The following passages were taken from past editions of The Townsman.

100 Years Ago — Aug. 22, 1919

The present years tax rate for Andover will be twenty-three cents on a thousand, an increase of seventy-five cents over 1918. This is a great surprise to the taxpayers, as most of them were expecting it to be several dollars more.

The Athletic Committee for the Welcome Home Celebration has made plans which if carried out, ought to make September 6th the biggest "sport'' day Andover has ever witnessed. The Athletic Committee has started the ball rolling towards an awakening of the old Andover spirit, by providing a program of events that should arouse every sporting nature in Andover. Much enthusiasm is already being displayed by the townspeople toward this great event, and it is expected that a record attendance will be present to show their deep appreciation for their "Boys" great patriotism and self-sacrifice.


75 Years Ago — Aug. 31, 1944

The Public schools will reopen on Wednesday, September 6, with school hours remaining unchanged. Extensive work has been done on the school buildings, painting at Indian Ridge, Jackson, Stowe and Punchard high schools, and renovation of toilet rooms in the John Dove building.

Salvage collections get underway in Andover on Sunday, September 10, when the local committee will make a tin can pick-up and trucks will be on every street in town and make a house to house canvas. Householders are asked to get their tin cans out on the curb by noon time all cleaned and pressed in.

Private Julius H. Cieslik, 32, is a casualty of the war in the European theatre, according to a message received by this wife, Mrs. Helen (Sharpe) Cieslik, 68 Essex street. He is reported to have died in Italy on August 4 of wounds received in action.


50 Years Ago — Sept. 4, 1969

Town Manager J. Maynard Austin began his new duties this week. Austin was appointed by the board a month ago to replace Richard J. Bowen who resigned to accept the City Manager position in Portsmouth, N.H. He will receive a salary of $18,000 plus local travel expenses of $1,000.

Work continues to move at a good pace on the public safety center on North Main street. Over one-third complete, the building will house the police station at the left side of the building and the fire station, to the right.

(Advertisement) Gladys Barnet Teacher of Piano, Organ and Voice resumes teaching: Studio at 84 Maple Ave.

(Advertisement) Grand Opening of Nancy's Dining Room (formerly Anchors Away) 19 Essex street; specializing in all kinds of sea foods.


25 Years Ago — Aug. 25, 1994

State Senator John O'Brien, D-Andover, and Representative Gary M. Coon, R-Andover, announced that as of August 18 lenders have accepted applications for 30-year MHFA mortgages at a fixed rate of 6.99 percent. Most of the money will be offered through MHFA's General Lending Program with half the money being set aside for veterans, minorities, the physically disabled and low-income borrowers.

Despite torrential downpours Monday morning August 22, 130 hearty souls turned out for a gold tournament at Andover County Club to benefit youth services for the town's 350th anniversary celebration in 1996. But the rain turned out to be a benefit for the Youth Activities Committee. Yvon Cormier, owner of the Country Club, who was playing in one of the foursomes, learned what the event was to benefit. He saw golfers playing in the rain and decided not to charge them for the golf or the cart rental, a cost of more than $50 each.


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