean Pituck, of Amherst, received the New Hampshire Resource Recover Association’s 1989 recycling award for her years of promoting recycling.

Mont Vernon Police Chief Mark Schultz told the Board of Selectmen that the department wanted to increase patrol hours from 45 to 50 a week.

Claudia Everest, of Amherst, had the lead in the Arlington, Mass., Friends of the Dramas production of “Les Liaisons Dangereusses.”