Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 16, 2013

All Those Years Ago

100 Years Ago April 18, 1913

Tickets are on sale for the illustrated lecture on “Ben Hur” to be given under the auspices of the Free Church Christian Endeavor society in the parish house on April 25. Three illustrated songs will be sung, and candy will be on sale before and after the entertainment. Admission will be 15 cents.

The passengers on the Boston-Lawrence car due in the latter city at 12:30 p.m. had a narrow escape from injury last Friday afternoon when the rear vestibule of the car was demolished in a collision with a freight car at the corner of Main and Harding streets. The regular car that had stopped at the foot of the steep grade there was just starting again when the freight car, loaded with sand, came suddenly down behind it, crashing into the rear end, with disastrous results so far as the car was concerned. The passengers fortunately escaped with but few injuries of any extent.

75 Years Ago — April 15, 1938

Andover’s truck rerouting problem was much nearer an amicable solution on Tuesday night after a conference among truck owners, selectmen and the highway safety committee at the town house. Youlden, Smith and Hopkins, Huckins and company, N.F. Smith, H.B. Church and Henry Jenkins Transportation all agreed to send their non-local trucks over the by-pass rather than through town when the bridge over the Shawsheen on the Den Rock road is completed.

The Board of Public Works voted to buy three pieces of motor vehicle equipment authorized by town meeting, as follows: Ford dump truck and Ford pick-up truck, Shawsheen Motor Mart; and Plymouth coupe for superintendent, J.W. Robinson company of Park street.

Every effort is being made to have the loud speaker in the auditorium in perfect working order for Wednesday night’s special town meeting. The company that installed the system has been asked to come out and make a thorough check-up, in accordance with a suggestion made by John A. Robertson.

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