Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948: Writing in his column, The Sportsman, George S. Proctor of Wilton said he had seen a map from the state Highway Department and Wilton was not on it. He said Route 101 jumped from Milford to Peterborough “and all small towns were lost. The map (was) to show where they (were) working on the highways.”

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Nightmare Alley” with Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell. The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “The Fabulous Texan” with William Elliott and Andy Devine.

Auto insurance rates for liability in Milford, Wilton, Mont Vernon were to rise only $1.50 while rates in Amherst, Bedrord, and Hollis, among other towns considered suburban, were to go from $30 to $37.

A large rat was running around the Milford Oval at 1 a.m. one morning but police Sgt. John Conti killed it with a shillalah.

30 years ago, 1989

Police and friends were searching for Oded “Deddie” Gordon, 21, an autistic Temple resident who was lost in the Greenfield area and was traced by bloodhounds to Route 31 in Lyndeborough. He was reportedly seen hitchhiking in the Leominster, Mass., area.

Nicki Ricciardi Junkins, the daughter of Victor Ricciardi of Milford and the late Florence Ricciardi, was named Deltona, Fla.’s high school teacher of the year.

Douglas Kirkwood stepped down from the Amherst Zoning Board after 15 years, including three terms as chairman.

The Lyndeborough Central School Board declared the school a non-smoking zone.

20 years ago, 1999

Four Milford educators – Charlene Douglas, Pat Gendron, Effie Papazoglou and Brad Smith – retired from teaching.

While praising Milford’s Main Street Program, which had just won the state Main Street award, merchants around the Oval said that parking was still a major problem.

The doubles team of Bri Raymond and Holly Lizotte won a set but the Wilton-Lyndeborough girls tennis team fell to Pelham, 8-1, and dropped to 0-10 on the season.

The Wilton Arts and Film festival was kicking off its sixth year with the Hitchcock thriller “Vertigo.”

15 years ago, 2004

Deborah Diffley opened White Home Collections on Route 101 and Route 31 in Wilton.

Fitch’s Corner Farmstand in Milford was listed in Yankee Magazine’s travel guide as an “editors’ choice” business.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Shrek 2” and “Van Helsing.”

Milford School Board Chairman Peter Bragdon of Milford was named to the board of directors of the Granite State Taxpayers.

The Milford High School baseball team ran its record to 14-0 with a 4-1 win over Hollis/Brookline. Tyler Bishop threw a 1-hitter for the Spartans.