Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 9, 2013

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years AgoMay 9, 1913

The Boston firm Brown & Stackpole has divided Batchelder Farm at Walnut Corner into house lots, which are selling rapidly for all-year home sites, bungalow lots, etc. The lots are high and dry, vary slightly and have about 2 miles of frontage on North Main and Lowell streets. Prices range from $19 to $150.

Miss Annie Burke has accepted the position of clerk in Miss Porter’s store.

75 Years Ago — May 5, 1938

Last night at the Square and Compass Hall, it looked and sounded as if the Bay State would swing back into the Republican columns again this year. Boston is the Democratic bugbear that keeps the state New Dealish, but an extra 1,000 Republican votes from Andover would neutralize one Boston ward, and if there were 22 other towns doing the same thing, it would neutralize all the other wards in Boston.

Well-known dairyman Chester D. Abbott of Andover Street was appointed driver for the new school bus at the regular meeting of the school board on Tuesday evening.

50 Years AgoMay 9, 1963

Despite all claims and evidence that we’re a growing, progressive community, this is still a rural town. At least that’s what the beavers think. And they’re proving their dislike of urban living by taunting the highway department nearly every night of the week.

Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona spoke to more than 1,100 people at Phillips Academy Tuesday night. Goldwater visited at the invitation of James Binns, president of the Phillips Academy Russian Club. An overflow crowd of 100 heard the senator from a basement room where a speaker was provided.

25 Years AgoMay 5, 1988

Tarp and scaffolding from renovation work on the Old Town Hall fell to the ground in last Friday night’s heavy winds. Sgt. Steve Avery said the wind caught the tarp like a parachute and brought part of the scaffolding on the Main Street side down at about 9:15 p.m. There were no injuries.

Ten variances and two special permits have been requested for a 33-unit development next to the Andover Public Golf Course. It’s the latest attempt by landowner Harry Axelrod, who for at least three years has been proposing several plans for luxury townhouses that would rival the quality of the plush Hunter Ridge complex in Andover.