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July 4, 2013

All Those Years Ago

100 Years AgoJuly 3, 1913

Officials are urging a safe and sane Fourth of July for individuals and hoping authorities will insure there is not excessive use of noise-making devices with their too-frequent potential for accidents.

Three of Andover’s Grand Army men are among the thousands of Civil War veterans of both north and south participating in anniversary exercises at Gettysburg this week.

75 Years AgoJune 30, 1938

A West Andover woman living on a farm near the gravel road projects discovered why her pullets (chickens) were disappearing one per day and why her father-in-law was routinely under the influence of liquor. She learned a Works Progress Administration worker had been bringing him a pint of liquor every day in exchange for a pullet.

The children of Shawsheen have Stafford Lindsay to thank for the improvements to the playground behind Richardson School on Lowell Street. Lindsay was instrumental in soliciting much of the materials that went into improving the facility, such as paint, brushes, mortar, varnish and calcimine. F.M. and T.E. Andrews, American Woolen Company and Andover Country Club also deserve credit for their generosity in furthering the playground project.

50 Years AgoJuly 3, 1963

Andover day at a Red Sox game will be held July 26, when the Sox face the Los Angeles Angels. Tickets are on sale for the night game, during which the Fire Department will honor relief hurler Dick Radatz by making him an honorary member of the local department.

The Water Department has been busting records all over the place during the prolonged hot and dry weather. For the first time, the station at Haggetts Pond recorded more than 5.1 million gallons of water supplied in one day. That record was broken on two successive days last week.

25 Years Ago

June 30, 1988

When Nancy Jeton steps down from her responsibilities as Andover’s principal planner, she may be shouldering a far heavier load. For the next year, Jeton will be working exclusively on a project with far-reaching implications — a complete updating of Andover’s zoning bylaws.

The Townsman staff is in the process of preparing a special centennial edition, which will be published July 21. The issue will trace the history of Andover’s own newspaper during the past century and feature interviews with residents.

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