Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 29, 2012

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

Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman

---- — 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.

50 Years Ago: Nov. 29, 1962

Will Urban Renewal go down to defeat in March? There’s every reason to think so at this date four months from Town Meeting. And if it does, the biggest single reason will be its own complexity. Certainly there are other factors — many opponents have personal reasons for fighting it, others are philosophically against federal entanglement, some just don’t want to spend the money. But all-in-all, the most important factor will be a lack of understanding.

Town Manager Thomas E. Duff has the direct responsibility, the Land Acquisition Committee, for acquiring West Andover land and a fire station. The selectmen designated the manager to carry on negotiations for land at the intersection of High Plain and Greenwood roads.

The Sherwin Williams paint store on Main Street has its permission for a 5 by 7 sign.

Members of the Andover Junior Garden Club and their invited guests will attend a special Christmas program, a play entitled “Joy and Jimmy’s Christmas Tree,” at the regular monthly meeting, Saturday Dec. 1.

25 Years Ago

Nov. 25, 1987

If nothing else, the white-hot glare of publicity generated by a teen drug and alcohol abuse study that criticized Andover community apathy has created dialogue on the subject. Andover Town Hall has received at least 20 to 30 calls from citizens reacting to several articles published in area newspapers recently. Some have been angry—Community Services Director Joan Pearson eventually instructed department employees to relay upset callers to her—others have supported the report’s conclusions.

A citizens’ group organized to opposed the Andover/Lawrence Collaborative School Project should keep an open mind concerning the proposed K-8 school, according to the project’s director. Dennis Richard said he has met with representative of Citizens for Neighborhood Schools, a newly-formed coalition of Andover parents headed by John Dziadul of 11 Acropolis Circle.

Photo caption: Mary Jane Bausemer of Andover counts her winnings from the ATM Spree at the River Road office of Andover Bank. Nicole Wilson, Andover Bank service representative, assists. Bausemer won the spree at the opening of the bank’s River Road office.