Compiled by Susan McKelliget
The Andover Townsman
---- — 100 Years Ago
Feb. 21, 1913
Before a large audience which gathered in the Chapel last night, a very interesting lecture on Col. Roosevelt’s big African hunting expedition was given by J. Alden Loring, Esq., who was one of the naturalists who accompanied the party. Out of his exciting and ofttimes dangerous experiences, Mr. Loring was able to give an intensely interesting account of the trip.
Everybody interested in Andover highways or in Andover public service is urged to attend the public meeting next Monday evening in Andover town hall at eight o’clock. Alfred L. Ripley will preside; a dozen speakers will give minute addresses and then the meeting will be open to the public. Every citizen and every citizen’s views are welcome.
The Thompson property on Essex street which has been in litigation for several weeks, was sold this morning to Louis Resnick, proprietor of the Capitol lunch-cart on Essex street. His plans for the disposal of the property are not yet known.
75 Years Ago
Feb. 18, 1938
The town faces a tax rate of $32.65 according to the Finance Committee’s report, if all the expenditures recommended by the committee are approved at Town Meeting. This represents an increase of $5.85 per thousand over last year’s rate.
All nomination papers must be filed by five today, and indications are now that J. Everett Collins will be the first selectman to be unopposed for re-election in years. The really serious fights will come in the Board of Public Works, tax collector, School Committee, and tree warden races, although in the past week several of the candidates for the first three positions have dropped out of the race.
Crashing into a sedan of Everett M. Lundgren’s parked on Salem Street Wednesday evening brought a Lawrence man into district court yesterday morning on charges of operating under the influence, to endanger and drunkenness. Officer Deyermond made the arrest. The case was continued until Monday. The man was injured slightly.
50 Years Ago
Feb. 21, 1963
Photo caption: Total Destruction is the fire chief’s verdict, following Tuesday night’s multi-alarm fire at Howard Johnson’s Restaurant on Route 28 [where Tokyo is today, in 2013]. This photo, taken in the early stages of the fire shows the weathervane still atop the cupola. It later toppled to the roof, then to the ground. The photo can only give an indication of the stormy conditions in which firefighters from three communities worked, from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m
A new set of statistics and compilation of data on Urban Renewal—from an anonymous source—occupied the selectmen Monday night, and again Tuesday evening. On the latter night, members of the board met privately with an individual, in the home of Chairman Russell G. Doyle.
Students will participate in a tuberculin testing program Monday, March 25, in the public schools. Testing will be done by means of the Vollmer Patch. In this test, a strip of adhesive containing small squares of filter paper and saturated with a harmless protein substance is applied to the skin.
25 Years Ago
Feb. 18, 1988
State Sen. Patricia McGovern joins with Sen. Robert Buell and Rep. Susan Tucker in announcing that the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District is the recipient of a $195,787 grant offer to assist in upgrading its existing wastewater treatment plant. “This funding will help protect our environment by ensuring that the treatment plant functions efficiently,” McGovern said.
The Andover Historical Society will revive one of the town’s oldest traditions, a gala celebration of the birthday of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln at the Lanam Club Saturday, Feb;. 27, at 7:30 p.m. The festivities, featuring a champagne reception and buffet, will be open to members and their invited guests.
The two contending groups in the Collaborative School project saga were together to discuss their views for the first time last week. Jack Dziadul, head of Citizens for Neighborhood Schools, the opposition group, and Rick Elias, head of Citizens for Excellence in Education, the group in favor, were the main figures in the discussion, sponsored by the Bancroft Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization.