Thumbing the Files for Sept. 20

CORRECTION: An item in last week’s Thumbing the Files said that in 1947 the number of booths in Milford’s Coleman’s Pharmacy soda fountain had been increased from three to 11. The item should have read:

The soda bar in Coleman’s Pharmacy has been completely renovated and redecorated. Instead of the marble topped counter and the three booths, Coleman’s now has a long counter with 11 stools.

Thanks to Milford’s John Daniels for pointing that out. He, however, gives the credit to his wife, so we thank them both.

71 years ago, 1947

Miss Margaret Howison of Milford was elected vice president of the New England Conference of State Federations of Women’s Clubs at a conference in Franconia.

Milford Public Works Superintendent Salvatore Grasso said that there was every likelihood that a chlorination system would be installed in the town’s water system within a few months.

Cpl. Leo G. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kiernan of Milford, was serving with the 24th Division Artillery in Japan, occupying Kyushu, the southernmost and third largest island of the Japanese home group. He was a gunner on the 105mm Howitzer.

County Stores on the Milford Oval was featuring shotguns and rifles at its sporting goods counter.

Carol E. Doan was named commander of Amherst’s American Legion Post. Mrs. Charles J. Lincoln presented an American flag to the post in memory of her late husband, a World War I veteran, and in memory of the four Amhrst men killed in World War II, for whom the post was named — Russell A. Bradford, Frank E. Long, Lewis A. Miles, and Bruce C. Sullivan.

30 years ago, 1988

In a special town meeting attended by 641 Milford voters, they supported renovating Town Halll with 526 “yes” votes, far more than the 428 needed to reach a required two-thirds majority. The cost to renovate the 118-year-old building was $1.26 million.

The Amherst chapter of Students to Offset Peer Pressure (STOPP) was to hold a dance at Wilkins School’s gym. Disc jockey was to be Porter Dodge, Amherst Middle School teacher.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “A Fish Called Wanda” and “Betrayed.”

Jane Keefe Farrell became Wilton’s town clerk and deputy tax collector. The appointment was until March when Town Meeting voters would decide on a replacement for Sandra Trow, who died in August.

The Amhrst Recreation Commission decided not to adopt lacrosse as one of its sponsored sports.

20 years ago, 1998

Milford police and Public Service of New Hampshire suspected vandalism in a power outage that affected 6,000 area homes and businesses.

The Hampshire Hills Muddas won their sixth straight Mudbowl Football Championship with a 14-12 victory over the North Conway Hogs at Hog Coliseum in North Conway. Adam Gillan scored both touchdowns for the Muddas, who had knocked off the Nashua Mud Gumbys, 8-0, in the semi-finals.

The Biship Brady football team defeated Milford High School 50-7. Souhegan High School beat Stevens 34-6 to start the season 2-0.

Puritan Charity Themis Chapter 29, Order of the Eastern Star, and its companion organization, the Rainbow Assembly, were celebrating anniversaries in Milford: Puritan Charity Themis was turning 100, the Rainbow Assembly 50.

15 years ago, 2003

The Milford Planning Board approved a site plan to expand The Mill, an affordable elderly housing complex just off the Oval and behind the Milford Diner. The expansion would add 25 units, bringing the total to 70.

Lyndeborough Selectmen announced the hiring of Jim Basinas as chief of police. He had spent the previous two years in Madison, N.H., and before that, 12 years with the Pelham police.

Rich Kumpu and Bob Allwarden were performing at the Brick House Blues Room at the Pasta Loft in Milford.

The Souhegan High field hockey team, coached by Jim Rines, opened its season at 3-0 with wins over St. Thomas, Stevens, and Hanover. Freshman Kelly Sullan was in goal for the Sabers.