Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman
---- — 100 Years Ago — Nov. 15, 1912
The fire department was summoned about four o’clock this morning to the residence of R.N.C. Barnes on Sunset Rock Road, where a fire was in progress inside the house near one of the fireplaces. Part of the casing in the room and a bookcase as well were burned to considerable extent.
Barnstormers who want to see the first plays must pay their dues at once as the time before the play is short. Anyone who joined the association last year, and has not received a bill this year is asked to please send her name to Miss Agnes Park as soon as possible.
Miss Dorothy Kaye of Frye Village is recovering from an illness that has confined her to her home on Haverhill Street for nearly a month, and she will soon resume her duties at the Shawsheen Mill office.
J. Tyler Kimball cashier of the Andover National Bank, underwent an operation for appendicitis at his home on School Street last night. He is now resting comfortably.
75 Years Ago — Nov. 12, 1937
Armistice Day exercises were held at 11 yesterday morning at the Legion lot at Spring Grove Cemetery, with the Legion and British War veterans taking part.
All the town officials have been invited to a round-table meeting tonight by the directors of the Andover Taxpayers Association, in the lower town hall starting at eight. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a proposal for long-time planning of extraordinary expenditures.
Punchard High will travel to Methuen tomorrow a heavy favorite to win the annual contest, unless an epidemic of colds continues to leave the local ranks depleted.
Wood Hill Road in West Andover is a combination gravel and mud road little known save for its very few inhabitants and the many young couples who have forsaken the front-room sofa. You can park your car diagonally across the street for hours without having to move it to let traffic go by, for there is no traffic to speak of. Wood Hill is mostly wood, partly hill and not much road. Three weeks ago tonight the Andover Fire Department became acquainted with the road when the stove of Francois Victor Henuset flared up and leveled his humble little abode. Save for some poultry, three quarters and a half dollar was all that he had left, and even those coins were melted beyond recognition. Town welfare agent Arthur Cole sent the coins to Washington through the bank and in place of the fused metal the government returned $1.25 in red-tapeless speed. And almost as fast as the federal government renewed the money, a number of persons and agencies in Andover started to renew the very discouraged life of a 62-year-old man left destitute and homeless by a faulty stove.
50 Years Ago — Nov. 15, 1962
Nearly the entire membership of South Church has become involved in the anticipated arrival this weekend of a Cuban family—refugees from their own country. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Trujillo, their two small children, and their nephew, will find many warm friends when they reach Andover. An apartment, at 75½ School Street, has been tastefully furnished by church members and is ready for the family to move right in.
The selectmen have unanimously authorized Town Manager Thomas E. Duff to apply for federal funds under an accelerated public works program. One major project will be involved: $1,701,000 for sewers and improvements at the Riverina Road pumping station. If government officials approve the entire project, it would mean receipt of half this amount, or $845,500.
Gravel pits took up most of the selectmen’s meeting Tuesday night. And even the time spent on hearings was subject to debate. Former Selectman Sidney P. White criticized the board for all the “wasted” time spent on gravel pits, and charged that ill feelings among residents can be caused by too frequent hearings and repetition of complaints.
25 Years Ago — Nov. 12, 1987
Substance abuse is as a continuing problem in the town of Andover, with residential apathy and poor parental guidance two contributing factors, according to some. “There is a perceived moral vacuum in Andover,” said Jim Byrne of Advocates for Human Potential, who recently completed a study of “Substance Abuse and Other Social Issues” in town.
After several years of construction—three to be exact—the latest addition to Memorial Hall Library will be opening next week. Staff and patrons alike have suffered through cramped conditions, lack of shelf space and limited services for some time.
The Mother Connection is sponsoring an open house and book fair Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church, 360 South Main St. The group, which provides workshops and resources for parents and children, recently moved its headquarters to the church.