Thumbing the Files

109 years ago, 1906

Poet Sam Walter Foss gave a read­ing to an audience of 150 in Milford.

The first drove of cattle from the mountains passed through Milford from Stoddard on their way to Billeri­ca, Mass. They seemed to be in pretty good condition.

Mrs. G.W. Parker, of Lyndeborough, had a painful accident. She and mem­bers of her family had been out to the hen house, and in returning to their house, she tripped and fell, strik­ing her left wrist, dislocating it and breaking one bone.

Local milkmen raised the price of a quart of milk from 5 to 6 cents. They said the reason was the high price of dairy feed and labor.

Tilton fruit growers were forced to hire men to guard their orchards against fruit thieves, more because of the damage the thieves did than be­cause of what they stole. And chicken thieves were getting active again.

70 years ago, 1945

Milford police continued their hunt for an escaped German prisoner of war, Gustave Fitzmann, who was seen in the Jones Crossing area. Police Chief Oliver Williamson got a call from Perley Jones, of Milford, who said he had seen the prisoner walking toward Wilton.

The office of Selective Service System Local Board 12 in Milford was designated as an official Veterans Information Center of the Selective Service System.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing "McGuerins from Brooklyn" with William Bendix and Max Baer, plus "Border Patrol" with William Boyd and Andy Clyde. The Town Hall Movies in Wilton was showing "Na­vajo Trail" with John Mac Brown and Raymond Hatton, plus "I’ll Remem­ber April" with Gloria Jean and Kirby Grant.

Dances at Baboosic Lake ended for the season.

Writing in his "Sportsman" column, George S. Proctor, of Wilton, remind­ed discharged veterans that they had to buy a license to hunt and fish, but that free licenses were still being is­sued to men and women in the service who were on furlough.

54 years ago, 1961

The Milford battery of the National Guard was preparing for its call-up to active service. It would motor convoy to Fort Bragg, N.C.

An issue of the American Press magazine found that The Cabinet was the 31st oldest newspaper in the coun­try. It began printing in 1802, but the oldest paper, the Glen Burnie (Md.) Gazette-News had begun publishing in 1727.

A cow in the herd of L.G. Hunting­ton and Son, of Chestnut Ridge Farm in Amherst, completed an official milk production record of 14,140 pounds on twice daily milking. The cow, 11 years old, was named Doreen of Snug Harbor.

A petition drawn up by a group of residents urged the Amherst Board of Selectmen to ask the state Depart­ment of Public Highways to install a regular set of traffic signals at the intersection of routes 101 and 122. The corner was known as Clark’s Corner, but had earned the name "coffin cor­ner" locally.

24 years ago, 1991

The Milford School Board agreed unanimously to appoint school board veteran Jack Glow to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Emma Wheeler. He was one of 13 applicants for the job.

Paul Burkhardt, who in 1990 guided the Hollis-Brookline High School girls tennis team to the state championship, was named head coach of the girls team at Milford Area Senior High.

Jack and Jill Kindergarten in Am­herst started offering a full-day school program in addition to its half-day sessions.

The Cabinet Press Printing Museum in the newspaper’s building on School Street was open every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m., with tours conducted by Edward Curtis.

Stephanie Ulicny, of Milford, a junior at the University of Rhode Island, placed eighth in the college’s invitational cross-country meet.