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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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