Archive for September, 2011

Director’s Blog: What can you do at the Historical Society this week?

Monday, September 26th, 2011


Museum Educator Deb DeSmet has scared up a month of eerie history events starting this Saturday, October 1.  Join us as we kick off “Bewitched in Andover” with Ghost Hunting 101 Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.  Meet local ghost hunters G.H.O.S.T. (Ghost Hunters of Southern Tri State) and learn about how they do what they do.

Other events in Bewitched in Andover include a talk about Andover’s role in the witch hysteria of 1692, a book signing by author Kathleen Kent, a tour of the Abbot House, and Andover Girl Tea, and, wrapping up the month, Cocktails from the Crypt.  Visit the Society’s website calendar for all the spooky details!


Photo of the Week

Sunday, September 25th, 2011


Dundee park is a commercial community right off the railroad tracks in Andover. I love this aerial picture, added to the AHS collection in 1996, because my old Tae Kwon Do studio is right there in the middle. Master Shin’s Martial Arts moved into that white building in the middle about 8 years ago. I even took my black belt test in that building– a four hour test where I demonstrated everything I had learned in 5 years. Tae Kwon Do changed my life, and seeing this picture of the building brings back memories.

This park is home to a real estate company, an outdoor supplies store, and another fitness center. But to me, Dundee Park was a second home.


Abby Locke’s Splendid Days: A Teenager’s Diary in 1860s Andover (#35)

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Abby’s entries continue to be sporadic in September 1867.

Tuesday 17Clara had a Surprise Party and they had a delightful time.  Merriam was there.  I thought it strange and ever so many nice boys.  The girls weren’t quite so jolly.  Mary Stevens came over.  Sam went home with Belle Ray.  Eddie Roberts was real sick.  Clara is going to set one for him soon.

Thursday September 19:  Coming home from a drive we found Mr. Raulson on the steps.  We called on the Goldsmiths in the evening.  He gave us each a little knife.

From the lofty perch of her sixteen years, Abby appears to find the social lives of her younger sister and brother quite amusing, as well she might.  Clara was 13 in 1867 and Sam was only 11. 

Clara was the only other of the Locke siblings (besides Abby) to marry.  After teaching in Andover for many years (and living with her parents at 70 Elm Street),  Clara married Francis Jordan Thomsen of Baltimore in 1885, when she was 31 years old, and went on to raise 4 children. 

Sammy worked for his father in the family’s iron salvage business, but his life appears to have unraveled a bit after his father’s death in 1901.  He moved away from Andover, apparently without maintaining contact with his family.  Abby’s descendants remembered only that he was said to have “[gone] West and disappeared. “  He appears in San Francisco, California county voter registration directories in 1914 and 1916.  He is listed in the 1920 Federal Census as a patient, age 64 years, in the Fresno, California County Hospital and died on March 29, 1920 of “pernicious anaemia,” a disorder now easily treated with vitamin B12 shots.


Welcome to our new courtyard

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Many thanks go out to Eagle Scout candidate Sam Pratt and Andover Boy Scout Troop 77 for transforming the backdoor parking area of the Historical Society from a barren waste land to a beautiful courtyard.  Sam organized the troop of 16 boys who worked over the weekend to construct and paint two picnic tables, edge the lawn, and dig out all the trees and brush that had taken over.  The boys uncovered the vinca that had been hiding under all that brush and opened up the area.  The Society now has a beautiful, welcoming courtyard.  So grab a cup of coffee or lunch and settle in at a table and enjoy our new courtyard.

The courtyard’s grand opening will be this Saturday, September 24th, Andover Day and the Farmers’ Market.  The place will be hopping so come on down!

Thank you, Sam, Troop 77, and the Eagle Scout council for making the courtyard a reality!

Sam Pratt and team cutting wood for the new picnic tables.

Cleaning up the walkway

Table number 1 going together

Troop 77

Thank you, Sam!


Director’s Blog: What can you do at the Historical Society this week?

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Pick up some fresh apples at the Farmers’ Market

Autumn is apple time!

We’re into the last few weeks of the Farmers’ Market….and what a season it has been!  Many thanks to our Museum Educator and market manager Deb DeSmet and her team of fabulous volunteers for all they have done to make this year’s market a success.  The days are growing cooler and that means apple time in New England.  Come on down to the Farmers’ Market and pick up some fresh, crisp, local apples.


Photo of the Week

Sunday, September 18th, 2011


The Andover Inn has been a place for Phillips Academy parents and Andover visitors to stay at since the mid-1800’s. Located right across from the Addison Gallery, I pass the Inn every day as I leave campus. Although the building has been through a lot, it now stands beautifully on the PA campus.

William M. Iliff built the hotel in 1856, but it was not popular until it got a liquor license years later. The building was bought and sold countless times. 100 years later, a restaurant was introduced by the Jennings family, the owners at that time. In the fall of 2005, Jeff Luisi renovated the restaurant and named it The Iron Mine Grill and Tavern. There was a Grand Opening celebration on November 18th. In January, however, a fire destroyed it all. The Inn Website states, “Many recall the heroic efforts of members of the Andover Fire Department and the New Jersey State Police which saved both lives and extensive injuries, unfortunately, not the building.”

Just this past year the Inn reopened. The new building has 11 suites and Samuel’s, a restaurant and bar. I attended the Grand Opening last fall, complete with a band and free food. Maybe I won’t need to stay at the Inn, but at least I can try the food!

Here’s that Andover Inn website:


What’s Your Favorite Market Recipe?

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

After returning home from a visit to the Andover Farmers’ Market, how do you use your favorite market ingredients?  We are proud to host a variety of vendors who offer unique fruits, vegetables, and specialty goods.  Some things you may have never seen before!

Let us know what you make with your farmers’ market produce by sharing your recipes with other Andover Farmers’ Market customers.  Send your best recipe using ingredients found at the Market to

Kale, Swiss Chard, and Argula!

Pick up ingredients this weekend to try Baked Kale Chips


  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
  3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

Courtesy of allrecipes


Director’s Blog: What can you do at the Historical Society this week?

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Visit the Trails & Sails website and set an itinerary for a weekend (or two) of fun

Join the Society's Trails & Sails hike up Holt Hill, Saturday, September 24th, 2:00-4:00

2011 is the 10th anniversary of Essex National Heritage Commission’s annual Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water.  This year the Commission has created a special passport to document your journey through Essex County.  Attend ten events and enter to win a prize.  Don’t miss the Andover Historical Society’s event Saturday, September 24th 2:00-4:00 pm! Join us for a walk up Holt Hill and learn the history of this fascinating place.

Follow the link to Trails & Sails for directions and parking instructions.  Trails & Sails runs September 16-18 and 23-25.


Photo of the Week

Sunday, September 11th, 2011


In memory of 9/11, check out this picture of Raytheon. My dad has worked at Raytheon for most of my lifetime, and my grandparents worked here too. Raytheon has been in my family for decades, but the company has been around since the roaring twenties, right after World War I. It was founded by roommates Laurence K. Marshall and Vannevar Bush and scientist Charles G. Smith in Cambridge. They named their company The American Appliance Co. and planned to manufacture their new refrigerator. But what really got the company on the map was a little gaseous tube for radios. The tube could be used to plug the radio into the wall socket  already in the home. This invention meant that radios would be rid of expensive, short-lived batteries, launching radio companies and radio buyers into a new era.

In 1925, just as The American Appliance Co. began to take off thanks to the radio tube. Company leaders decided to rename it Raytheon Manufacturing Company. “Ray” comes from the Old French word “rai”, meaning “beam of light”. “Theon” comes from Greek meaning “from the Gods”. Thus “beam of light from the Gods” was born.

One of my grandparent’s favorite stories is about the invention of a favorite kitchen appliance. Twenty years after the company’s founding, Raytheon scientist, Dr. Percy Spencer, was testing a vacuum tube called a magnetron. In his lab, he noticed the candy bar in his pocket had melted. Intrigued, he placed corn kernels next to the machine and was amazed to watch popcorn crack and sputter around the room. This led to the invention of the microwave oven.

In the photo above, George H.W. Bush visited Raytheon to talk about the Patriot Missile system. Patriot is a surface-to-air missile and is the countries primary missile of this kind. Though it’s accuracy was disputed, the President traveled to Raytheon in Andover and proclaimed, “Patriot is 41 for 42: 42 Scuds engaged, 41 intercepted!” President Bush showed his enthusiasm for Patriot. My dad even came to this meeting! The Sawaya’s see it all.

Thanks to the Raytheon website for having such great history:


Abby Locke’s Splendid Days: A Teenager’s Diary in 1860s Andover (#34)

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Abby’s diary entries were sporadic in September, 1867. 

Wednesday September 4:  We finished a white tucked skirt.  15 small tucks.  It is very pretty indeedHattie Baker came tonight.

Thursday 5:  School commenced:  Miss McKeen gave me Algebra, Nat. Philosophy & physiology.

no entries Sept. 6 – 9

1867 was the first year that Abbot Academy required examinations for admission.  Enrollments in the school do not seem to have been affected; the Andover Advertiser reported this week that the boarding houses for the young ladies were again full to the brim. 

Abby is again (at the age of 16) taking a full course load in the rigorous curriculum intended to “finish” female students and not to prepare them for college.  Math offerings in 1867 were arithmetic, algebra and geometry.  Natural philosophy was the 19th century term for the study of the laws of the physical universe and was the precursor to the study of physics.  Both natural philosophy and physiology were part of the school’s curriculum from the school’s founding, despite the lack of laboratory facilities. 

Abbot principal Philena McKeen was dogged in her efforts to improve the school’s resources and equipment.  One of her most wanted educational aids (finally obtained in 1879) was a papier-mache model of a woman, with detachable limbs and organs for use in the anatomy and physiology classes.  But earlier students (like those in Abby’s era) had to make due with “the grim outlines of the skeleton which aided in their instruction.”  Miss McKeen further wrote, “It may interest [old scholars] to know that in the days of his flesh this osseous personage was a warrior. That he was a mercenary who grew very sick of his bargain must be inferred from the fact that he was a Prussian in the British army, and was shot for desertion in Canada. What remained of him came into the possession of a Vermont physician, who found his bones useful in the tuition of private students of medicine. From him, after he retired from practice, the skeleton was purchased for Abbot Academy.” As of 1979 (and the publication of Susan McIntosh Lloyd’s history of Abbot Academy) the skeleton was still in the possession of the Phillips Academy art department.