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116 years ago, 1899
Three of Mont Vernon’s schools were in session. Miss Alice Adams of Boscawen was teaching at the Centre School; Miss Amy V. Hutchinson at the South School, and Miss Mary E. Smith at the East School. The West School had not yet opened.
A meeting of the New Hampshire Anti-saloon League was to be held in the South Lyndeborough Baptist Church. The Rev. P.S. McKillop was to speak on the nature and work of the organization.
Members of Milford’s Camera Club Dramatic Association were praising the manner in which they had been received and entertained in Wilton during a lunch.
Charles H. Burns was to speak on Robert Burns at the Unitarian social in Wilton and the singing of Scotch songs was to be a feature of the program.
66 years ago, 1949
The Boston and Maine Railroad, which had been operating trains between Wilton and Nashua since 1844 for freight and passengers, ended the service. It was said that the ride wasn’t that pleasant anyway because passengers had to ride in the caboose and the ride was “extremely jolting, slow and uncomfortable.”
Raymond Chase was elected president of Mont Vernon’s two-year-old Purgatory Falls Fish and Game Club.
The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “The Scar” with Paul Henreid and Joan Bennett. The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing Abbott and Costello in “In the Navy.”
The Young People’s Society of the Wilton Congregational Church was to meet at the home of Miss June Tuttle where Miss Elizabeth McKinstry was to speak on “What it Means to Honor my Parents.”
50 years ago, 1965
The newly formed Souhegan Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce was planning a charter night ceremony at Milford Town Hall and Congressman James. C. Cleveland was to be there.
The Milford High School junior class was to present its annual play, “12 Angry Men.” The senior class of Wilton High was to present “Headin’ for a Weddin’,” described as a hillbilly farce.
The Rev. Lyle J. Weible, of Mont Vernon, was to describe his experiences at the civil rights march on Selma at the Church of Our Saviour in Milford.
The town of Derry was being sued for $150,000 because of a fatal accident on Route 93. The suit contended that hazardous driving conditions during a December storm were aggravated by clouds of smoke from the town dump which hung low over the highway, further reducing visibility.
24 years ago, 1991
Amherst Police Chief John Osborn died of an apparent heart attack at age 61.
Mont Vernon teachers voted to unionize, claiming that the School Board wasn’t negotiating in good faith and that they felt a sense of hostility from the board.
The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Awakenings” and “Green Card.”
Wilton selectmen approved pay raises for town employees of from five to 10.5 percent, retroactive to April 1.
Manchester West erupted for five runs in the first inning and beat Milford High School, 13-4, in baseball. Denis Devine took the loss for the Spartans.