Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 16, 2013

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years Ago May 16, 1913

J.P. Wyllie & Co. has hired a new cobbler and is ready to continue its practice of high-class repairing at its shop.

Bean pots that were left at Town Hall for the May Breakfast can be secured by their owners from the kitchen at the hall.

75 Years AgoMay 12, 1938

The state Senate yesterday afternoon defeated a balloon budget bill that would have meant an increase of 60 to 70 cents for Andover’s tax rate, with the district’s senator, Frank D. Babcock, aiding in its defeat.

Andover’s prize-winning male choir, which has reaped many awards at the New England Federation of Men’s Singing Clubs’ annual concerts, will entertain in Springfield on Saturday morning in an effort to bring home another prize.

50 Years AgoMay 16, 1963

Of the 185-member senior class at Andover High, 44 percent, or 82 students, has been accepted at degree-granting colleges and universities and 22 percent (41 students) will go to junior colleges, business schools or similar institutions. Principal Philip Wormwood told the School Committee that in all, 66 percent, or 123 seniors, will continue their education.

Will “The Silent Spring” — the provocative question raised in Rachel Carson’s book of the same name — ever come to Andover? While some people think so, Tree Superintendent Phil Busby doubts it. The basic issue, of course, is the use of pesticides to control an unlimited number of persistent predators that attack trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables.

25 Years AgoMay 12, 1988

Renovation of the Tyer Rubber building can begin. The Planning Board approved a site plan for the building Tuesday night. The building will be converted into retail and office space, with retailers occupying the majority of the building, about 30,000 square feet, according to Nancy Jeton, the town’s lead planner.

Spring means strawberry season will soon be here and the Andover Historical Society will herald the season Wednesday, May 18, at noon with a lunch-lecture program about strawberry farming through the years in Andover.

Last Saturday night, Andover native Glenn Paul Verette was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.