Thumbing the Files – For Dec. 7

75 years ago, 1942

Cpl. Rosario Ricciardi was at Fort Sheridan, Ill., for training. Sgt. Karl Ricciardi was with an armored regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Souhegan Valley farmers, long faced with mounting costs and a serious shortage of help, threatened to sell their milk outside the area unless the OPA (Office of Price Administration) raised the ceiling price.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Careful, Soft Shoulders” with Virginia Bruce and James Ellison.

In Wilton, one of L.H. Baldwin’s sheep was killed by dogs. After an investigation by Conservation Officer George S. Proctor and State Trooper William McBain, two dogs in Wilton Village were found with wool in their mouths. Guilt was quickly established and the owners were to be assessed for the damage.

55 years ago, 1962

Amherst and Bedford were preparing to vote on forming a cooperative school district.

Milford High School’s boys basketball team opened the season by beating Merrimack and Appleton of New Ipswich, with Wilton next on the schedule.

The thrills and headaches of soccer were described to the Milford Rotary Club by John Ludgate, coach of the Wilton High School boys team that won the state championship in 1962.

Fearful that their pet donkey would be mistaken by a hunter for a deer, Peg and Bill Morrison of Milford attached a cow bell to their donkey Kennedy and asked hunters, via The Cabinet, “Please, if you see something that looks like a deer but sounds like a cow, think twice.”

30 years ago, 1987

The American Stage Festival in Milford had its first financial break-even season since 1980, said Ruth Theken, chairwoman of the theater’s board of trustees. And managing director Richard Rose called the season an artistic success.

Amherst Selectman Richard Verrochi was to head a task force to develop housing for the elderly in town.

David O. Tiedemann of Amherst ws promoted to the rank of cadet major in the corps of cadets at Norwich University in Connecticut.

Frank and Mary Dugan of Nashua opened Milford Antiques on Nashua Street. (The Dugans’ shop is now the site of Bar One.)

20 years ago, 1997

At a joint meeting for the selectmen and school board, Amhrst officials agreed that the town needed more recreation space for children and adults, but they were not sure taxpayers would pay for it.

The state fire marshal’s office quietly put Milford on notice that Bales Elementary School posed a serious life safety hazard to students and teachers. As a result, school board Chairman Linda Greenwald said the board might have to consider abandoning the building, despite the elementary school study committee’s recommendation to renovate Bales as part of a project that would have included renovating Jacques School and building a new school to house grades R-2.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Kiss Me, Guido,” and “Eve’s Bayou.”

Junior Matthew Abatelli and sophomore Allison Willis won spots on the Jazz All-State Band, Abatelli on tenor saxophone, and Willis on trumpet. Willis’ audition was so good she was singled out for honors.