Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman
---- — 100 Years Ago
July 11, 1913
Locals have taken advantage of the bargains during Merchants Week in Lawrence. The crowded electric cars that have passed through Andover nearly every day bringing out-of-towners to Lawrence showed that people were taking advantage of the opportunity to buy goods at reduced prices.
Myerscough and Buchan expect to move into their new garage on Main Street in the coming week. Work on the building is nearly complete, with only the finishing touches remaining.
75 Years Ago
July 7, 1938
Prospects for recovery have appeared brighter in the past few weeks in Andover, with several local conditions fortifying the optimism created by the recent sharp rise in the stock market.
Running hot water was on tap on Argilla Road yesterday afternoon when half a burning load of hay dropped off a truck and onto a hydrant from which firemen would have normally drawn water. The 2 1//2-ton load of hay was a complete loss and the body and tires of the truck were badly damaged.
50 Years Ago
July 11, 1963
The foot of Essex Street at the railroad station was deep in water Monday night about 6, as a heavy downpour caused tremendous run-off along two steep streets. Passengers coming in from Boston waded ankle-deep in the water.
to get off the platform; others “walked the plank” out to the street, while some waited for the storm to subside. To make matters worse, an express train headed into the water at normal speed, soaking those standing on the platform who had thought they would stay dry.
Young Robert Poirier of 29 Stevens St. and his chums were proud young men last Friday as they displayed a 19-inch carp hooked in Hussey’s Pond. With the young angler when he made the catch were Dick Delibac, also of Stevens Street, and John Gaudet of Gardner, who was visiting Poirier’s home.
25 Years Ago
July 7, 1988
No other document in Town Hall so drastically affects the short- and long-term quality of life as the master plan. It is, simply put, the physical and philosophical blueprint for the town. A current effort stems from a major renovation of the master plan that began in 1982 with the Master Plan Task Force, a project in which more than 100 Andover citizens helped to update policies that hadn’t been modernized since 1965.
David Tanklefski and Douglas Brown came out to show they’re true patriots by waving flags and joining in the celebration along with one of the biggest Fourth crowds ever to fill the streets of Andover. Peter Edgerly and Gordon Wade prepared to take off during the annual Horribles parade, a long-standing tradition in Andover. Kids of all sizes got to dress up and ride and romp through the streets.