100 Years Ago
Aug. 16, 1912
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
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.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 16, 1962
State traffic engineers have recommended a drastic change in the “stop” signs at Andover Street and Dascomb Road. And the move, in the view of Police Chief David L. Nicoll, will make the confused traffic situation there even worse.
The Henry C. Sanborn School on Lovejoy Road will be ready for use when school year begins in September. Clerk of the Works Edward P. Hall has assured school department officials that the structure will be virtually complete—possibly the kitchen equipment will be somewhat late, but that appears to be the only problem.
Photo: Seven of the eight people in three cars were injured Tuesday afternoon, as the result of a rear-end collision at High and Haverhill streets. Two of the cars are shown here, as they remained in the street while the ambulance and two cruisers took the injured to the hospital. Police said the accident occurred when one car stopped to allow traffic to cross. All three cars involved were headed west on Haverhill Street.
25 Years Ago
Aug. 13, 1987
Approximately 100 youngsters from Andover playgrounds were at Crane’s Beach last week for an annual sand sculpture contest. The Andover team’s masterpieces placed fourth in its category.
Local commuters who depend on the Merrimack Bus Company should notice improvements in service now that the Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority (MBTA) has stepped in to help out the foundering bus line. In an agreement reached Aug. 4, the MBTA pledged to assist the local transit company, which has received numerous complaints from disgruntled riders about poor service and crowded conditions on its often late-running buses.
State Rep. Susan Tucker has agreed to symbolically adopt the cause of the Refusenik family in the Soviet Union. “We as legislators are in a unique position to help these Refuseniks” she said. “By expressing our concern about their plight we can let the Soviet Union know how important an issue this is to public office holders in the United States.”
The replacement for the deck of the Interstate 495 bridge over Haggetts Pond Road will improve safety and provide a smoother ride for motorists, according to the Department of Public Works. The construction started in July and will finish by November. The contractor for the $1 million project is Kodiak Corp. of Salem N.H.