Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman
---- — 100 Years Ago
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
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
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.
The evolution of a new department — or perhaps more appropriately its birth pains — was described to the Recreation Committee by the town manager at a meeting this month. The manager first mentioned the probability that, at some future time, the recreation and park departments will be merged.
25 Years Ago
While New Englanders hit the slopes or pursue some other recreational endeavor over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Andover Postmaster Tony Mendoza will be organizing the long-anticipated post office move to its new quarters on Stevens Street.
Andover drivers are going to have to get used to the new four-way stop signs near Town Hall. Lt. Phillip Froburg says police stopped about 100 violators at Bartlet and Chestnut streets during a recent weekend.