Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman
---- — 100 Years Ago
Sept. 26, 1913
A large number of telephone lines in an underground cable on Main Street, serving a territory from Park to Morton streets, were rendered useless Sunday when moisture got into the cable. It was necessary to replace an entire section and telephone repairmen were at once put to work, with the result that service was restored on Monday afternoon.
Harriet J. Collins of this town was granted a divorce from John A. Collins at the jury-waived sitting of court at Salem, Sept. 16, by Judge White. Mrs. Collins testified that the trouble leading up to her action for divorce was caused by her husband’s love of fast horses.
75 Years Ago
Sept. 22, 1938
Authorities turned their attention early this afternoon to a threatening flood in Shawsheen Village after spending a night combating the worst hurricane the town has ever witnessed. At 1:50 this afternoon, Selectman Shepard and officer David Gillespie closed off Riverina Road, then under several inches of water from the Shawsheen.
The Board of Public Works “laid down the law” on Tuesday evening to a group of about 15 men, including foremen and all others who at any time of the year have charge of any workers. It was made clear that the board is not going to tolerate any more liquor and that the department is to be cleaned up.
50 Years Ago
Sept. 26, 1963
The selectmen have taken under advisement a request for a secondhand auto dealer’s license for 32 Park St. next to the bowling alley. Ernest A. Bryson and John A. Miele requested the permit through Town Clerk Irving O. Piper, who brought the matter to the selectmen.
Vast changes are in store for the area of Stevens and Harding streets. The state Department of Public Works’ plans for the intersection call for a smaller island where the large grass plot now exists. However, Stevens Street will be brought into the intersection more at a right angle to North Main Street by narrowing the upper part of the divided street.
25 Years Ago
Sept. 22, 1988
The Board of Selectmen approved a 10-percent sewer rate hike Monday night, the second such increase since May. When a North Andover waste incinerator was closed for repairs June 29, hauling the sludge to dump sites caused disposal costs to skyrocket, Town Manager Kenneth Mahony told the selectmen.
Kindergartners aren’t the only ones new to the Andover school system. There are also many new teachers joining the faculty, with 38 newcomers among the total teaching staff of 350. “The turnover is somewhat higher than last year,” Mary Lyman, school personnel director, said.