The following items come from past editions of the Townsman:

100 years ago — Jan. 7, 1921

A Lozier runabout car carrying four passengers — two men and two women — went out of control on Reading Road yesterday afternoon, resulting in the vehicle being wrecked, injuries to one of its passengers and damage to the team of William Carter and a truck of the Boston-Lawrence Dispatch.

The team, driven by William Carter, was proceeding from town toward Carter’s Corner and being driven on the gravel strip bordering the car track on the far right side of the road. It was struck in the rear by the runabout, which was traveling in the same direction at a considerable rate of speed.

The wheel and body of the cart were damaged and the horses ran away, but fortunately Carter escaped without injury. The runabout then careened into the heavy truck of the Boston-Lawrence Dispatch, which was approaching from Boston.

A deer was seen in the woods near Pine Street by Mrs. J.H. Bacon on Wednesday morning. It came out onto the street and seemed quite unconcerned by the presence of people who were observing its movements.


75 years ago — Jan. 10, 1946

Quick thinking on the part of Leo Ruel, 39, of 93 North Main St., operator for Shattuck’s Express company of Andover, is believed by Stoneham police officials to have saved valuable cargo and a considerable amount of money from being stolen when he was the victim of an attempted robbery on Route 27 about 7 o’clock Wednesday evening. Ruel picked up a sailor just before leaving Medford as he was coming toward Andover on the Fellsway. He was aware of a gun being stuck in his back. The sailor ordered Ruel to drive, but Ruel pulled the keys out of the ignition and tossed them out the window. The sailor immediately got out and ran off.

Three boys were injured Wednesday shortly after noontime, one seriously, when the bicycle they were riding went head-on into a moving truck. The boys — Hadem Daly, Allen Gannem and Billy Bird — were all riding on a bicycle owned by one of them. They had just turned onto Lowell Street from Canterbury Street and started down the hill when they hit a truck driven by Ralph Philsbury of the Bolta Rubber Company. Gannem's leg was broken in two places, and Bird and Daly were treated for scratches and bruises.


50 years ago — Jan. 14, 1971

While preliminary estimates by town officials of Andover’s 1971 tax rate increase have been set at about $7, Dr. Albert Greenberg, chairman of the Finance Committee, has a different view. Not at all optimistic that the increase can be held to $7, Greenberg said this week the jump could be as high as $11.

Environmental concern is alive and well in Andover. This was evident Tuesday night when the Andover Ecology Action Conference drew more than 160 area residents, representing 25 organizations. They shared their ideas and expertise in a united front focused on environmental issues.

The Andover team, winners for the past three years of the Eastern Massachusetts Buddy Werner Ski League, won its first tri-meet of this season by defeating North Andover and Haverhill at the Bradford Hill Ski area Sunday.



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