The following items were taken from past editions of the Townsman.

100 years ago — Jan. 16, 1920

According to statistics in the records of Town Clerk George A. Higgins, 1919 has been a very good year in Andover. Not in the last 25 years and probably never in the history of the town have there been so many marriages recorded, and there has been an increase in the number of births and a decrease in the number of deaths. With the exception of nine deaths from influenza early in the year, there were almost no deaths from contagious diseases, and only three from tuberculosis.

The Fire Department answered a call from Box 4 on Friday at 5:23 p.m. for a chimney fire in the house on the northerly corner of Harding and Main streets. A collection of soot at the base of the chimney which had been burning for some time ignited the woodwork, but the fire was extinguished before any great damage was done.


75 years ago — Jan. 18, 1945

The Andover quota for the March of Dimes has been set at $100 and local residents are urged to be generous in their contributions to the Infantile Paralysis Drive, which is now on. Churches, stores and other convenient locations have been supplied with coin collectors for dime contributions and the Andover Savings Bank and the Andover National Bank will receive cash contributions of one dollar or more.

Local boys who already know how to swim and are registered at the Andover Guild are included in an invitation to swim in the pool at Phillips Academy on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10.

The sum of $21,000 will be sought in a special warrant article at Town Meeting in March, in accordance with plans made by the 300th Anniversary Committee at a recent meeting. J. Everett Collins, chairman of the Music Committee, recommended a budgetary figure of $2,000 for this item, and Burton S. Flagg, chairman of the pageant committee, recommended $2,000 for a large pageant to be given at the play stead.


50 years ago — Jan. 22, 1970

When Don Bassett walked into the Townsman office last week and announced he was resigning as water-sewer superintendent, it gave the managing editor of the newspaper cause for thought about other leavings in the last year and a half — School Superintendent Edward Erickson announced his retirement; Town Manager Richard J. Bowen resigned and went to Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Town Clerk Irving O. Piper will retire in March; and school cafeteria director Florence McGrath retired Jan. 1. In addition, Spring Grove Cemetery Superintendent Nelson Townsend told the town manager he was ready to retire as of the first of the year; Selectman Philip K. Allen announced he would not seek re-election; School Committeeman William A. Doherty decided he would not be a candidate; and the principal of South school has moved on to Swampscott.

A photo shows Elaine Caselden, Julie Ann Fox and Lesley Downs skating on one of the local ponds.


25 years ago — Jan. 19, 1995

Two private contractors hired by the town for sanding and salting Andover's roads are being investigated for allegedly using the town's salt and sand on private roads while on town time.

Mary Lyman has followed in the footsteps of fellow School Committee member Bill Huston by declining to run for re-election, leaving a second seat on the committee undefended by an incumbent.

Joseph Horan of the Disabled American Veterans, Ronald Hajj of the American Legion and John Doherty of the Veterans of Foreign Wars posed recently at town offices with a model of the Elm Green Veterans Memorial. If $5,000 more is raised in addition to the $45,000 already raised, the amount will be matched and construction of the memorial will begin in the spring.



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