Thumbing the Files for June 4-11

For the week of June 4-11

116 years ago, 1899

There was speculation in the area about whether the Boston & Maine Railroad would build a Manchester to Milford line. It was being suggested that such a route go through the north valley from Milford to Amherst.

Charles Marsh shot a porcupine in the yard of the Federal Hill schoolhouse in Milford. It weighed more than 12 pounds.

Our Amherst correspondent, Mrs. V.R. Dodge, said that local farmers were feeling if the town did not get rain soon, there would be no crops of any kind.

In Wilton, Beauty, the old horse owned by Mrs. Fleeman, was killed (no report as to how). She had been in the family for many years.

The domestics employed by Mr. J. Devlin in Wilton Center were preparing for the arrival of the family for the summer.

66 years ago, 1949

Dyer’s Drug Store on the Milford Oval was sponsoring a high diving pool from June to October. A season pass for those younger than 16 was $5; for those older than 16, $10. It featured a low adjustable one-meter board, a new beach with a small dance floor and a baby pool. It also had four over-night cabins available for $1.50 per person per night.

Forty-six students were to graduate from Milford High School.

An advertisement said that Weston Trombly was again making ice cream on Osgood Road and was featuring 18 flavors. The ad said the operation was one mile from town shade trees.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Angel on the Amazon” with George Brent and Constance Bennett. The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing a film about the U.S. Navy’s expedition to Antarctica called “The Secret Land.”

50 years ago, 1965

Brookline was to become part of the Milford telephone exchange “using the modern dial system.” Brookline had been part of the Fitchburg-Townsend, Mass., system and rates were substantially higher than in nearby New Hampshire towns because of the high mileage from the parent office in Fitchburg.

The Amherst Junior Women’s Club heard a talk by Louise Morse of Newburyport, Mass., a CARE representative, who showed slides of her travels around the world. It was said that one of the most interesting pictures was one of the distribution of layettes in Arab Jerusalem, made by the ladies of Mont Vernon.

In his Sports Round-Up column, Nick Calvetti reported that Milford High baseball coach Rollie Hardwick had received official word that his team had made the Class I divisional playoffs and would play Exeter at Exeter.

Perkins Bass, Republican national committeeman for New Hampshire, gave a 10-point recommendation for positions that could be taken by the National Republican Coordinating Committee. Among them was “As the Party of Lincoln, we should rededicate ourselves to the concern for the equal rights of all citizens … We should demand that voting rights must be guaranteed to all, even in Texas, and that all votes should be counted, even in Chicago.”

24 years ago, 1991

Paul Bagley, constituent service representative for Congressman Dick Swett, was to hold office hours in Wilton Town Hall.

James Sandahl, the Milford Area Senior High choral music teacher, was planning to offer a summer jazz/stage band program for kids in grades seven-10.

The High Hopes Foundation was planning for its annual balloon festival in Milford.

High Mowing School teacher Chris Van Meter finished a 2,600-mile bike trip from Austin, Texas, to Wilton by himself.

Added to the lineup for the summer concert series at Nashua’s Holman Stadium were Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and the Beach Boys, the latter with the Everly Brothers as their special guests.

Seventh-ranked Laconia knocked Wilton Lyndeborough out of the Class S softball tournament with a 6-4 win in the quarterfinals.