Thumbing the Files For April 4

71 years ago, 1948: Because of support from the Mont Vernon PTA and the assistance of the state Board of Health, 32 local children had their teeth examined and necessary dental work done. The dentist was Dr. A.D. Elkins of Wilton.

Mrs. Livia Prestipino of Milford was working in the office of the Nashua Gummed and Coated Paper Company.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Wyoming” with William Elliott and Verna Ralston.

Wilton schools were changing their hours. The high school and junior high school would begin at 8:27 a.m. and the elementary grades, with the exception of grade 1, at 8:45. Students were to be dismissed at 3 p.m. Students in grade 1 would go to school beginning at 9 a.m. with a 2:30 p.m. dismissal.

30 years ago, 1989

Fletcher Paint Works and Storage on Elm Street in Milford and its warehouse site on Mill Street were placed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List.

Amherst School District Meeting rejected a factfinder’s recommendation for a new teachers’ contract. The vote was 245 in favor, but 298 against.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Twins” and “Cousins.”

Alexis Pittman and Helen Dalbeck opened New Hampshire Organic Landscaping in Lyndeborough.

Adam Gillan of Amherst, a center for Derryfield Academy’s basketball team, was named to the Class S first team by the state Basketball Coaches Association.

20 years ago, 1999

Reminding families that Jesus was the “bread of life,” volunteers from six area churches went door-to-door the day before Easter giving away fresh loaves of bread.

At a meeting in Wilton, the Bradley for President Souhegan Valley Group said that support for New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley was growing in the area, with former U.S. Senate candidate John Rauh calling Bradley “a mature leader.”

The Amherst PTA’s annual play was to be “A Chorus Line.”

Frye’s Measure Mill in Wilton was looking for an employee to learn Colonial and Shaker box making.

15 years ago, 2004

Brookline’s Betty Hall is among several people arrested while protesting the appearance of President George W. Bush at the New Hampshire Community Technical College in Nashua. The 83-year-old former state representative was carried off in her folding chair by police and taken to jail, along with Howard Morse, 72, of Amherst, among others.

Elicia Chamberlin, a seventh grader at the Pine Hill Waldrof School in Wilton took the state Spelling Bee title.

In the weeks since Mary Gage, 74, was found beaten and unconscious in her Lyndeborough home — a case that eventually sent her husband, Peter, to prison — local police were investigating four other domestic abuse cases that were never prosecuted. Police Chief James Basinas called them “felony level investigations.”

The Wilton Town Hall Theatre was showing “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” and “The Passion of the Christ.”