Thumbing the Files – October 15, 2015

109 years ago, 1906

Under the auspices of the Harvey Holt Post of the Grand Army of the Republic of South Lyndeborough, a special train was to leave Milford so that local GAR members could attend a campfire in South Lyndeborough.

J.H. Robbins, superintendent of the New Hampshire AntiSaloon League, was to speak at Milford Town Hall.

In Mont Vernon, applepicking was the chief agricultural occupation dur­ing the past week with a bigger crop than had been expected and apples better in size and color.

Miss Lizzie Ethelyn Holt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Holt of Maple Street, Milford, was confined to her home with rheumatic fever.

In Wilton, George Marden, who had purchased the Buss estate, had great luck with his hired man coon hunting. Using Marden’s white bulldog, they drove four coons into a ledge and got them all. The dog went in and drew out one by the head. The four weighed 41 pounds. One was nearly a silver gray color and was being mounted.

70 years ago, 1945

Carmela Grasso, the Cabinet’s Milford High School correspondent, reported that the school’s track team finished third in a meet at Epping. Mil­ford’s James Heald was first overall.

The Milford chapter of the Daugh­ters of the American Revolution was preparing to celebrate its 50th an­niversary.

Three German prisoners of war were recaptured and returned to Fort Devens in Massachusetts. Gustave Hans Sitzmann disappeared from a Hollis farm where he had been work­ing but was picked up after 14 days by Sgt. John Conti, of Milford. State Trooper William McBain and Wilton Police Chief John Drayton captured two German prisoners who had left their work to "take a look at the coun­try and the girls." Werner Tuite, 20, and Gustave Seivert, 22, disappeared from a Lyndeborough apple farm but were apprehended the following afternoon at the home of Mrs. James Stearns, where they had stopped after they became discouraged, wet and hungry.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing "Prairie Chickens" with Jimmy Rogers and Noah Beery Jr., plus "Forty Thieves" with William Boyd and Andy Clyde. The Town Hall Movies in Wilton was showing "Jam­boree" with Ruth Terry, George Byron and Paul Harvey, plus "Phantom of 42nd Street" with Dave O’Brien and Kay Aldridge.

54 years ago, 1961

Milford High School teacher Rollins Hardwick was called into the Army. Hardwick had completed two years of military service but was still fulfill­ing his obligation as a member of the active reserve. Hardwick was also coaching junior high basketball and baseball.

Milford was to get $16,814 in school building aid from the state. Wilton was getting $2,710.

Mr. and Mrs. Jan. C. Havinga and children, of Weston, Mass., moved into their new home on Old Amherst Road in Mont Vernon. Mrs. Havinga, known as Mimi, later became the advertising director of The Cabinet.

About four inches of snow fell in Lyndeborough, reported our corre­spondent, Mrs. Ray Bishop.

At a meeting of Pinnacle Grange in Lyndeborough, Jessie Salisbury won second prize for her filled cookies. She also won a prize for the prettiest gown at the Halloween party.

The Milford Cribbage League opened its season with the firemen capturing high team total of 4,595 points. But there was a shortage of players and the league was looking for more.

24 years ago, 1991

The Pumpkin Patch Follies, part of the Milford Pumpkin Festival, fea­tured skits, songs, recitations and a patriotic finale.

The Milford Conservation Commis­sion was naming a piece of conserva­tion land on Osgood Pond for Hazel Adams Burns, a longtime member who died.

The Milford Area Parents for Special Education were planning to resume monthly meetings.

Wilton’s tax rate dropped by $2 per thousand. Selectman Stuart Draper said it was because of an increase in valuation, a little more income for the town, cautious spending by town meeting voters and by using $58,000 of surplus to lower the rate.

Carol and Gregg Otto opened the Mighty Dog food stand near their Lyn­deborough home, at the intersection of Route 31 and Cram Road.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wil­ton was showing "Dead Again" and "Robin Hood."