Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 20, 2012

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelligett
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years Ago

Sept. 20, 1912


A new teacher, Miss Grace Pennock, has been secured for the North school and has assumed her duties. She is being assisted by Miss Helen K. Hardy of West Andover.

Harry Dalton, the eldest son of Mrs. M.E. Dalton of the Metropolitan broke his wrist on Thursday afternoon while playing football with the Christ Church team. The accident happened in front of the parish house.

The work of remodeling and repairing the Metropolitan has been completed and the store is now up to date in every respect. A telephone has been installed and facilities increased for the serving of ice cream, sodas, cake, etc.

William Anderson of High Street has left the employ of the United States Worsted Co. in Lawrence and accepted a position with Bride & Grimes, on Essex Street.

The Courteous Circle of King’s Daughters met at the South Church last Tuesday evening with a large attendance. After a business session, the various members present related their experiences of the summer, and refreshments were served.

75 Years Ago

Sept. 17, 1937


David L. Nicoll and William J. Stewart, first and fourth respectively in the civil service eligible list, were appointed regular police officers at a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday morning.

Edward D. Sirois, Republican and Lawrence Connery, Democratic, winners of the Congressional nominations in the seventh congressional district, also led the field here by comfortable margins Tuesday.

Still kings of the diamond after 25 years, the old Andover Royals, now all in the 40s, gave a demonstration of their old-time power in defeating the Shawsheen White Hopes at the playstead last Friday night 15-7.

The railing at the bridge near the engine house on Union Street, South Lawrence, which has often fallen victim to skidding cars, folded up again on Monday night when the car of Haverhill Street man crashed into it. The man was unhurt as the car plunged down the steep embankment, remaining upright.

Chats about the big leagues, politics, etc., are to be taboo at the police box located now at the center of the edge of Elm square. A new box has been built, with the words painted thereon: “Please Do Not Visit The Officer.”

50 Years Ago

Sept. 20, 1962


Sixty percent of the town’s eligible voters turned out for the primary Tuesday, in a demonstration of interest in the selection of candidates for November’s election. A total of 5,696 men and women cast ballots out of a total registration of 9,483.

Town department heads had a fast look at the state’s effort to legislate ethics—the lengthy and far-reaching conflict-of-interest law—on Tuesday morning. And most seemed in agreement that the legislature should revise the statute before its effective date May 1, 1963.

There are many changes apparent today as Phillips Academy, one of the nation’s oldest and largest independent boarding schools, begins classes for its 185th year.

Charges that one School Committee member was putting another member “on the spot” were hurled at the session Sept. 11. Dr. Milton J. Meyers accused member Vincent P. Davey of putting Chairman Robert J. McIntyre “on the spot” by asking him to see his reasons for approving the appointment of a Junior High School principal when all of the board could not be present.

25 Years Ago

Sept. 17, 1987


Five Andover High students and two Andover residents attending Phillips Academy are among 15,000 chosen as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

Just three weeks after 262 computers were installed in Andover schools, a break-in at the Bancroft Elementary School resulted in the theft of a single computer and computer accessories. The computer was recovered Tuesday morning when a Bancroft student found it hidden under an outdoor staircase behind the school building.

George Danneman was refused reinstatement to the Andover Housing Partnership Committee after the citizen advocate made an impassioned presentation to the Board of Selectmen Monday night.

According to the school administration, there were very few problems with the opening of school this year. Yet, the one problem that did occur is of great magnitude—an over-crowded first grade program at South Elementary School.