Thumbing the Files
75 years ago, 1941
Herbert Wenzel, of Amherst, was found guilty of a technical assault of Albert C. Melendy, of Amherst. It was alleged that Wenzel assaulted Melendy after Melendy complained that Wenzel did not pick up the rubbish around his dance hall at Lake Baboosic.
Business on the Wilton branch of the Boston and Maine railroad had increased "by leaps and bounds" probably because of a boom in national defense. Among the things being shipped were Milford rugs, granite and textile products in an already nearly full car of Wilton milk crates, machine parts and mill samples.
The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing "Man Made Monster" with Lionel Atwill, Anne Nagel, and Lon Chaney, Jr. Ker’s Theatre in Wilton Town Hall was showing "Country Fair" with Eddie Foy, Jr., and June Clyde, plus "Three Faces West" with John Wayne and Sigrid Gurie.
The Conant House in Mont Vernon had a large number of guests.
65 years ago, 1951
A French woman, Miss Genevieve Wantiez, was to join the faculty of Milford High School for a year. In exchange, Miss Mary Esther Ngle was going to teach in France for a year, sailing on the Queen Elizabeth from New York.
Samuel Thompkins drowned in North Lyndeborough. He had a heart attack as he entered the water. He was 24. And John Bernard Howe, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Howe of Milford, drowned at Passaconaway while out fishing alone in a canoe.
Robert Philbrick of Milford received his Army commission while serving in an ROTC unit at Fordham University and was ordered to report for active duty at the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation at Norfolk, Va.
The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing "Show Boat" with Kathryn Brayson and Howard Keel. The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing "Royal Wedding" with Fred Astair and June Powell.
30 years ago, 1986
Heavy concentrations of gasoline fumes were discovered in the Milford sanitary sewers and storm drains, but little about its source, or how to remove it, had been determined.
The Milford Planning Board gave conditional approval to the Matthew Thornton Health Plan proposal for the construction of a medical facility on Armory and Brookline roads.
The American Stage Festival in Milford was planning to stage "Rhymes with Evil," a mystery by Charles Traeger. Among the case was Piper Goodeve, 7, of Sharon. ASF’s Young Company staged "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court."
Country singer George Jones was to be the featured attraction at an Old Home Day concert at the Hudson Speedway.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were to hold an open tryout camp at the home of their affiliate, the Nashua Pirates, in Holman Stadium.
The Hampshire Hills Swim Team defeated Bedford in the Granite State Swimming Association finals in Dover. Jimm Rezzarday and Gretchen Dunn were the team’s coaches.
15 years ago, 2001
Milford’s Talarico Dealerships celebrated 40 years of selling cars.
Milford’s skateboarding park celebrated its one-year anniversary.
Jane Fallon was to perform in a free Lunch Time Concert on the Milford Oval. The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing "Original Sin," for adults only, and "Planet of the Apes."
Andy Budrick, Tyler Bishop, and Jamie Chevalier, members of the New Hampshire Wildcats 15-year-old AAU baseball team, attended the national championship in Kingsport, Tenn.
Chris Erikson, of Amherst, teamed with Trevor Spracklin, of Massachusetts, to capture the Mercedes-Benz Hampshire Hills Mens Tennis Open at Hampshire Hills in Milford.