Thumbing the Files
109 years ago, 1906
A full-grown partridge made its way into the Milford public library before opening hours, seeking refuge from Brooks Piersons and his dog who were passing by. In attempting to fly away, it struck against the top of the entrance and was stunned and fell to the floor. It gathered itself together before it could be captured and flew out and off down the back of the town house. Piersons said it did beat all how much game was in sight when one didn’t have a gun.
Officers Dodge, Prince and Langdell heard that intoxicating liquors were being sold at the residence of Carmelo Bartolo on Souhegan Street in Milford. They searched the premises and found concealed in one of the beds two quart bottles of alcohol, three quart bottles of whiskey, two quart bottles half full and one pint of what appeared to be the same kind of liquor. Bartolo was arrested and pleaded guilty to "keeping for sale." He was fined $25 and costs for a total of $34.62 and sentenced to 60 days in jail, suspended on condition that he go out of the business.
The residence of Wilton Sheriff Proctor was being wired for electric lights.
A large number of Wilton residents were in Nashua for a horse auction, where several of them purchased horses.
70 years ago, 1945
Victor J. Saraceno, of Milford, was one of several local men released from active duty. He served with the 389th Bombardment Group and was a member of the 300 Club, meaning he completed 300 missions against the enemy in the European Theater. He flew missions over Berlin, Rome, Paris, Politz, Hamburg, Danzig and Ploesti, the latter of which wiped out 60 percent of the German oil supply.
The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing "Northwest Mounted Police" with Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll and Paulette Goddard.
Raymond’s General Store in Amherst was selling fancy native capons for 62 cents a pound.
Wilton Police Chief Henry J. Drayton, who was also the deputy tax collector, began his new duties of collecting unpaid poll taxes.
54 years ago, 1961
The Unitarian Church in Milford was preparing to present "A Christmas Carol," directed by Robert Wetherbee.
Chester Douglas, of Milford, paid for an advertisement that said: "To my customers. I will not be available for plowing driveways this year as I am on active duty for 1 year. I will return October 15, 1962."
Milford High School inaugurated its new gym with a Monadnock League Basketball Jamboree, which columnist Nick Calvetti said was a tremendous success. Teams played eight-minute games with these scores: Alvirne 19, Wilton 9; Conant 11, Appleton, 9; Merrimack 9, St. Marie 7; Peterboro 14, Milford 6; Conant 11, Merrimack 9; Wilton 15, Appleton 4; Peterboro 13, St. Marie 7; Alvirne 20, Milford 17.
The Town Hall Theater in Wilton was showing "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" with James Darren, Charles Reiner, Peggy Cass and Debra Walley.
26 years ago, 1999
Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Bradley drew a large crowd to Milford Town Hall.
Peter Petrigno, of Milford, a social science teacher at Mascenic High School in New Ipswich, was named the state’s Teacher of the Year by a panel of principals and superintendents judging for the state Department of Education.
The Milford Lions Club and Lioness Club presented Milford $8,000 toward the $65,000 needed to build a skateboard park at Keyes Field.
The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing "Bond … James Bond" and "Sleepy Hollow."
Lauren Jackson, the manager for the Souhegan High School football team, was named the school’s athlete of the week for her effort and support of the squad throughout the season.