Thumbing the Files for March 29

75 years ago, 1943

Miss Adeline Chase, a former Red Cross nurse in Milford, was seriously injured when she was thrown from a horse in Philadelphia where she was supervisor of nurses at University Hospital.

Lt. Charles Burpee, a 1933 graduate of Milford High School, led the first American air attack on Kiska Island in the Aleutian chain that was being held by the Japanese. During the war, he shot down four Japanese planes, bombed a submarine, was forced to crash land in the Yukon the day the Japanese attacked Dutch Harbor, and won the Airman’s Medal.

Civilian aircraft spotters of the Milford Observation Post, were to be given instruction in aircraft recognition by Mrs. Bernice Perry wyho had attended the Army’s Aircraft Recognition School in Boston.

55 years ago, 1963

High school student Thomas Manley of Milford was named a discussion group leader at the Youth Conference on Smoking at the University of New Hampshire.

Kay Carleton of Milford High School was to display her prize-winning demonstration of DNA and its effect upon heredity at the 13th annual New Hampshrie State Science Fair at Plymouth Teachers College.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Barabbas” with Anthony Quinn and Silvana Mangano.

For the second year, the town of Wilton was putting on a tree planting program to replace many shade trees that had been removed because of disease. Residents could have shade trees planted on their land at no cost.

30 years ago, 1988

More than 50 people attended a meeting about drugs at Milford Area Senior High Schoool with some contending that the issue has existed since the 1970s and had grown worse. They were led by a group calling itself Students Against Controlled and Uncontrolled Substances.

Site preparation work was underway at the Shaw’s shopping center on the former Lorden Lumber Property on Nashua Street in Milford. Work on building footings was expected to begin in April.

Two full-time ambulance attendants were hired to cover dayti8me hours in Milford. Robert Thompson, director of the Milford Ambulance Service, said the two were David Turner, a Milford native, and Douglas Cruz of Manchester.

On the April bill for the Folkway in Peterborough were Aztec Two-Step and Patty Larkin, among others.

10 years ago, 2008

The Harley Sanford VFW Post in Milford was planning a program to remember the 45th anniversary of the sinking of the U.S. submarine Thresher. One of those who died aboard the sub was Richard W. Jones of Milford. The Thresher was lost in 1963 about 220 miles off Cape Cod while conducting deep dive tests.

Walter Murray Jr. resigned as Milford Planning Board chairman. The post was taken over by Janet Langdell.

The Amherst PTA was preparing to present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with a 72-person cast directed by Robin LaCroix.

The Brainstormers, a Destination ImagiNation team from Florence Rideout Elementary School in Wilton, placed sixth in a regional competition in Swanzey.