Andover Townsman--All Those Years Ago

File photoTroops cower in a landing craft as it makes its way to the beaches of Normandy. The invasion took place almost exactly 75 years ago, on June 6, 1944.


100 Years Ago—May 30, 1919

Andover, as usual, did her bit in the Salvation Army Fund drive which closed yesterday noon. The chairman, Samuel P. Hulme, has worked hard, however, to put our quota over the top and it seemed as if the money came in very slowly. The final figures are not yet known but it is certain that over $3,000 will be turned in to this helpful organization.

Every year for many years, we have watched the gray-haired kindly old men in their blue uniforms, pay honor to their dead comrades who fought in the Civil War. And now, this year, they will be joined by the khaki-clad younger heroes of this latest and most terrible war.

H. Krinsky has moved from his home on 69 Park St. His family have gone to the beach for the summer, but he is still in town to continue his business and look for another house.

The Andover Guild is an institution that the majority of people in town have got in the habit of taking as a matter of course. They know it is there, they are glad it is there, but they do not give it much thought, save on state occasions.

75 Years Ago—June 8, 1944

Life went on in Andover Tuesday, and it looks as if, on the surface, nothing was happening in the world any more than was happening every other day. The general atmosphere seemed to be: “Well, let’s keep on working.” Some Andover residents heard the 12:30 German announcements that the Invasion was on, but not until about 5:15, when the fire alarm rang a series of blows, did most of the populace realize that D-Day had arrived. The various mills’ air-raid alarms came shortly after.

A tax rate of $29, or $1 higher than last years’, was announced yesterday by the Board of Assessors. It allows for $75,000 which has been used to purchase war bonds for a postwar rehabilitation fund.

Editorial: Sometime you Andover boys who went ashore on the beaches of Normandy on Tuesday morning are going to come back here and you’re going to try to recapture in words the pent-up feelings that you had as you crossed the Channel to make years of dark history turn bright again.

50 Years Ago—June 12, 1969

A front-page photo caption reads: “Two Andover High School seniors salute the end of their high school careers at the rock at Andover High Athletic field. Colette DeVilbiss and Kevin Armstrong, president of the senior class, raise their hands in front of the rock emblazoned with the class numerals."

A 13-year old boy accidentally drowned Monday afternoon at Pomp’s Pond.

Andover Sidewalk Bazaar Chairman John M. O’Boyle reports that all indications are that the Sidewalk Bazaar, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21, will be the biggest and best effort in the history of the event.

Advertisement: Valle’s Steak House at River Road Exit, Interstate 93, Andover; boiled whole lobster or sirloin steak -- $3.95; steak & eggs luncheon special -- $2.35.

25 Years Ago—June 1, 1994

When his landing craft reached the beach the front dropped down for the men to disembark. Ken Bach of 8 Summer St. laughs now but he remembers thinking “Oh God. They really mean this. They were really shooting. That was 50 years ago this Monday, June 6, 1944."

The following new business or businesses with new owners in Andover were honored last week by the Andover Chamber of Commerce at its Toast to Andover. A partial list includes ADS, 800 Brickstone Square; Backstreet…Again 13-19 Essex St.; Bob’s Pizza and Subs, 195 Andover St.; Catch the Wave, 10 Post Office Ave.; The Coffee Connection, 13 Main St.; Dr. Golf, 199 Main St.; and Emerald Cottage, 20 Post Office Ave.

Mr. Fred Stott is the Andover Chamber of Commerce Service Award recipient for this year. “Fred’s career reflects a genuine love and concern for his fellow man,” said Mike Morris, chamber president, in announcing the selection last week.



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