100 Years Ago
Aug. 9, 1912
While driving on Andover Hill on Monday evening about 7:30 o’clock, Miss Bessie J. Sellars lost control of her horse which had become frightened. The animal bolted down School Atreet to Central where Miss Sellars was thrown out. The horse was badly cut and the carriage considerably damaged. The team was taken to the Park Street stables, and Miss Sellars was removed to her home, fortunately uninjured with the exception of a few bruises.
The Playdon flower store in the Arco building will be closed until Sept. 1, and extensive repairs will be made in the meantime.
Work has been started on John V. Holt’s house on Bartlet Street. L.N. Holden of Lawrence is the contractor for woodwork, and Collins & Grosvenor are doing the grading.
Andover Grange is planning for a field day to be held Aug. 29. Arrangements are being made for the party to visit Gregory’s Seed Farm and various other points of interest.
75 Years Ago
Aug. 6, 1937
Two trucks were badly damaged Thursday afternoon on Chandler Road, when a Jack and Jill ice cream automobile owned by the Simco Trading Company Inc., of Blue Hill Avenue, Boston and a Rolly Transportation truck, of Springfield, came together in a head on collision. The ambulance was sent to the scene and removed the injured men, and the trucks were towed to a local garage. Bushes near the roadway hid the view of both drivers as they neared a corner.
Box 4 was sounded at 6:45 this morning and immediately afterwards Box 52, which called the firemen to the home of Frank Morin on North Street, where a horse had fallen through a scuttle hole in the barn. The animal was rescued after some difficulty, but was not injured.
Fred Sharpe and the Lawrence Metal Ceiling Company have been awarded contracts for painting the exterior of the Ballardvale engine house and for installing a steel ceiling therein. Mr. Sharpe was low bidder on the painting job with $215 for two coats. Only one bid was received on the metal ceiling job, $57.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 9, 1962
Based on assurances from State Rep. Arthur Williams, the selectmen have agreed to advance $1,500 in engineering funds for further work on Rogers Brook.
Concerned town officials are seeking ways to get some of the work done on recreational facilities at the high school, in the face of bids that exceed the appropriations.
At least one of three garbage collection bids is lower that the town’s appropriation. Consideration of the three bids was a major topic at last night’s Board of Health meeting, according to Town Manager Thomas E. Duff.
Lovejoy Road—a vehicular and pedestrian nightmare—will stay in its present condition long after the new Sanborn School opens in September.
Young ladies attending Camp Merrymeeting, the Girl Scout Day Camp at Pomps Pond cooked out over “buddy burners” Monday noon. The burners are actually No. 10 cans, under which a paraffin-soaked corrugated cardboard is set afire. The girls cooked bacon and pancakes for lunch, later had watermelon for dessert.
25 Years Ago
Aug. 6, 1987
Sludge. It’s the organic by-product left over from treatment of raw sewage. And 115 tons of it could be dumped in Andover’s backyard every day if a 50-acre site just across the Wilmington line is chosen for the state’s new sludge treatment plant.
A meeting between the Andover Housing Partnership Committee, the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Kenneth Mahony, Physical Planner Stephen Colyer and two state affordable housing officials will be coordinated in order to establish procedural guidelines for the AHPC.
All business and residential customers throughout the 617 area code region will receive information in their phone bills about Massachusetts new area code 508. New England will introduce the new area code July 16, 1988, and Andover is expected to be part of this area.
The town will sponsor a series of programs this fall as part of a national AIDS Awareness Week. Everett Penney, director of the Andover Health Department , said the “purpose is to stimulate interest in AIDS public health education in Andover.”