Thumbing the Files for May 24

75 years ago, 1943

Because of government orders to conserve fuel, the midday B and M bus from Nashua to Peterborough was cancelled, leaving one bus in the morning and one in the late afternoon.

A Japanese two-man submarine, captured at the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, was being trucked from Keene to Manchester and would pass through Wilton and Milford.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Johnny Doughboy” with Jane Withers and Henry Wilcoxon.

The Milford Garden Club was planning its annual garden party and observance of Lilac Day in honor of the New Hampshire state flower.

The Office of Price Administration announced that beginning June 1, Americans would get enough coffee to make one and a quarter cups a day.

55 years ago, 1963

If astronaut Gordon Cooper had landed in the Atlantic, two Souhegan Valley men would have helped rescue him from his capsule. Walter F. Putnam, Milford seaman apprentice, was aboard the aircraft carrier Wasp, and Edward M. Houck, an Amherst seaman, was aboard the destroyer C.R. Ware.

Milford was planning a June 11 special town meeting to consider the purchase of a new fire truck to fight brush fires. The Board of Selectmen got verbal assurance from Superior Court that permission would be granted for the meeting.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Requiem for a Heavyweight” with Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney and Julie Harris, plus The Three Stooges in “Stop! Look! Laugh!”

Lillian Crooker and Florence Draper were elected cochairmen of the Wilton Extension Group.

30 years ago, 1988

Milford Selectmen’s Chairman Rosario Ricciardi helped Shaw’s officials break ground for the Shaw’s plaza in Milford.

Milford’s Wadleigh Memorial Library’s director, Arthur Byran, announced that the board of trustees had approved a contract for children’s book illustrator Erick Ingraham to pain a mural for the children’s room. The mural would costs $6,675.

Karin Stebers and Greg Carle were elected queen and king of the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School prom.

Violette’s IGA in Milford named its Milford Area Senior High School athletes of the week — Kevin Boone for baseball, and Tracy Poirier for tennis. Each would receive a two-inch Porterhouse steak from IGA.

10 years ago, 2008

The Milford Planning Board was to consider a proposal for a Ninety Nine restaurant next to the new Walgreens Pharmacy on Nashua Street.

Owners of the Milford Motel and Zahn’s Guest House were seeking buyers for their properties.

Artist Aaron T. Brown of Lyndeborough was selected from among 1,000 applicants to participate in the Paradise City Arts Festival at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, Mass.

Souhegan High School teachers Steve Hodgeman anad Bill Rapf started a series of Friday night classic moves, free and open to the public. Among the first films were “Bonnie and Clyde” and “The Godfather.”