Thumbing the Files for Nov. 15

71 years ago, 1947

A religious census was to be conducted by members of the Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Methodist, and Unitarian churches in Milford with 100 canvassers going door-to-door asking people their church membership or preference, among other questions about family.

The Harley-Sanford VFW Post was sponsoring a Thanksgiving eve ball at Milford Town Hall featurning Ben Hll and his 12-piece orchestra with vocalists Vicki Lynn and Tim Plet.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Nocturne” with George Raft and Lynn Bari.

The Wilton Sportsmen’s Club held its November meeting at the Fountain House where a full-course turkey dinner was served. A cake, given as a prize to the best storyteller of the evening, was awarded to Oscar Dube.

30 years ago, 1988

In an editorial about the 1988 presidential election, in which George H.W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis, Cabinet Editor Bill Rotch wrote: “Why did the candidates spend so much time attacking each other and so little time discussing the issues?”

The Amherst selectmen came out in support of a project calling for the construction of 100 units of affordable housing on Amhrst street, proposed by Justin Bielagus of Cambridge Hill Associates.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Gorillas in the Mist” and “The Last Temptation of Christ.”

The Milford Area Senior High School girls soccer team won the Class L state championship with a 4-0 win over Manchester West at Memorial Field in Concord.

20 years ago, 1998

Amherst Middle School Principal Paul Collins and the district’s superintendent of schools, Richard Lalley, announced their plans to retire.

Talking about the tasks facing Milford selectmen, Selectman Peter Leishman said they had grown to the point where “this town is getting too big for five selectmen with the workload that we have.”

Milford ambulance director Eric Schelberg told selectmen that the ambulance service was running out of room and that he was looking into the possibility of a new facility.

The Mont Vernon Parent Teacher Association was named the top New Hampshire PTA for the 1997-98 school year at the state convention. “To get this kind of recognition means so much to such a small town,” said Angela Roberge, then in her second year as Mont Vernon PTA president.

15 years ago, 2003

Milford’s Wadleigh Memorial Library was looking for teens interested in forming a “Go” Club. Go is the national game of Japan.

For the first time since 1984, the Milford High School football team was the state champion squad after defeating top-ranked Monadnock 27-16.

The Milford School Board offered the post of superintendent of schools to Robert Suprenant, superintendent of the Auburn-Candia-Hookset district. He was the board’s unanimous choice.

The staff at J. Beaners on Route 101A in Amhrst was planning to donate all of their tips during November to the Peabody Mills Environmental Center in Amherst.