Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 23, 2014

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years Ago

Jan. 23, 1914

A surprise party was tendered to Harold Paine of Bartlet Street last week when several of his school friends gathered at his home and presented him with a fine “Flexible Flyer.” Games were enjoyed and bountiful refreshments served. Those present were Leo Daley, Henry Pomeroy, Robert Donaldson, Henry Carse, Howard Dunnells, Charles and William Dalton, William Goldstein and Harold Paine.

A fire broke out late Monday afternoon at the home of Henry W. Barnard on High Street, when some fat caught fire in the kitchen and threatened a serious blaze. The auto chemical quickly responded to the alarm and speedily had the fire under control. The resulting damage was slight.

75 Years Ago

Jan. 19, 1939

Selectman Roy E. Hardy — a co-filer with Sen. Babcock of a bill that would release the gas funds returned to municipalities last fall (of which $13,600 came to Andover, for use on maintenance and Chapter 90 projects) for more generous purposes than those interpreted by Attorney General Dever — yesterday attended a hearing on the bill and one filed by Boston’s Mayor Tobin to accomplish the same purposes.

The winners of the Goldsmith Prize-Speaking Contest Friday were Marjorie Higgins, senior, and Robert Costello, sophomore. The other contestants were Arthur Brindle, senior; Alda Grieco and Lester Alleruzo, juniors; and Doris Bourdelais, sophomore. Miss Mary Byers Smith, Thaxter Eaton and Rev. Donald H. Savage were the judges.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 23, 1964

Work has begun on the construction of the Andover Gospel Chapel at the corner of Lowell Street and Wild Rose Drive. The new church and connected Fellowship Hall are being built by Wynwood Associates. Building Inspector Arthur Peatman said a value of $70,000 was placed on the construction phase that is now being undertaken.

“General Excellence — First Place.” The Andover Townsman received the coveted award last weekend during the winter meeting of the New England Weekly Newspaper Association. The Townsman also won three other prizes at the contest.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 26, 1989

The newest in a number of proposals to keep the Shawsheen Extended Day program going is a warrant article that would appropriate town funds to buy portable classrooms. These classrooms would be located at the Shawsheen site and be hooked into the building’s utilities.

Neighborhood residents and Phillips Academy officials ran into conflict over parking and traffic issues at a Planning Board hearing on the school’s plans to renovate the old Abbott Academy campus.

As expected, the proposed town budget released Friday by Town Manager Kenneth Mahoney reflected a modest 5.4 percent increase.