100 Years Age
May 26, 1916
With lessened ranks and feebler steps the veterans of the days of 1861-1865 represented by the members of Gen. William F. Bartlett Post, 99, G.A.R will again honor their dead and decorate their graves. Since last year, two members of the Post have answered the last roll call. On August 26, 1915, Charles W. Morrison died, and taps sounded for George K. Dodge, April 6, 1916. Only twenty-three veterans (of the Civil War) now remain as members of the local Post.
A party of gypsies going through Andover Saturday were detained by the Andover police who were notified by the Salem police to delay them. They were later taken in charge by the Salem police and were said to have stolen about $400.
The older folks will remember the Pierson family, who lived 45 years ago in the “Merril” house on Salem Street. Mrs. Pierson, her daughter Lizzie B., and the son Isaac, who was a seminary graduate in 1869. The latter was in town on Monday, making a few calls. He was for 20 years a missionary in China, and is now secretary of the American Tract Society, Boston.
75 Years Ago
May 29, 1941
Tomorrow, Memorial Day, there will be addresses honoring our soldier dead, and chances are that some of the speakers will take the opportunity to speak against the involvement of the United States in this war. Yet there are facts that we here in this country must face today, and the most important one is that, whether we wanted it or not, we are in the war … To go into war today with Great Britain, Germany or any other nation destined to come out of it with the same principles of imperialism and selfishness would be to sacrifice our boys uselessly as we did in 1917-1918. President Roosevelt would be doing the world a great service were he to insist in his dealings with Great Britain that the Hull-enunciated doctrines (Secretary of State Hull) proposed a peace treaty formula of mutual help and of a breakdown of selfish nationalism through which we can realize permanent peace would be included in the final peace treaties. On this Memorial Day let us pray that never again will men of any nation have died in vain that never again will there be a Memorial Day in which the clouds of war obscure the deeds of those who have gone on before. (Editorial)
Last Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Marland Bridge over the Shawsheen River at Stevens Street, Rev. Frederick B. Noss, pastor of the South Church, dedicated his service to the memory of the crew of the H.M.S. Hood, all reported lost during the past week when the ship was sunk by a German battleship.
It has been announced that the Tyer Rubber Co. was awarded a contract for rubber discs, $4,590 by the war department.
A truck owned by the Columbus Sun Creamery of Argilla Road was badly damaged when the operator, Charles E. Turner, went to sleep at the wheel last Tuesday morning at 2:05.
50 Years Ago
May 26, 1966
Town Manager Richard Bowen issued today a directive lifting the water ban in Andover, but establishing fixed patterns for use to prevent a sudden and dangerous draw on Haggett’s Pond … Unlimited use is to be permitted under the new regulations but the rules have been set up to stagger usage on the East and West sides of town.
A total of 73.8 percent of Andover High School’s 287 graduating class has been accepted for fall terms at U.S. schools and colleges. Last year just 65% of 240 seniors were slated for advanced education.
William Stewart, chairman of the Andover Board of Selectmen, today announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 12th district representative to the Massachusetts legislature.
25 Years Ago
May 30, 1991
Andover High School Principal Wilbur Hixon has worked every summer since he was 12 years old. When he retires this June after teaching, coaching, and working as administrator in Andover for 32 years, Mr. Hixon plans to have “nothing to do with any alarm clocks or appointment books.” Mr. Hixon began teaching history and varsity basketball and junior varsity football at Andover High in 1959.
The Patriot missile, the high tech hero of the Gulf War and pride of Raytheon Company, will be honored by the Andover Post Office on July 4 with a pictorial philatelic, cancellation, depicting a Patriot firing from its launcher.
By a vote of 16-1, a handful of students and a few parents decided the Andover High School administration quelled three student government candidates’ First Amendment rights by disqualifying them from running. The administration took the action because the students used “questionable” language in their speeches.