Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 24, 2013

All Those Years Ago: Stories from Townsmans from previous years

100 Years Ago Jan. 24, 1913

The new Colonial Theatre on Essex street opened on Wednesday evening for its initial performance. There was a large audience present.

Edward Bailey, the 17-year-old son of Nathan Bailey of River Road, West Andover, met with a terrifying but fortunately not serious accident, on Sunday evening about 8 o‘clock. The boy, together with some guests who had been visiting at the Bailey home, had driven to the Beacon Street car line; he had put his friends onto the car, and was proceeding towards home, when a man, whom young Bailey described as quite tall and wearing a gray sweater and cap, sprang out of the bushes and, grabbing the fur robe in the boy’s wagon, tried to make off with it. Considerably alarmed but still courageous, the boy held onto the robe and commenced to call for help. After two or three futile attempts, the man became enraged, pulled the boy from the team, and plunged a large knife into his body. The keen, razor-like edge cut through the boy’s overcoat and other clothing, but did not pierce the skin. After dealing a final blow over the head with the handle of the knife, the man gave up his brutal attack and disappeared in the direction of Toye’s icehouses.

75 Years Ago Jan. 21, 1938

Political activity let down somewhat this week, but enough additional candidates took out papers to bring the total number of names on the ballot to well over 45.

The town employees’ old age pension law, adopted by the town at the last state election, will cost taxpayer nearly a dollar on the tax rate this year, the selectmen stated last night. Over $12,000 will have to be appropriated for this purpose, and this expenditure will continue for several years, gradually tapering off.

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    Courtesy photo Megan McCann, left, and Melanie Scharn, right, have launched a fundraising campaign to assist Tammy Jusczak, center, a longtime toddler teacher at Bright Horizons in Andover who is battling cancer.

    A bright spot: Co-workers, parents support day-care teacher with cancer Posted 1 day ago 1 Photo

    Frances Y.J. Wheeler/Courtesy photo Andover Garden Club welcomes new members, from left, Donna Rudolph, Chris McDermott, Paula Eriksen, Erin Ryan, Debbie Freedman, Anne Collins, Barbara Reichter, Isabel Seely, Caroline Grady and Heather Moody Holman as club president Anne Feeney, left rear, looks on. Fellow new member Linda Shottes Bouchard is missing from the photo.

    Growth spurt for Andover Garden Club Posted 1 day ago 1 Photo

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES/Courtesy photo Dr. Howard Koh will step down as U.S. assistant secretary for health after five years to rejoin Harvard School of Public Health this fall in a new position in its Department of Health Policy and Management.

    Koh to rejoin Harvard School of Public Health Posted 15 days ago 1 Photo
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    Courtesy photo Hannah Currie is spending 10 days this summer becoming immersed in the music industry at GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles.

    Currie hits note at LA's GRAMMY Camp Posted 15 days ago 1 Photo
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    Local foursome aces Boys & Girls Club tourney Posted 22 days ago 2 Photos

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    DESI SMITH/Staff photo Former Andover residents Dana Cohen and his wife, Ginny, back, left, have regularly hosted foreign exchange students since 1989. Farrah Moussa, back right, from Egypt, and Paula Valverde, front right, from Spain, are the latest students to spend a year with the Cohens, who now live in Gloucester.

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    In good comedy company Posted 29 days ago 2 Photos

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