Thumbing the Files For Nov. 29

71 years ago, 1947

The Rev. John P. Fitzsimmons, former supervisory chaplain with the Flying Tigers of the 14th U.S. Air Force in China, was to be the speaker at a supper meeting of the Churchmen’s League of the Milford Congregational Church.

Wilton’s Middle Street Mart was offering Abco coffee makers, made of heavy aluminum and making eight cups, for $4.95, plus a large selection of tricycles priced from $1.95 to $11.95.

Balloting for the 1948 Agricultural Conservation Community Committee was to be held at the County Committee Office in the Stickney Building in Milford where farmers could also enroll in the Agricultural Conservation Program.

30 years ago, 1988

The Milford Board of Adjustment approved a variance for a Mr. Donut shop on Elm Street.

Amherst Police Chief John Osborn was predicting a 20 percent increase in overtime for his officers, and was also asking for an additional officer so he could increase patrols.

Harry W. Tong of Milford was to lead the Chelmsford, Mss., Choral Society at its annual Christmas concert at Trinity Lutheran Church in Chelmsford as the new director of the group. Featured work would be “Alleluia,” composed by Tong.

Three local businesses were honored by the American Lung Association of New Hampshire for their fight against workplace smoking. Saphikon in Milford and Chalet Susse International in Wilton used Lung Association “Stop Smoking” programs to start the ban while Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Club in Milford had never allowed smoking.

20 years ago, 1998

Three properties — the Brox land, the Hitchiner Town Forest, and 20 acres on Union Street — were the three finalists as the Milford School Board continued to look at sites for an elementary school.

An architect told the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School board that earthquake codes had to be met if a second story was to be added to the school. “I can tell you that you will never get a waiver,” said David Laurin.

After a study of the church’s history and architecture, members of the Amherst Congregational Church were ready to move forward on the first phase of a multi-phased renovation-restoration, and they were turning to the community for help raise funds.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Elizabeth” and “Celebrity.”

15 years ago, 2003

The old Garden Street School property was selected as the site for a new Milford police station by the community facilities committee in a 12-2 vote. The idea was to demolish the old school and build a two-story police station in its place at a cost of $30 million, about $800,000 cheaper than renovating the building.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Master and Commander” and “Love Actually.”

Malarky’s Pub in Lorden Plaza, Milford, was hosting a free rock show with Mongrel, Black Taxi, Unscarred, and Suicide Dream.

Souhegan High School running back Sean Jellison was one of six finalists for the “Mr. Football” award presented by Friday Night Lights-High School Football in Action. And Greg Spaulding of Souhegan High ws named to the Class I boys soccer all-state first team.