Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman
---- — 100 Years Ago
Feb. 27, 1914
The first of a series of three dances was given by the subscription party at the November clubhouse last Monday night. The hall was prettily decorated and a good time was enjoyed by all.
The grocery stores will close from noon until 5 p.m. Monday afternoon for the Town Meeting.
Miss Bertha Anderson of Boston was the guest of Miss Edith Whitman of Pine Street over the recent holiday.
75 Years Ago
Feb. 23, 1939
It’s been like Old Home Week down in Marland Village lately, for one of the neighborhood’s best-liked characters has returned to its midst. Down at the foot of North Main Street hill, a few steps beyond Harding Street, is a little variety store, or rather a little store with a big variety. Back in 1917, a hard-working, energetic young man came over from Lawrence to buy the store, and for years Bob Franz fulfilled the wants of the people of that section. Last week, Bob came back to the store, and for several days, his old friends poured in to shake hands with the man who often had proved a real friend in need.
50 Years Ago
Feb. 27, 1964
There are three candidates for two School Committee seats — veteran member William A. Doherty asks re-election, and following him on the ballot are Lee E. Noyes and Robert Sherman. Polling places in town are as follows: Precinct 1, Central Fire Station; precinct 2, Square and Compass Club Hall; precinct 3, Sacred Heart School; precinct 4, Grange Hall; precinct 5, Ballardvale Fire Station; and precinct 6, Peabody House on Phillips Street.
Sharply divergent opinions on the police pay question and on industrial development highlighted a generally listless candidates night Tuesday at the high school. In an atmosphere of politeness toward the candidates on the part of their questioners, all but one candidate for the contested offices appeared at the annual session.
25 Years Ago
March 2, 1989
Amy K. Morrissey, a junior at Andover High School, was recently chosen as The Andover Townsman’s first student intern. Morrissey, 16, is the daughter of Brian and Theresa Smith of 3 Sheffield Circle. As a student intern, Morrissey will be writing school- and town-related articles and learning about the workings of a weekly newspaper.
A six-month crackdown on Andover car owners using out-of-state license plates should add more than $17,000 to town coffers this year, police said. Massachusetts residents looking for an expensive Mercedes or Porsche can save thousands of dollars buying in New Hampshire — a tax h(e)aven state that doesn’t charge sales tax, Sgt. Arthur Ricci said.