Wilton park’s little Christmas Tree still standing

116 years ago, 1898

The Dow and Gutterson cider mill of Milford made its last pressing of the season.

Henry Sargent, while driving in the southeast part of Milford on a fishing trip, had his horse slip and break its leg. It was killed.

From Antwerp, Belgium, came news from the steamer Leopoldville. When it arrived in Belgium from Africa, it brought reports that four Belgian traders were killed and eaten by the natives of Upper Ubanghi. Belgium sent out a punitive force.

In Amherst, Alice Towne, 11, met with a very severe accident while coasting, striking against a rock and breaking her leg near the foot.

Harry A. Wilkins was named master of Milford’s Granite Grange.

Thermometers in Wilton registered between 6 and 12 degrees below zero.

Eddie Killkelly, 7, of Wilton, was playing with other kids with a grindstone and somehow got his mitten caught and broke his thumb at the second joint. It was said that he showed great grit in not making an outcry.

66 years ago, 1948

In a Page 1 editorial, The Cabinet opined that “Milford needs a good skating rink near the center of town” and suggested the two asphalt tennis courts by the Community House.

Milford Home Furnishings on South Street was selling “a new kind of refrigerator: Look! It’s refrigerated from top to bottom.”

In an Amherst High School report for The Cabinet, Bette Teed wrote that students saw two films. The first was highlights of the 1948 World Series, the second about the dangers of reckless irresponsible driving that was called “Danger is Your Companion.”

Martha Rotch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Rotch, celebrated her sixth birthday with a small party.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “The Iron Curtain” with Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney.

50 years ago, 1964

Arthur Fiedler, conductor of the Boston Pops orchestra, was to conduct one of the numbers when the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra presented a concert at the Crotched Mountain Center in Greenfield.

Barbara McKuskie won the New Hampshire Junior Miss pageant after being crowned Miss VFW at the Milford Labor Day Parade.

Among the new books at Milford’s Wadleigh Memorial Library was “What They are Doing to Your Children” by Max Rafferty, described as telling “the shocking plight of education today and what can be done about it.”

The Hillsborough County 4-H office was looking for a volunteer to start a rabbit-raising project in the Amherst area.

About 165 people attended a smorgasbord at the Mont Vernon Congregational Church despite treacherous driving and walking caused by icy rain.

25 years ago, 1989

The Milford Selectmen asked the School Board for a joint meeting “to discuss ways in which we can work in concert to minimize the financial impact of the operating budgets and warrant articles” on taxpayers.

Ella Holmes, of Milford, an employee at Milford’s McDonald’s restaurant, was one of several employees honored at an appreciation lunch in Manchester. She got a hug from actor Lowell Sexton, who starred as an older worker in the company’s commercials.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and “True Love.”

Lyndeborough Central School Principal Gail Hiltz was working on a traffic control plan for the school that would eliminate all parking along Route 31.

Kate Largy scored 17 points to lead Nashua High School’s girls’ basketball team to a 67-37 victory over Milford Area Senior High.