100 years ago: April 1, 1921
The Andover Fire Department has secured another piece of motor apparatus and all that remains to complete the motorization is a new ladder truck. The motor truck is a Pierce-Arrow model, six-cylinder, 110 horse-power and capable of traveling 50 miles an hour. The engines are of a heavy type and are in excellent condition.
In Andover police court Friday, Judge Stone sentenced John Buss and Charles Donaldson each to 20 days in the house of correction. The youths were accused of a disturbance and using indecent language in the Colonial moving pictures house. They denied the charge but after the evidence of Edgar G. Holt, who sat behind them, was heard, the court found the pair guilty and imposed sentence.
In a raid made by local police on Thursday, March 17, two barrels of mash were seized from the house and two stills from the yard. Jacob Schlakus appeared before Judge Stone and was fined $50 for allowing his premises on Brundrett Avenue to be used for the manufacture of intoxicating drink.
75 Years Ago: April 4, 1946
A new type of lunch has been installed in the cafeteria. The cost is subsidized by the federal government. The luncheons cost 15 cents during the 10-day trial period.
Shall the “Townies,” an Andover baseball team coached and managed in past seasons by Hal Wennik, be allowed to fade into oblivion? The team has decided not to continue during the 1946 season unless a marked enthusiasm is shown by fans for more local baseball.
The Townsman is planning, in connection with the town’s 300th anniversary, to publish a booklet telling what Andover is now and what it used to be. It will be based to a certain extent on a similar book put out by the Townsman at the 250th anniversary in 1896, but it will be much larger and will be more comprehensive in scope.
50 Years Ago: April 8, 1971
Negotiations between the Andover Police Department and the town manager broke down in public Monday night, as 20 off-duty patrolmen picketed in front of Memorial Auditorium at the start of the town meeting. Town Manager J. Maynard Austin stated Tuesday that he felt there was an “honest misunderstanding,” between the bargaining parties and felt it would not help the case by trying it in public through picket lines, the press or radio.
The West Parish basketball team is the first team in the history of Andover Church Basketball league to win three straight championships. Members shown in a photo are Steve Brody, Richard Chilson, Brain White, Tom Devlin, Co-Captain Bob Scribner, Co-Captain Greg Brown, Coach Frank Monette, Mark Hewitt, and Bob MacMackin.
On May 1, Saturday, the Andover Village Improvement Society will sponsor the first of the annual canoe races on the Shawsheen River.
The former Raytheon plant in Shawsheen has been sold to Shetland Properties of Salem. It is to be developed for multi-talent use. Raytheon acquired the buildings several years ago after it had been abandoned as a textile complex of the American Woolen Co. Raytheon has since moved its operations to a new $8,000,000 plant in West Andover.