Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948

Farmers in Hollis and surrounding towns were contracted to grow 150 acres of pickling cucumbers for the R&S Pickle Works, Inc., of Boston.

Herbert Blais of Milford was named president of Mask and Daggger, the University of New Hampshire’s dramatic society, where the spring production was to be “Hay Fever” by Noel Coward.

The Milford Hobby Shop on the Oval was offering model airplanes priced from 40 cents to $1.25, with either gasoline or CO2 engines and boasted the biggest selection of toys and games in any store of this size in New Hampshire.

Mrs. Richard Collins of Wilton was elected treasurer of the Southern New Hampshire Kennel Club at its meeting at the YMCA in Nashua.

30 years ago, 1989

More than 200 people gathered at Milford Area Senior High School for the fourth annual Walk for Health and covered a 3.5 mile route. It was part of the sixth graders’ health curriculum and they were required to participate.

Here are some prices from Shaw’s in Milford in 1989: London broil steak, $1.68 per pound; roasting chiockens, 78 cents a pound; asparagus, 89 cents a pound, and boneless chuck pot roast, $1.68 per pound.

Peter and Celeste Oberg of Milford planned a day care center at Prince and Tremont streets licensed for 40 children.

The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team lost to John Stark, 5-2, on four unearned runs. In their next game against Thayer they got only one hit against Barry Kellom who fanned 14 as WLC lost 18-0.

20 years ago, 1999

Richard Turgeon resigned as police administrator for Lyndeborough but would retain his full-time job as a police officer for Wilton.

New York Gov. George Pataki spoke to more than 100 Republicans at Milford’s VFW Post but did not declare himself a candidate for the GOP nomination for president.

A survey conducted by the Mont Vernon library expansion committee to try to determine why a bond issue was defeated got 67 responses: 28 were against the bond issue and 16 of those 28 said they did not want the library moved from its Main Street location. Eleven respondents said the tax impact was too high.

Harvey Carter and Cliff Robbins of Wilton opened AB’s Fine Foods on Route 31 in Wilton.

15 years ago, 2004

Because they believed boredom was fueling a significant amount of drug and alcohol use, Milford high school students told The Cabinet they would welcome a teen center in town.

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union was considering taking up the case of local protestors arrested during an appearance in Nashua by President George W. Bush, among them Betty Hall, 83, of Brookline, and Howard Morse, 72, of Amherst.

The Milford Board of Selectmen gave local veterans the go-ahead to plan a Vietnam War Memorial for the town.

Gov. Craig Benson signed into law a bill making it a crime to “knowingly” host an underage drinking or drug party.