The following passages were taken from past editions of the Townsman:
100 years ago — Nov. 7, 1919
The school children who have been seen this week wearing a tag bearing the words "Good English'' are those who, since Monday morning, had not been detected in the use of incorrect English.
Gov. Calvin Coolidge received a handsome endorsement from local voters on Tuesday when he was given a plurality of 958 votes over Democratic candidate Richard H. Long.
Last Friday evening in the Guild house, a very successful Halloween party was held by Clan Johnston. About 60 couples attended, and dancing was enjoyed until midnight.
School Superintendent Mr. Sanborn reported that parents of students from the Haggett's Pond area had complained regarding the method of transportation to the high school. Students from that area currently travel by train, leaving home at 6:30 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m. The cost per week is $18 and automobile transportation can be secured at a cost of $30. The board unanimously voted to allow the superintendent to make the necessary arrangements for auto transportation, which would enable students to leave home an hour later and return soon after the close of school.
75 years ago — Nov. 9, 1944
President Roosevelt was reelected on the previous Tuesday. J. Everett Collins was reelected representative and the town maintained its complete liquor license grant in the only contests of strictly local interest here.
The 1944 Christmas packages sent oversees by the Andover Serviceman's Fund Association generated many letters back to Andover. Among them is one from Herbert Shaw who writes to thank them very much for one of the best Christmas packages he has ever received. It has everything in it that a military serviceman needs, and the lighter is something he has been looking for for a long time but hadn't been able to find. He feels sure all the boys in his group will appreciate it as much as he does.
Only two weeks remain for buying and mailing Christmas gifts to all mid-western and southern states for assured Christmas delivery.
50 years ago — Nov. 13, 1969
An increase of $300 in tuition rates at Phillips Academy, the third hike in five years, was approved by the Board of Trustees at its recent fall meeting. Effective the 1970-1971 school year, the new tuition rates will be $2,700 for boarding students and $1,900 for day students.
Hundreds of mourners paid final respects Monday to two popular young people fatally injured in a two-car crash on Route 114 in North Andover last Friday night. Lawrence R. Bracato, 21, 12 North Main St., and Mary G. VerPlanck, 17, 20 Bannister Road, were killed shortly before 1 p.m. on the rain-slicked highway near the Boston Hill ski area. A preliminary investigation by police indicated the sports car in which they were travelling may have had a blowout, causing it to skid out of control across the road and crashing into a car operated by a Haverhill woman who had three passengers.
The Andover Junior Garden Club presented a check for $100 to Harold Rafton, chairman of the Land Committee of the Andover Village Improvement Society. Making the presentation was Kathy Stamas, newly appointed president of the Junior Club; Betsy Clifton, secretary; Martha Cowdery, membership chairman; and Sandra Swain, representative.
25 years ago— Nov. 3, 1994
The state election is this Tuesday, Nov. 6. One big change for residents of Precinct 5 in West Andover is that voters there will be choosing a different state representative than the rest of the town. Redistricting of legislative districts earlier this year moved Precinct 5 into the 18th Middlesex District along with Lowell and part of Tewksbury.
A photo shows Andover Firefighter Stephen Stablile standing on the fifth-floor balcony as he battles a fire that damaged an apartment at Riverside Condominiums, 800 Bullfinch Drive, at 11:27 a.m. Monday. No injuries were reported.
Thieves smashed the front door of the Athlete's Corner sporting goods store at 8 Main St. early Tuesday morning and made off with a number of jackets from a rack at the front of the store, according to Jack Norton, manager of the store.