100 Years Ago
Aug. 2, 1912
Salisbury Beach still continues to be the popular summer resort for the people from this vicinity and quite a number of Ballardvale people are spending vacations there.
Frank E. Wright, the well-known expressman, has purchased the Chas. L. Curtis house on Bartlet Street, through the real estate firm Rogers & Angus. Alterations and improvements will be made in the house this summer and Mr. Wright expects to occupy his new home in the early fall.
William Simpson, a carpenter employed at Stevens Mill in Marland Village, was severely injured on Monday afternoon when four fingers of his left hand were cut off by a rapidly moving circular saw. Simpson was sawing a short board and the saw had almost passed through when it struck a knot, causing the board to jump backward. His hand was pulled onto the saw, his fingers being cut off instantly.
75 Years Ago
July 30, 1937
The rain of Monday night put a check on the brush fire that has been breaking out periodically in the woods off Chandler Road in West Andover, but a good soaking wet-down is needed as everything in this vicinity is very dry.
The annual joint playground picnic will be held on Monday at Canobie Lake Park. Buses will leave the three playgrounds at about ten o’clock and will leave the lake for the return trip at 3:30. Tickets are on sale at all the playgrounds at 25 cents for the round trip and they must be secured by closing time tonight.
A large number of trays used to contain jewelry were found empty on River Road last Friday afternoon and were said to belong to the Nicholson Jewelry company of 583 Broadway, Lawrence, which was entered by thieves on Friday morning, and articles of jewelry to the value of $300 stolen.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 2, 1962
The state Department of Public Works will prosecute vandals or thieves caught on state-owned property along Route 495. Resident Kay Krekorian emphasized this week that unauthorized persons may not remove items from houses now belonging to the state.
“Programmed instruction” or “Teaching Machines,” whichever name you use, summer school officials are enthusiastic over the potential offered by these newest developments in teaching aids. For the first time locally, the “programmed instruction” kits are being used in two summer school algebra classes, covering ninth grade review.
There’s little to disagree about, between the Planning Board’s report on urban renewal and surrounding areas, and the plan offered by the Urban Renewal authority. That’s the view of Director Ernest N. Hall, who believes that the location of a town hall is the only basic difference between the two plans.
25 Years Ago July 30, 1987
The proposed K-8 collaborative school will result in “an interaction of culture and lifestyle” for residents of Andover and Lawrence, said Dennis Richards, project director for the Andover/Lawrence Collaborative School. “There is no question these two communities mesh well,” Richards stated. “People who work in Lawrence often live in Andover, people who live in Lawrence work in Andover. The people know each other.”
Bill Batchelder’s Andover National All-Stars won the District 14 championship for the second straight year. Andover National defeated Tewksbury National 3-0 behind the brilliant shutout pitching of Justin Hesenius, who struck out 11 and gave up three singles.
Andover’s Memorial Hall Library is moving quickly. The addition to the library is more than 90 percent finished, according to community librarian Dorothy Sherrerd.
The selectmen have re-appointed the Parking Committee, and have asked the group to examine the downtown parking space shortage. The committee was created for another year at Monday’s meeting after Central Street residents complained business and commuter parking was spilling into their neighborhood.