Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman
---- — 100 Years Ago
Oct. 11, 1912
@text1:Mr. and Mrs. F.D. Somers have closed their summer home on Salem Street and gone to Boston for the winter.
The finance committee of the Women’s Relief Corps held a meeting at Mrs. Frank Holt’s this week. Ice cream and cake were served.
The nine-acre grove on the Shawsheen River near Ballardvale, owned by Alfred Lundgren, has been sold to Mr. Peavey of Lawrence.
Remember the Rebekah dance in Workman hall next Wednesday evening. Good music, a good crowd, and a good time for all who attend. Tickets, 25 cents.
Miss Elizabeth Bartlett of Central Street observed her 17th birthday last Saturday by entertaining several of her girl friends at a “baby party.”
75 Years Ago
Oct. 8, 1937
@text1:A real old-fashioned Harvest Supper featuring corned beef, harvest vegetables, rolls, relish, coffee and pie will be held by the Philathea Class at the Baptist Church vestry tomorrow evening from 5 to 7.
A request from the local School Committee for an interpretation of the new private school transportation law has been referred by the attorney general’s office to the Department of Education, it was stated at the latter office last night.
Three local school teachers were give $100 increases on Tuesday night at the School Committee in accordance with the usual practice of giving increases to teachers completing 90 hours of professional study.
Elizabeth Kurth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William W. Kurth of North Main Street broke a bone in her arm just above the wrist a few days ago while in the school line coming from the Shawsheen School.
50 Years Ago
Oct. 11, 1962
@text1:Thousands of dollars worth of property was damaged during the vicious storm Friday and Saturday, according to town officials. Perhaps the most damage was done in cellars through-out the town, as storm water ran freely into normally dry basements. Chestnut Street was shut off at Bartlet, because of Roger’s Brook; River Street in Ballardvale was closed due to flooding of the Shawsheen River, as was the Woburn Street approach.
This time it didn’t go off. A truck loaded with 500 pounds of dynamite and an automobile collided on Dascomb Road last Friday morning; both vehicles had to be towed away. The operator of the car was treated at Bon Secours Hospital. But the big news was—it didn’t explode.
Photo caption: Nothing but an aerial photo could do justice to the 25-car accident on Interstate 93 Oct. 4. This photo shows but a few of the vehicles involved in the “junk-yard” affair. Thousands of dollars of damages resulted, but only six people were hospitalized. The accident occurred just short of the Route 125 access, near the Wilmington-Tewksbury line. Drivers said a sudden fog bank just swallowed up cars, which crashed into the growing pile-up as they entered the area.
25 Years Ago
Oct. 8, 1987
@text1:Despite reports to the contrary circulating through Andover, the state has not approved funding for the Abbot Pond comprehensive permit that would bring 45 mixed-income housing units to the corner of Argilla Road and Andover Street.
Memorial Hall Library’s arts committee commissioned Merrimack College Professor David Raymond to create a sculpture for the back of the building. The simple, but huge, shapes he made out of galvanized steel were installed Friday.
A dispute over parking requirements has jeopardized the proposed renovation of the Andover Lanes bowling alley on Park Street, which local developers plan to transform into retail space.
The 1987-88 school year has brought a new attendance policy to Andover High School that has produced mixed emotions among students. This new policy was devised to reduce the more than 30,000 absentees, dismissals and tardies that occurred last year.