Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 14, 2013

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years AgoMarch 14, 1913

The management of Wonderland with due regard to the proprieties of Holy Week has decided to close its movie theater during the whole of next week. New pictures will be shown tonight and Saturday and the theater will open Easter Monday with a continuous show of the best in the picture line, all licensed films.

Mrs. Charles A. Hill wishes to announce to her friends that she is now prepared to show a complete line of spring millinery at her home on Chestnut Street.

“Tyrian” Tires and Tubes, “Andover Made,” form an important exhibit in the automobile show being held in Mechanics Hall, Boston, this week. The exhibit and demonstration is in the charge of Arthur Hall.

The Bachelor Girls, an organization of local young ladies, will hold a dance in the A.O.U. W. hall Friday evening, April 11. Tickets are 35 cents.

75 Years AgoMarch 11, 1938

James P. Christie became Andover’s new tax collector, Sidney P. White became a new Board of Public Works member, Mrs. Graham Baldwin replaced Miss Mary E.C. Geagan on the School Committee, Mrs. George Musk won the School Committee one-year term, and Herbert Lewis replaced Bernard L. McDonald on the Planning Board Monday in one of the most surprising town elections of recent years.

Forty-eight articles ranging in subject from the regulation of sale of fish by hawkers to the purchase of moth sprayers, will be acted on by the town meeting Monday evening. The meeting will start at seven in the Memorial Auditorium.

Thundering through Main Street at 70 miles per hour in a stolen car with a bullet-spouting police cruiser behind, four South Lawrence juveniles through nothing less than a miracle escaped death and missed killing several pedestrians Wednesday night about 10:30 when the car, completely out of control, wedged in between the Chinese laundry and a telephone pole on Central Street after giving Andover Square as hectic a few minutes as it’s had in years. Six shots were fired by police in the chase, with the efforts resulting in the apprehension of three of the four by midnight. The other was reported heading for New York.

50 Years AgoMarch 14, 1963

The Junior High School was supposed to be blown up Wednesday morning, and students were evacuated for half an hour while police and firefighters checked the building. Sgt. James Lynch described the telephone warning of a bomb, received at police headquarters at 8:12 as coming from a youthful voice. School Superintendent Edward I. Erickson said the department had anticipated receiving such calls, based on the experience in surrounding towns. He said make-up sessions – possibly on Saturday mornings – will be considered if such events persist. He also noted that state law now has established a stiff penalty for anyone telephoning a bomb threat.

In the individual state gymnastics championships held last Saturday at Lexington, Andover High School took six out of the eight gold medal awards. Andover boys took part in the following events: Robert Cargill—state champion in All Around and first in horizontal bar, tumbling and free calisthenics; Roger Hastings, state champion in still rings, second on parallel bars.

Photo caption: Responsible for the activities of the Little League this year is a Board of Directors, which met recently to complete plans for tryouts and the start of the season. Seated are Paul McKinnon, Ted Nowell, Ted Cavellier, Emil Schirner and Jack Broderick; standing are Dick Neal, Bob Hamilton, Joe Tassineri, Ted Boudreau and Dr. Douglas Dunbar.

25 Years AgoMarch 10, 1988

Sen. Patricia McGovern, in conjunction with Andover’s legislative delegation and the Governor’s Alliance Against Drugs, announces a $12,716 grant to the Andover Public Schools for expanded drug- and alcohol-education programs.

The Friends of Shawsheen Neighborhood Association is sponsoring an Andover Selectmen’s Candidates Night on Monday, March 14 at the Lawrence Savings Bank, Shawsheen Square, Andover.

The Planning Board delayed a decision Tuesday night on a zoning bylaw change prompted by a Phillip Academy housing conversion proposal. After listening for about two hours to Phillips Academy officials and neighbors opposed to the project, the board indicated they would wait until their March 22 meeting to vote on the issue.

The Irish sounds of the Clancy Brothers with Robbie O’Connell, will highlight the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts, Shawsheen Road, Andover, on Friday, March 11.