Thumbing the Files

109 years ago, 1906

There were 777 students enrolled in Milford schools, including 150 in the high school.

Fred Fields, the driver of the Mil­ford laundry team, and his wife were away on three weeks’ vacation visiting relatives in Whitman, Mass.

A sad accident happened to Mr. and Mrs. Horace Harvell, of Amherst. They started with their team to go to Nashua via Bedford, but in Bedford, a dog jumped out and frightened the horse, throwing the Harvells out. Mrs. Harvell broke her arm and Mr. Harvell was shaken up. No blame was attached to the horse because it was discerned that the sudden appearance of the dog was enough to frighten any horse.

Coon hunters in Wilton were having bad luck. Not a single coon had been brought in. Charles Dunbar and Tag­gart, the plumber, even went to New Boston, but got nothing because the man with the tracking dog failed to show up.

H.W. Frye, of Wilton, went out and took 85 pounds of honey from an old hollow tree.

70 years ago, 1945

William Thompson, of Milford, was promoted to coxswain aboard the USS Piedmont at the Yokasuka naval base in Tokyo Bay.

Two of the 17 Milford women in the service were released from active duty. First Lt. Christine H. Moore, of the Army Nurse Corps, and Marion Talbot, of the Woman’s Marine Corps., were released.

Ensign Bill Rotch, of the Navy, and also of The Cabinet, began writing a series of "letters" to the paper while he was stationed aboard a destroyer on convoy duty from Pearl Harbor to Japan by way of Saipan.

In war news, the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America called upon the government to place the atomic bomb under a worldwide authority. They warned that unless in­ternational control could be achieved in the short period while the U.S. alone possessed atomic bombs, it might be difficult or impossible to achieve.

54 years ago, 1961

A demonstration of highway safety aimed at showing what a driver could and couldn’t do was to be presented at Milford High School after students saw a film emphasizing the risks of high speed. It was to be put on by Nationwide Insurance.

In his Sports Round-Up column, Nick Calvetti had high praise for the new gym at Milford High School be­cause it was much larger than the gym at Bales School.

The Trail Blazers 4-H Club of Am­herst was preparing for its annual fall trail ride starting from the Davis farm on Mont Vernon Road. It was to take 31/2 hours.

24 years ago, 1991

The opening for the Walmart store on Route 101A in Amherst was set for June 1992.

Dwight Hyde was named assistant director of Milford’s Wadleigh Memo­rial Library.

Republican Karen Carpenter won a special election for Milford state representative, defeating Libertar­ian Alan Groupe 216-128. Democrat Wesley Stinson drew 100 votes as a write-in candidate.

Milford Area Senior High’s football team beat Bishop Guertin 27-0 to run its record to 2-3. Ryan Nofsinger hit Gunnar Ochs for 77 yards on Milford’s first play from scrimmage, then Nick Paradis carried the ball the final three yards for the opening touchdown.