Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 18, 2013

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years AgoJuly 18, 1913

Andover was visited last Friday afternoon by a party of suffragettes headed by Miss Margaret Foley. The party consisted of five women in an automobile and the stop was made in front of the town house. It was the intention of Miss Foley to make an address, but owing to the lack of an audience, this idea was given up.

Myerscough & Buchan’s new garage on Main Street is now being occupied by its owners, who moved from their quarters on Park Street this week. The owners are planning to install new machinery for automobile work, including lathes, drills and planers. When entirely outfitted, they expect it to be the most complete garage north of Boston.

75 Years AgoJuly 14, 1938

Yesterday was to have been a joyous day at 199 North Main St., the home of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Forsythe. The couple’s 18 year-old daughter, May, was to have been married to a fine, clean-cut young man from Worcester. Unfortunately, last Thursday, Sam Forsythe Jr. and the groom-to-be, Joseph P. Hawthorne Jr., sought to beat the heat and go for a swim “in Shawsheen River down near Hartwell Abbott’s, at the Clay Bottom.” Hawthorne swam out about 15 feet, while Forsythe sat on the banking. Before his eyes, Hawthorne sank from sight. It was John Robertson, former head lifeguard at Pomps Pond, who finally located the body.

Efforts to reduce speeding in Andover are to be intensified, Board of Selectmen Chairman Howell F. Shepard said Tuesday night. Eight speeders appeared before Judge Hargedon yesterday morning in local court, and the names of many others have been sent to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

50 Years AgoJuly 18, 1963

The School Committee is being asked to substitute some form of religious observance at the opening of the school day for the now-banned Bible reading and Lord’s Prayer.

It’s another booming year for the public schools. Advance forecasts indicate at least 311 more children will be enrolled in September than were in school in 1962.

25 Years Ago

July 14, 1988

Area code 508 is being introduced, effective July 16, and it’s going to change the way Massachusetts operates. Bordering area code 413 in the western part of the state and area code 617 in metropolitan Boston, the new 508 codes encompasses much of northern Massachusetts,

An advertisement for EarthFood Store, 21 Park St., lists bulk oat bran cereal for $1.39 a pound and oat bran cookies for $1.26 a package.