100 years ago: June 25, 1920
William McDonald, the 11-year old son of assistant postmaster and Mrs. Frank S. McDonald met with a serious accident when playing at the triangle on Upland Road. An artery in his wrist was severed when he fell on a broken bottle, causing a considerable loss of blood before the wound could be dressed. He is now resting comfortably at his home on Chestnut Street.
The 70-year-old father of a World War hero, John Crombie Hall of 90 North Main St., is looking forward to a speedy return to Scotland where he hopes to end his days among relatives and friends. Mr. Hall’s son, who died in battle in France, served with the Canadian Army. Being partially dependent upon his son and unable to secure a pension from the British Government, he is anxious to return to his native land and arrangements for his passage are being made by A.B. Sutherland of Lawrence, president of the Scottish Charitable Society. Mr. Hall, who has but one arm, was for many years a watchman at the Pacific Mill.
75 years ago: June 21, 1945
James Kydd of Woburn Street, Ballardvale, was killed on Friday morning when he plunged 35 feet from the roof of Stowe School while engaged in a painting job. The Andover Fire Department ambulance responded, but Mr. Kydd was dead on arrival at the Lawrence General hospital. Mr. Kydd was painting a dormer window on the south side of the building.
Partial editorial: Many of us are still red-blooded Americans, although where the red blood comes from these days is hard to figure out. But those of us who are red-blooded Americans are getting pretty darned mad after hours and hours of standing in line to get meat — and then to be doled out something that you wouldn’t have fed the pup in pre-war days or to be told that there is no meat.
Mrs. Charlene (Reed) DeSilva of 7 Buxton Court received a telegram form the War Department advising her that her husband, Pvt. John W. DeSilva was seriously wounded in action in Okinawa on May 18. Private DeSilva, an infantryman, had been overseas only three months and was wounded during his first few weeks in action and has been awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries.
50 years ago: June 25, 1970
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy themselves and to take advantage of the summer bargain tables at the Annual Bazaar Days. Andover Haven, Barnard Insurance Agency corner of Main and Barnard will have a bakery sale and handmade items. AVIS, Town Hall, literature. Boots and Saddle, 4-H Horse Club, vacant lot next to Travel Bureau, pony rides and lend ropes. Senior Girl scout Troup 39, right side of Andover Savings Bank, Tie and Dye “T” shirts, rock animals, balloon animals, ice cream. Unitarian-Universalist Church, in front of Thompsons Stationary, balloons and assorted materials. Campfire Girls in front of the House of Clean, white elephant table. Andona Society, Dana’s Sport Shop cotton candy.
Friends, relatives and teachers gathered at the Andover Country Club recently to pay homage to Miss Catherine Barrett.
Miss Barrett has taught in the Andover school system since 1923, first as a teacher and then as a principal of the John Dove, Jackson, and Stowe schools.
Andover’s permanent Peace Action Center will open at 14 Park St. across from the fire station Friday evening, with an open house from 5 to 9 p.m. The center, which will thereafter be open on a regular basis, is sponsored by the Andover Peace Action Coordinating Committee — an amalgamation of local groups seeking to end the Vietnam War.