The following items were taken from past editions of the Townsman.
100 years ago — Aug. 4, 1920
An active campaign to enroll all women who are qualified to be voters will be made by the local branch of the Republican League of Massachusetts, assisted by a women’s committee headed by Miss Alice Jenkins. Women who have worked for suffrage and those who have not are now uniting to urge women to register and be prepared to vote as soon as the opportunity offers.
Two members of the staff at the local post-office, George T. Abbott and George W. Chandler, will benefit from the Sterling-Lehlbach bill for the retirement of employees in who have civil service classification, which became law when it was approved by President Wilson on May 22, 1920. According to the new law, city and rural carriers and post office clerks are generally to be retired at the age of 65, and if they have served at least 15 years, are eligible to receive an annuity.
75 years ago — Aug. 2, 1945
The Board of Selectmen, following presentation of a verbal report at the regular Monday night meeting, are awaiting the receipt of a written report from police Chief George A. Dane concerning an alleged South Lawrence brawl in which Officer David Gillespie sustained a shoulder injury. Both Chief Dane and Officer Gillespie were present at the meeting, but action of any kind was deferred until the Andover chief receives a written report from Lawrence Chief Martin V. O’Sullivan.
A water circus will be held at Camp Maud Eaton, the Girl Scout camp on Pomp’s Pond, on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. There will be many attractions, including side-shows, concessions and a fish pond with prizes. The program of the circus includes a pony act, rowboat act, underwater singing, muscle man, pyramid building, human snake act, a water ballet with mermaids, and others.
Miss Barbara Fowler, York street is vacationing with friends at Wells Beach, Maine.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome W. Cross are vacationing at Rye Beach, Maine. They plan to move to their new “Holiday House” — formerly known as the “Whitney House” with 50 acres of surrounding land in West Boxford.
50 years ago — Aug. 13, 1970
A front-page photo has this caption "Communications Console in new Public Safety Center is manned by Fire Fighter Mickey Connors.'' This panel controls the fire alarm, radios, telephones and other communications equipment, which are the most up-to-date available. The change-over from the old station on Park Street has been going on for some weeks, but the final move of apparatus was made Monday when electricians completed work on the console for signal transmission at the new station. Andover police moved into the new Safety Center on July 6.
A front-page photo caption reads: “Miss Joanne Burke, 11, was crowned Miss Pomp’s Pond, 1970, on Friday, August 7.'' Miss Burke was chosen out of a field of 42 by the Pomp’s Pond lifeguards who acted as judges.
Recently elected officers for the coming year in the Andover Babe Ruth Baseball Association are Bob Flannery, outgoing president and member of the board of directors; Ernie Verrette, incoming president; George LeFebve, team manager; Dave Mosher, treasurer; Gus Fabiani, vice president; and Rick Harrison, secretary and team coach.
In 1920, the average woman worker was 28 years old, single, and most likely to be a factory worker or other operative worker. Today, she is 39 years old, married, living with her husband, and most likely to be a clerical worker.