What was cause for Milford tug-of-war?

116 years ago, 1898

In a Page 1 advertisement, C.F. Fiske, of Milford, said that the making and repairing of artificial teeth was his exclusive business “to which I give my whole and undivided attention. I am in partnership with nobody.”

Miss Flora A. Mason delighted a good audience at the Milford Unitarian Chapel with her lecture titled “Physical Culture,” in which she explained that the object of physical culture was to train the body and mind to the highest condition of health and beauty.

Mary Baker Eddy placed $100,000 in the hands of trustees as a beginning of a new Christian Science hall in Concord.

Homer Chase, of Wilton, had been very sick with typhoid fever but was very much better.

Eleven Lyndeborough families were reported to be using ice from A.A. Melendy’s pond.

66 years ago, 1948

Mary Buffelli sold the Milford Bakery on Garden Street to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kavanaugh, of Wilton Center. The new owners planned to live in an apartment on the second floor of the building.

A former laboratory technician at the Fish and Game Department shot a deer with a rifle in Amherst and turned himself in to police when his error was pointed out to him. He was fined $10 and costs of $4.70 in Milford Municipal Court.

Despite a snow storm, 30 carolers of the Mont Vernon Couples Club made several stops in town to bring Christmas cheer to shut-ins.

A local conservation officer said that because so few deer were killed during hunting season a great deal more damage to gardens and crops could be expected.

Youngsters and older folks filled the Milford Town Banquet Hall for the annual Christmas party of the Upholsterers’ Union.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “The Gallant Legion,” starring William Elliott and Adrian Booth.

50 years ago, 1964

The East Milford Improvement Society was preparing for its annual children’s Christmas party.

A Milford police officer, Allen Hasu, was hospitalized after being struck by a car as he was directing traffic on Wilton Road during a small fire at Hitchiner Manufacturing. He was badly bruised and would have to use crutches for a while.

A half bushel of McIntosh apples was selling for $1 at the McLeod Bros. Orchard stand on Route 101 near the Wilton border.

Margaret Swiezynski was in charge of the children’s Christmas party sponsored by the Milford VFW Auxiliary.

Forty members of the Future Nurses of America Council of Wilton High School went by bus for a tour of the Lowell General Hospital.

25 years ago, 1989

Pressure used to test gasoline storage tanks was blamed for a leak that spilled 1,700 gallons of gas into the soil and groundwater beneath a gas station on Clinton and South streets in Milford.

Beth Callahan, a 10-year-old student at the Bales Elementary School in Milford, wrote a letter to The Cabinet asking the paper to start a kids’ page and, in a post script, suggested a joke we could print in the first issue: “What do you do if your ship sinks? Grab a bar of soap and wash yourself to shore.”

Thirty-five voters signed a petition to eliminate the affordable housing provisions from Amherst’s zoning ordinance. It was to be discussed at the March Town Meeting.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Shirley Valentine” and “When Harry Met Sally.”

Shawn Sullivan and Peter Blessing sunk foul shots in the last minute of the game to preserve the Milford Area Senior High boys’ basketball team’s 62-58 upset of Merrimack.

In Wilton, Jamie Crooker and Mike McMurray combined to score the first nine points of the game to lead the
Wilton-Lyndeborough Warriors to an 88-41 win over Sunapee.