Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 16, 2013

All Those Years Ago


The Andover Townsman

---- — 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.

50 Years Ago April 18, 1963

Lyman Bullard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Bullard, 107 Highland Road, was listed by Bon Secours Hospital in critical condition, but much improved. He was in contact with an automobile on Chestnut Street, Tuesday afternoon. Police said the operator, Howard McKew, 16, 128 High St., was headed east on Chestnut Street when the youngster left the sidewalk near the Andover Press building and proceeded onto Chestnut Street behind a car that had slowed down at the intersection. It was reported that the youngster had a fractured collarbone and a concussion.

The Andover Garden Club, in cooperation with the state, has organized an Anti-Litter Campaign for the week of April 21, with the slogan “The Week Andover Looked Down.” The main theme is “A Litter Bag in Every Car.”

Tyer Rubber Corporation warehouse on North Main Street has been sold to C. Lincoln Giles. The local contractor signed agreements with Tyer officers Tuesday morning. President Wallace E. Brimer emphasized that the sale in no way affects the manufacturing potential of the Tyer Rubber Corp. Rather, the firm’s warehousing has been consolidated with that of its parent company, Converse Rubber. This is presently handled in the Wood Mill in Lawrence.