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July 12, 2012

All Those Years Ago

100 Years Ago July 12, 1912

What would undoubtedly have been a serious train wreck was prevented on Thursday afternoon by the presence of mind of John Kelly, the gate tender at the Essex street crossing at the Boston & Main station. Just before the train was due to pass the station, a big auto truck heavily loaded with furniture and belonging to the Miller Lakin Company of Roxbury, stopped directly on the tracks as a result of the stalling of the engine. Mr. Kelly realized the danger and running to the south end of the station flagged the express, thus enabling the engineer to slow down considerably before the engine struck the truck. The truck was turned completely around and thrown against the gate tender's shanty, moving it several feet. One wheel on the machine was also broken. The three men who were on the truck escaped injury by jumping as the train approached.

One of the horses belonging to the Cross Coal company died this week as a result of the heat.

Several of the rooms in the Tyer Rubber company's factory had to be closed part of this week on account of the heat.

75 Years Ago July 9, 1937

Not a single accident and not a single arrest was the record set up here in Andover over the holiday weekend. Only one fire alarm was sounded, the department being called out at 11 o'clock Monday night to extinguish a blaze on the roof of a double-tenement house in Ballardvale. A hand chemical was sufficient to put out the fire.

Lindsay Kinnear Jr., of Walnut Avenue was injured when a firecracker exploded near his face while he was at Lake Attitash, Amesbury, on the holiday. Harrison Brown of 104 Chestnut St. was treated at the Lawrence General Hospital early Monday morning for superficial burns on the left hand caused by fireworks.

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