Milford’s past spurs thoughts of warm future

116 years ago, 1899

Prof. Henry T. Baily was to speak to the Milford Woman’s Club on the subject “The Perception of Beauty.”

The Grand Hotel in Mont Vernon, owned by J.A. Spaulding, of Nashua, and Harry Edgerly, of Boston, was purchased by George H. Bates, of Ashland, Mass., an experienced hotel man who owned the Lafayette House in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He planned to move to Mont Vernon and make it his home.

Mr. Voter, manufacturer of home-made candy, packed his stock in trade and gave up the business in Milford because the owner of his building was offered more rent than he could afford to pay.

Mrs. E.P. Thayer, of Wilton, met with a serious accident at her home in Somerville. She was standing on a chair, adjusting a picture, and fell backward, striking on the back of her head, making a bad wound that required several stitches.

66 years ago, 1949

The Milford Public Works Department was installing “no parking” signs around town and would place a traffic dummy with the word “slow” on it on Amherst Street at the approach to the bridge entering Union Square.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “The Best Years of Our Lives” with Myrna Loy and Frederic March.

The Abbott Worsted Terriers took a firmer hold on first place for the second half in the Wilton Industrial Bowling League by taking three out of four points from the second place Winders.

A group of shop workers submitted a petition to the Wilton selectmen to change the Town Meeting from morning to evening to enable those compelled to remain at their work during the morning to attend.

50 years ago, 1965

The Wilton High girl’s basketball team remained undefeated after beating Marlboro, 38-10. The team included Jeanne Smith, Nancy Parker, Pamela Gregoire, Donna Stevens, Betsy Shaw, Janice Hall, and Gail Paro. The manager was Donna LaPonsie and the coach was Gertrude Stanton.

Minot Ring, of Wilton, joined the staff of The Cabinet to handle advertising, taking over for Edward “Hugh” Abbott, who moved to a Nashua firm.

Tryouts and crew assignments were planned for the 13th annual Amherst PTA play, “See How They Run.”

Draper Chevrolet in Milford, in an advertisement, suggested that customers “Redecorate your driveway. Park out front, at least for awhile, and let the neighbors enjoy that sleek Impala Super Sports Styling.”

25 years ago, 1990

Five candidates were seeking two three-year positions on the Milford Board of Selectmen: Incumbents Richard Mace and Rosario Ricciardi, and challengers Richard A. Medlyn, Andrew Tempelman, and Ronald W. Putnam. Three candidates were vying for a single two-year term: May Gaffney, Jack Ruonala, and R.F. Zielinski.

David Wiley took first place in the Amherst Wilkins School Spelling Bee and Emily Bennison finished second.

The Wilton Town Hall Theatre was showing “Distannt Voices Still Lives,” and “We’re No Angels.”

The American Stage Festival in Milford was preparing to produce “Almost Like Being in Love,” a musical revue highlighting the works of Alan Jay Lerner.

Leslie Parker scored a career high 18 points and Cyndi Vanderhoof dominated the boards, leaving the Wilton-Lyndeborough girls’ basketball team to a 65-49 win over Nute, bringing WLC’s record to 12-4.