100 Years Ago: May 21, 1920

The annual competition by pupils of the public schools for the Lincoln prizes for excellence in spelling held in the Town Hall last Friday night made a most profitable and interesting evening both for contestants and audience. By preliminary tests in each grade, the better spellers were selected for the public competition and more than tow hours was consumed in “spelling down” these more proficient pupils.

The store on Barnard street recently vacated by J.P. West is to be occupied as an office by the New England Plywood Company, which operates the box factory near Lowell Junction.

A charter has been granted by the commissioner of corporations to the “Ma’s Magic Worker” Company of Andover, which is authorized to deal in soaps, powders, and household appliances. The officers of the company are William Burke, president; Samuel P. Hume, treasurer and clerk.

75 Years Ago: May 17, 1945

The women members of the Andover Servicemen’s Fund Association are busily engaged in the progress of making plans for a Card Party which is to be held in the Memorial Gymnasium on Friday evening, May 25th. Prizes will be awarded to the highest scorers playing whist, bridge and dominoes.

Andover Community Orchestra presented its eleventh concert before an audience of about 800 music lovers on Saturday evening, in the Memorial Auditorium. The orchestra opened with Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pinafore” overture and then played Dances from Water Music by Handel. At the close of the program, as an encore, the orchestra played “I Got Plenty of Nuttin” from Porgy and Bess by Gershwin.

The Mighty 7th Cavalcade, one of the greatest collections of heavy military equipment to be placed on display outside a military post in this state, will visit Andover on Wednesday, June 13th under the auspices of the Andover Savings Bank.

50 Years Ago: May 2 1970

A routine check of Fish Brook Reservation in West Andover Saturday night led local police to an alleged drug party, or “pot party,” resulting in the arrest of several local young people. Patrolmen on routine check of the area discovered the party in progress and placed the young people under arrest.

Eighty-seven members of the Phillips Academy faculty have signed a petition urging President Nixon to seek the advice and consent of Congress in reviewing United States policy in Southeast Asia. “We are convinced that the present crisis cannot be resolved until the American people are assured that the political and military commitment of the United States in Southeast Asia is being rapidly and completely terminated.

A pair of back-to back pitching games by Glenn Verrette of the Twins and Mike Scheinfein of the Indians highlighted this week’s action on the Andover American Little League. Glenn fired a no-hit shutout against the Red Sox to hand that club its first loss, 4-0. The following night, Mike twirled a two-hit shutout as the Indians picked up their first victory, 200, over the third-place Tigers.

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