Nativity has had home in Milford since 1939

116 years ago, 1898

At Town Meeting, Milford voters would be asked to vote on whether to exempt from taxation for a term of 10 years all personal property of J.B. Murray & Co., employed or to be employed by them in the tannery or leather business in town. The company was interested in moving to town after its Woburn, Mass., building was destroyed by fire.

Arthur Rotch and Ernest Shattuck, while fishing through the ice on the Souhegan River, took about 30 good-sized pickerel.

The Milford Camera Club was moving into new quarters that had a pool room and gymnasium.

In Wilton, Mrs. Emily A. Hopkins was the winner in guessing the number of beans in a jar in the window of S.N.Center’s store. She guessed 2,329 and the correct number was 2,327. The prize was a ladies’ writing desk.

66 years ago, 1948

A Christmas night fire badly damaged a half-story brick structure at 39 Souhegan Street in Milford.

Military funeral services were to be held for Malcolm Dunklee, 21, of Milford, a World War II Navy veteran, who died after the truck he was driving left the road and crashed through a stone wall on Manchester Road in Milford.

The State Theatre in Nashua was showing “Red River” with John Wayne, Walter Brennan and Montgomery Cliff. There was also a community sing before the film.

Nearly 500 people attended midnight Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Wilton on Christmas Eve.

50 years ago, 1964

Members of the Wilton Lions Club, augmented by former members of the Wilton Warrior basketball team, were to play the Texas Cowgirls traveling team at Wilton High.

In Lyndeborough, the Lyndeborough and Wilton fire departments doused a fire at the Ernest Van Ham home. Between 35 and 40 private cars were lined up nearby with willing men standing by to assist in any way.

Fritz Wetherbee was to read Richard Burton’s “A Christmas Story” at a candlelight carol program in the Milford Unitarian Church. The story told was of a Christmas Eve in Wales where Burton grew up.

Donna Stevens, writing the Wilton High School news column, reported that the girls’ varsity basketball team defeated the always talented Appleton team in New Ipswich. The girls were undefeated and would go on to play Hollis next.

25 years ago, 1989

The Amherst Soccer Club said it would appeal a decision of the town’s zoning board to deny a special exception for a lighted soccer field on school district property near the Amherst Middle School. Club President Robert Heaton said there was new information to be presented.

Folksinger Tom Rush was to perform at the Nashua Center for the Arts.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Drugstore Cowboy” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

The Milford Area Senior High wrestling team, coached by Dana Bourassa, ran its record to 3-1 with a win over Concord. Pins were recorded by Andy Rakiey, Justin Hammerstrom, and Paul Hammerstrom, and Dana Marmorstein.

Several parents in the area signed up for the Safe Homes program where they pledged to keep teenage activities at their homes free from alcohol or drug use.