Engagements were announced, weddings described, and meetings of organizations were both announced and described. Sports from all over town, including box scores of private club teams from companies and organizations such as Smith and Dove and the Knights of Columbus were found in several places. Little of local interest was ignored.
Between 1912 and Cole’s death in 1922, he brought the Andover Townsman into the modern era and its appearance became much closer to today’s Townsman than 1912’s silver anniversary edition.
If, as John N. Cole wrote, the name “Andover Townsman” implied that the paper’s goal had been “a closer communion among the citizens of Andover,” it certainly was accomplishing that, and it still does 125 years after it all began.
Bill Dalton writes a weekly column for the Andover Townsman and his email address is BillDalton@AndoverTownie.com.