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116 years ago, 1899

Cyrus Weekes, of Boston, was to give a condensed reading of Gen. Lew Wallace’s novel, “Ben Hur,” and illustrate it with 100 steroptican views. A previous lecture in Nashua was praised by the Daily Telegraph as “one of the literary events of the season.”

The South Lyndeborough village store was getting a new coat of paint inside.

It was expected that Frank A. Dodge would succeed himself as night watch for the year in Milford, as well as chief of police.

The Woman’s Alliance of Wilton met with Mrs. F.P. Martin and discussed the important subject of saving the birds. Miss Beard sang a bird song and Mrs. Albee sang a song about the lark. Mrs. Amidon read an account of the cruel way in which egrets were being exterminated. Mrs. Clark read Celia Thaxter’s tract on “The Heartlessness of Woman.”

66 years ago, 1949

A fire destroyed the barn on North River Road in Milford owned by E.A. Norwood but firemen saved the main house. The three dozen cattle in the barn basement, owned by Aquiline Grugnale, were led to safety.

George F. Nelson, an attorney, was elected president of the Milford Civic Club.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Unfaithfully Yours” with Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, and Rudy Vallee. The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Love From a Stranger” with John Hodiak and Sylvia Sidney, plus Chapter 11 of “Junior G-Men.”

Oulton’s Clam Bar, located on Route 101 between Milford and Wilton, opened for the season and specialized in fried clams and fried chicken.

The Wilton Junior High School Operetta Club was to present “HMS Pinafore.”

50 years ago, 1964

The Wilton Lumber Company opened its sales rooms with a three-day open house. It was located on the Wilton-
Milford Road opposite Hayward Farms.

The Wadleigh Library in Milford voted to affiliate with other libraries in the Statewide Library Development Program.

The Amherst PTA held its dress rehearsal for its annual play, “See How They Run.”

The Super Save market on Grove Street in Milford was offering milk for 87 cents a gallon and asparagus for 29 cents a pound.

At a gathering of young Episcopalians at the Church of Our Saviour in Milford, Dr. Margaret Kennard, of Manchester, spoke on the psychiatry of sex and marriage.

24 years ago, 1991

More than three dozen Milford town employees crowded into the selectmen’s meeting to request a special town meeting to consider a cost-of-living adjustment to their salaries and one of them asked how the town could justify approving $22,000 for fireworks and a bicentennial parade and not give employees a raise.

Youngsters hanging around the inside and outside of Milford’s Wadleigh Memorial Library were creating a “serious nuisance” and their conduct was “not appropriate,” library trustees told the selectmen.

Barbara Condon was elected chairman of the Amherst School Board.

The Amherst PTA was preparing for its 39th annual production, “Leader of the Pack.”

The Hampshire Hills Seawolves swim team came in third at the state championships at Philips Exeter Academy. Mike Baroni led the Seawolves, setting a state record when he broke the five-year-old 100-yard butterfly mark by more than a second.