Thumbing the Files

109 years ago, 1906

Granite Grange held a minstrel show that drew much laughter from those present.

Harold Elmes, 7, son of Mrs. Ida Elmes, was slowly recovering from typhoid fever in Milford.

J. Frank Wetherbee, formerly of Milford and then residing in the soldiers home at Togus, Maine, ar­rived in Milford to visit relatives. He had been a member of the 18th New Hampshire Volunteers.

R.G. Watts and his wife, of Lynde­borough, had spent a great deal of time in Nashua visiting her brother, David Walker, in the hospital. Walker eventually died of blood poisoning resulting from a cut on his foot. He was described as a promising young man of temperate habits who was 27 when he died.

Azro D. Cram, of Lyndeborough, reported that he caught 14 foxes.

70 years ago, 1945

Pvt. Theodore D. Rocca, of Milford, a U.S. Marine, was transferred from Parris Island, S.C., to Norfolk, Va.

The Milford Garden Club won first prize in the annual New Hampshire scrapbook contest.

A cooperative program between the 4-H and the Young Farmers set up tractor schools in Wilton and Hollis for boys age 15 and older.

Earl E. Setzer, of Amherst, was fined $50 and costs in Milford court for killing a deer out of season, while George E. Byam and Louis F. Grundel, both also of Amherst, were each fined $25 for unlawful possession of deer meat.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing "Christmas in Connecticut" with Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Mor­gan and Sydney Greenstreet.

An advertisement called the new 1946 Ford "The most beautiful Ford ever built."

The Town Hall Movies in Wilton was showing "The Bullfighters" with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

Daniel MacDonald, of Wilton, a veteran of the North African, Sicilian and Italian campaigns, including the heavy fighting at Anzio, was dis­charged from the Army.

54 years ago, 1961

The film "Communist Encircle­ment," provided by the Manchester Union Leader, was shown at a meet­ing of the Milford Rotary Club. The film emphasized the relentless drive of Russian Communism to dominate the world.

Hitchiner Manufacturing was preparing to break ground on a 38,400-square-foot addition to its Mil­ford building and expected to more than triple its production facilities.

The recently formed Amherst Golf Association played its first tourna­ment at Manchester Country Club.

Roland Brochu, commander of Wilton’s Bent-Burke American Legion Post, reported that the annual Depart­ment Officer’s Banquet was a sellout. It was to be held in the Wilton High School gym.

John C. Maher, proprietor of the grocery store on West Street in Milford, was found guilty of charges of selling beer on a Sunday. He was fined $100.

26 years ago, 1999

Milford Selectman Richard D’Amato said the average Milford homeowner pays an extra $200 in taxes each year because of the town’s failure to collect overdue taxes. He said Milford was more lenient than other towns.

State medical and trauma service agencies named Milford’s Ambulance Service the best in the state.

Milford Selectman Rosario "Sa­rooch" Ricciardi celebrated his 80th birthday with a cake during the selectmen’s meeting.

Speaking at Amherst Middle School, Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain told people he would never compromise his prin­ciples. A few days before, he had met with supporters at the Hollis home of state Sen. James Squires.

The Souhegan High School girls soccer team won the Class I title, beating Claremont 7-0.