Thumbing the Files for Dec. 21

75 years ago, 1942

“Hostile” aircraft swooped over Milford, dropping high explosives and incendiaries everywhere, in a theoretical raid to furnish practice for local civilian defense.

The first blue war bond banner to flutter in the Souhegan Valley was atop the People’s Laundry building in Milford to signify that the plant’s employees, 100 percent of them, were buying stamps or bonds with a portion of each week’s payroll. Thirty-one workers contributed about 6.5 percent of their wages.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe” with Linda Darnell and John Sheppard. “A strange love that will haunt you as it thrills you!”

Mrs. Henry Herlihy of Wilton had four children in the service and all were lieutenants. Edith was an army nurse; Maurice was with the infantry at Camp Croft; Thomas was in Mississippi with the Air Corps, and Frederick was at Fort Benning, Ga.

55 years ago, 1962

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “The Firebrand” with Kent Taylor, Lisa Montell, and Valentin De Vargas, plus “It Happened in Athens” with Jayne Mansfield.

Amherst’s Nelle Holmes was in line to become the first woman president of the New Hampshire state Senate.

Fritz Wetherbee was to star as Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” presented by the Liberal Religious Youth group of Milford’s Unitarian Church as a fund-raiser for their trip to New York. Robb Wetherbee was to play Bob Cratchit.

Robert Greeley of West Wilton broke his foot as he was in the process of reloading a number of cows from one truck to another.

30 years ago, 1987

Sen. Albert Gore Jr., campaigning for the Democratic prsidential nomination, helped to cut a Christmas tree at Riley Brothers Lumber in Milford. The tree was donated to the Nashua City Homeless Shelter.

Milford Regional Counseling Services was the recipient of the proceeds of the annual Turkey Trot race sponsored by Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Club.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Fatal Attraction” and “The Sicilian.”

The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls’ basketball team picked up its first win of the season, 64-30 over Calvary Christian but was edged by Sunapee, 39-37, to fall to 1-2. Shauna Carter led WLC over Calvary with 22 points.

20 years ago, 1997

Charging fees to high school athletes was part of a plan to cut costs of a proposed $8 million Souhegan High School expansion. The proposal from Paul Spiess, the building committee chairman, also called for charging participants in recreational sports that took place on school grounds.

Omnipoint Communications Enterprises filed suit against Amherst in an attempt to force the town’s zoning board to grant it approval to build 190-foot communications towers.

Souhegan High School’s pet boa constrictor, missing for several months, was found.

Wilton-Lyndeborough High School girls basketball team won its season opener, 34-33, over Derryfield behind 16 points from Julie Tuttle.

Fritz Wetherbee spoke to an audience of about 200 at the Amherst Historical Society’s 40th anniversary celebration, reminiscing about his childhood in Milford after spotting a couple of his former teachers in the audience. He said he hated school and misbehaved all the time.