Easter snow day in Lyndeborough
100 years ago, 1914
In a heavy rain, the cement roof of the Souhegan Bank in Milford began to leak. Water poured in near the big glass dome and soon filled the electric light globes, several of which fell to the floor. Throughout the main office, furniture was swollen so that drawers and doors had to be pried and jimmied open.
Walter Marshall, with a party of English and Scottish paving cutters, arrived in Milford from England. They found immediate employment in local quarries.
After nine weeks, the quarantine was lifted from the Raymond house in Milford. Miss Maude Gray was nursing the family but the news item didn’t say for what.
At the freshman class debate at Milford High School, the ladies’ team won. The topic was the abolishment of capital punishment.
The Wilton Board of Health fumigated the residence of Justin Draper and Raph Ward and released these families from quarantine. They were the only two cases of scarlet fever in the town.
70 years ago, 1944
Pvt. Vincent Mannino, of Milford, was transferred from Jonesboro, Ark., to Camp Claiborne, La.
Marine Corps Pvt. Richard Heald, of Milford, arrived in the South Pacific area.
The State Theatre in Nashua was showing John Steinbeck’s “Lifeboat” with William Bendix and Tallulah Bankhead.
Arthur Reynolds was the new leader of the South Lyndeborough boys’ 4-H Club.
In order to meet the armed services’ demands for men to bring military strength to 11,300,000, local draft boards were directed to tighten up on all deferments, particularly for those in the 18-25 age bracket. Under the new rules, only indispensable employees, regardless of family status, were to be deferred.
50 years ago, 1964
The Milford Post Office was celebrating the 52nd anniversary of the start of home mail delivery in the community.
The Amherst PTA was preparing to present its annual play, “Present Laughter” by Noel Coward at Town Hall.
William O. Lamson was elected chairman of the Mont Vernon Board of Selectmen. The other Selectmen were Leonard Morrison and Keith Pomeroy.
The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Kings of the Sun” with Yul Brynner, George Chakiris and Shirley Anne Field.
Wilton was preparing to administer polio vaccine at the end of March because, the announcement said, “Polio season is just around the corner.”
Wilton High School Principal Carl Shaw issued rules for school dances including requiring boys to wear a tie and sweater or sports coat and girls wear regular school clothes.
25 years ago, 1989
The American Stage Festival in Milford was considering launching a winter season.
The Milford Area Senior High Chess Club won the state championship, led by coach Richard Feren. Team members were Michael Norian, Kenneth Takacs, Mark O’Connor, Kevin Teitel, Craig Roebuck, William Wheeler, Matthew Kolar, Kyle Cote, Eric Blakley and Airlia Young.
At the recommendation of Police Chief Mark Schultz, Mont Vernon hired Robyn C. Kent to be the town’s dog officer.
Merle “Mickey” Pieterse was named Salesperson of the Year by Marsha W. Foster Realtors, of Milford.
The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Cousins” with Ted Danson and Isabella Rossellini, and “Twins” with Arnold Schwarzennegger and Danny DeVito.
Kevin Christian was named coach of the Milford Area Senior High boys tennis team.