50 Years Ago

October 1962

Here’s some old news from the Andover, East Andover, West Andover, Potter Place, and Cilleyville “gossip” columns of the Franklin Journal Transcript, selected by Heather Makechnie.

October 4, 1962: Congratulations to Mr. Timothy and Elizabeth Ferry (Emery) Frost, who were married Friday night at Andover Congregational Church in a candlelight ceremony. Timothy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace A. Kelley of East Andover.

October 11, 1962: Hurricane Daisy left 6.75 inches of rain, which was much needed to fill the wells, but also filled many cellars that had never flooded before. Hardest hit by the wind and rain were the apples. Those ripe apples, just waiting for the pickers, fell to the ground heavily. Sawyer’s Orchards in Salisbury reports that he lost 2,500 bushels above normal drops.

October 18, 1962: Burt Lancaster is starring in The Birdman of Alcatraz at the Regal. Next week, see Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii.

Six members of the class which graduated Proctor Academy in 1912 observed their 50th reunion on Alumni Day, October 13. Those present were Mrs. Iris Langley Sanborn, Mrs. Bernice Morrill Templeton, Mrs. Grace Russell-Ford, Mrs. Florence Stevens Wyeth, Victor Phelps, and Gardiner Hazen.

Andover High Review – This fall, Andover started school with seven new teachers, namely Principal E. Waldo Sanders, Richard Day, Mrs. Sylvia Blakeslee, Edgar Ramsden, Daniel Flint, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, and Mr. Paul Bates. We are happy that Mrs. Marion Shay and Miss Mildred Caswell are back with us, as well.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Shanelaris and family of Peacham Academy, Vermont, where he is headmaster, spent the weekend at their home in town.

October 25, 1962: Tragic Accident Kills Farmer – On Monday morning, tragedy struck a young and active Andover town official, Raymond E. French. Mr. French sold his own cattle business in June to become associated with the Edgewood Farm, owned by the Fenton Family Corporation. He was known as a hard worker at the farm, and Monday, of his own initiative, came in early to get a head start on cleaning the barn, as this was to be the day the cement would be poured for the new barn floor.

With a dozer blade attached to his tractor, Mr. French was moving the scrapings along the cement floor to the open front, where they dropped into a truck stationed below. However, the tractor rig dropped several feet off the platform into the truck, carrying with it the driver, still seated and clutching the wheel, pinning Mr. French and killing him instantly.

Mr. French, 39, was born in Andover, the son of Belle E. (Woodward) French and the late Byron French. He graduated Andover High School and was a member of the Andover Fire Department as well as Highland Lake Grange, of which he served as Master. He leaves two sons, Bruce and Robert.


The Junior Class of Andover High School had a successful turkey supper Thursday night, October 18, and fed 200 people, making a good profit. Mothers of the students and Mrs. Miller, class advisor, were a great help.

Everett Decatur recently opened his barbershop in town.

Wedding congratulations go to Mr. and Mrs. Cy Decato. Mr. Decato works at Humphrey’s store.

Arthur L. Fontaine sent four sweaters and two pair of mittens to the Rochester Fair. He captured one first place ribbon, three second place ribbons, and two third place ribbons. He takes great pains while making a sweater to be sure that it is exactly right. Therefore they are usually so nearly perfect that many people want them.