The following passages were taken from past editions of The Townsman.


100 Years Ago — Aug. 1, 1919

Frye Village (now Shawsheen) is a changed place. Should our ancestors come back and view this daily, and almost nightly, this growing suburb of Andover, they would believe that a fairy had been at work there. Nothing appears really familiar on Main Street, save the inevitable ink factory and the Joseph Smith house. William M. Wood has the fairy power of bringing about this transforming and such a large force of workers have been digging, planting, pounding and painting that it is no wonder the place seems to have sprung up in the night, as it were.

Over one hundred neckties, socks, and other small articles from the Crowley Company's men's furnishing store on Main Street have been taken by a ten-year-old boy, Christopher Murphy by name. Christopher has been acting as errand boy, floor sweeper and general helper in Crowley's store for several weeks. Recently certain articles have been missing with the result that the "general helper'' has been found to have been helping himself more than his employer.


75 Years Ago — Aug. 10, 1944

In the late summer of 1942 an energetic group of Andover citizens representing the civic and fraternal organizations of the town met in the Town House, where Mr. John Erving outlined to them a suggestion for forming a committee to serve in a similar capacity to the Comfort Committee which Andover had in World War I. Mr. Erving recalled the many pleasant memories he had of the letters of remembrance which he had received from this committee while he was in service and thought that there was a definite need for a similar committee in the present time of war. In the spring, after a series of very successful money raising events, it was decided to form a permanent organization and in April of 1943 the A.S.M.F.A. (Andover Service Men's Fund Association) was duly formed.

Andover's new rehabilitation office was opened with Frank Markey in charge. On the first day twelve veterans came to discuss various problems. There will be a separated folder in the files for each veteran who calls at the office, this to be supplemented by a file Mr. Markey has gathered during his many years of service to veterans of World War I.


50 Years Ago — Aug. 8, 1969

North Main Street, in dire need of repair for the past few years, has begun the process of extensive resurfacing from Elm Square to just beyond the shopping center. Town meeting in March approved the work, which will include needed work on the North Main street overpass of the Boston and Maine railroad.

Police are investigating a number of breaks reported over the weekend, in which jewelry, a stereo and portable television sets were taken. Many of the breaks and attempted breaks were reported in the West Andover area.

A common scene around Andover these days is the removal of trees from roadsides. The removal is necessitated by various diseases and causes, some unknown which are hitting particularly Elm and Maple trees. A photo shows a tree on Park Street that has been trimmed back in preparation for complete removal.


25 Years Ago — Aug. 4, 1994

Pomp's Pond has always been a quiet spot, save for the squeals of small children and the persistent cries of "Hey, mom, look at me!'' "It's basically families, mothers and their kids, grandparents,'' said Amanda Schaake, a Pomp's Pond lifeguard. "Most of the people come down for swim lessons during the week.'' But some of the families coming down to use the pond beach this year are doing so illegally. And the behavior of a handful of these people, including urinating into the pond, consuming alcoholic beverages and leaving trash in the water is causing some residents to consider abandoning the beach.

The town may take the initial step toward completion of plans for the so-called "Field of Dreams'' activity center and possible additions of a skating area and playing fields to Recreation Park this week if officials can agree to contractual terms with the engineering firm they hired.

Benjamin C. Osgood, owner of the former bowling alley building at 32-34 Park Street said this week that he is undecided what to do with that site but losing his pending court case against the town would certainly reduce his options as to what to do with the property. In September 1992, a combination land and superior court decision ruled that application of the parking bylaw was improper.



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