The following passages were taken from past editions of the Townsman:
100 years ago — Sept. 19, 1919
An accident occurred Sunday afternoon when three motor vehicles — an electric car, a Liberty sedan and a Buick sedan — collided near Stimson's Bridge.
Phillips Academy began its 141st year this week. The pressure from new applicants has been much greater than ever before, and while, for several years, increasing numbers of desirable candidates have been turned away for lack of accommodations, the number rejected this year has been far in excess of anything recorded in the past.
Those who were fortunate enough to get in to visit the governor during his visit to Andover a week ago were members of almost the last public gathering that Gov. Coolidge attended, previous to the storm that broke over the city of Boston in connection with the police strike.
75 years ago — Sept. 28, 1944
An urgent appeal has been sent to the churches of Andover for contributions of good, used clothing to be used for the relief of nearly 2,000,000 needy men, women and children of Europe. Centers where contributions are to be left have been announced by the individual churches, and the urgency of the need prompts this reminder for the benefit of those who may have forgotten.
Jackie McCarthy, 12-year-old son of the Frank G. McCarthy of 2 Wolcott Ave., is doing surprisingly well with his homing pigeons, as evidenced by the fact that he recently took first and second honors in contests conducted by the Lawrence Flying Club, of which he is a member.
Miss Martha Byington, 70, narrowly escaped serious injury or possible death last Friday when the Kennebec Limited train, carrying Gov. John W. Bricker, Republican candidate for vice president, completely demolished the two-wheeled grocery wagon she was pulling across the B&M tracks. Miss Byington is hard of hearing and was crossing the Essex Street grade crossing when the express roared by, narrowly missing her.
50 years ago — Oct. 2, 1969
Homes on Whittier Court will be the subject of discussion at the special Town Meeting Monday night. The School Department wants to obtain the property for expansion of the Central School. The Finance Committee and selectmen want school officials to negotiate the purchase of the property and elimination of any eminent domain proceedings.
Rogers Brook is settled. For Andover natives, that comment may be somewhat of a relief, but for newcomers, let it be known that for years the troublesome little waterway, which flooded areas in the center of town, has been the subject of consternation. Over a period of a few years, the state and the town have appropriated funds to end the whole darn mess of water and get it into the Shawsheen River as quickly as possible.
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25 years ago — Sept. 22, 1994
Incumbent John D. O'Brien Jr., D-Andover, dominated his party's race for Senate in Tuesday's state primary election. He will face Maria Marasco, also of Andover, for the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District seat in the November general elections.
The town made little tangible progress this week in negotiations with Mark Anderson, the resident who threatened last Monday to seek an injunction to stop work on the Andover High School construction project.
An anonymous donor will contribute $10,000 to the Elm Green Veterans Memorial if organizers can raise the other $10,000 needed to complete the project.
Andover resident Henry McLawlin operated a store located at 27-39 Main street between 1881 and 1906. A photo shows that it is a typical mid-19th century wooden commercial building. Agricultural tools and sporting equipment were items featured in the store.