Thumbing the Files for April 11

71 years ago, 1948: The Milford Lions Club was discussing a swimming pool for Railroad Pond. Lion Andrew C. Elliott indicated that funds could be made available for the project and that water could be taken from the pond, chlorinated, and used in the pool.

Nearly 18 tons of paper were collected in four hours by about 50 boys in Milford’s Cub Pack, Scout Troop and Explorer Post. The paper drive concluded with a trip to Hayward’s Ice Cream stand where Stanley Hayward treated the boys to cones.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Her Husband’s Affairs” with Lucille Ball and Franchot Tone.

Stanley T.Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clayborn Young, a senior at Wilton High School, tied for top honors in the state scholarship contest to the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. He tied with A. Louise Stundholm of Manchester. Because he had planned to study at the University of New Hampshire, Young withdrew, leaving the scholorship to Sundholm.

30 years ago, 1989

CSI, Inc., of Portsmouth was awarded the $1.09 million contract for renovations to Milford Town Hall in a unanimous vote of the selectmen.

The year’s unpredictable weather, with dramatic temperature fluctuations, cut area maple syrup production almost in half.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Three Fugitives” and “New York Stories.”

Four local girls were among 59 youngsters picked to participate in an Amateur Athletic Union basketball tournament. Chosen in tryouts held in Peterborough were Rushmie Kalke, Kristen Albano, and Lisa Willis of Amherst, and Jodi Stimson of Milford.

20 years ago, 1999

A development specialist from Nashua told Wilton’s Main Street Association that romance was the secret to downtown economic development because people were desperate for intimate, interesting places to go. Along those lines, the association was considering a brew pub and a “house of blues” as part of its plan to revitalize the downtown.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Hilary & Jackie” and “Life is Beautiful.”

Mark Constable and Moe Maghimi were inducted into the Amherst Lions Club.

With Milford’s historic Colonel Shepard House on the auction block, the founder of the Amherst School, a Montessori school, was scheduled to meet with the Milford Planning Board to talk about the possibility of converting the 6,500-square-foot building into a school.

15 years ago, 2004

In the wake of a parents’ meeting, when nearly 300 people showed up to talk about student behavior at Souhegan High School, the school board decided to ask the school’s community council to reconsider a proposal to have a police office in the high school. had voiced concerns about vandalism, theft, and drinking.

Construction began on Milford’s Stone House condominium project on Nashua Street.

The federal government was providing gun locks to local police departments through a campaign called Project ChildSafe.

Swimmer Lindsay Chester, 12, of Amherst, was chosen to compete in the People to People Sports Ambassador Program and the Friendship Games in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.