Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 4, 2013

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years Ago April 4, 1913

Buchan & Francis’ men were kept busy nearly all day Wednesday packing clothing for the Dayton flood sufferers. Seven large packing cases full of all kinds of wearing apparel, donated by the boys of Phillips Academy were gotten off by express to the stricken city. The boys handled this matter with the fine spirit that is the chief characteristic of the school.

On next Monday evening, April 7, the fifth annual ball of the Andover Club will be held in the town hall. Complete arrangements for the event have been made by the committee in charge and from present indications it looks as though this would eclipse any that has been held by the club in past years.

James Saunders completed his duties as janitor of the town house on Monday night, March 31. It marked the close of 11 years’ of service during which time his care and attention to the matters coming within his jurisdiction have been appreciated by all who have had dealings with him. The new janitor, George W. Mears, assumed his duties on Tuesday morning.

75 Years Ago April 1, 1938

Andover’s welfare expenditures are again mounting and this week they reached what officials believe to be an all-time peak. They were amounting to about $3,300 monthly in January, but the start of the unemployment compensation checks brought temporary relief.

Red tags have been very much in vogue on Main Street the last week, with the local police department waging an intensive drive on angular parking. The red tags are merely warnings, with the stubs filed at the police station to be used in the event of a second offence.

A bakery sale is to be held in the vacant store of the Musgrove Building tomorrow morning by the Sacred Heart sodality, for the benefit of St. Augustine’s school.

Something unusual in church events, a “Sample Bazaar,” will take place here tomorrow when the Women’s Union of the Baptist Church will sell bags full of samples at a bazaar to be held from 3 to 7 in the vestry. From 5 to 7 a baked bean supper will be served. The Union has secured hundreds of samples from nationally known concerns. These will be placed in shopping bags and sold for a very moderate price. Local merchants are also cooperating.

50 Years Ago April 4, 1963

Junior High Principal William E. Hart was placed on tenure by the School Committee Tuesday night, in recognition of “outstanding performance.” His election came a year earlier than would normally be the case.

Many people look upon pigeons as a nuisance but to others, raising pigeons is a fascinating hobby. Craig Easton, 36 Walnut Ave., is an expert in this field. So many pigeon fanciers come to see his prize specimens, it is not uncommon to see license plates on cars from all parts of the country parked outside his home. [Note: a photo caption with the story read as follows.] Craig Easton of Walnut Avenue sits in his backyard and holds one of his prize pigeons, a winner in events from 100 to 600 miles. She flew the 600-mile course in just over 13 hours, for a speed of about 45 mph.

The captains for next year’s athletic teams at Andover High School have been announced recently by the various coaches. James Brent and Edward Seero will be the football co-captains for the coming year. Leonard Sheehan and Edward Parker will head the cross country teams. The gymnastics team will have Dennis Lyons and Sebastian Cataudella as co-captains. Hugh Emerson will be the captain of the basketball team.

Photo caption: Queen’s Court—Queen Wendy Williams is surrounded by the All-Sports Queens court, during the recent Varsity Club dance at the High School. The girls are Mary Passanisi, Mary Jane Anderson, Miss Williams, Judith Sullivan and Catherine Wojtkun.

25 Years Ago March 31, 1988

Fresh from a victory in the only contested election he has faced in his 10-plus years as town moderator, James Doherty’s message is clear—don’t expect him to run the annual Town Meeting any differently.

Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman talks to Andover High students about his experience as a musician. Stoltzman was in town Tuesday, March 22 to perform at the Collins Center for the performing arts.

The cost of mailing a first class letter will rise to 25 cents on Sunday, April 3, but Middlesex –Essex MSC Manager Nancy L. George urges customers not to wait until the last minute to make their new stamp purchases.

Kathryn L. Mulvey, daughter of Donald and Nancy Mulvey, 104 High Plain Road, has been inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece, the oldest and highest honorary society of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Almost 200 West Junior High School students will be heading to the Chamber Repertory Theatre’s nationally acclaimed production of Encore!! next month. The students will be in Boston’s Colonial Theatre Wednesday April 6.