The following items were taken from past editions of the Townsman.
100 years ago — Jan. 2, 1920
Ice cutting has begun and the People's Ice Company is filling the houses of W.M. Wood in Frye Village. Mr. Nuckley hopes to begin cutting his own supply at Pomps Pond late this week.
The first arrest in connection with the discovery of an alleged illegal still in Andover was made on Monday of this week. The case began with the discovery of three half-gallon jugs of Syrian whiskey, known as arak, and 20 25-pound cases of raisins in a milk storehouse run by Mr. Yaksoulian at 40 Valley St., Lawrence, and used by Aaron Kasabian, a milk dealer from West Andover. When police discovered the raisins and arak in the storehouse, Yaksoulian was questioned and told police about the still in West Andover. Officer Frye was called to go with the Lawrence police to search the Kasabian premises, just off Chandler Road. There police found seven gallons of arak ready for sale, 40 gallons being brewed, and a bottle of anise oil used to give flavor. The case will probably be transferred to federal authorities.
75 years ago — Jan. 4
Selectmen have renewed all liquor licenses for the coming year that were held locally during 1944. The fee for a full license is $250, and beer and wine licenses are $100. Three full package store licenses were issued as follows: James E. Greeley Co., Joseph McNally, manager, 11 Barnard St.; John J. Driscoll and Paul Carey, doing business as Driscoll's Package Store, 5 Post Office Ave.; and Martha Robinson, d/b/a Shawsheen Market, 2 Riverina Road.
First Lt. Frederic A. Stott of the Marine Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic W. Stott, was wounded during the invasion of Saipan and has been awarded the Purple Heart. Lt. Stott's tank received a direct hit by Japanese shell fire and he was thrown out of the tank and injured, but continued to direct the attack.
Stanley Forsyth of Barnard Street was struck by a hit-and-run driver last Sunday night and an investigation by the Andover police followed. An alert bystander supplied the license plate number of the truck which allegedly struck the victim from the rear as he was walking down Main Street toward the square.
50 years ago — Jan. 8, 1970
Two proposals to provide downtown parking areas for Andover were presented by Andover Chamber of Commerce officials to a meeting of selectmen and the Finance Committee Monday night. The prime site is the area known as Rogers Place on Main Street, a plot of land extending from Main Street diagonally across from Town Hall back to Central Street. An alternate site is a plot of land known as the Doherty-Lally property between Chestnut and Barnard streets.
The familiar, dull, abrupt honk which has signaled fires in town for years will soon be a thing of the past. With the opening of the new Public Safety Center on North Main Street, the fire horn will no longer sound. Fire Chief Henry L. Hilton explains that the present fire alarm system, an antiquated piece of machinery, will be replaced by a sophisticated, speedier reporting system from the street fire alarm boxes.
William A. Doherty, believed to hold the record for serving on a school committee in this state for the longest consecutive number of terms, has announced he will retire from the local board in March at the end of his current term. Doherty has served for 39 years.
25 years ago — Jan. 5, 1995
Selectman Jim Barenboim recently commended Andover police and detectives involved in solving eight bank robberies in the area during the past seven years. In other news, selectmen approved an earth removal permit for Mark Conserva of 5 Fairway Drive associated with the development of 1 Stone Post Road.
Susan Stott of Robandy Road appears somewhat dismayed at the sign hanging in the Andover Post Office window at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon advising patrons that the facility had run out of three-cent stamps. "I've never seen anything like this,'' Andover Postmaster George Selfridge said Wednesday morning. The Post Office went through 50,000 three-cent stamps Tuesday, he said.
Town officials broke ground at Andover High School Tuesday morning, beginning a construction project that school Principal Tim Thomas said will "take us into the 21st century.''