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


100 years ago — Feb. 6, 1920

Andover housekeepers are often heard to exclaim, "If there were only a food exchange in Andover!'' For some time, Andover has felt the need for a new lunch room, and such a place will be opened in the immediate future on Post Office Avenue, two doors from Andover Square. It will be known as The Lunch Box, and will be under the management of a committee representing the Smith College Alumnae of Andover. The profits will go toward the Smith Endowment Fund and will serve simple, well-cooked, nourishing and attractive food, at reasonable prices, and will be served on the cafeteria plan.

A recent announcement that all exams held by the United States Civil Service Commission will be open to "both men and women'' has drawn special attention to government opportunities or employment. Ever since the beginning of the world war, women have greatly outnumbered men in the department at Washington, the estimates showing that they have held from 60 to 75 percent of the clerical positions. When the Civil Service Commission was established in 1883, the act creating it provided that the women may, in the discretion of the head of any department, be appointed to clerkships thereby authorized by law, upon the same requisites and conditions and with the same compensation as prescribed for men.


75 years ago — Feb. 1, 1945

The next in the East-West series of lectures, being given under the auspices of the Society of Inquiry at Phillips Academy, will take place on Friday evening, Feb. 9, in George Washington Hall at 8:30. Mrs. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, first lady of India and sister of Jawaharial Nehru, India Congress leader, will be the speaker. She is the first Indian leader to be allowed to come to this country since the war.

Sgt. Abraham Lincoln Sharpe, former manager of the Ballardvale baseball team, has been reported missing in action in Belgium since Dec. 17, according to word sent by the War Department to his brother, Ralph Sharpe. Before his induction to the military, he was employed in the Shawsheen dye house.

Non-financial articles included in the town warrant include asking for the appointment of a committee of five to study the recreational administration program and facilities. Another asks the acceptance of Fowler Street, near Walker Avenue. Another asks the acceptance of a gift of two boats and other equipment. The usual war bond purchase article will be in, too, with the amount to be decided later.


50 years ago — Feb 5, 1970

The 1970 tax picture for Andover is bleak, as of the moment, with a big increase possible, according to Dr. Albert J. Greenberg, chairman of the Finance Committee. Factors to be considered include an increased School Department budget and the effect of federal and state cutbacks in aid to the town, particularly in the area of education, where President Nixon vetoed a HUD request.

The admonition of Selectman Roger W. Collins to his colleagues last week on the new town hall issue is probably a good one. While opposing Chairman Robert A. Watters, who had moved that a new town hall be constructed within the funds provided, Collins said he was glad the matter had come up, for he felt it was time to "fish or cut bait'' on the matter. Watters wanted the building constructed on the property bounded by Park, Barnard and Bartlet streets, within the money provided by town meeting a few years ago totaling $550,000. Three members of the board, including Collings, opposed him, asking that a study be made by the Planning Board before any action is taken. The study is to include the downtown parking problem as well.


25 years ago — Feb. 9, 1995

After reportedly being insulted by a 14-year-old Andover teen Friday afternoon, Feb. 3, a 17-year-old employee of Bruegger's Bagel Bakery allegedly punched and kicked the boy in the head. The incident took place in front of Chocolate by Design on Main Street.

A front-page photo shows Patrick Hess and Andrea DiBenedetto, host and hostess of the Andover High contest this Saturday night at the Collins Center. The fundraiser for the junior class begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $5.

Victorian Treats owner Lucy Bernardin shows off some of her treats in her new shop at 68 Park St. Her shop was formerly located in the Bernardin Insurance building on Main Street. The move allowed Ms. Bernardin to double the size of her store and there is plenty of parking.


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