The following items were taken from past editions of the Townsman:
100 years ago — April 2, 1920
While a load of hay was being driven down Essex street Monday, the load capsized just at the railroad crossing, but fortunately no damage was done. Sid White of Reservation Road was in charge and, with assistance, replaced the load and proceeded on his way.
The Andover Fire Department was called out on Wednesday afternoon about three o’clock to extinguish a brush fire behind Magnolia Avenue in Shawsheen Village. The fire started on the Lawrence side of the town line. No serious damage resulted.
A special moving picture entertainment event will happen at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday afternoon and evening, April 8. The feature picture will be “Anne of Green Gables” — a film based on the four famous “Anne” stories by L.M. Montgomery. This picture has been shown before crowded houses in Boston and other large cities, and is full of fun and highly entertaining.
75 years ago — March 29, 1945
With the whole nation hopefully awaiting the formal announcement by General Dwight D. Eisenhower that German resistance has been broken and the war in Europe ended, leaders of all faiths in Andover completed plans for special religious observances to give thanks.
Chief C. Edward Buchan has taken steps to relieve the manpower shortage which has existed here for the past several months by appointing two provisional members to the Fire Department. The two are military veterans. They are Hector J. Keith, who served in world wars I and II, and John Deyermond, who saw active service and has received a medical discharge for wounds received in action. Buchan also appointed two regular call firefighters to the department April 1. They are Wilson Crawford of 122 North Main St., also a veteran of the present war, and Paul D. Carey of 79 Summer St.
It is to be expected that Andover churches will be packed to capacity in prayer and thanksgiving to observe the great feast of the Christian church, Easter. All churches have prepared special programs for the annual services.
50 years ago — April 2, 1970
Andover’s Civil Defense program was commended by state officials Monday at a meeting of 25 state and area Civil Defense leaders held at the Branding Iron in Tewksbury. The leaders were meeting in preparation for a fallout shelter program to be held here later this month. Civil Defense Director Burton Batcheller is planning to have a group of volunteers enter the shelter on April 24 and remain there until April 26.
A photo shows “The Easter Bunny and his helpers on hand at Andover Recreation Park” last Saturday to distribute candy to youngsters during the annual Easter egg hunt conducted by the Recreation Department.
The official state highway map for 1970 has been issued by the state Department of Public Works. Among notable highway completions is Interstate 495, which passes through Andover.
25 years ago — April 6, 1995
Article 70 on the Town Meeting warrant is a proposal to create a Ballardvale Historic District, which would place some controls on architectural changes in the area to preserve its history. The area affected would include Center, Marland and Church streets; Clinton Court; parts of Andover, River, Dale, Tewksbury, Chester and Oak streets; High Vale Lane; and Clark Road. “We are basically doing this for the good of the community,” said Tim Barash, chairman of the Ballardvale Historic District Study Committee and a 15-year Andover resident.
Town officials may be headed for a second showdown with concerned residents over the radio towers and an equipment building on top of Holt Hill — once again the subject of a warrant article. Town and police officials want to allow a private cell phone company to use the hill in exchange for new facilities.