Thumbing the files for April 30-May 7

For the week of April 30-May 7

116 years ago, 1899

While J.C. Ordway was excavating in the yard of Mrs. Batchelder in Milford, he found frost only about 12 inches below the surface.

Mrs. Susan Bartlett was annoyed, as naturally anyone would be, respecting the manner in which the sidewalk in front of her residence on Garden Street in Milford was being misused by school children who indented the newly made walk with their heels.

The Rev. P.S. McKillop, state superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League, delivered an address in the Baptist Church in South Lyndeborough on the methods and work of that organization. The audience was smaller than usual and missed a good opportunity to learn about one of the best agencies operating against the fell destroyer of men, the saloon.

A.L. Hilton of Milford had a hen that occasionally laid a large egg. A recent one was said to have measured eight and five-eighths inches in circumference.

66 years ago, 1949

Milford High School’s baseball team beat Wilton 2-0 in a game featuring only two hits — one by each team. Ronald Philbrick was the winning pitcher for Milford, striking out 10. Wilton made four errors.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Whiplash” with Dane Clark, Alexis Smith and Zachary Scott. The State Theatre in Nashua was showing “Joan of Arc” with Ingrid Bergman.

Milford Home Furnishings on South Street was selling 78 RPM records for 19 cents each or six for $1. Up for sale were “Mississippi Mud” by Tommy Dorsey, “Clancy Lowered the Boom” by Dennis Day and “I Kiss Your Hand Madame” by Spike Jones.

The Mont Vernon PTA was sponsoring a supper and operetta in the Town Hall.

In Wilton, Herbert Flagg of Fitchburg and Irwin Flagg of Mason were brought before Judge H.D. Cheever and charged with trespass and taking laurel from land owned by Charles Abbot. They entered pleas of guilty and each was fined $10 and costs of $6.70.

50 years ago, 1965

The final touches on the new swimming pool at Milford’s Keyes Field were being applied, including loam next to the aprons around the pool and outside the fence in preparation for seeding.

The Amherst School Study Committee recommended construction of new and modern elementary school facilities and would percent its report in May at the Town Meeting that had been recessed in March.

Our Lyndeborough correspondent, Mrs. Ray P. Bishop, noting that much-needed rain had hit the town, suggested getting ready to spruce up yards. “One should have pride in their home surroundings,” she wrote, “and using the rake provides an amazing amount of exercise, good for the waistline as well as improving the grounds.”

Ernie Barrett was getting ready to open Barrett Motor Sales, Inc., in Amherst, featuring Chryslers and Plymouths.

24 years ago, 1991

Milford Area Senior High School was to represent New Hampshire at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in New Orleans in May, the first time a team from the state would go to the national tournament.

Gary MacGuire was named Amherst police chief, succeeding John Osborn, Jr.

Three local musicians were to perform with the Nashua Community Orchestra at the Pine Hill School in Wilton. They were violist Margaret Mitchell of Amherst, cellist David Anderson of Wilton, and violinist Glen Kelley of Milford.

The Milford Community Athletic Association announced that players ages 8-13 would be able to try out for traveling soccer teams representing the Souhegan Valley in state-wide boys and girls leagues.

Michaela Kennedy had four hits and Sherry Burzynski had three, leading the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative softball team to an 18-7 win over Alton in the first game of a doubleheader. The Warriors also won the second game, 7-5.