90 Years Ago – 1930 

The Bay State Dredging Co. has been awarded the contract for dredging Manchester Harbor this season for which an appropriation of $13,000 is available. 

Herman Magnuson, son of Mr. & Mrs. Axel Magnuson, has accepted a position of Life Guard at Singing Beach for the summer. 


75 Years Ago – 1945 

The Manchester Library has recently added a number of children’s books to its collection.  A special room to the right of the reading room has been reserved for the exclusive use of the children. 

Supt. P. Edward Sweeney reports that the tin collection of Monday netted a gross weight of 1710 pounds, 500 pounds less than the collection two months ago. 

60 Years Ago – 1960 

A Fly-Up ceremony for members of Brownie Troop 16 and Brownie Troop 46 was held at the Memorial School Auditorium.  Mr. William J. Dean, Jr. leader, presented Scout pins to 30 youngsters who officially became Girl Scouts. 

The Memorial School Junior High had its first Dress-Up Day which was climaxed by an afternoon dance;  this, too, being a first, sponsored by Mr. Crosby’s seventh grade home room.  The students lived up to the old adage that “clothes do make the man.”  Many compliments were showered upon them by visiting parents, teachers and the lower grade students. 

45 Years Ago – 1975 

There was added significance to Memorial Day as not only were the traditional ceremonies carried out with a dignity befitting their importance but a beautiful plaque was dedicated to the memory of those who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  

Roland “Pokey” Brooks, who will best be remembered for his dedication and devotion when serving the town for 16 years as Harbormaster, died following a brief illness at the age of 70. 

30 Years Ago – 1990 

Manchester novelist, Charles D. “Chuck” Taylor, has his latest naval novel, “Boomer,” on the shelves of better bookstores everywhere.  This is his ninth novel. 

 The Manchester Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners is seeking permission from the U.S. Army Corps  of Engineers to replace a 14-inch cast iron sewer outfall with a new 22-inch polyethylene sewer in Manchester Harbor. 

15 Years Ago – 2005 

On June 1st the Manchester Police Department and the Manchester Bike and Pedestrian Committee will be holding the annual Bike Rodeo at the Manchester Memorial School. 

Memorial School classes K-5 paid their annual visit to the Historical Society’s Trask House recently and enjoyed an entertaining and informative program focusing on early communications in Manchester. 

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