100 Years Ago: June 18, 1920
The cold, wet weather of Wednesday made it necessary for the first time in 10 years to hold the Punchard class day exercises in the school hall rather than in the Park. The class of 1921 made an excellent appearance, all its members wearing arm-bands and the girls being uniformly attired in white skirts and middy blouses with black ties. The address of welcome was given by Joseph Lovejoy, class president, who also introduced the various speakers.
Miss Mary Lynch of Morton Street has resigned from her position at the Andover Steam Laundry because of her approaching marriage to J.F. McCarvey, who is employed at the Rockport market (here in Andover).
The Free Church School picnic will be held at the old cricket grounds, now the athletic field of the Smith & Dove Athletic association, on Saturday, June 26, and the committee in charge has arranged a great list of sports, including races, baseball games, swimming and canoeing.
75 Years Ago: June 14, 1945
After a spectacular chase through the town, two young sailors who had been AWOL for 70 days were apprehended here Monday afternoon after they tried to cash stolen war bonds at the Andover National Bank. Bail of $50,000 was set for the pair, when they were held for the Suffolk grand jury.
Police estimated that their various breaks had netted them $10,000 in cash and war bonds. The car, which was examined by Andover police, revealed a full kit of burglar tools, and also 11 more war bonds worth $625.
Led by a local police escort and the band of Lawrence Post 15, American Legion, the Mighty Seventh War Loan Cavalcade arrived here Wednesday evening at 5:30.
Large crowns were gathered on Main Street and traffic was diverted from the center of the town as the vehicles proceeded up the hill and lined up.
The Punchard class of ’45 held its supper and class day exercises on Monday evening commencing at 6:30 in the school cafeteria, with class President Robert Hamilton presiding. The banquet was followed by dancing in the Memorial auditorium to the music of Harold Phinney’s recordings.
50 Years Ago: June 18, 1970
Andover High captured the New England Schoolboy track title last Saturday, adding to its already gained laurels of a state Class B championship and winners of the All Class track meet. A record performance by Leon Sharpe in the triple jump event and a win by Van Debose in the high hurdles paced the Golden Warriors to a 30-point win. To gain the win, Andover came up with some solid support from such performers as Peter Leitch, David Towne, and Dave Hixon, who scored points in field events to break into the point column.
Andover will have new representation in the state Senate, according to a redistricting plan approved in the Senate at an all-night session which ended early Wednesday morning. Under the plan approved, Andover will now become part of a district which includes Lawrence, Tewksbury, and Billerica. Sen. William X. Wall, who will thus be moved into Andover, and Sen. James P. Rurak, who has been representing Andover, will be moved out.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome F. Lake will become the new resident directors of the ABC program at the home at 134 Main St. The couple and their children will succeed Mr. and Mrs. William Deacon, who have been resident directors for the past three years.
This year’s Sidewalk Bazaar will not have an international theme. Therefore, decorated bicycles and decorated doll carriages will be judged on a basis of creativity and originality.