Thumbing the Files

75 years ago, 1943

Miss Pauline Mason, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mason of Mont Vernon, was the first girl in the secretarial-science class at Bay Path Institute of Commerce in Springfield, Mass., to be awarded a pin for typewriting at the rate of 75 words a minute.

Lyndeborough far exceeded its quota for the nation’s second war loan. The quota of $500 was set for the town and residents invested more than $1,600 in bonds.

Fisher’s Variety Store in Milford was advertising Colburn’s Russian Mayonnaise.

Wilton dog officer George Proctor started an intensive drive to have every dog in the area licensed or shot, saying there were more than 100 unlicensed dogs and their owners had to be brought to task.

50 years ago, 1963

The Rev. Emory Lee Bothast, who had been minister of the Milford Methodist Church for two years, left to become minister of the Grace Methodist Church in Keene. He was succeeded by the Rev. C. Edward Claus, who had been the minister in East Kingston, N.H. Mr. and Mrs. Claus would move into the Methodist parsonage in Milford.

Milford High School junior Susan Doanr won the 16th annual Miss New Hampshire Cheerleader Contest held at the Carpenter Motor Hotel in Manchester. There were 16 finalists chosen from photographs of 50 girls from high schools throughout the state.

Twelve members and two leaders of the Amhrst 4-H Trailblazers attended the horse field day and judging clinic at the University of New Hampshire. Two members, Sally Lindabury and Peggy Daniels, took part in a Manchester-Bedford horse show.

Wilton Town Clerk Kenneth Dunham said that of the 250 dogs in town, only 100 had licenses. And Police Chief Robert Wiggin said that of the more than 275 bicycles in town, fewer than 100 had been registered. The chief said any unlicensed bicycles on the street would be confiscated.

30 years ago, 1988

L. Clifton Lazenby of Milford, a senior at Milford Area Senior High School, was named the national winner of the 38th annual Thom McAn Shoe Company Scholar/Athlete of the Year Award. He was nominated by the sports staff of the Manchester Union Leader.

Milford Town Clerk Wilfred Leduc swore in Richard Medlyn as selectmen. He filled the seat vacated by Selectman Christopher Robbins who resigned in April.

Milford officials were to talk with representatives of the local Knights of Columbus about the possibility of using their meeting hall on Elm Street for primary voting, rather than the high school gym.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” and “Biloxi Blues.”

Republican Andrew Tempelman of Milford announced that he was running for the 2nd Congressional District seat and said that if elected, he would continue to support himself through his restaurant, The Ram in the Thicket in Milford, and would turn down the $90,000 salary that went with a House seat.

10 years ago, 2008

In an editorial, Cabinet Editor Michael Cleveland called “dumb” a proposal from U.S. Sens. Hillary Clinton and John McCain to cut the federal gas tax 18 cents a gallon, saying the cut, aimed at battling high gas costs, “will convince the frugal consumer that it’s a great idea to drive more because, after all, it costs 18 cents a gallon less to do so.”

The Bird House on Route 101 in Amherst was hosting the 11th annual Wild Bird Show to benefit the High Hopes Foundation and the Share food pantry.

Vern Trudo, 83, of Amherst raised more than $4,500 in pledges for Milford’s annual CROP walk to fight hunger.

Wilton’s Main Street Association launched a drive to raise funds to complete its “Lot 48” park on Main Street.