When a mileage sign was on the Oval

116 years ago, 1899

L.I. Follett, J.J. Howison, A.R. Webster and G.A. Averill, of the Milford Camera Club, went fishing at Willard Pond in Antrim and after two or three days camping and fishing there, returned home with 115 pickerel weighing a total of 152 pounds.

The grippe still kept its hold on South Lyndeborough with the latest cases including George Cram and his wife.

The People’s Laundry in Milford was guaranteeing satisfaction “or no charge.”

A horse, a cow, and 50 hens burned to death when a house on the eastern side of Baboosic Pond in Amherst burned to the ground.

There were 19 cases of scarlet fever reported in Milford.

66 years ago, 1949

The Milford Business Association was planning to discuss the local parking problem after merchants expressed objections to the all-day parking prevalent around Union Square.

Milford High School’s boys basketball team beat Peterborough and Hillsborough to remain undefeated and on top of the Monadnock League.

The Rev. Edward A. Cahill, of Nashua, told members of the Congregational Church of Milford’s Churchmen’s League that starvation was still a problem in Europe.

A 23-ton trailer truck skidded out of control on glare ice on Amherst Street in Milford and smashed into five automobiles at St. Patrick Church, demolishing Joseph Staiti’s Model A Ford. Only about $30 in damage was done to the truck and the driver, from Cincinnati, was unhurt.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Moonrise” with Dane Clark, Gail Russell, and Ethel Barrymore.

50 years ago, 1965

Milford area churches were preparing to join in observing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Police were investigating a break-in at the Milford Diner where about $20 was taken.

Ernest L. Barrett said he would not seek re-election to the Milford School Board because he wanted to devote time to his new business. He had taken ownership of Clark’s Garage and its school bus routes.

The Wilton High School boys basketball team lost to Monadnock Regional, 79-66, but the junior varsity team beat Monadnock’s JVs 43-38.

The business law classes at Milford High School were studying employee-employer relations.

Wilton Police Officer Ole Nilsen got a call from a resident saying he thought some stranger was “fooling around” at the gas pumps at Mrs. Bartlett’s station on Route 31. Nilsen drove toward Lyndeborough but saw no one, then suddenly a car with Massachusetts plates took off toward Wilton. Nilsen followed and then got word the car was stolen from Framingham, Mass. Nilsen got the car to pull over and held a juvenile until Milford and state police arrived.

25 years ago, 1990

State Rep. Elizabeth Lown, of Amherst, proposed gun control legislation aimed at reducing “crimes of passion.” The legislation would have established a 14-day waiting period from application to issuance of a license for all firearms.

About 100 students at Milford Area Senior High took over the school library in a sit-down strike to protest the school’s decision to remain open on the day honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Drugstore Cowboy” and “Old Gringo.”

Wilton Selectman David Stein announced that he would resign, effective at March Town Meeting, citing “continuing issues of health.”

Wilton-Lyndeborough girl’s basketball coach Diane Doran presented senior point guard Shauna Carter a basketball commemorating her 1,000th career point.