Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

June 27, 2013

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years Ago

June 27, 1913

The storm last Friday night resulted in several bad washouts and caused considerable damage on various roads throughout town. Trolley service early Saturday morning was hindered by the sand and gravel washed onto the tracks. The last train from Boston at 12:10 was held at the station for some time due to debris deposited on the rails at the Harding Street bridge.

On the “Night before the Fourth,” the Abbott Village Temperance Society will hold an “At Home” in the village hall. Entertainment will go from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and singing, dancing and games will be in order. Ice cream and tonic will be for sale. Members are encouraged to bring their friends.

75 Years Ago

June 23, 1938

A transfer of $5,000 from the reserve fund to the Board of Public Works was granted by the Finance Committee last night at a joint meeting of both boards together with the selectmen and tree warden. The gravel road projects are to be dropped. Some 80 men soon will start work on the Shawsheen drain, for which there is a materials appropriation of $4,500, and the remaining men will work at primarily cutting back brush along the roadways, including paying some attention to the cemetery.

Individual notices have been sent to each employee of the Board of Public Works warning them that they will be summarily fired in the event of future drinking on the job.

Warren Christie, a 10-year-old crippled youngster, was rescued from possible death yesterday morning when Herbert Early found him in a smoke-filled house off Boston Road.

50 Years Ago

June 27, 1963

Postmaster Francis J. Mooney announces that Andover’s new ZIP code will be 018 — plus the digits 10 for every patron who has mail delivered from the office and 11 for those getting mail via the Shawsheen branch. Ballardvale’s code — that’s a separate post office — is 01820.

A 45.3-acre site on River Road is to be acquired for the regional vocational school, contingent on test borings proving the absence of ledge.

25 Years Ago

June 23, 1963

The proposed Lawrence-Andover Collaborative School was overwhelmingly defeated by a secret ballot vote of 1,153 to 200 at the June 20 Special Town Meeting. Town Clerk Elden Salter said it was one of the most highly attended Special Town Meetings.

The Andover High School track team held its annual awards banquet at Recreation Park last week. Next year’s captains were elected. Diane Hinchey, Jennifer Lee, Kathy Radulski and Arminta Thompson will lead the girls team and Eric Guzowski, Chris McInally, Dave Perri and Nathan Sullivan will lead the boys squad.