100 Years Ago July 5, 1912
The contract for supplying the town schools with coal has been awarded to the Cross Coal company.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Philbrick fell from a horse on Monday morning, breaking his left arm and elbow.
The Andover Press team will play the Smith & Dove office team tomorrow afternoon at three o'clock on the old P.A. campus.
Mrs. Frank E. Gleason of High Street entertained several children in her immediate neighborhood at a lawn party held at her home on Wednesday evening.
The fire department was called on Wednesday afternoon to the Justin Clark place in Frye Village, where a barn was on fire. The trouble was quickly overcome, the damage being about $25.
75 Years Ago July 2, 1912
Sunday midnight will start the Ballardvale Fourth of July celebration when the huge bonfire that is being built will be ignited on the John Pike land just off Andover Street. The fire is being built of mostly railroad ties that are being hauled from the B & M siding. Lester Abbott, with Ralph Greenwood as assistant, is in charge.
The entire local W.P.A. recreational project was suspended on Tuesday by orders from the district W.P.A. office. Eight workers, male and female, lost their jobs as a result of the order.
A River Road farmer, unable to secure a hunting license because he could not read and write sufficiently to become a citizen, was adjudged guilty of being an alien in possession of a firearm in District Court on Tuesday morning. The man was allegedly discovered coming out of the woods with a shotgun by Harold L. Crosby, who testified that the farmer said he was hunting woodchucks which had been ruining his crops.
50 Years Ago July 5, 1962
The Board of Trade, at its annual meeting June 28, elected Raymond B. DeRuisseau, business and advertising manager of the Townsman, as president. He had been serving the organization as its vice president. Other officers elected include Robert Phinney, vice president; Miss Mary Angus, secretary; Austin Anderson, treasurer; outgoing president Kenneth P. Thompson, Robert Chase, and Edgar C. Haselton, Board of Directors.
"Nothing new" is still the response this week to inquiries about Rogers Brook, and the likelihood of some state action in the immediate future.
Deficiencies in plans for the first four apartment units in the Shawsheen Plaza were noted by the Planning Board, during a Board of Appeals hearing a week ago. William F. D'Analfo, whose firm plans eventually to build nine apartments on the former Golden Farm, agreed to study the plans in light of the Planning Board findings.
The School Committee is going along with a plan to develop about seven acres of the 18-acre recreation site at the High School, instead of sub-grading the entire area. On advice of the architects, the committee voted to call for bids on the smaller job, which will include a baseball field, football practice field and a girls' hockey field.
25 Years Ago July 2, 1987
The School Committee Tuesday night authorized the consolidation of the school department's central administration. Acting on a recommendation from Kenneth Seifert, superintendent of schools, the committee voted to pare the number of administrators from four to three as part of a departmental reorganization that will save the school system $54,719 in salary for Fiscal 1988.
The Musgrove Building, a centerpiece of downtown Andover, has been purchased by developers Eagle Investment Group for $2,925,000 in what Eagle Group President William F. Harkins said will be he first of the company's dealings in town.
For the first time in seven years, Andover's Fourth of July celebration will conclude with an explosion of color across the skies, as a dazzling array of fireworks are launched from the High School football field at dusk Saturday. The traditional Independence Day event was brought back to town this year thanks to an $8,000 appropriation from Town Meeting and more than $3,000 in private donations by members of the community.