Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 16, 2014

All Those Years Ago

100 Years Ago

January 1914

Owing to a case of diphtheria contracted by one of the pupils in the John Dove school, the building was thoroughly fumigated this month and sessions were omitted. Only one case of the disease has thus far been reported.

A coasting party for the girls was arranged for an early-January Saturday afternoon. All guild girls who wanted a jolly outing met at the (Andover) guild at 2:30.

75 Years Ago

January 1939

This year’s Christmas lights at the St. Francis Seminary on River Road in West Andover were even more beautiful than they were last year, and the crib inside was larger and finer than that of last year. There were 7,000 lights of various colors used over the edifice.

Brakes rendered useless by a slippery surface on Andover Street caused slight injuries to 4-year-old William Moss of Andover Street. The driver of the car stated that two boys ran across the street, but when he applied his brakes, the car skidded into the Moss boy.

A hurricane this month caused another local injury, when Clarence Delaney, 49, B.P.W. employee, was pinned under a stump at the Haggetts Pond pine grove. The employees were burying stumps of trees knocked over by the hurricane and Delaney was in a hole when a stump slid, pinning him in underneath.

50 Years Ago

January 1964

A nice, open body of water, a few small fish, plenty of feed nearby in the sanctuary. All the comforts of home — if you’re a duck. What matter if the water happens to be the town drinking water in the Bancroft Road reservoir? That’s so much more water off the ducks’ backs. Not so to the rest of us; nor to state and town officials, whose bacteria-oriented minds were aghast at the sudden and lively count.

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