Thumbing the Files for Feb. 1

75 years ago, 1943

The Milford Ration Board was receiving frequent anonymous complaints against the misuse of gasoline and fuel oil and said some letters were obviously written as a spite complaint against a neighbor. The board said it was not interested in spite action, nor unsigned complaints.

A talk on defense was given by Earl Fitch of Milford at the meeting of Granite Grange.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Busses Roar” with Richard Travis, Julie Bishop, and Charles Drake. The ad said, “What action. Iron-fisted leatherneck mows down sabotage ring on hurtling cross-country bus.”

In national news, Maj. Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian Jr., great-grandson of Gen. Stonewall Jackson of the Confederate Army, was awarded the silver star for gallantry in aerial action in the Solomon Islands fighting.

55 years ago, 1963

At a coffee hour and reception at the Autorama Motor Inn in Milford, Gov. John W. King pledged to veto any attempt to impose a broad-based tax in New Hampshire.

Marilyn Anne Yeaw was named Homemaker of Tomorrow for Milford High School in the 1963 Betty Crocker Search for the American Homemaker of Tomorrow contest. That made her eligible to compete for the state title.

The Amherst PTA scheduled tryouts for its 11th annual play, the production of “Everybody Loves Opal.” Tnere were also to be tryouts by local felines for the part of Tannes the cat.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “No Man is an Island” starring Jeffrey Hunter.

30 years ago, 1988

In a paid advertisement, Delaware Gov. Pete Dupont cited his endorsement for the Republican nomination for president by the Manchester Union Leader. He promised to guarantee the future of Social Security benefits.

In an editorial, Cabinet Editor Bill Rotch endorsed Illinois Sen. Paul Simon for the Democratic nomination for president.

The state Department of Revenue Administration told Milford selectmen that the town’s real estate was being assessed at only 20 percent of market value, down from 24 percent. But property was being reappraised.

In Lyndeborough, Police Chief John Gryval and other officers told the town’s Tiger Cubs what to do if they were approached by strangers.

10 years ago, 2008

Tracy Bardsley was named to replace Karin Lagro as Milford’s Downtown Ongoing Improvement Team director, taking over in March.

Milford High School’s Dwight Barbiasz set a state record in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 8 inches as the Spartans took fourth in the Class IMS indoor track championship.

Andrew Cass, 16, of Mont Vernon won Best Supporting Actor at the New Hampshire Theater Awards competition for his performance in the Riverbend Youth Company’s fall production of “Just So.”