Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948: In a letter to the Cabinet, the Protestant ministers of Milford made a formal protest against universal military training. The Revs. J. Wayne Haskell and Earl A. Mack took the stand because “we believe that the cause of human brotherhood can only be served as men learn to live together, else in the process of war they perish together … We have not sought peace with the energy we have devoted to war.”

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Tender Years” with Joe E. Brown. The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Her Husband’s Affairs” with Franchot Tone and Lucille Ball.

The Amherst American Legion post was hosing its second annual graduation dance for Amherst High School at the town hall. Each female graduate was to be given flowers.

30 years ago, 1989

State Rep. Carol Holden of Amherst intended to introduce legislation that would end New Hampshire’s practice of observing Memorial Day on May 30 and that would instead create long weekends at the end of May.

“Mayan Travelogue” was the subject of an Amherst Outing Club program at the home of Jack Conaway, who was a member of a team exploring and excavating Mayan ceremonial caves as part of an archeological dig in the jungles of Belize.

The Eddie Mottau Band was appearing at the White Horse Inn in Milford.

20 years ago, 1999

Amherst resident Linda Kaiser was being interviewed by far-flung media outlets because, while preparing to host a coffee for Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich, she accidentally ran over and killed her dog. But the media’s real interest was in the fact that Kasich helped Kaiser’s husband, Christoper, bury the dog – Magic, a 13-year-old Shetland sheep dog.

The New Hampshire Association of Health Underwriters gave state Rep. Keith Herman (R-Milford) its Distinguished Merit Award for his work on reforming individual and small group health insurance markets.

At a forum in Amherst on how to finance education in New Hampshire, state Sen. Martha Brown of Chichester said, “Education is an opportunity, not a right.” In an editorial, Cabinet Editor Michael Cleveland asked, “Is it surprising that Sen. Brown announced that neither of her children had gone to public school?”

15 years ago, 2004

Milford Middle School teachers Elise Racicot and Deborah Queeney were honored – Racicot with the Educator of the Gifted Award by the New Hampshire Association for Gifted and Talented Education, and Queeney with the Excellence in Education Award by the National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities.

Milford Fire Capt. Al Locicero retired after 22 years serving the community.

The Lyndeborough Board of Selectmen was expected to award a construction contract for replacement of the Old Temple Road bridge to Hansen Construction of New London.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Super Size Me” and “Shrek 2.” In Manchester, David Bowie played to thousands at the Verizon Center.

The Souhegan High School girls tennis team edged Hanover, 5-4, to win their third consecutive Class I title.