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

100 years ago — May 1, 1920

For those who haven’t passed through Shawsheen Village recently, not the least of their surprises will be the handsome brick building which rises at the northern end of the square and is destined to house the post office, a grocery and provision store, offices of the Labor Department of the American Woolen Company and Homestead Association, and numerous community interests. Its every detail is the last word in modern construction, affording the tenants every comfort and convenience.

The Andover Village Improvement Society has appointed the week of May 10 as “Clean-up Week.” Is your yard, both at home and at your place of business, cleaned up?

Persons who contributed beans or pies for the May breakfast will find their bean pots and pie plates at Town Hall.

Tree Warden Edward H. Berry is planting maples on Salem Street and Holt Road. The trees are the gift of Theron H. Lane.


75 years ago — May 3, 1945

Abbot’s 116th birthday celebration will be held on Saturday afternoon, rain or shine, and if V-E Day should have come in the meantime, it is expected that the success of the bazaar for war relief will be greatly increased. Surely it would be an appropriate way for the town of Andover to express its thankfulness for the cessation of hostilities in Europe to patronize Abbot’s attempt to raise funds for the benefit of war sufferers.

An accident which occurred last Sunday night at Chestnut and Bartlet streets resulted in the hospitalization of Judith Nowell, 6 Chestnut St., and a general shaking up of her family. The 10-year-old girl was taken to Lawrence General Hospital for observation after the machine in which she was riding was struck on the right real wheel by another car, driven by Francis Robertson, 17, 54 Morton St.

From an editorial: “The disinclination of the Board of Public Works to let the public in on the reasons for the drastic post-town meeting wage increase can do nothing but lend further support to the mounting feeling on the part of the voters that the board has a “public-be-damned” attitude. How it happened can only be surmised now. Apparently, pressure was exerted by some of the laborers and the board yielded to the pressure, preferring to incur the wrath of the public rather than the wrath of the help.”


50 years ago — May 7, 1970

Between 500 and 600 students, mostly from Merrimack College, marched through Andover Tuesday afternoon, protesting the extension of the war into Cambodia. It was followed up Wednesday afternoon by another march, which included students from Andover High School, Phillips and Abbot academies and students from North Andover High School. The march began on the Merrimack campus and proceeded over Elm Street, to Elm Square, to Central Street, to Abbot Academy, to Phillips Academy, down Main Street, finally ending at the bandstand in Memorial Park.

Between 500 and 600 adults, concerned over the drug situation in Andover today and in the summer months ahead, heard sobering news Monday night from Dr. James O’Shea and Jim Alonzi, and ex-addicts from Reality Inc. It is too late for Andover to bury its head in the sand they were told; a number of Andover youngsters are taking drugs, often out of a desire to impress or identify with peer groups.

Did you see the pairs and trios and groups of wet cheerful youngsters strung out along the roads on Sunday? That was the March on Hunger, and those were Andover, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover high school kids earning money for the American Freedom from Hunger Foundation.


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