The following passages were taken from past editions of the Townsman:
100 years ago — Nov. 14, 1919
Work and play were delightfully combined at a husking party given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. Richard Abbott on Upland Road last Saturday evening. A bountiful harvest supper was served, after which the guests set to work — and 64 bushels of corn were husked in about an hour. When the work was finished, games were played and a musical program rendered.
The Andover Mothers Club has arranged a special children's matinee at the Colonial Theatre next Tuesday afternoon. The proceeds will be used for child welfare relief work. The principal picture will be "Uncle Tom's Cabin'' — the story of which is of particular interest to an Andover audience as this town was once the home of its noted author, Harriet Beecher Stowe.
An alarm from Box 4 was sounded Saturday night at 10:05, calling the Fire Department to a fire in the open coal pocket belong to Marland Mills. On Monday at 9:45, an alarm was sounded from Box 51. A blazing oil heater in the house occupied by George L. Smith of Elm Street had filled the attic with dense smoke and about 10 o'clock in the morning Tuesday a fire was discovered at the home of John A. Riley, Center Street, Ballardvale. The fire is supposed to have originated near the chimney in the kitchen, and it worked its way into the partitions, where it was very difficult to extinguish.
75 years ago — Nov. 16, 1944
The list of Andover's Honored War Dead has been gradually growing on the plaque in front of the Town House number 20. Alexander Smith Waldie, son of Mr. and Mrs. James S. Waldie, Bartlet Street, was killed in France on Oct. 6, 1944. Waldie was born in Andover and attended the local public schools and Punchard High. He is a cousin of Pfc. Lawrence A. DeSalvo, who was also killed in action in Italy just 10 days later.
Punchard and Johnson high schools renew an old rivalry this Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. before the usual large crowd which always follows these teams. Punchard covered itself with glory before over 2,000 spectators last Saturday where the gold and blue squad outfought an unbeaten Methuen team for three quarters only to go down to a 12-6 defeat in the closing minutes.
50 years ago — Nov. 20, 1969
Public collective bargaining sessions between Andover's teachers and the School Committee are now going on, with two-thirds of a million dollars in pay increases under discussion. Teacher-negotiators are asking a $700 hike in the present $6,700 minimum teacher pay, while the School Committee has countered with an offer of $200.
Brief but impressive ceremonies are scheduled for Thanksgiving morning at the Eugene V. Lovely Field prior to the opening kickoff of the traditional Andover-North Andover football game. The field will be dedicated in memory of the late football coach and principal of Punchard High school, who is a member of the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Members of teams from 1911 through 1941 will participate in the ceremonies.
Jay Leno and Gene Braunstien, students at Emerson College, recently premiered their comedy act at the Simmons College coffee house. Leno, of 32 Clark Road, looks forward to a career in comedy. Judging by the critical acclaim he received by both the Simmons College and Emerson College newspapers, and by the audience, Leno should look forward to a brilliant career. He is returning to the 10 Steps Down coffee house on Nov. 21.
25 years ago — Nov. 10, 1994
Republicans shook the Democratic tree in Andover in Tuesday's elections, same as the rest of the country, but contrary to many distant races, Democrats here did not fall. Some 13,953 of Andover's 18,528 registered voters, 75 percent, made it to the polls. The heavy turnout, and one slight mechanical failure, kept town election officials busy counting ballots until 2 a.m. Wednesday.
A local man is working on plans that could see the former train station at 100 School St. developed into offices for his company. Rick Marino of 56 Cheever Circle, owner of Corporate Access, a computer hardware and software business, has agreed to purchase the former train depot if he can obtain a number of approvals required to move ahead with the project. The depot building was built in 1906 by the B&M Railroad, the first depot was where the Memorial Hall Library parking lot is now.