Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 29, 2012

All Those Years Ago: Andover news items from this week in town history

100 Years Ago

Nov. 29, 1962

J. Hughes, overseer of the Spinning department of the Smith & Dove Company, has moved his family from South Lawrence to Red Spring Road.

The meeting of former Good Templars held in the Village Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 26, was a great success. It was agreed to form a temperance society to be known as the Abbott Village Temperance Society. The society will meet in the Village Hall every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Wonderland management presented a special show for Thanksgiving Day which was attended by full houses.

The Helping Hand Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at the Free Church next Tuesday afternoon at 2:30.

Work has begun on the cellar for the new house to be erected by D. Costello of North Andover on his recently purchased lot of land on Wolcott Avenue.

George Dunnells is occupying the Lawson house at the corner of Elm and Pine streets.

75 Years Ago

Nov. 26, 1937

John Joseph Dole of River Street, Ballardvale, was almost instantly killed last Friday evening when the huge trailer truck that he was driving was struck by a Boston-Andover express at an unprotected crossing at Lowell Junction. The accident caused the local Board of Selectmen to take immediate action against the railroad, which had promised on Sept. 23 to place a warning gong at the crossing.

There are 920 unemployed, partly employed, and W.P.A. or C.C.C workers in Andover, the recently-conducted census here shows. In Andover, exclusive of Ballardvale where a separate census was taken because it is a separate postal district, there were 805 cards returned. Of these, 466 were unemployed, 293 partly employed, seven C.C.C. workers and 39 W.P.A. workers.

After the ball was over, the fire department had a busy night. At 12:20 they were called out by box four to take a horse out of the cellar at a barn belonging to R.N.C. Barnes on Sunset Rock Road. The horse had fallen through a scuttle. For six hours the department worked, finding it necessary to knock off a cement head before the horse could be taken out.

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