Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 17, 2010

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelliget

100 Years Ago — Dec. 16, 1910

The meeting of the November Club held last Monday afternoon was given up to a very interesting address by Mrs. Glendower Evans, on "The Socialist Movement in the United States." Mrs. Evans is a very agreeable and fluent speaker and was listened to with great interest. Following the address, tea was served.

Many Andover people during the past few years have taken advantage of the fine courses of lectures which have been given from time to time by the trustees of the White Fund in Lawrence. The fact that another series will be given this winter will, therefore, be welcome. The lectures will be given in the city hall, free of charge, and will commence at quarter before eight.

Among the Andover people in attendance at the opening of the American Woolen Company's new building in New York were President William M. Wood, Walter M. Lamont, George Simpson and David R. Lawson.

75 Years Ago — Dec. 13, 1935

The Special Town Meeting last Tuesday was poorly attended, and was in a giving mood. Everything in the warrant was approved, including $35,000 more for the PWA school project.

Ballardvale's 900 residents are divided on their desires about mail delivery, it was learned this week. A large number want free delivery service the same as the rest of Andover receives, while another group is reluctant to give up the village post office. If Ballardvale becomes part of the Andover postal district, the price of first class postage from Ballardvale to elsewhere in the town would go down to two cents from its present three-cent rate.

Sergei Rachmaninoff, famous Russian composer-pianist, who will be heard here on Tuesday evening, at George Washington Hall, Phillips Academy, is regarded as one of the foremost musicians that Russia has yet produced.

The traffic beacon in Shawsheen Village was demolished early Saturday morning by a car that was reported stolen fifteen minutes after the accident. The driver, however, was eventually charged by police with drunkenness, driving under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident without making known his identity.

50 Years Ago - Dec. 15, 1960

A special program of Christmas music has been scheduled through Dec. 22 in front of the Christmas tree at the town hall. The Board of Trade arranged the programs of appropriate music. Tonight, at 7:30, the Andover Male Choir will sing; J. Everett Collins is director.

Weary highway crews were still fighting snow Wednesday - this time in an effort to get the main streets unplugged. In the wake of the worst December blizzard since 1909, every available truck was pressed into service Wednesday morning to haul snow away from the main shopping area. (The blizzard was Monday, Dec. 12.)

Three skating rinks have been prepared for public use, at the Central Playground, Ballardvale and on Cuba street.

The Selectmen delayed breaking a long-established precedent Tuesday night, but apparently only for two weeks. Before the board was an application for one electric utility pole on Stirling street—the heart of the underground service area. Although all residents of the street had been notified, Town Clerk Irving Piper said he had received no objections to the pole, which could be put up some 150 feet in on Stirling street from Haverhill. sThe desire of a resident for expanded service was cited as the reason for the request, and the Electric Company states that the underground system won't provide it.