Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948

The three-story brick store and post office building in Amherst, owned by Andrew J. Raymond, was destroyed by fire. It was the only three-story building on town and had been a Village landmark since 1809. Also housed in the building were the IGA market on the first floor and three families living in apartments on the second. The third story was unoccupied.

Mont Vernon was being commended by our correspondent, Miss Deborah Kittredge, for its cooperation in the March of Dimes: $115 was contributed by townspeople and that included $10.90 from school children.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Howe of South Lyndeborough announced the marriage of their daughter, Evelyn Mae, to Chester E. Harwood, son of Mrs. Rose Harwood. Evelyn and Chet were perhaps best known for their ownership of Harwood’s grocery on Main Street in Wilton for many years.

30 years ago, 1989

Marge and Harold Corron of Milford won $3.5 million in the Nerw Hampshire lottery and were planning a trip to Las Vegas.

A zoning amendment supported by the Amherst Planning Board would ban the burial of fuel storage tanks by residents in the aquifer conservation district.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Working Girl” and “Torch Song Trilogy.”

Milford’s Stephanie Ulicny set a state record of 10:26.6 in the 3000-meter run at the New Hampshire Girls’ Indoor Track Meet at the University of New Hampshire, but finished second in the 1500.

20 years ago, 1999

In Milford, Ohio Congressman John Kasich announced that he was starting a campaign to see if he can win the Republican nomination for president, but he did not formally announce that he was actually running.

Milford’s Applied Technology Center opened at the high school.

Susan Anderson, her three children and their two dogs escaped without injury from a fire at their Grater Road home in Amherst.

The Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Junior-Senior High School Board said the district would have to rent portable classrooms if its proposed $6.48 million renovation and enlarging bond were defeated.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Shakespeare in Love” and “Rushmore.”

15 years ago, 2004

Five years after it closed and more than two years after its barn burned down, Milford’s White Horse Inn was trying for a comback as a Mediterranean-style restaurant and lounge. The plan was proposed by George Sklavounos, owner of the Giorgio’s restaurants in Milford and Merrimack.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Calendar Girls” and “Mystic River.”

The Souhegan High School girls and boys varsity basketball teams registered impressive wins over their Milford rivals, with the girls posting a 56-34 win behind Brittany Cordts’ 13 points. The Saber boys won 58-42 as Greg Spaulding scored a career-high 25 points.

Stuard Draper announced he would seek his eighth term on the Wilton Board of Selectmen.