Thumbing the Files for April 19

75 years ago, 1943

Andrew J. Raymond, chairman of Amherst’s war loan committee, said the town was still far short of the quota assigned for war bonds.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “X Marks the Spot” with Damian O’Flynn, Helen Parish, and Dick Purcell, the story of America’s most feared enemy: The black market king who was selling vital war necessities to the nation’s traitors.

Black markets were blamed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the reduced availability of livestock for slaughter. And seven meat packing firms in the East and Midwest were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to violate meat price regulations and meat quota restrictions.

Pvt. Clifford Vost, 22, of Wilton was a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines after being captured on Bataan where he was serving with a medical detachment.

55 years ago, 1963

Clark’s Garage in Amherst was selling a 1954 Chrysler V8 four-door sedan for $29.95.

The Young Milford Homemakers met at the home of Mrs. Theodore Matson where Mrs. James Heald showed how to propagate house plants. The subject for the next meeting was to be accessories for the home.

Wilton town nurse Doris McGettigan announced that the second Sabin oral polio vaccine clinic would be held in the Town Hall banquet room for the general public.

In his Rambling Reporter column, Bill Ferguson wrote that skies were so clear on a recent Sunday that hikers from Wilton and Milford, climbing Pinnacle Mountain in Lyndeborough, could see the “new” Prudential building in Boston, 60 miles away.

30 years ago, 1988

Christopher Robbins, only elected in March, resigned from the Milford Board of Selectmen, citing “unexpected recent events concerning my full-time job …” He was a Delta Airlines pilot.

The American Stage Festival in Milford announced that it would open its season on June 8 with Herb Gardner’s “I’m Not Rappaport,” and in July, would feature the world premier of “Woody Guthrie: Word Singer.”

The Milford Drive-In Theatre was showing “Fatal Attraction,” “The Untouchables,” “Johnny Be Good,” and “Robo Cop.”

The Wilton selectmen appointed George Infanti of Burton Highway to the town’s five-member zoning board of adjustment.

10 years ago, 2008

Vandals with spray paint struck buildings along Main Street in Wilton.

Concern that the image of the Wilton-Lyndeborought HIgh School Indian head logo, the Wilton Warrior, might be changed to a cartoon-like character as it had been briefly 30 years previously, the school board voted to add a paragraph to the student handbook saying that it could not be altered.

Hannah Mackintosh went the distance as the Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team beat Portsmouth Christian 7-2. Catcher Marika Thompson had three triples and drove in three runs.