Thumbing the Files for Dec. 14

75 years ago, 1942

Cpl. Caesar Falsani of Milford was in North Africa. There were four Rounala brothers, of Milford, in the service. Eli left for Fort Devens; Eino was at Camp White in Oregon; Henry was at Camp Claiborne, La., and Walter was at Fort Hancock, N.J. All were the sons of the Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ruonala.

Amherst High School was preparing to hold its annual dental clinic, sponsored by the Parent Teacher Association.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “The Mystery of Marie Roget” with Maria Montez, Patrick Knowles, and Maria Ouspenskaya. “Who is the phantom mangler of Paris? The trail leads to the door of the most beautiful woman on the boulevard.”

Willis Kimball, 84, for many weeks a patient at Elliott Hospital in Manchester following a major operation, fell and sustained a broken hip, delaying his return to Milford by several weeks.

55 years ago, 1962

The Milford School Board unanimously endorsed the idea of forming a cooperative school district with Amherst and possibly other communities like Wilton, Mont Vernon or Lyndeborough. Milford withheld comment on its proposal until after Amherst voters had turned down a proposal to unite with Bedford.

Denny Claire scored 18 points as the Wilton High boys basketball team beat Milford, 52-39.

For the first time in 40 years, the Wilton Center Baptist Church, known locally as the Little Brick Church, was to hold a Christmas worship service and for the first time since 1918 have its own pastor in the pulpit.

Milford officials were studying an ordinance passed by the city of Columbus, Ga., assessing a $1,000 license fee on merchants offering for sale anything produced in 11 designated communist countries. A covering letter from Columbus officials said, “Some people have said that this ordinance is discriminatory. We mean to discriminate against all Communists, at home and abroad. Perhaps you would like to join us in this venture.”

30 years ago, 1987

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “3 Men and a Cradle” and “Less than Zero.”

Wilton’s tax rate jumped 21 percent to $27.78 per $1,000 of assessed value over the previous year’s $23.05. The largest share, $20.83, was for school budgets.

Mont Vernon Police Chief Mark Schultz asked selectmen to support his budget request of $58,761, an increase of 55 percent. He said the much of the increase would be used for more part-time patrols.

In their season opener, the Milford varsity girls’ basketball team beat Dover 68-50, led by Kris Collins’ 29 points and 14 rebounds.

20 years ago, 1997

Dan Mannarino of Wilton took first place in a state physics competition at Pembroke Academy in Concord with his bridge design that was found to be the most efficient — the lightest structure to hold the most weight – out of 300 entries.

The Milford High School swimming team split a tri-meet at Keene, posting a 104-76 win over Conant, but dropping a 103-88 decision to Keene.

Neena Pyzocha, 8, of Lyndeborough was chosen to perform in the “Nutcracker” with the Granite State Ballet Company in Keene. She was to be Polichenelle, one of the little girls who dance with Mother Ginger.

Some Amherst parents were concerned about fourth graders riding school buses with older students to the middle school. That, they indicated, was the main problem with a proposed move of fourth graders to the middle school.