Thumbing the Files

109 years ago, 1906

Most of the summer hotels in the Milford area were set to close around Sept. 15. But the Girls’ Friendly Home on Federal Hill in Milford would close on Sept. 22.

Milford celebrated Labor Day with baseball games and a dance at Town Hall in the evening.

In Mont Vernon, there were almost weekly mischievous pranks commit­ted by certain youths who made the mistake of supposing that unseemly depredations were smart, that theft was funny instead of criminal, and that a church was the place for all sorts of unseemly performances. The Cabinet predicted they would eventu­ally be caught and have their names "called out in meeting" if they were not legally called to account for their misdemeanors.

A large number of people from Mont Vernon and other outside places came to Milford by team and took the train to Nashua to attend that city’s fair.

70 years ago, 1945

Prisoners of war began working at several New Hampshire farms and or­chards, helping to harvest crops. The Farm Bureau arranged for the prison­ers to help local farmers, who found it impossible to get enough helpers.

Sgt. Mario Infanti arrived in Milford from Camp McCoy, Wisc., for a 14-day furlough. In France, two of Ruonala brothers, Rudy and Gus from Milford, met up.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing "Swing Out Sister" with Rod Cameron, Frances Raeburn and Arthur Treacher. The Town Hall Movies in Wilton was showing "House of Frankenstein" with Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff, and "She’s a Sweetheart" with Jane Darwell, Jane Frazee and Larry Parks.

54 years ago, 1961

The First Congregational Church of Milford was planning to dedicate an outdoor chapel behind its meeting­house on Railroad Pond.

The Jacquelyn Doyle Dance Studio announced the reopening of classes at the American Legion Hall Post 87 in Amherst. The studio offered training in ballet, tap, toe, acrobatic and baton for ages 3 and up.

Rogert Howe, Jr., son of Mrs. Rosie Howe of South Lyndeborough, left for Fryeburg, Maine, to attend Fryeburg Academy.

A telegram of greeting from Presi­dent Kennedy was read aat the meeting of the Hillsboro County Democratic Committee at Alpine Grove in Hollis. County Chairman Robert Philbrick of Milford called upon the crowd to offer a moment of silent prayer that God would shower down upon the presi­dent the blessings, wisdom and graces necessary to lead the nation through perilous times.

24 years ago, 1991

It was called the largest Labor Day parade crowd in Milford’s history, viewed by an estimated 1,500 people. The parade theme was "Changing Times." Gov. Judd Gregg was one of the float judges.

Only 327 Republican voters came to the polls and gave the nomination for Milford state representative to Karen Carpenter, who beat former state Rep. Bartolo Prestipino, 187-140. Carpen­ter was to face Libertarian candidate Alan Groupe in a special election on Oct. 8.

According to 1990 census figures, the majority of Milford’s 11,795 residents were married, white and between the ages of 18 and 64. The census also found that Wilton’s popu­lation grew 17 percent in the preced­ing 10 years and stood at 3,122. The population was 1,563 females, 1,559 males. And the census found that most Amherst residents were mar­ried, white, middle-aged and lived in houses of eight or more rooms. The median value of an owner-occupied house was $197,700.