Thumbing the Files
109 years ago, 1906
Milford was preparing to vote on a proposal to allow the town to have a saloon for two years beginning on May 1.
There was said to be a shortage of competent automobile drivers in the nation and chauffeur jobs were paying from $15 to $50 a week. The Nashua School of Motoring was offering a course for potential chauffeurs.
A Cabinet column called New England Briefs had the following items: William Stone, Worcester, Mass., chief of police, died as a result of a relapse after amputation of the right leg because of embolism. He was 46. Mrs. Bridget Hannon, 56, fell down stairs at her home in Weston, Mass., and was killed almost instantly. Dorothy Hill, 9, was almost instantly killed in August, Maine, by being struck by a falling electric light pole, which escaped the control of the men who were handling it. Overcome by the emotion caused by gazing at the body of her family physician, Mrs. Susan Weeks, 55, sank to the floor and died of paralysis superinduced by heart disease at the funeral of Dr. William Carothers in Melrose, Mass.
R.M. Moore, the station agent at the Wilton railroad terminal, reported that there was more business done at the freight station over the summer than ever before.
70 years ago, 1945
Staff Sgt. William A. Medlyn, of Milford, got a 45-day furlough after more than a year in the European Theater of war. He participated in campaigns throughout Germany.
Milford Police Chief Williamson was given the job of collecting overdue poll taxes. Those who didn’t have the $2 would face having their wages attached or going to jail to work it out. If a person died while owing a poll tax, their heirs would be liable for it.
The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing "Anchors Aweigh" with Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson.
Lt. (jg) Cal Malven of the Navy visited his niece, Miss Dawn Malven, in Wilton. Lt. Malven had returned from the Pacific after two years in submarine warfare.
Tech Sgt. David Tuttle returned to Wilton after 18 months in the European Theater with the 247th Combat Engineers.
Wilton High School’s boys and girls basketball teams would open their seasons with two home games: against Townsend and against Hollis. Shop teacher Adrian Bourdon would coach the boys, Mrs. Marguerite McGrath would coach the girls.
54 years ago, 1961
Amherst Town Hall was packed for a program on family fallout shelters. The speaker, Mrs. Philip Woodward, was director of continuity in government for all of New England, New York, New Jersey, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. She said a shelter offered the best chance of survival in case of a nuclear attack. In an editorial, The Cabinet said fallout shelters could offer a chance of survival, but, "The danger is in pretending they solve any of the problems that make them necessary, or that they can hope to offer more than a chance of survival.
Plans were being made for a Civil Defense bean supper to raise money for Civil Defense activities in Milford.
Family planning and divorce were to be discussed at the meeting for the Adult Discussion Group of the Milford and Wilton Unitarian churches.
Airman Third Class David Schmidt returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware after spending the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Hutchinson, of South Lyndeborough.
Elizabeth Crowell, writing the news of Wilton schools, reported that there would be an all-day automobile safety assembly for grades 1-12.
24 years ago, 1991
In a letter to the editor, Milford florist Rodney C. Woodman thanked the community for making his business’s 80th birthday party "such a huge success."
Lyndeborough Fire Chief Zeke Harkleroad told selectmen that he had to overspend his equipment maintenance budget by nearly $1,500.
The Lyndeborough School Board told Police Chief John Gryval that he would not need to post an officer at the local school Halloween night because the school’s cleaning service would be there.