Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 31, 2013

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years Ago

Oct. 31, 1913

Among the first of the week’s Hallowe’en parties took place last Monday evening at the home of Miss Laura Spence of High Street, when the members of the Free Church Dorcas circle met here and passed a pleasant evening. Decorations of Hallowe’en lanterns and witches were appropriate to the occasion, and games and refreshments, which consisted of doughnuts, cheese and gingerbread, were also of Hallowe’en style. About 30 guests were present, some of whom were in costume.

John Hughes of Shawsheen Road was struck by an automobile driven by Raymond Buchan of the Main Street Garage Wednesday night and was lucky to escape with a cut head and bruised leg. Mr. Buchan took the lad to a physician who dressed the wounds, which were slight.

75 Years Ago

Oct. 27, 1938

Boston papers, some of them right on their front page, and Boston radio stations all carried stories last Sunday about a riot that took place at the Punchard-Winchester game at Winchester last Saturday. Unfortunately, the riot was coupled with Punchard’s first defeat since 1936, and the casual reader assumed that the loss had something to do with it. (The article goes on to say that an inebriated “regular” at the games was openly drinking out of a pint bottle and the Winchester policeman just took his bottle away, causing a distracting “rumpus”.)

Loring Batchelder of Argilla Road spent the weekend with his cousin, William Hamilton, of Arlington. On Saturday, they attended the Harvard-Dartmouth game.

The thrilling experiences of an American refugee in China during the air raids upon Nanking will be related before the congregation of the Baptist Church Sunday morning by Mrs. Frances J. Nickels of Washington, D.C.

50 Years Ago

Oct. 31, 1963

The annual Horribles Parade and Dance will be held here tonight. Sponsored by the Andover Junior Chamber of Commerce, the evening’s events get under way at 6:30, when the parade starts from Elm Square on its way to the Playstead, where refreshments will be served and a bonfire lit.

Central purchasing, one of the foremost arguments put forth by proponents of the town manager charter, doesn’t exist to any greater degree than it ever did. This is the conclusion of a subcommittee of the charter subcommittee after examining town purchasing procedures.

25 Years Ago

Nov. 3, 1988

The Old Town Hall may be too tight a fit for community groups, particularly for a popular teen center proposal, town officials are saying. At a work session Monday night, the Board of Selectmen mulled various ways to make room for the many civic organizations in town looking for a meeting and activity space.

The Andover Golden Warriors Marching Band gave a strong performance at Triton Regional High School in Byfied Sunday in competition with 13 other high school bands. Along with a silver medal, Andover was awarded best music and its band front earned fourth place overall.