Then someone rose and moved that the vote be by secret ballot. Emotions surfaced as the discussion of this motion went on. It was argued that people needed to feel free of the pressure they had received from the pulpits. Fears of rejection motivated many supporters. Finally the question was moved. Groans were heard when the secret ballot motion passed. Finally a loud cheer rose with grateful surprise when the one-sided vote to accept was announced, 532 to 119. A day later the Boston Herald announced, “Andover 4 to 1 For ABC”.
NOTE: The initial board of directors: Bob Klie, chairman; Ms. Max Russell, vice chairwoman; Jan Scheerer, secretary; Joyce Andrews, treasurer; James Simmons, Way and Means; William Washburn, Community Relations; and Norman Viehmann, Building Committee.