Thumbing the Files For April 12

75 years ago, 1943

Automobile registrations in Milford were down 13 percent from 1942 but still higher than expected with 785 cars registered.

The Pinnacle Girls Victory Volunteers’ meeting was held at the South Lyndeborough school. Victory gardens and waste fats were discussed. Plans to help farmers during the summer were outlined.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Flying Tigers” with John Wayne and John Carroll.

Robert Goffin, a French exile and editor of Voix de France, an exile paper published in the U.S., was in Wilton to speak to the Civic Club and a school assembly.

55 years ago, 1963

Pvt. Kenneth John Jameson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Jameson of Milford, was in the Army Intelligence Service and stationed in Turkey.

The Latin Club of Milford High School was making plans for a Roman Banquet and a trip to Boston. The club chose Eleanor Plummer and Elizabeth Rotch to represent the club at the Antrim Roman Banquet in May.

Milford’s civil defense warning system was to be tested, the first test since the start of the Cuban crisis the previous fall. And an auxiliary siren was added to the senior high school.

The Milford Lions Club elected Richard D’Amato King Lion, Charles Sullivan first vice president, Ernest Barrett second fice president, Harold Eastman third vice president, Hugh Abbott secretary, Baker McNear treasurer, Marco Silveri lion tamer, and Eric Hare tail twister.

30 years ago, 1988

The Milord Area Mothers Club was holding a Tupperware party to raise money for new playground equipment at Keyes Field.

In an editorial about “candidate bashing,” Editor Bill Rotch wrote, “It is easy to prove a man is a liar. The challenge is to make him tell the truth.”

The Amherst Board of Selectmen named Fire Chief Marshall Strickland the town’s fire inspector, at a salary of $20,000.

Jamie Ashworth of Amherst was one of five junior tennis players in the country to receive a scholarship from the Brian Kofman Memorial Fund toward a trip to Europe to play tennis during the summer.

10 years ago, 2008

The Milford Fire Department announced the opening of its Citizen’s Fire Academy, a free class open to any Milford resident over age 18, that would run from May to July. It was being organized by firefighter Ben Raymond.

In a talk at Amherst’s Peabody Mill Environmental Center, bear expert Ben Kilham reminded people to not tempt bears with food, saying, “Putting out bird feeders and expecting bears to ignore them is like putting $100 bills around your lawn and expecting people to ignore them.”

The Amherst PTA was preparing to put on its 56th annual play, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Wilton residents were preparing for a new community garden at Carnival Hill.