The following items were taken from past editions of the Townsman:
100 years ago — March 26, 1920
The November Club House in Andover became the classroom for a course in conversational French four months ago, when 50 Andover ladies enrolled in this course offered by the division of university extension. Since then, on Thursday afternoon when the Phillips Chapel bells are tolling the boys to classes on the hill and the Abbot girls are busy preparing Friday’s lessons, the wives and daughters of Andover businessmen and Phillips professors, as well as several members of the Punchard High School faculty, have settled down for a serious hour of study quite in the manner of academy students.
An ad for Andover Riding School at 53 School St.: “You can enjoy this sport and learn to ride very easily. We teach you how to ride, not just the art of sitting on a horse. Call up Andover (One) and make an appointment with Mr. H.A. Paton riding master.”
Joseph C. Kimball, a shoe manufacturer of Haverhill, has recently purchased the Dove Estate on the Reading Road. Mr. Kimball will probably occupy his home about May 1.
75 years ago — March 22, 1945
For the third time, the Army-Navy E has been granted to Tyer Rubber Company in Andover, it was announced this week by the War Department in a letter addressed to the men and women of the Tyer Rubber Company. The letter from Under Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson reads as follows:” I am pleased to inform you that you have won for the third time the Army-Navy production Award for high achievement in the production of war material.”
Tragedy struck at the Ladd home at 46 Whittier St. early this morning when Mrs. Sarah Emma (Jones) Ladd fell on a stairway and died. She had awakened when her husband, Fred Ladd, editor of the Lawrence Daily Eagle, arrived home from his night’s work. She started down the stairs to talk to him, and fell to her death.
Corporal Ralph N. Sulis, 22, of Medford, formerly of Andover, lost his life on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23. He was with the Fourth Marine Division as that unit added more glory to the title of United States Marines. He father, A. Heusits Sulis, was at one-time manager of the Andover Coal Company.
50 years ago — March 26, 1970
The Andover YMCA is offering 19 aquatic courses in its spring term beginning March 27 all at Phillips Academy pool. Registrations are being accepted for all programs. Further information may be obtained at the YMCA on Brook Street.
Town Manager J. Maynard Austin is hopeful of having all papers in order within the week to make formal application for a federal grant to assist in the construction of a water treatment plant for the town. The treatment plant will cost an estimated $4 million.
Town Clerk Irving O. Piper and Water-Sewer Superintendent Donald C. Bassett will leave their town jobs as of April 1.
Using the library as a clearinghouse for a variety of ecology action and education programs in Andover are: the Conservation Commission, Andover Village Improvement Society, Chamber of Commerce, every garden club in Andover, the League of Women Voters, Newcomers, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Campfire Girls, students associated with the high school’s Ecology Action Committee, and the Natural History Club active at Phillips Academy and Abbot Academy.
25 years ago — March 30, 1995
Using phone calls, postcards and poll-checking, Barry Finegold out-hustled, outspent and ultimately unseated 12-year incumbent Charles Wesson to garner a seat on the Andover Board of Selectmen Monday. Finegold’s 2,089 town-election votes earned him a place next to incumbent Jerry Silverman (1,864 votes) on the board, and knocked off Wesson and challenger Bill Coderre.
Andover’s largest golf driving range has opened. The Sarkisian Farms range, located next to the Sarkissian Farm greenhouses on Chandler Road, opened March 18. The range already has quite a following among the employees at nearby offices and companies. Still in their three-piece suits, businessmen sometimes use the range during their lunch breaks.