Who posed with the ‘world’s largest Indian?’

116 years ago, 1899

There were to be improvements made to the old Brick School in Milford, including the establishment of water closets in the rear part of the second story, to be reached by a pair of stairs.

Preparations were underway for a Milford July 4 celebration that would include a bicycle parade, two games of ball, a bicycle race, tug-of-war and a band concert.

Engineers for the Boston & Maine Railroad began surveying the sites for the proposed Manchester and Milford Railroad.

The public was invited to a hurdy-gurdy party at Milford’s Hotel Ponemah. The charge was gentlemen, with ladies, 50 cents.

66 years ago, 1949

Three hundred members of patriotic organizations gathered at Milford Town Hall to honor Kenneth Wheeler, of Milford, department commander of the Sons of Union Veterans, and Emma Wheeler, department president of the Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans.

Chief Young Thunder Cloud, of Oklahoma, spoke to 200 youngsters and some parents in Milford Town Hall and told about the life of an Indian, illustrating his talk with songs and dances stressing the dignity of his race and the beauty of the Indian religion, emphasizing the symbolism of dances and songs that he said are actually prayers.

The record department at Milford Home Furnishings on South Street was featuring “Riders in the Sky” by Vaughn Monroe and “I Don’t See Me in Your Eyes Anymore” by Jan Garber.

Amherst High School graduated 15 students.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Caught” with James Mason and Barbara Bel Geddes. The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “My Man Godfrey” with William Powell and Carol Lombard.

50 years ago, 1965

The Souhegan National Bank was preparing to observe its 100th birthday with an open house in Milford.

Members of the Souhegan Valley Jaycees were at President Walter Kilian’s home in Mont Vernon building a float that would represent New Hampshire at the national Jaycee convention in Buffalo, N.Y.

A truck loaded with scrap iron collapsed in front of the Milford police station, spilling tons of rusty metal in Union Square.

Milford became the home of the tallest wooden Indian in the world when Hayward Farms dedicated a 15-foot colorful cartoon character of an indeterminate tribe holding a proportionately large strawberry ice cream cone.

24 years ago, 1991

State Rep. Lester Perham, of Milford, died suddenly at 73.

After spending $110,009 on welfare in 1990, Amherst had already spent $95,000 by June of 1991, so the town set up a job bank to try to help people find work. It was the brainchild of Selectman Richard Verrochi.

The Hollis-Brookline Cooperative School Board rejected a proposal to ban smoking on school grounds.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Dances with Wolves.”

Milford Area Senior High tennis player Travis Goulder made it to the finals of the state singles tournament but fell to Jim Rich of Derryfield, 6-3, 7-5.

Youngsters from Hollis, Brookline, Milford and Mont Vernon elementary schools, and Amherst Middle School, participated in the annual Tri-Union Track Meet, made up of students from School Administrative Units 39, 40 and 41.