Thumbing the Files

75 years ago, 1942

From his lookout station on Federal Hill in Milford, George R. Foster reported that fall foliage was at its best with maples and sumach unusually brilliant.

The Milford Draft Board sent 13 men to be examined by Army physicians at the Manchester induction center.

The Rev. William Cannell, formerly of Milford, but here the pastor of the Baptist Church in Lebanon, made newspaper headlines when he went to work in a machine shop making war munitions. He was also chairman of the Lebanon Red Cross.

Milford selectmen voted not to permit the use of the town police car to round up boys playing hooky from school, so the town’s truant officer position remained unfilled. No one was willing to take on the job without the use of the town’s car.

55 years ago, 1962

Because of growth in Milford, the town’s Unitarian Church voted to separate from the Wilton Unitarian Church and seek its own minister. The two churches had been sharing a minister for 17 years.

The Brookline Speedway on Route 13 was featuring Sunday afternoon stock car races and promising “over 100 laps of thrills and spills.”

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “My Geisha” with Shirley MacLaine, Yves Montand, Edward G. Robinson, and Bob Cummings.

Cathy Quinn and Jackie LaCasse, writing the Wilton High School class notes for The Cabinet, reported that the biology 10-b and 10-c classes had taken several field trips to the Frog Pond to study life in that area and that Dennis Claire had been elected president of the Student Council.

30 years ago, 1987

In an editorial, Editor Bill Rotch wrote, “If President Reagan’s concern about Nicaragua is to prevent the establishment of a Soviet beachhead on the American mainland, there must be more effective and more direct ways to prevent it than by sending more guns to the Contras … he shrouds the message (to the Soviets) in hypocritical double talk about the importance of democracy.”

Republican presidential hopeful Pat Robertson was to hold a breakfast at Milford Area Senior High School. Tickets were $5.

Amy Ruth Holt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Holt of Amherst, won an education essay award sponsored by the Democrats of Amherst. It was a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. Amy was an eighth-grader.

The Rev. William C. Lutz was installed as rector of Milford’s Episcopal Church of Our Saviour.

20 years ago, 1997

Jennifer Bell, a 1990 graduate of Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School, had 350,000 listeners to her Augusta, Ga., radio show “Fish and Page,” where she was co-host. To raise 9,600 pounds of food for a Georgia food bank, she camped out on the roof of a bar and said she would stay there until the goal was reached.

Katie Szum and Molly Blessing scored as the Souhegan girls soccer team beat Milford, 2-0. Souhegan goalie Lindsay Allen stopped 9 Milford shots to record her 19th straight shutout for Souhegan, 1-0 on the season.

The Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton was preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Amherst schools were dealing with two known cases of whooping cough.