The following passages were taken from past editions of the Townsman:
100 years ago — Nov. 21, 1919
P. Simeone has added two handsome new showcases to the windows of his store in Musgrove Block.
Mike Francis, a shoe dealer, has moved from Main Street to the store in the Buchan and McNally block on Park Street. The store vacated is being remodeled as an office for the Lawrence Gas Company.
The circus will reach Andover Tuesday evening, Nov. 25, and all will be ready for the great parade and performance in Christ Church Parish House at 8 o'clock promptly. Nervous persons should take a tonic before coming, for the growls of the bear, the chatter of the monkey, the squawks of the moa bird, the neighing of the white horses, the antics of the Wild Man of Borneo, Siamese twins, dwarf and clowns may all be too much for them.
75 years ago — Nov. 23, 1944
Two local families who have steadfastly refused to give up hope that their sons, reported missing in action since June, were safe, received a cruel blow Thanksgiving Day. The War Department notified police Sgt. and Mrs. William R. Hickey that their son, Lt. Raymond W. Hickey is officially listed as having been killed on May 20 following a raid over Austria. Mr. and Mrs. George Muller of High Plain Road were notified that their son, Pfc. William R. Muller, was killed on June 9, presumably during the invasion of Normandy. The telegram was received Wednesday evening.
We received a letter this week from a man who moved to California this summer, and this is what he says: "I often think of Andover. I would trade our palm-lined streets for a few piles of burning elm leaves on Essex Street. Funny how you miss things like burning leaves, frost on the grass. Here it is one foggy morning after another with sunshine in the p.m.'' — Father Austin, former pastor of St. Augustine's Church
Advertisement — Charlotte Marland Gift Shop, 29 Bartlet Street. Stationary, children's toys, books, gifts.
50 years ago — Nov. 26, 1969
The School Committee has unanimously approved a redistricting plan for the West Elementary School for next September when the West School addition opens. In addition to setting new boundary lines to include some present Sanborn and Shawsheen students, the plan will retire Stowe School as a teaching facility. For two years, all of Central School's sixth-graders are slated for the modern West School.
A photo of defensive players from the Andover High football team, which will go against North Andover on Thursday in the traditional Thanksgiving game, shows Van Debose, Tom Adams, co-captain Bill Rushforth, Peter Nixon, Doug Hamilton, Steve Luken, Peter Ellis, Jerry Stahley, Ellis Rowe and Joe Santalasci.
Dedication ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. prior to the kickoff at the Eugene V. Lovely field. The field will be formally dedicated to the memory of the late coach and headmaster of Punchard High School, which preceded the current Andover High School. Walter Pearson, a member of Coach Lovely's 1932 football team, will be the master of ceremonies.
25 years ago — Nov. 16, 1994
Betsy Williams, owner and operator of The Proper Season flower and garden shop at 68 Park St., will close her store on Christmas Eve. "It's hard to do this in our ninth year, but if we are to accomplish our goal, we must do it,'' Williams said in her autumn newsletter to customers.
Victorian Treats will move into larger quarters after the first of the year, into the space being vacated by The Proper Season.
The Harding Street bridge over the railroad tracks is in need of replacement and the state plans to raise and widen the bridge when it replaces the old wooden decking with a new steel and concrete structure. Residents will be moved out of 4-16 Harding St., which will be torn down to make way for the reconstruction.