Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 11, 2013

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years AgoApril 11, 1913

Another change of hands in the Main Street store occurred this week when Mike Francis sold his shoe store to William A. Allen. The new owner is planning to open a music store, where he will maintain his agency for the Victrola machine. Mr. Francis expects to vacate in a week’s time.

Burkes’ tailor shop in the Carter block was broken into on Wednesday night, the parties effecting an entrance through one of the rear windows, apparently using a tool similar to the one employed in the other recent robberies.

J.H. Playdon has returned from a five days’ trip to New York where he attended the big Florists’ Show.

An interesting contest is expected at the Barnard prize speaking to be held in Punchard Hall this evening. The exercises will begin at 7:45 o’clock.

75 Years Ago April 8, 1938

The selectmen on Monday evening made their annual appointments, with changes being few. Edward Lefebvre was named to the Pomps Pond committee to take the place of the late chairman William Crowley. A number of special officers were dropped from the list.

A meeting on the trucking situation will be held in the town hall next Tuesday evening, the Board of Selectmen having invited 21 trucking concerns to send representatives. It is hoped that co-operation will be given by the concern in an endeavor to minimize the traffic problem through the center of the town, especially during the race-track season at Rockingham.

The selectmen Monday evening voted to call a Special Town Meeting to be held the evening of April 20, at 7:30, in the Memorial Auditorium to reconsider the Elm Street reconstruction project and the sidewalk job, involving town appropriations of $4,500 and $1,700 respectively.

50 Years Ago April 11, 1963

The selectmen have placed themselves in a “general employee” category—thus compelling members of the Board to abstain from doing any business with the town or representing anyone before town boards. While dealing severely with themselves, three members of the board present at Monday night’s meeting wanted it understood that all personnel classifications under the conflict of interest law are for the protection of the individuals, and in no way reflect on the board’s opinion of their honesty, capabilities or desire to serve the community.

Local Raytheon officials vigorously denied rumors this week that the plant will eventually be closed. Vartkes Sohigian, speaking for the firm, stressed the absence of any plan leading to an end to Raytheon operations in Andover. His statement followed not long after a published denial by company officials, in response to queries by Congressman F. Bradford Morse.

Patients of Dr. Robert D. Ramsdell of North Main Street will be interested in hearing that his office nurse Mrs. David Robichaud is leaving at the end of April. She will be replaced by Mrs. John Daigle of Lawrence. Confusing as it will be, Mrs. Daigle’s first name is “Polly” too. Mrs. Robichaud is the former Pauline Mower of Andover.

25 Years Ago April 7, 1988

Andover citizens approved the requested $49.5 million annual budget at the Town Meeting Monday night. This is a 14-percent increase over last year’s operating expenses. Several warrants, which required funds, were also approved by the town. This amounted to approximately 1 million additional dollars, according to Anthony Torrisi, finance and budget director. The total town budget for next year is approximately $50.5 million.

The school budget department received the largest portion of the town budget, $20,386,389. The School Committee pledged to take care of neglected needs such as equipment and textbooks, with the large increase in this year’s budget.

Channel 5’s Susan Wornick will address the Greater Lawrence Chapter of Hadassah at the Andover Marriott on Tuesday evening, April 26. Wornick is an award-winning news reporter for WCVB-TV in Boston.