Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 22, 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. 22, 1912

Frank H. Watson of Walnut Avenue, while traveling towards Boston in his touring car late Sunday, collided with a car, the property of Henry W. Cook of Danvers. The accident occurred in Peabody. No one was seriously hurt.

At a recent meeting of the Punchard Athletic association, Everett Collins was elected captain of the baseball team for the next season.

Many local people attended the Harvard-Dartmouth game in Cambridge last Saturday.

Miss Alice Bell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Bell, is seriously ill at the Salem General Hospital.

Seats for the performance of the “Barnstormers” may be reserved at the Bookstore beginning next Tuesday, Nov. 26.

An interesting meeting is expected this evening when the Andover C.E. Union gathers in Grange Hall, West Andover. For the convenience of those near the center of the town, a barge will leave the post office at 7:10. It is hoped that there will be a large attendance.

75 Years Ago

Nov. 19, 1937

The annual firemen’s entertainment and ball will be held on Wednesday evening in the town hall. At 8 the entertainment program will start, and at 9 general dancing will follow. The entertainment will include: Claude and Marion, singing duo; Anne McCarmack, fancy dancer; Wee Willie Dee Co., magic; Robert sisters, singing and dancing; Whirlwind skaters, roller skating.

The Lawrence Gas and Electric company has asked for permission to analyze the Central School lighting system, and this request has been granted. The School Committee has been considering the possibility of installing a diesel engine to generate light and power in order to effect a saving.

Principal Nathan Hamblin yesterday announced the speakers to take part in the Goldsmith prize speaking on Dec. 17. They are: Seniors -Mary Bailey, William Hannon; Juniors - Ruth Holt, Samuel Simpson, Sophomores - Joanne O’Riordan and William Ferguson.

Street lighting costing the town over $28,000 was one of the subjects discussed last Friday night at the round-table conference of the taxpayers’ association directors and town officials. Walter H. Coleman, chairman of the street lighting committee, was the principal speaker.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 21, 1962

C. Lincoln Giles has entered into a sales agreement with Smart & Flagg Insurance Agency to purchase the Andover Press Building at Main and Chestnut streets. George Haselton, representing the agency, said final papers should be passed within a matter of weeks. Mr. Giles plans to remodel the structure inside and out.

A big Santa Claus parade will be held Dec. 8, under the auspices of the fire department. All local organizations, industries, business firms and merchants are invited to take part in the 1 p.m. event. Floats, bands, and marching units will be specially welcome according to Fire Lt. Raymond LaRosa, who is heading up the committee.

Charles Johnston of Gray Road, a department of public works workman, was injured on Lovejoy Road Monday afternoon. At least two fingers were broken according to the police report and his hand was partly crushed. The report said Mr. Johnston was working on the tailgate of a truck when the mishap occurred.

Children can spend several delightful hours at the Christ Church Fair, Saturday Dec. 1. As well as doing their Christmas shopping along with mother, there are special activities planned to interest and amuse them at the Parish House on Central Street.

25 Years Ago

Nov. 19, 1987

The town may set up a contingency account to cover “unforeseen emergency expenditures that pop up after the annual budget is finalized.” At a joint meeting of the town’s Finance Committee and representatives of the School Committee, Board of Selectmen, and Planning Board, local officials began preliminary sketches for what the municipal fiscal year 1988 budget should entail.

The Andover public schools’ special education programs fail to adequately instruct special needs children, some parents believe. “There are lots of changes that can be made to improve special education in Andover,” stated Patricia Pakos, head of the Special Education Parents Action Committee and a member of Chapter 766 study committee.

Real estate property sales rose five percent during the third quarter over a year ago, according to data compiled through realtor-affiliated Multiple Listings Services in Massachusetts. There were 13,843 properties sold for the period in 1987 compared to 13,197 in 1986.

The average price of property sold in Massachusetts was up 13 percent over last year.