The following items were taken from past editions of the Townsman.
100 years ago — Feb. 13, 1920
While jumping from a moving truck Wednesday morning, 18-year-old Thomas Corbett slipped on the ice, was caught in the front wheel of the truck and dragged several feet. The accident occurred on Main Street about 11 o'clock. The boy was taken to the office of Dr. P.J. Look. No bones were broken, but fearing he had sustained internal injuries, the doctor ordered his removal to the Lawrence General Hospital where he died about 3 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. The truck was heading to Boston with a load of beef when the accident occurred.
A horse owned by James J. Abbot ran away early Saturday evening, but was caught in Elm Square. The dasher and shafts of the sleigh were broken.
The storm which began a week ago yesterday in the early morning, continuing through Friday, has passed into history as one of the "epochal storms,'' being classed with the Great Storm of 1898 and the three-day storm of February 1899 when there was a snowfall of 16 inches.
75 years ago — Feb. 8, 1945
Lt. William B. Cole, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip P. Cole of Morton Street, met a hero's death offshore at San Diego, Calif., on Feb. 3 while attempting to rescue an enlisted man. The tragic accident occurred in a heavy surf after an amphibious beaching. The body has not yet been recovered.
Juvenile delinquency is keeping the local Police Department busy, with breaking and entering, burglary, shooting and a theft of dynamite being among the complaints recently. A concrete magazine at Phillips Academy was broken into a weekend ago, and 16 percussion caps were stolen by two Andover boys of junior high age. Academy authorities succeeded in locating 15 of the caps, and the police had one of the boys admit that he had blown off the other. Four juveniles, three from Andover and one from Lawrence, have been charged with breaking and entering the W.R. Hill hardware store. The sum of $24.50 was stolen from the cash register, the boys having pushed in a bolted door. A previous break had been made at MacGregor's Bakery, with pastry being consumed, but no money taken. Another attempted break was made at the Andover News Store.
50 years ago — Feb. 12, 1970
Miss Catherine Barrett, 102 Chestnut St., will retire as principal of the Central Elementary School on July 31. Dr. Kenneth R. Seifert submitted the notice to the School Committee Tuesday night, with the comment that her benchmark which will remain is her kindliness and cooperation.
A seventh-grade class at Andover East Junior High recently extended their studies of the Soviet Union by preparing, serving and eating a Russian meal in the foods laboratory of the school. A photo shows David Hempstead, Ellen Cheetham, Mrs. Robert Gaynor, Mrs. Thomas Dye, Nicki Silverman, Margi Hanst, David Pratt, Dan Lynch, Mark Travis and Leonard Young.
There has been a total of 425 new voters registered since last July when the town clerk certifies the voting list and submits it to the state. The total number of registered voters in town is now listed at 11,361.
25 years ago — Feb. 16, 1995
Concerned residents, several of them disabled, met with selectmen Monday night to present their petition to establish a commission on disability in Andover. Their petition will be on the April 10 Town Meeting warrant. Mike Warshawsky of 18 Paulornette Circle would like to see a group formed to support local residents with disabilities.