Thumbing the Files
109 years ago, 1906
Grocers’ clerks came to Milford from Nashua to play baseball against a team from the Grand Hotel in Mont Vernon, but the Grand team failed to appear, so a team of past and present Milford players took on the clerks and beat them 42.
Mrs. Walter Woods was confined to her bed in Mont Vernon with a dislocated thigh and the hot weather made it hard to bear.
The Church of Our Saviour in Milford got an upgrading that included furniture from the American Seating Co. of Boston consisting of pews, choir stalls and a pulpit. The pews had gothic end pieces carved in quatrefoils.
There were 541 bushels of blueberries shipped from the South Lyndeborough railroad station, with 400 of them shipped inside of four days.
Louis Byard sustained a severe injury by getting the toe of his right foot crushed in the elevator at French & Heald’s furniture mill in Milford.
70 years ago, 1945
Charles Donald VonIderstine, better known as Dutchie, was promoted to ship’s cook second class in the Merchant Marine. He was stationed in Antwerp, Belgium.
Suzanne Heald, storekeeper third class in the WAVES, returned to Sampson Naval Station in New York after a fiveday leave in Milford.
Sgt. Allbon Auston, of Amherst, was in the hospital at Fort Benning, Ga., after an accident when a hand grenade exploded while he held it in his left hand. Thirty stitches were needed to close his wounds and he was expected to be in the hospital for a month.
The Italian government’s council of ministers decreed the death penalty for serious cases of assault and for attempts to organize armed bands. The measure was adopted because of an alarming increase in delinquency and acts of violence after 20 years of fascism and because the country was still in a state of war.
The Latchis Theater in Milford was showing "The Great Flamarion" with Erich Von Stoheim and Mary Beth Huigs about "a cunning ruthless killer plying his murderous trade for the love of a beautiful cheat."
54 years ago, 1961
Guy Draper, known as "Mr. Bowling" of the Souhegan Valley, threw the first ball at Milford’s new Bowlmor Lanes. It was owned by Louis G. Kregos and Vincent Aveni was manager.
Amherst was preparing for its alldivisions tennis tournament at the town courts at Busy Field.
Jocelyn MacDonald, of Wilton, was one of 150 superior students enrolled for the Summer High School, a cooperative educational experiment conducted by the University of New Hampshire and the Oyster River School District. Students attended classes at the Oyster River school and lived in UNH dorms. They studied English, math, science and Frence with the studies going beyond the usual high school level. No credit was given for the courses.
Tilton swimmers competed in a second swim meet and beat Milford swimmers, 9670 in Milford.
24 years ago, 1991
With an assist from Milford, Amherst and Wilton police, Hillsborough County deputy sheriffs arrested 40 people on bench warrants issued by district courts during a sweep of the three towns. Most of the warrants involved people who failed to appear in court or failed to pay fines.
The New Hampshire Police Cadet Training Academy awarded its first scholarship named after John T. Osborn, Jr., the late Amherst police chief.
Mont Vernon Police Chief Mark Schultz and Postmaster Ron Philibotte were planning to join hundreds of bike riders in the 220mile Pan Mass. Challenge to raise money for cancer research.
Maggie McBrien, 12, of Milford, was one of the youngsters chosen to write a play for Andy’s Summer Playhouse’s Young Playwright’s Festival.
Shannon Claire, of Wilton, and Kimberly Clemmons, of Milford, were each recipients of $5,000 scholarships from Scarborough & Company.