Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948

Milford’s Hayward Farms ice cream stand was adding a self-service frozen food store featuring 192 items including fish, meat and poultry.

Rehearsals were underway for a minstrel show to be sponsored by Lyndeborough’s Pinnacle Grange at Citizens’ Hall.

A pickup truck belonging to Leon Patten of Milford was stolen in Manchester and recovered in Meridian, Miss.

The Souhegan Hotel in Greenville was offering its Knotty Pine Room Special of sirloin steak, French fries, vegetables, and bread and butter fof $1.

30 years ago, 1989

The Milford Rotary Club presented scholarships to three local graduating seniors: Joanna Wolfe of Amherst, Sarah Taylor of Lyndeborough, and Chris Esslinger of Milford. Superintendent of Schools Damon Russell was chairman of the Rotary Scholarship Committee.

Richard P. McNamara of Mont Vernon and other local members of the John Birch Society participated in distributing literature and sharing videotapes throughout the community in an attempt to increase the society’s visibility, part of a nationwide effort.

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Chocolat” and “Field of Dreams.”

20 years ago, 1999

Milford companies that took part in a business survey said high property taxes and high energy costs were the worst part of doing business in the town. The survey was conducted by the state’s Office of Business and Industrial Development.

Lyndeborough Road Agent Walter Kiblin completed 100 hours of training in road management and was named a “Master Road Scholar.”

The Town Hall Theatre in Wilton was showing “Hideous Kinky” and “The Love Letter.”

The Permattach Diamond Tool Corp. in Milford celebrated its 40th birthday.

15 years ago, 2004

Vandals attacked two churches, the local elementary school, a business and several cars in a spray-painting spree in Wilton. The churches hit were the Second Congregational and Sacred Heart Roman Catholic.

The Milford Planning Board gave conditional approval for an inflatable sports dome at Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Club. The dome would be 140,000 square feet.

Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton Center was opening its season with a Western musical ghost story called “Hee-Ya!” written and directed by Andy’s alumni Jonathan Farmer and DJ Potter.

The 19th annual High Hopes Hot Air Balloon Festival was scheduled to be held at Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Club and the Chappell Farm. It would include a 5-mile race to raise funds for High Hopes for the role it played in granting a final wish to Patrick Kerouac who lost his battle with cancer in 1996 at the age of 7. The race was organized by Patrick’s dad, Jerry, and his family as an expression of appreciation.