Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 25, 2012

Dalton column: John Cole


The difference was that each year there was more local news and less national and international news.

Still, however, the paper was eight pages, as it had been from the beginning, and the front page was much the same as the first Townsmans: two columns were filled with advertisements, and three columns had newsy vignettes about townspeople.

Here follows examples of those vignettes on the front page of the Silver Anniversary Edition.

“John Runnells, who claimed he was a native of Andover, was arrested by the local police on Saturday night for drunkenness.”

“The first meeting of the Public Teachers Association was held on Monday evening... the program included vocal selections by J. Everett Collins.”

“Several local boys have been located by the police as the parties who stole a large box of chewing gum from the Boston and Maine freight trains recently. After taking from the box all the gum they could possibly chew for some time, the youngsters hid the rest and they now claim that their hiding place had been discovered and the whole box stolen.”

“A soda fountain is being installed in the fruit store of P. Simeone and Company.”

“Mrs. M. E. Dalton and family have moved into a tenement recently vacated by Mrs. Ellen Main.” (M. E. Dalton was my grandmother, and she was four years a widow with four youngsters.)

The second and third pages were filled with national and international news and the fourth page was where Mr. Cole wrote his editorials. If he received letters, they would start nearby and continue to the next page. The rest of the paper was devoted to lots of advertising and local news. The churches, sections of town such as Abbot Village and Ballard Vale, Phillips and Abbot Academies, and news from nearby towns were all covered by volunteer reporters.

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