Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 17, 2013

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years AgoOct. 17, 1913

The Fire Department was called about one o’clock Tuesday morning to Mrs. Eleanor Fairbrother’s cottage near Carter’s Corner where a fire was in progress due to the exploding of a lamp. The rooms upstairs were considerably burned and the damage was in the vicinity of $500.

Real estate consisting of a large house of 18 rooms with all modern improvements and a barn on 7,500 square feet of land at 130 Main St. will be sold at public auction on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. by auctioneer Rogers. Terms required are $100 at time of sale and balance in 10 days.

Considerable comment was aroused this morning on the part of several residents on the hill, when a man was noted going along Main Street beating his horse unmercifully. Spectators claim that a driver on one of the local grocery delivery teams left his own horse and tried to put a stop to the man’s cruelty, but received for his pains a severe lash with the whip.

75 Years AgoOct. 13, 1938

With less than a month left before Andover decides the fate of licenses here in town, arguments on both sides of the question are being advanced. This past week, in answer to the feeling that the chief cause of all the trouble in Andover was the 20 or so perpetual drunks who are public nuisances, the holders of licenses with the aid of the chief of police drew up a black list of 24 names, and all the licensees have agreed not to sell any liquor, whether for consumption on the premises or elsewhere, to these 24 men.

The Andover Brass Band is planning a membership and attendance drive to start next Monday. The members will be rated on a point system, and at the end of the year, several cash prizes will be awarded.

50 Years AgoOct. 17, 1963

Two families whose home was destroyed by fire are living temporarily with relatives this mid-week. Their Cuba Street apartments were ruined by flames, smoke and water late Tuesday morning. Relatives and the Andover Chapter, American Red Cross, combined to aid the families.

A minor earthquake — recorded as having originated in the Cape Cod area — rumbled in Andover late Wednesday morning. Houses shook slightly, but there was no recorded evidence of damage from the tremor.

25 Years AgoOct. 20, 1988

The School Committee announced the salaries of the two assistant superintendents, Lois Haslam and Francis Paul, at their meeting Tuesday night. Both Haslam and Paul will receive an annual salary of $62,000, which is about a 3 percent increase over the last year, committee member Margo Tilghman said. “It puts them on a comparable level with those holding similar positions in surrounding areas,” she said.

The League of Women Voters of Andover will sponsor a debate between state Sen. Patricia McGovern and challenger William E. Melahn of Andover tonight at 7 in the Andover High School cafeteria.