Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948: Lyndeborough school district voters decided to build a modern style schoolhouse. The new building was to be a two-room school with central heating and was to cost $30,000, a sum approved by School District Meeting. It was to be located on the main road between John Dolliver’s residence and the Broderick gasoline station.

About 50 Milford women and four men voted to organize a Parent-Teacher group and be part of the state PTA.

The film “Gone With the Wind” was to be showin in Greenville Town Hall.

Dr. Oscar Burns of Milford was having his front porch repaired.

30 years ago, 1989

The Milford Planning Board tabled a plan for an 11-lot Dram Cup Hill Industrial Park on the former Twin Tows site off Savage Road as it waited for cost estimates to redesign the intersection of Route 101 and Savage Road to prevent westbound traffic from pulling out onto 101.

Amherst’s Jack and Jill Kindergarten turned 30 years old and planned to celebrate with a party at the Brick School. The kindergarten was run entirely by parent volunteers. Among the founders in 1967 was Amherst Town Administrator Barbara Landry.

State Rep. Howard Mason of Wilton was awarded a special certificate at a State House reception for his work in connection with Alzheimer’s disease. At the same time, Gov. Judd Gregg proclaimed May Older Americans Month.

Ken Garnham resigned as coach of the Milford Area Senior High School boys basketball team after four years.

20 years ago, 1999

Hudson Memorial School assistant principal Bill Hagen was named principal of the Amherst Middle School.

The board of directors of Milford’s American Stage Festival went public with an appeal for $100,000 to keep the theater in Milford.

In an editorial regarding the state Legislaure’s plan for a statewide property tax to fund education, Cabinet Editor Michael Cleveland said the tax “is no more than a broad-based shafting of anyone who isn’t reasonably well off,” reminding readers that any form of property tax was unfair to people on fixed incomes.

Wilton-Lyndeborough graduate Ryan Harkleroad was named rooky of the year for the University of Maine (Orono) track team.

15 years ago, 2004

More than 400 people turned out at Milford Town Hall to celebrate the life of Harriet Wilson, the Milford native and author of the first novel written by a black woman in the United States. It was called “Our Nig.” Among those attending was Henry Louis Gates, Jr., chairman of African-American studies at Harvard.

Milford’s town government study committee reported that town employees were being second-guessed by the selectmen. The board was making too many decisions that should have been made by the staff, it said.

Freshman Madison Jackson pitched a no-hitter to lead the Souhegan High School softball team to a 17-0 mercy rule-shortened win over Kearsarge. She struck out 11.