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August 16, 2012

All Those Years Ago

100 Years Ago

Aug. 16, 1912

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Warren F. Johnson and family have moved from Morton Street to their recently purchased home on the former Berry estate on Salem Street.

Miss Maria Fairweather and a party of girls are in camp at Haggett’s Pond. Among the members of the party are Margaret Hinchcliffe, Hilda Temple, Emma Holt, Wanda Dean and Lillian Holt.

A regular meeting of Indian Ridge Rebekah Lodge will be held next Monday evening. It has been voted by the lodge to omit the Labor Day meeting.

Miss Blanche Cross of Brennan’s bakeshop is enjoying her vacation at Salisbury Beach.

John A. Collins of Avon Street is enjoying his annual vacation.

Mrs. Edward Leech and two daughters are to occupy Miss Fanny J. Brown’s house on Morton Street this winter.

Thirty local men enjoyed a fishing trip off Salem on Thursday. They succeeded in catching about 400 pounds of fish.

75 Years Ago

Aug. 13, 1937

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Despite better than a 50 percent reduction in its tax bill, the American Woolen Company still remains Andover’s highest taxpayer, figures compiled this week reveal. Paying $67,027.92 last year, the company this year has a bill of only $30,003.94, the reduction in large part being due to the elimination by the legislature of the machinery tax.

The annual central playground amateur night will be held this evening, with Malachi Lynch serving as Major Bowes. A large crowd is expected for this novel event. Popular applause determines the winners.

A considerable quantity of finished laundry and some woodwork was damaged Tuesday evening when fire broke out in the Andover Steam Laundry delivery room. The cause is believed to be spontaneous combustion in the finished goods.

John P.S. Doherty and Joseph B. Doherty of Harding Street were aboard the liner Duchess of Atholl which struck and sunk the Danish freighter Maine southeast of Boston Wednesday evening. No one was injured on the liner. The local passengers were enjoying a cruise which was to have included Montreal, Quebec, and the Gaspe Peninsula.

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