100 Years Ago: July 2, 1920
Thousands of the employees of the American Woolen Company have been royally entertained by company President William M. Wood at his beautiful estate in Shawsheen village during the past week. Last Friday afternoon he was host to more than 2,000 of the young men and women under 20 years of age who are employed at the Wood, Washington, Ayer, and Prospect mills of Lawrence. The guests were conveyed to Andover in 13 special cars which they left at the turnout, and forming in procession with Ignatius McNulty as chief marshal. They were headed by the American Woolen Company band and two beautiful floats marched to “Arden”.
The South Church picnic, postponed from the previous week, was held at Pomp’s Pond last Saturday and was a comparatively small gathering. Bathing and canoeing were the chief diversions. Ice cream cones were served throughout the afternoon and a basket lunch was enjoyed among the pines at 6 p.m.
At least half a dozen attempts to break and enter is the record for the night preceding Tuesday in Andover. The persistent thief was evidently in pressing need of an automobile, as after numerous attempts he succeeded in getting away with a new Buick automobile belonging to Edmund B. Haynes of 12 Locke St., although he wakened the neighborhood in doing so.
75 Years Ago: June 28, 1945
“Are Clothes Modern?” is the title of the newest exhibition at the Addison gallery. The exhibit, which attracted considerable attention recently in New York, is on tour from the Museum of Modern Art of that city. Supplementary displays include Carriage Trade Shop Andover; Cherry and Webb, Lawrence; Michael Jay’s Shop, Andover; A,B. Sutherland Company, Lawrence, Selden Worsted Mills, Methuen; M.T. Stevens and Sons, North Andover and Tyer Rubber Company, Andover.
The opening of the playground season on Monday will be marked by several feature attractions. The twilight baseball league which has been running under the auspices of the Andover Guild will continue during July and August under playground management. Several returning servicemen have already played in these league games. A fourth town playground will be opened on Monday on the Indian Ridge school grounds.
Partial editorial: Does anybody remember way back in March when a Town Meeting did a bit of rebelling and decided to inaugurate a long overdue garbage collection policy here in Andover? We really showed quite emphatically that we wanted the town to collect our garbage, and it’s getting a little difficult for people to understand why no start has been made on the collection in spite of the fact that the contract was awarded some time ago.
50 years Ago: July 2, 1970
It’s going to be a good old-fashioned Fourth of July in Andover this year, as the town and the Andover Service Club combine to provide entertainment for all ages beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. All of the events will be at the Andover Playstead and park, beginning with a softball game between the Gillette Allstars and the town of Andover Allstars. One of the outstanding features of the day that it is designed to be a real old-fashioned Fourth, with the maximum price of 10 cents on all items such as rides, refreshments and, yes, even hot dogs.
A photo shows Larry Douglas of Ballardvale at his transmission equipment, through which he puts parents of Andover boys serving overseas, particularly Vietnam, in touch with home. The radiograms allow relatives or friends to know where their sons are, or if they are heading home. He has been operating the radio since he was 12.
From part of an advertisement for Rose Glen Ice Cream: “It was July 2, 1960, and we were undertaking something entirely new to us. We were inexperienced in the retail ice cream business and so were the 10 wonderful young people who came to work for us. Jointly, we made some mistakes those first few months (once one of our girls actually made a banana split without bananas!). But, with our conscientious help and the quality products we served, business grew … and grew … and grew.”