Thumbing the Files for Oct. 11

71 years ago, 1947

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “The Shocking Miss Pilgrim” with Betty Grable and Dick Haymes, while the Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Jewels of Brandenburg” with Richard Travis and Micheleine Chariel.

The Milford Merchants Association was to consider opening stores on Friday nights.

Seventeen tons of old iron were said to have been taken out of Railroad Pond in Milford, but The Cabinet then reported that it wasn’t true. Still, a great deal of junk and rubbish was taken out, just not that much.

But in New Ipswich a truck loaded with 6 tons of cement destined for the new Bank Village dam overturned into the mill pond. A wrecker pulled out the truck the next day, but the cement had hardened and it was difficult to get it out of the truck.

30 years ago, 1988

The Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton opened its new 500-seat auditorium.

The Milford Area Senior High School golf team won the Division I state championship. The team’s coach was Dick Miller. In the individual championships, Amherst’s Kristi Richardson placed fourth among girls with a score of 110.

Harmon White, president of Americable Group, announced that there would be brief outages of cable TV service for about three days, caused by electrical forces on the sun. The outages were expected to last from three to seven minutes each day.

The Hollis Brookline High School field hockey team beat Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-0. WLC’s coach was Mary Sue Jensen.

20 years ago, 1998

A fire heavily damaged two units at the Ponemah Hill Condominiums in Milford and left all 30 residents of the condo project temporarily homeless.

Cub Scouts from Wilton’s Den No. 4 purchased books for the town’s Gregg Free Public Library in honor of Carol Magnuson, who had retired.

Grammy-winning jazz artist Chuck Mangione was to appear in a benefit concert for VH1-Save the Music at Souhegan High School in Amherst. Save the Music supported music education in schools, and Mangione’s appearance was arranged by Souhegan student Adam Hutchison for his senior project.

Milford’s Granite Grange was celebrating its 125th anniversary.

15 years ago, 2003

Second Chance Body Armor of Central Lake, Michigan, a company that provided bulletproof vests to several New Hampshire police departments, including Milford, warned officers that some vests’ primary protective ingredient was “downgrading prematurely.”

Milford High School students Jenna Dargie and Nick Clark were named to the search committee seeking a new superintendent of schools.

The High Mowing School in Wilton was preparing to dedicate the Dr. Bruce Bairstow Science and Technology Building. It was the first school building in the state to receive the “Energy Star” designation from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Dirty Pretty Things” and “Lost in Translation.”