Thumbing the Files for July 2, 2015
109 years ago, 1906
It was, said the paper, the universal verdict that Milford never had a quieter Fourth of July than in 1906. It was accounted for in part by the rain of the night before, which kept youngsters inside and under cover.
A grocery and meat market was planned for the corner of Middle and Putnam streets in Milford. But The Cabinet wondered if the town really needed another mercantile business "as much as some manufacturing enterprise that will give employment to more people who will produce something and put more money in circulation"
A forger wanted by, and fleeing, Wilton police was chased by two local workers, John Falconer and Harlan Holton. They swam the river in Wilton and captured the man and delivered him to the police.
The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terrien, of Milford, was severely injured in her hand by the explosion of a piece of dynamite that was carelessly left on the sidewalk by an older person.
70 years ago, 1945
Staff Sgt. William VonIderstine was granted a 15-day extension on his 30-day leave from White Sulpher Springs, W. Va.
The United Nations whipped its postwar peace organization into shape at San Francisco, with major responsibility for future stability devolving upon the Big Five – the U.S., Britain, Russia, France and China.
The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing "I’ll Remember April" with Gloria Jean, Kirby Grant and Milburne Stone. It was billed as "Man-hunting honeys on the howl of a prowl." The Town Hall Movies in Wilton ws showing "Since You Went Away" with Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotton and Shirley Temple."
A full-page ad for war bonds asked "How long will it take to beat Japan?"
54 years ago, 1961
Attilio Macchi, chef and part owner of Tilio’s Restaurant in Milford, died from injuries suffered in a fall at the restaurant. He fell on the cellar stairs and apparently struck his head on a cement ridge at the bottom. An autopsy showed he suffered a broken neck and severed spinal cord. The restaurant was located on the Oval next to the Latchis Theatre.
A family reunion and cookout party for 50 was held at the home of Mrs. and Mrs. Richard Crocker in Amherst.
The Lake Whalom Playhouse in Fitchburg, Mass., was presenting "Bell Book and Candle" starring Ginger Rogers.
In his Sports Round-Up column, Nick Calvetti predicted that in Milford Little League play, all four teams would battle for the top spot right down to the final week.
The Wilton Youth Center Committee discussed plans to build two tennis courts at Goss Park.
24 years ago, 1991
The Milford School Board directed its two-member negotiating team to attempt to hold contract talks with the Milford Teachers Association in public. The decision was reached without a formal vote and met with little enthusiasm from the board’s negotiators, Peter Basiliere and Ernest Barrett.
Senior Girl Scout Elizabeth Wichman of Amherst developed illustrated and audio walking tours of Amhrst village that would be available at the town library.
The comedy "Educating Rita" opened at the American Stage Festival in Milford.
The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing "Fantasia" and "Silence of the Lambs."
Paul Tsongas, former senator and Democratic presidential candidate, was to discuss "The New Economics for the ’90s" with the Milford-Amherst Chamber of Commerce.