Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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February 28, 2013

Town of Joiners II: Farmers, veterans and other histories

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After the 1940s, town groups and organizations diversified, until today they span every spectrum of interest. The Town of Andover alone maintains 39 boards and committees with 291 citizen volunteer members. The greater community sponsors innumerable associations under the headings of church, school, sports, performance, business and service.

One thing hasn’t changed, though, and that is what draws citizens to these groups and what gives each group, and hence the town, its strength. A wonderful description, that can still be applied, was offered by the Andover Townsman in 1910 on the occasion of the Andover Grange’s 20th anniversary:

“The Andover Grange has gathered together in its membership many of the best people of the town. It has grappled with many of the problems in the town and contributed wisely and effectively to their solution. It has brought together men and women from many isolated homes into a companionship and social life they could know in no other way. Its whole influence has been that wholesome, hearty, genuine kind that typifies the true spirit of New England hospitality and New England integrity.”

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