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

100 years ago — Jan. 9, 1920

While driving out of a garage Monday morning, the car of Dennis Sweeney, rural mail carrier who lives on Central Street, backed over a stone wall into Roger's Brook. Sweeney fortunately escaped injury, but the back of the car was considerably damaged.

A young man was found wandering in Ballardvale Monday night by police and taken to the police station. The man said he had run away from Tewksbury Infirmary. Police called the institution and the young man was taken back to Tewksbury the next day.

While on his way to school Thursday morning, little James Sparks was crossing Clark's Brook and fell through a thin layer of ice into a hole which had been cut to catch fish. He was clinging to the ice, up to his neck in water, when Mrs. Bryant ran to the rescue and pulled him out. She took him home with her and properly cared for him. Due to the immediate attention, it is hoped that no health issues will follow for the boy.


75 years ago — Jan. 11, 1945

What may well be the dullest town election in years looms for Monday, March 5, unless some contest develops that has not as yet reached the rumor stage, or unless some of the candidates whose terms are expiring decide to retire and leave openings. The term of selectman and Assessor Roy E. Hardy run out this year, as does that of Town Clerk George H. Winslow. Last spring, there were rumors that Town Treasurer Thaxter Eaton might fun for clerk to combine the two jobs as most other towns of comparable size do to save money.

A fire that could have been very serious, if dense smoke hadn't been noticed, broke out in the Hartigan Pharmacy on Monday morning. Firefighters tracked the smoldering blaze to a partition under some small cupboards to the rear of the soda fountain, a difficult place to get at. The damage was very slight, but firefighters had to stay on the scene for about an hour to look through the partition.


50 years ago — Jan. 15, 1970

It was a banner year for the building inspector's office, a reverse trend, so to speak, in which the balance swung from new home construction to industrial expansion. Naturally, the Raytheon plant off Lowell Street was the biggest single permit issued by Building Inspector Arthur Peatman during the past year. The Brockway-Smith-Haigh-Lowell plant off Dascomb Road is now a complete operation. During the year, the Gillette Toiletries Co. completed its building in Lowell Junction and became the town's top taxpayer.

The problem of trash disposal has been under study for some time in Andover. A study committee reported its findings to selectmen this week and, as expected, the news was not the cheeriest. We still accept the fact that the disposal site in West Andover will meet our needs, as attested to by the almost 3,000 cars which have been counted on a Saturday depositing waste and making social visits. But this area, one which Andover residents probably accept as a facility which will always exist, may very shortly become extinct and unavailable.


25 years ago — Jan. 12, 1995

Leonie Rahmin, owner of the trendy New York women's clothing store Trapeze, is planning an early March opening of a branch store in Andover at 2 Main St. He said Trapeze will offer a large selection of quality fashion merchandise, low prices, and the best service possible.

Eighty-three articles will appear on the April Town Meeting warrant. They included a 5% to 8% increase in the school budget, nine proposals related to the Andover Community Youth Center at Recreation Park, and millions of dollars in capital spending. But the article most likely to have residents ready to stand, speak or roll over is a proposed change to the town's leash law.

The owner of the former R&R Coffee Shoppe, 100 School St., and his girlfriend were arrested by Andover detectives last week and charged with setting the fire last February that damaged the former railroad depot where the coffee house and Sea Train Restaurant were located.




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