Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 27, 2012

All Those Years Ago

Compiled by Susan McKelligett
The Andover Townsman

---- — 100 Years Ago — Sept. 27,1912

Foundations have been laid on Essex Street for a lunch-room, to be conducted by the present proprietor of the lunch-cart there. A new and up-to-date cart has been purchased and will be built into the cement foundation.

Another old landmark has had to be removed. One of the large elms in the square which has stood guard there for over 80 years was cut down by the authorities Monday.

Mrs. Charles A. Hill is now ready for customers with lines of fall goods at her millinery parlor, 32 Chestnut St. Telephone 65-3.

Monday afternoon, Josephine, the two months’ old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jacobs, died of cholera infantum at her home on Tewksbury Street.

It is understood that Frank E. Gleason is soon to vacate his coal office on the corner of Main and Essex streets, after an occupancy of over twenty years. The new tenants will be the Cross Coal Company, which expects to move into its new quarters about the first of November.

75 Years Ago — Sept. 24, 1937

Andover will go to the polls on Tuesday to participate in the Congressional battle between Edward D. Sirois, Republican of Lawrence, and Lawrence P. Connery, Democrat of Lynn. All six polling places will be open here from noon to 6:30 p.m.

Andover is expected to go overwhelmingly Republican, gaining in strength over last November because of the antagonism here over the Supreme Court and other proposals of the president.

Actions on a suggestion to change the opening school age here to conform to that of all the surrounding towns was postponed to the spring by the School Committee on Monday night at a special session. It was pointed out at the meeting that Andover requires a child to be six years before January first of the school year. Surrounding towns offer other dates.

The story of a dog-owner who neglected to have his dog inoculated in the town’s free rabies clinic this year, and who recently had to pay about $150 for family inoculations in addition to losing the dog was told this week by Franklin H. Stacey of the Board of Health which inoculated some 300 dogs. [Note from compiled: The owner’s dog died, and tested positive for rabies. The $150 covered the daily inoculations over 14 days for the owner’s family members.]

The local theater, closed since late spring for extensive alterations, may be ready for occupancy in a month or so.

50 Years Ago — Sept. 27, 1962

In a spectacular early-evening accident Sunday, two men lost their lives, and three others were seriously injured when their car slammed into a tree on Lovejoy Road. The vehicle flipped over on its roof, trapping four of the occupants inside for over a half hour. Only the arrival of a wrecker from the Shawsheen Motor Mart enabled police to get the doors pulled loose. Rene Bellanger, who operated the wrecker, was able to crawl into the car and pry loose the twisted metal that held the occupants. Killed in the crash were the operator of the car, Albert DiNardo, 39, or North Reading, and Alan Finn, 36, also of North Reading.

A capital expenditure program for seven years has been tentatively presented to town officials, which would cost nearly $9.5 million. The consulting firm of Adams, Howard and Greeley prepared the report for Town Manager Thomas E. Duff, and will further revise the figures before presenting a final recommendation by budget time.

25 Years Ago — Sept. 24, 1987

Vehement objection by the “Ballard View Condominiums” affordable housing developers did nothing to dissuade the Andover Zoning Board of Appeals from pursuing further information on the issues of possible hazardous waste, sewage and on-site culverts. During the course of the third public hearing Tuesday night, the developer’s counsel repeatedly engaged in verbal warfare with board members and other town officials. The banter at various times elicited cheers and jeers from the small but vocal audience.

Harvey Card, president of SWEAT, the Shawsheen Watershed Environmental Action Team, and a handful of fellow members gathered on the shores of the Shawsheen River despite drizzly weekend weather to do some clean up of the river.

The Shawsheen Extended Day Program (SHED) at the Shawsheen School is off to a fine start. SHED opened its doors the same day kindergarten started.

Andover High School students and staff packed the Collins Center Thursday morning to celebrate America’s real bicentennial—the 200th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Dr. Kenneth Seifert, superintendant of schools, said the all-school assembly, featuring an address by Massachusetts Attorney General James Shannon, was just one of many activities designed to educate students about our nation’s history.