Who were the Wilton-Lyndeborough Warriors?
116 years ago, 1899
Prof. A.E. Dolbear was to give an address at the Milford Unitarian Church on the subject “Advances in a New Field of Science.”
The Milford Cornet Band was preparing for a dancing party at Town Hall.
The Milford Poultry and Pet Stock Association was preparing for its third annual exhibition with 1,000 birds plus pigeons, squirrels, foxes, owls, guinea pigs, mice, pheasants, pea fowls, rabbits, hares and racoons.
The Kendall and Wilkins Old Mill Store in Milford was advertising anthracite and bituminous coal and all kinds of wood for sale.
In South Lyndeborough there was a cold epidemic similar to grip plus an outbreak of chicken pox.
66 years ago, 1949
The first youngster born to Milford parents in 1949 arrived at 10 a.m. Jan. 2 at a Nashua hospital. She was Patricia Anne Riccitelli, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melio Riccitelli of Souhegan Street.
Amherst’s new 800-gallon fire tank truck demonstrated its value just four days after it was delivered by saving the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gagnon, Baboosic Lake Road, from possible total destruction by fire. And the two Gagnon children, Bruce, 3, and Brent, 16 months, were alive and happy thanks to the alertness of ther collie dog, Lassie, who barked and warned the boys’ father of the fire. About $3,000 in damage was caused.
The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Lady at Midnight” with Richard Denning, and “Behind Locked Doors” with Lucille Bremer.
The committee for the Milford High School Athletic Association was considering plays to put on to raise funds for the organization. Under consideration were “The Barretts of Wimpole Street,” “The Fighting Littles,” “After Wimpole Street,” and “Little Women.” The previous year, they’d put on “Jane Eyre.”
Wilton High beat Antrim in boy’s basketball. The game was tied 25-25 at the end of regulation and after a three-minute overtime, it was tied at 29-29. A sudden death period was played which meant that the first team to score would win. Wilton made the winning basket for a 31-29 victory.
50 years ago, 1965
The Hitchiner Lecture Series scheduled two speakers for Milford High School for January: Gerard de la Villesbrunne, counselor of the French Embassy in Washington, and Donald M. Murray, assistant professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.
Four local teachers were among 30 from the state nominated for the Look magazine Teacher of the Year award. They were Sarah Byrne, of Milford High School, Barbara Hedman, of Appleton Academy in New Ipswich, Mary Hurley, of Wilton High School, and Florence Rideout, of Wilton Elementary.
The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Roustabout” with Elvis Presley.
Nancy Gage, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Gage, of Wilton, was named the DAR Girl for 1964 from Wilton High School.
Charles Jowders resigned as custodian of Wilton Town Hall and grounds. His resignation was accepted by the selectmen with regret.
25 years ago, 1990
Molly Savage, daughter of Brooke and Melissa Savage, of Amherst, was the first baby born in the towns The Cabinet covered.
John Burke, elected a Milford selectman in March of 1989, resigned because he was moving from town.
In an editorial, Bill Rotch wrote, “Seldom do I agree with (former governor) Meldrim Thomson, but I thought he was right on the money when he criticized the hypocrisy of President George Bush for continuing to say ‘No New Taxes’ while endorsing a $6 billion tax increase package in the form of higher deductions for Social Security.”
Matt Stillwagon painted the new Spartan on the gym floor at Milford Area Senior High.
Nancy Lynch, of Mont Vernon, was promoted to fitness director at Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Club in Milford.