Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948: A beginning epidemic of measles among pre-school and first and second grade children was reported in Wilton. All children known to have been exposed were advised to be inoculated as soon as possible.

Mrs. George Handyside of Selsey, England, addressed the Women’s Auxiliary of Milford’s Church of Our Saviour following a pot-luck supper. She was spending a year in the U.S. with her husband,an exchange minister at Grace Church in Manchester.

A help wanted ad was seeking a couple to work on a country place near Peterborough. The man was to be a gardner-choreman or chauffeur-gardener, the woman to help with housework either part- or full-time. A cottage with modern conveniences was provided. Replys were to include experience and age, and a list of references.

30 years ago, 1989

Milford was facing hundreds of tax abatement aplications in the wake of a reassessment, and it was possible that the value of town property could be $15 million less than had been anticipated.

The Wilton-Lyndeborough Youth Center was sponsoring a Safe Homes program and was seeking financial support from the community.

Ron Violette of Milford, owner of Violette’s IGA, received the Spirit of America Award from the National Grocers Association in recognition of his achievements in furthering the cause of the independent food distribution industry.

20 years ago, 1999

Milford police were searching for a person who called in a bomb threat that emptied all three elementary schools. It was a hoax called in from a pay phone at a Nashua 7-11 store.

Milford was named the state’s Outstanding Main Street Community at the New Hampshire Main Street Center’s annual awards ceremony.

In an editorial, Cabinet Editor Michael Cleveland praised Republican Elizabeth Dole, who was seeking the Republican nomination for president. Her four-point plan to make America safer included safety locks on all guns, banning the sale of “cop killer” bullets, background checks on gun purchasers, and a continued ban on assault weapons.

Health, music and sewing classes were chosen to move to two portable classrooms that were scheduled to be on the grounds of the Amherst Middle School in September.

15 years ago, 2004

A study by the New England School Development Council said Amherst was facing a growing student population and would have to decide how to handle as many as 800 new students during the next decade.

A group of students protested the Amherst selectmen’s ban on overnight parking at the town’s library after an outbreak of vandalism. The students, who liked to congregate in the library’s parking lot, said they were being blamed for the actions of a few bad apples.

Linda Garrish Thomas was one of hundres of thousands of women and men to participate in the March for Women’s Lives, billed as a protest against “government attacks on women’s reproductive rights and health.” Garrish Thomas, the president of the New Hampshire Citizens’ Alliance for Action, took part in the march in Washington, D.C.