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Andover Stories – November thru December 2010

Friday, January 21st, 2011

As a regular readers know, the Andover Townsman newspaper has been publishing a weekly feature, “Andover Stories.” The feature will run for two years, from April 2010 through April 2012, celebrating the Society’s 100th anniversary.  One story will run on the Society’s actual 100th birth date, Thursday, April 14, 2011.

The Andover Stories project is chaired by volunteer Gail Ralston and co-chaired by volunteer Mike Simo.  Writers are all volunteers and interns.  Historical Society volunteers include Jim Batchelder, Joan Patrakis, Gail Ralston, Don Robb, and Mike Simo.  Interns past and present include Francesca Balboni, Amanda Beveridge, Katie Gohn, and Jennifer Tarbox.  If you would like to join the 104 Stories team as a researcher or writer, please call Elaine Clements at the Historical Society.

Andover Stories will be archived on the Andover Townsman’s website the week after they appear in the paper.  We will post a link to the most recent article each week on The Blanchard House Blog so you can stay up to date with the series.

Follow these links to the stories from November and December 2010 in the series:

November 4, 2010 – Andover Stories: Le Boutillier’s indelible mark, By Tom Adams

November 11, 2010 – Andover Stories: Immigrants always drawn to Andover, By Amanda Beveridge

November 18, 2010 – Andover Stories: A sailor from ‘Greatest Generation,’ By Mike Simo

November 24, 2010 – Andover Stories: Thanksgiving in Andover, By Gail Ralston

December 2, 2010 – Andover Stories: Andover’s Big Screens, By Lorraine DeLucia

December 9, 2010 – Andover Stories: League of Women Voters celebrates 90 years, By Karen Wakeling

December 16, 2010 – Andover Stories: Independent Andover Bookstore remains a rare business, By Katie Gohn

December 30, 2010 – Andover Stories: Andover’s early churches: A history of helping others, By Amanda Beveridge


Andover Story Next Week on William Wood

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Join us next Tuesday, January 18th, at 2 p.m. as Donald Robb presents the fascinating Andover Story,

William Wood: Father of Shawsheen Village

Have you ever wondered why there are so few garages in Shawsheen Village?  Or why the area is divided into “Brick Shawsheen” and “White Shawsheen”?  And what ever happened to the dream of William Wood.

Don’t miss this Andover Story!

Andover Historical Society

97 Main St.

Andover, MA 01810



Andover Stories: William Wood, Father of Shawsheen Village

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Join us on Tuesday, January 18th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Andover Historical Society for our lecture series,  Andover Stories: Presentations on Interesting and Obscure Andover History.  Former Board President, Donald Robb will present the fascinating history of William Wood, the founder of Shawsheen Village and president of the American Woolen Company founded in 1899.

William Madison Wood, circa 1920s Accession 1994.119.1

Because of William Wood, an ‘industrial genius,’ the American Woolen Company became one of the largest textile manufacturers in the world.  The American Woolen Company provided cloth for U.S. Armed Forces uniforms for two World Wars and produced 40,00 miles of cloth each year.  During this presentation, learn about the life and times of William Wood a true humanitarian and influential Andover resident.  During this presentation, take a virtual tour of the neighborhood Wood created in the 1920’s, Shawsheen Village.  Learn about  the unique differences of Shawsheen Village from other company towns and why the area was divided into “Brick Shawsheen” and “White Shawsheen.”  You won’t want to miss learning about the dreams of William Wood and the impact he has had on the community.

Step out of the cold and journey back in time at the Andover Historical Society during this informative presentation on one of Andover’s many historic figures.  This event is free to the public.  Come to 97 Main St Andover, MA 01810. (978) 475-2236.


Andover Stories – August 12, 2010

Friday, August 13th, 2010

This week’s Andover Story, “Andover company that started as Tyer Rubber produced Converse shoes, NHL puck.” was written by Mike Simo. Tyer Rubber was a major manufacturing employer for over 100 years. The Society is fortunate to have in its collection photographs of the Tyer Rubber factory, along with examples of some of the company’s products. Tyer Rubber materials include sneakers, a hot water bottle, and a few rubber postcards that the company produced to show the quality of their product. To learn more about Tyer Rubber company and its founder Henry G. Tyer, follow the link to the Andover Townsman website.

Tyre Rubber employee working in the mill.


Andover Stories – July 29, 2010

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

This week’s Andover Stories by local historian and author Joan Patrakis, “What our ancestors did for summer fun,” describes warm weather entertainment before the digital age.  How did people entertain themselves during the dog days of summer?  Many are familiar family activities today.  Boating, picnics, cycling, swimming, amusement parks, and sports still top lists of summer fun.  Follow the link to the Andover Townsman Online to learn how these popular activities have changed over the past 125 years.


Andover Stories from the Trails… this Sunday!

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Watercolor by Bessie Goldsmith, from the Society's collection (Acc. 1992.114.16)

The Andover Trails Committee and the Andover Historical Society have joined together and will be hosting a historic hike at the Goldsmith Reservation on Sunday, July 25th from 1pm to 4pm. Led by Andover Historical Society Board Member Jane Cairns, it’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and learn more about Andover’s history, and one its best known former residents, Bessie Goldsmith!

Free & Open to Public
Meet at Goldsmith Reservation


Andover Stories – July 1, 2010

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Today’s Andover Story was researched and written by Katie Gohn. Katie is new to the Andover Stories project, one of three interns who are working on stories this summer.  Katie will be a junior at Boston University this fall where she is double majoring in political science and history.  This week’s story, Presidential Visits to Andover, from Washington to Bush, is the perfect combination of Katie’s interests.  We look forward to introducing you to our writers as they join the Andover Stories team.  Follow this link to read Katie’s story on The Andover Townsman Online.

President Theodore Roosevelt was one of the many United States presidents to visit Andover.


Andover Stories: June 24, 2010

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Today’s Andover Stories column on Andover’s Private Schools was written by Stories Chair Gail Ralston. As a Phillips Academy employee for many years, Gail is uniquely qualified to write this article.

Here’s a taste of Gail’s article, which continues on to discuss Andover’s other private schools, some you might know and others you may never had heard about before.

Most familiar is Phillips Academy, founded in 1778 by Samuel Phillips Jr. to educate “youth from every quarter” in the classical tradition. While today the academy educates those of high school age, in its early days students ranged from 7 to over 30! Abbot Academy, the first incorporated school in Massachusetts for girls only, opened in 1829.

Follow this link to read the full story at the Andover Townsman Online.

The early years of Pike School


Andover Stories – June 10, 2010

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Last week’s Andover Stories article was posted directly to the Andover Townsman website rather than appearing in print first.  The June 10th article, written by project chair Gail Ralston, tells the story of  Memorial Hall Library, which has been a focal point for the town since it was built.  Follow the link below to the Andover Townsman website to read the story online.

June 10, 2010 – Andover Stories: Memorial Hall Library’s Legacy of Literacy and Remembrance

Memorial Hall Library as it appeared at the turn of the last century.


Ice Cream!

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Join us
Tuesday, June 15th
at 10am
at the Historical Society
for our next
Andover Stories presentation

Ice Cream: An Andover Favorite for 150 Years

Whether you prefer strawberry, chocolate chip, or rum raisin, ice cream has been a favorite summer treat for centuries! Learn more as local historian and author Joan Patrakis highlights this popular dairy dessert and how it has enjoyed in Andover since the mid-19th century.

Andover Stories programs are free and open to the public. For more information, read more on our website…

Attendees to this program will also be invited to sample some frozen treats themselves – so don’t miss this interesting and delicious look at Andover’s history.