Thumbing the Files for July 19

71 years ago, 1947

Richard Carpenter won the Milford playground horseshoe tournament for junior and senior boys.

In a brief mention in his editorial column, “The Observer,” William B. Rotch wrote about North Carolina where “a colored man was refused the prize he won in a raffle, a Cadillac sedan. Colored men are not supposed to win raffles or own Cadillaces in Carolina. But suppose the car had been a Lincoln!”

Eugene Sylvester of Milford was awarded first prize for the largest codfish caught on a fishing boat out of York Harbor, Maine. The fish weighed 19 pounds and it was one of 12 that he caught.

A three-act comedy, “The Late Christopher Bean,” was to be put on by the Unitarian Church of Milford at its annual fair.

30 years ago, 1988

A subcommittee studying the concept of a new Milford Town Hall said land the school district owned adjacent to the high school on Osgood Road should be considered as a potential site. However, the pumping station on South Street was the most likely choice.

The Amherst selectmen awarded a contract to build a new fire station to R.M. Aho construction of Nashua, going against the recommendation of the fire department’s building committee, which had pushed for giving the job to Joseph Luongo.

Slot Car City opened at the Elm Street Plaza in Milford.

The Milford Little League All Stars won the Milford Community Athletic Association’s annual all-star baseball tournament by defeating Hollis, 18-6.

20 years ago, 1998

Jaci Stimson, a 1993 graduate of Milford High School and later a standout at Clemson University, signed a one-year contract to play professional basketball with Spartak of Slovakia.

The Rev. Susan Henderson was named associate pastor at the Amherst Congregational Church and would be doing work in Christian education, mostly with grades 5-8.

The Souhegan Valley Indians of the Senior Babe Ruth League suffered their first loss of the season, falling to Keene, 13-2. The Indians’ record at that point was 15-1.

15 years ago, 2003

A storage shed outside Lyndeborough Central School was burned in what officials said was apparently arson. Bobby Williams, one of the many high school students who had constructed the shed two years before, was one of the volunteers fighting the blaze, said Principal Susan Tussing.

Milford’s Parks and Recreation track and field team competed in the New Hampshire Regional Meet of the Hershey Youth Track and Field program at Memorial Field in Concord. Milford’s Nicole Slane and Brianna Corron placed well enough to compete in the state meet at the University of New Hampshire.

Lauryl Trenholme-Pihl, 18, of Amherst, won the Miss Winnipesaukee title in a competition held at the Gunstock Recreation Area. She succeeded Kara Laing, 23, also of Amherst, the 2002 Miss Winnipesaukee.