100 Years Ago March 17, 1911

Considerable inconvenience was caused on Wednesday morning on the tracks of the Boston and Northern street railway near Harding and Morton streets by the washouts which resulted from the heavy rainstorm. Cars were derailed and not a little work was necessitated to clear the tracks. Essex street also suffered, and the sidewalk on Bartlet street was badly washed out in places.

The remonstrance which was circulate this week by the Anti-Saloon league against the effort to repeal the "Bar and Bottle" bill, secured over fifty signatures in Andover in a comparatively short time.

75 Years Ago March 13, 1936

Andover's police record was decidedly better in 1935 than in 1934, the annual report of Chief of Police George A. Dane shows. Last year there were only 516 complaints received and investigated as against 848 in the previous year. There were 120 automobile accidents investigated as against 116 the year before. Drunkenness increased almost 100 per cent, jumping from 42 arrests in 1934 to 77 in 1935.

The fire department was called out Sunday night to extinguish a small fire in the cellar of R.P Hennessey, 54 Summer street. The blaze is thought to have been caused by spontaneous combustion in some waste near a partition.

Total appropriations of $591,299.15 were made at the annual Town Meeting Monday afternoon, resulting in a tax rate as conservatively estimated by the town treasurer of $29.50, thirty cents higher than last year's and the equal of the highest in the town's history.

50 Years Ago March 16, 1961

An overwhelming hand vote at Town Meeting Monday night defeated a Taxpayers Association Proposal to study the selectmen and town meeting form of government for a years' time.

Despite signs of winter still remaining, Little League kicks off its season this weekend, with the first season tryouts scheduled both Saturday and Sunday in anticipation of a greater league this year of up to eight teams.

Residents whose homes have been taken by the state will have a chance next Tuesday night to learn something about this procedure and details of moving homes, financing new houses and receiving land damages.

With the aid of a group of men from various parish organizations a "spot" census will be made of St. Augustine Parish. The system is based on that used in the national census.

25 Years Ago - March 13, 1986

Tuesday night, the Planning Board agreed to withdraw its warrant article for the rezoning of Chandler Road property from Industrial D to Single Residence A, in return for a formal one-year moratorium on building and subdivision plans which would seek access to the road.

An Andover resident appealed to the School Committee to consider changing the one and one-half mile requirement for elementary school children to one-mile for school bus service.

Handcrafted panels for the "The Ribbon" that were wrapped around the Pentagon last summer will be on display at Christ Church, March 16 and 19. More than 25,000 segments were joined together in Washington D.C. on Aug. 4, 1985 to create a Ribbon of Peace stretching 15 miles.

The March glass drive, sponsored by Andover Recycling Inc., will be March 15, in the parking lot behind Andover's old town hall. The large roll-off bin is usually placed parallel to Barnard street close to the Bartlet Street entrance to the lot.

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