Gimme an ‘M’! Recognize these cheerleaders?

116 years ago, 1898

Hornbeam ax handles were on sale at W.F. French’s in Milford, which was also selling saw horses for 19 cents each.

The Rev. Mr. Hillman, of Concord, representing the New Hampshire Home Missionary Society, was guest preacher at the Milford Congregation Church.

The Milford selectmen had in reserve about $900 of the local highway appropriation in anticipation of the snow season. The previous year, it cost about $500 to break out the roads after the fiscal year had closed.

Word from Provincetown, Mass., that the schooner King Philip of Fall River was totally wrecked off Cape Cod and wreckage from her came ashore. The crew of about 10 men was lost. And from Plymouth, Mass., word that the schooner White Wings of Gloucester was lost when a bit of bamboo containing a letter from a sailor, Albert Simmons, was found in the waves. It said, in part, “Everything is lost. We are about to go on a raft. If I could only see my wife and darling child again.”

Alonzo A. Farnsworth, of Wilton, was elected vice president of the middle class at the law school of Boston University.

66 years ago, 1948

Despite a record number of hunters in the state, the deer kill was well below the previous years and was expected to continue that way unless good tracking snow were to come.

The Milford boys’ basketball team beat Wilton, 41-18. The game was played in the Bales School gym, and the girls beat Wilton 41-29.

The ladies of the Finnish American League for Democracy were holding a coffee party at the home of Mrs. John Olikainen on Union Street in Milford to benefit the ladies at the Home for the Aged.

Mrs. Mary Luongo and her son, Joseph, returned to Milford after spending five months in Italy.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Smart Girls Don’t Talk” with Virginia Mayo and Bruce Bennett.

The International Study Group held its regular meeting at the Wilton Library. The topic of study was the United Nations charter.

50 years ago, 1964

A Milford man, Walter Blanchard, 66, of Powers Street, was struck by a car and killed as he was walking along Route 101 near the Milford-Amherst line.

The Milford High Student Council announced plans to adopt a Freedom School in Mississippi and to send articles such as pencils, crayons, even 100 music flutes, to help the students.

Direct toll-free dial telephone service between Milford and Wilton was ready to begin.

In an editorial, The Cabinet’s editor, William B. Rotch, wrote: “We talk a lot about real estate no longer being a fair standard of wealth, but since we seem determined to spend more and more, and equally determined not to change our outmoded tax laws, what can the property owner expect except to keep on having to pay and pay and pay?”

The Wilton Town Hall Theatre was showing “The Great Van Robbery” with Denis Shaw and Kay Collard.

25 years ago, 1989

Milford Police Chief Steven Sexton got an unofficial endorsement from the selectmen to include money for two more officers and three new cruisers in his 1990 department budget.

Saying that Wilton tried to compel a local couple “to yield to an unwarranted flexing of municipal power,” a state Superior Court judge ordered the town to remove boulders blocking the driveway of Harry and Gisell Dailey on Abbot Hill Road. The couple had been ordered by Road Agent Charles McGettigan to stop using the driveway and put in another one off Orchard View Road.

The Milford selectmen confirmed their policy that no alcoholic beverages could be served on town property with the exception of beer at the annual Fire Department muster.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Sea of Love” and “Girl in a Swing.”

The Record Giant in Milford’s Lorden Plaza was advertising albums by “New Kids on the Block.”

Milford Area Senior High was looking for a new football coach in the wake of the resignations of coach Steve Scannell and his assistants. Scannell resigned because he didn’t have enough time to supervise players in the weight room during the off-season because of his commitment as coach of the girls’ basketball team.