Thumbing the Files for Nov. 22

71 years ago, 1947

Three Milford juveniles were apprehended in connection with a series of break-ins at the Milford Army and Navy store. One was placed in the temporary custody of the Industrial School pending the recommendation of the probation department.

Milford was one of five Hillsborough County towns alleged to owe the county less than $20 for old age payments due in the middle 1930s. From other towns – Brookline, Greenville, Wilton, Lyndeborough and Temple – the county was trying to collect shares of $8,000 owned. The towns denied any such debt.

G. Fred Peavey was planning to build a Ford garage and showroom on land between Mont Vernon Road and the river,formerly part of the E.A. Norwood corn field.

In international news carried in The Cabinet, Mexico, in a move to stabilize its economy, cut off imports of automobiles, food, refrigerators, radios and other “nonessential” foreign products.

30 years ago, 1988

Austin Tichenor was named associate director of Milford’s American Stage Festival.

As she turned 91, Florence Wheeler of Wilton was honored for her role in founding the Wilton Seniors either in 1957 or 1958; no one was quite sure.

The Lyndebprpigh Central School broke ground for its new addition with the entire student body gathered outside to watch. Heading the ceremonies were Principal Gail Hiltz, Superintendent of Schools Richard Lates, and building committee Chairman James Button.

The Wilton Men’s Basketball League opened its season with four games.

20 years ago, 1998

Lee Slocum, a member of the Souhegan School Board, said he would file a petition warrant article that would allow local students to attend a charter school proposed for Bedford.

Souhegan High School’s football team lost in the Division III state championship game to Plymouth, 36-7.

In a scarecrow contest sponsored by Lyndeborough’s J.A. Tarbell Library, The Fredette Family toop first place and won a $25 gift certificat to the Toadstool Bookshop.

A company called Non-Profit Business Solutions of Amherst had plans to open an “elegant” bingo hall at the former Violette’s IGA building in Milford’s Granite Town Plaza.

15 years ago, 2003

John Jamieson, assistant football coach, was named coach of the Souhegan High Schol ice hockey team. He had been head ice hockey coach at North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend, Mass.

Led by quaterback Mike Boyle, Plymouth High School defeated Souhegan High School 34-0 to win the Division III state championship. But the star for Plymouth that day was senior running back Jason Steele, who carried the ball 29 times. It was Plymouth’s fourth straight title.

Fire officials were investigating the cause of a suspicious blaze at Wilton Selectman Stuart Draper’s emply coal barn on Mill Street in Milford. Milford Fire Chief Richard Pauley said the fire was started outside the building.

Milford selectmen approved the proposal for a privately funded statue to Harriet E. Wilson, the 19th Century author of “Our Nig,” an autobiograpnical novel of life as a black servant in Milford.