Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 6, 2012

ALL THOSE YEARS AGO

COMPILED BY SUSAN McKELLIGET
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years Ago — Dec. 6, 1912

Austin Huggins, dairyman at William M. Wood’s farm, is recovering from a long illness.

The Punchard Hight School football team has elected Lester Abbott of the class of ‘14, captain for 1913. He played a fine game at left tackle for Punchard this season.

Miss Dorothy Jealous, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan Jealous, is recovering from a severe cut on the chin received in a recent accident.

Albert Ruhl and Charles Sanderson of the Andover Press visited the Kodak Club show in Boston last evening.

The number of books issued at Memorial Hall library for home during November was 2,863.

The A.E.C. club, an organization composed of local young ladies, will conduct a dance in the town hall this evening. Music will be furnished by the Columbian orchestra.

75 Years Ago — Dec. 3, 1937

The town hall will be a gay and joyous place next Thursday and Friday when the Christ Church bazaar will be held. The decorations are in the capable hands of Miss Alice Jenkins and while just at present only bare leafless trees proclaim the winter season, inside the town hall one will be reminded that winter and Christmas are on their way. The decorations will be Christmas trees against the snow, and the color and charm of the laden tables will add to the attractiveness of the scene.

At a joint meeting of the Board of Public Works, the finance committee and the selectmen last night it was decided to give most of the regular employees of the Public Works Department two days of work a week for the remainder of the year out of snow appropriation.

Some of the fifty motorists stopped by registry officials for excessive speed in a trap on South Main Street on Tuesday afternoon will lose their licenses temporarily, if Registrar Frank Goodwin follows the recommendations of the local staff.

On Tuesday evening there will be a monster whist party in the Community hall in the Ballardvale for the benefit of St. Joseph’s Church.

50 Years Ago — Dec. 6, 1962

The town does not intend to sell the Shaw property on Main Street, regardless of any offers, “at this moment.” The assessed value of the entire parcel, according to records in the assessors’ office is $45,700.

Governor John A. Volpe picked up a net gain of 10 votes in last Saturday’s recount. The governor added seven to his own total while Governor-Elect Endicott Peabody lost three votes. The new totals are Volpe 5,807 and Peabody 2,662.

Any organization desiring to sing Christmas Carols in front of town hall should contact town Recreation Director Les Bartow.

(Photo) Harold R. Rafton, left and Albert Retelle, president of the Andover Village Improvement Society, received awards at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Mr. Rafton won an individual award, while Mr. Retelle received the award for the AVIS.

With or without Urban Renewal, Town Manager Thomas E. Duff will push for a new town hall, fire and police stations at the 1963 town meeting. The need is “more apparent every day” he emphasized Tuesday in making known his explicit intention to fight for the new municipal buildings.

25 Years Ago — Dec. 3, 1987

The Tyer Rubber Co. property on Railroad Street, next to the Andover Commons apartment complex, is slated to be converted to retail and office space, with construction scheduled to begin sometime within the year.

Andover Theatre Company’s production of the musical “Annie” about an optimistic orphan and her adventures opens this weekend at Memorial Hall Auditorium.

(Photo) Andover High School girls’ varsity soccer team in Sunday’s holiday parade through Main Street. The team tied Agawam for the state title Wednesday, Nov. 25 after seven overtimes.

The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority, in cooperation with other Massachusetts transit authorities, has announced that a “state-wide special needs transportation identification card” is available to disabled persons who may be travelling to other areas of the state.