Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman
---- — 100 Years Ago
April 25, 1913
In an effort to increase business, the owner of Andover Coal Co. is moving his office to the Musgrove Building in the space occupied by Chin Sewey, Chinese laundry. The laundry will in turn move into the vacant coal company building.
The formal opening of the recently remodeled playing area took place last Saturday morning before the Punchard Alumni game. The first ball was thrown by Myron E. Gutterson, while Colver J. Stone, Esq., acted as catcher.
75 Years Ago
April 22, 1938
About 25 local people lost their police badges as selectmen cut the special police roster to the bare minimum in order to eliminate abuses. Those remaining on the list are individuals such as night watchmen who by the nature of their work may have to use the badge at times.
John B. King, the 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. King of Lowell Street, fractured his leg and suffered possible internal injuries this week when he was struck by a car while running to his house for a nickel for an ice cream cone. The car was operated by Beverly policeman Alfred Frotin, who was on his way home from a Lowell funeral.
50 Years Ago
April 25, 1963
Winners in the annual Easter Egg decorating contest at the library were: grades 1-3, Nancy Retelle, first; Peter Retelle, second; and Charles Galbiati and James McSurdy, honorable mention; grades 4-6, Donald Markow, first; Elizabeth McSurdy, second; and Dale Baldwin, honorable mention.
In conjunction with Gov. Endicott Peabody’s proclamation during the week of April 21-28 to “Keep Massachusetts Beautiful,” the Andover Garden Club and Spade and Trowel Garden Club are conducting a “War on Litter.” Chairmen are Mrs. Joseph Daley, North Main Street, and Mrs. J.R. McLeod, 37 West Parish Drive.
25 Years Ago
April 21, 1988
Contradicting earlier media reports that Gillette was not ruling out closing its Andover factory, a company spokesman yesterday flatly denied the existence of any plans to shut down the local facility or initiate a “massive manufacturing layoff.” Gillette recently laid off 2,400 workers and company officials have been quoted as saying more plant closures are in the future.
Royal Jewelers, 493 Essex St., downtown Lawrence, was offering a discount of $150 on a 25-inch RCA Colortrak TV with 47-channel capability, automatic programming and picture control. The Royal sale price was $399.