Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 28, 2013

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years Ago—March 28, 1913

Eaton’s poolroom and several local stores were raided on Saturday morning by Chief Mears and agents of the Watch and Ward Society, and nine slot and card machines and so-called gambling devices were seized. Four machines were taken from the poolroom, one from Brennan’s bakeshop in the Musgrove building, three from John Svenson’s on North Main Street, one from McKenzie’s in Abbott Village.

L.D. Pomeroy has announced that he will not accept the appointment of police chief, owing to business responsibilities. No further appointment has been made by the selectmen.

Miss Sarah E. Higgins has moved from High Street to Harry A. Ramsdell’s house, 16 Summer St.

Mrs. M. A. Murphy, dressmaker, will open rooms on Main Street, near Morton street, at an early date.

Miss Marion Dearborn has been confined to her home on Elm Street by an attack of the grip.

75 Years Ago—March 25, 1938

Phillips Academy’s bird sanctuary is to become an arboretum. On Monday work was started on dismantling the bird houses and cages, and the birds were being shipped to game clubs in Attleboro, Hingham and Worcester. The sanctuary has had a ten-year history, with 100 birds having been there when it was first started. At times there have been as many as 2,000 birds there.

An attempted burglary at the office of Dr. William Fleming was thwarted last Sunday afternoon about 3 when Mrs. Sanderson who lives in an apartment near the office, heard the noise of breaking glass. She came out into the hallway, and the thief, apparently one of a group that has been making visits to dentists’ offices after office hours, fled down the stairs and up Chestnut Street.

A truck was badly damaged and a house and lawn were slightly damaged Sunday morning when the truck, stopped while making a milk delivery, rolled down Harding Street hill. It rolled across the concrete front walk of the Seacole residence, ran over a hedge and lawn and crashed into the side of the house.

50 Years Ago—March 28, 1963

The Tyer Rubber Co. warehouse on North Main Street is currently being shown to prospective buyers, but President Wallace Brimer said he has no specific announcement to make regarding its sale.

The Planning Board will authorize a study of the Route 495-Route 28 area, to determine policy on zoning. Mrs. Virginia Hammond, board secretary, said the consultants will prepare an outline of what may be expected, and possible zoning to meet the demands of the area. The work will be done locally, rather than waiting for a planned study by the Central Merrimack Valley Regional Planning District.

A complex legal picture faces the town, as it defends different groups of municipal officials in the suit brought by Arthur Collins and James Wilson involving Florence Street property. Collins and Wilson are asking relief from an Appeals Board decision stating that the Florence Street land is residential. They had received a building permit for construction on the land.

25 Years AgoMarch 24, 1988

Nationwide protests against the Reagan administration’s latest action in Central America didn’t bypass Andover, and last Saturday’s rally may not have been a one-shot deal. The Greater Lawrence Central American Solidarity Association, the group that staged the protest in Andover, intends to continue to argue for an end to military aid to the Contras. “Clearly, we’ll be protesting to affect the upcoming legislation for Contra aid,” Tom Meyers, Doherty Junior High School teacher and CASA member, said.

In a tale of two campaigns, Phillips Academy’s efforts to renovate/convert Draper Hall into apartments seems to be gaining momentum while neighborhood opponents to the plan may have lost a bit of steam this week. If approved at Town Meeting on April 4, the revised bylaw would allow large buildings of 50,000 or more square feet located in residential–A zones to be converted into multi-family dwellings.

Over 15,000 Andover residents are eligible to vote in the townwide election Monday, March 28, at Andover High School’s Dunn Gymnasium. Candidates include Moderator—James D. Doherty (incumbent), John Doyle; Selectmen—James Barenbim, George Danneman Jr., Edward L. Martin, Gail L. Ralston (incumbent), Lawrence S. Spiegel, James Landry; School Committee — Susan Poore (incumbent), Michael Frishman, Andy Salazar.