Thumbing the Files
109 years ago, 1906
Mrs. Walter Woods of Mont Vernon got up on a chair to wind her clock and fell and dislocated her hip. For a woman past 80, this was a serious matter. But the dislocation was successfully reduced by a doctor and Mrs. Woods was doing fine.
The Woman’s Guild of the Church of Our Saviour in Milford held its annual fair and entertainment in the Town Hall.
The Milford Golf Club held a river carnival and despite concerns, the river held plenty of water and more boats than had been thought possible entered the event. There were also events in golf and tennis.
A party of Italians from Milford was in Wilton and gave a very creditable concert on the street with guitar and mandolin.
70 years ago, 1945
Marine Cpl. Richard B. Heald was spending his first leave at home in Milford since joining the Corps in January, 1943. He had been in the Pacific Theater for 17 months with the First Marine Airwing.
Fred W. Trombly, formerly of Troy, opened a store on Union Street in Milford to sell hard toget items and S.S. Pierce goods.
The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing "The Big Store" with the Marx Brothers, Tony Martin and Virginia Grey.
The Town Hall Movies in Wilton was showing "The Master Race" with Carol Esmond and Osa Massen.
C.E. Purnam’s store in Wilton was advertising sleeveless wool sweaters, light weight, handy to slip on, priced from $2.50 to $4.95.
54 years ago, 1961
Fourteen underprivileged children from New York City were welcomed to Milford, sponsored by the Fresh Air Fund. They stayed with local families.
Mrs. Adelaide Herrick, who taught school for 41 years, was honored by her Lyndeborough neighbors upon her retirement.
Francis McHale of South Lyndeborough attended the Graham School for Cattlemen in Garnett, Kan., for a week’s specialized training in the breeding of cattle, caw and calf care, and herd management.
Milford police were investigating the theft of a car from the driveway of Allen Crooker’s home on Nashua Street. The car was recovered four days later, abandoned in Bellows Falls, Vt.
Teams of young people from the Mont Vernon Congregational Church were preparing to visit every home in town to complete a religious census, asking people about church membership, church preference, the number of children in the household, and how the local church could better serve the community. The information was to be kept confidential and used only for the planning of programs and activities. In cases where interest in another church was shown, that information was to be forwarded to that church.
24 years ago, 1991
The federal Environmental Protection Agency said that contamination of the soil in an area where a new bridge would replace Milford’s green bridge was not hazardous, so the bridge replacement project was expected to begin in the fall.
Because of the increasing case load brought on by a slumping economy, the Milford Board of Selectmen increased the hours of the town’s welfare officer by 50 percent from 20 to 30 hours.
Philip "Cleve" Penberthy was named dean of students for Souhegan High School at a salary of $48,000.
The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing "Spartacus" and "Jungle Fever."
Leo Kottke was to perform at the American Stage Festival in Milford.
Geoff Mason had a goal and three assists to lead Milford’s Bravos summer soccer club over Monadnock, 51. Two days later, Derek Bowman had a goal and an assist for the Brovos as they again beat Monadnock, 30.