Photo of the Week

March 4th, 2009 by Elaine Clements

bean-livery-stable-2This week’s historic photograph features the owner and employees of Bean Livery in downtown Andover. Owner Samuel G. Bean, seated in the chair, posed with his employees and two dogs outside the livery stable. Bean was the long-time proprietor of the Elm House, which once stood on Elm Square where the Musgrove Building is today. He kept a livery stable at the rear of the hotel. According to notes accompanying the photograph, another sign outside the stable read, “S.G. Bean, Boarding and Baiting, Hack, Livery and Sales Stable.” Baiting referred to the feeding of horses. Mr. Bean died in 1890 at age 71. In addition to owning the Elm House and livery stable, he served as a police officer and deputy sheriff, and was a licensed auctioneer. He was familiarly known as “Uncle Sam.”

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