90 Years Ago – 1930 

The First Baptist Church held their annual supper and roll call.  The speaker for the evening was Rev. Ralph M. Barker of the Chapel Street Baptist Church. 

The Sacred Heart Parish celebrated its Silver Jubilee with pomp and splendor.  A Pontifical High Mass was celebrated by Bishop Peterson, and a banquet and entertainment rounded out three days of festivities. 

 

75 Years Ago – 1945 

A most enjoyable evening was held at the Legion headquarters when the Legion Post entertained veterans of World War II.  Motion pictures were shown by Edwin Butler, followed by George Beaton’s famous fish chowder.  

Armistice Day in Manchester was celebrated in a most quiet and peaceful manner.  Many of our citizens took advantage of the holiday to make the trip to Boston, to take in the parade and catch a glimpse of General Eisenhower. 

 

60 Years Ago – 1960 

Story High School footballers defeated Hamilton 26 – 6, in the season’s final game, winning the Cape Ann League title.  

The Manchester Athletic Association, at its annual meeting, elected Joseph Cogan as its new president. 

 

45 Years Ago – 1975 

Tree Warden William Hatcher announces the completion of this year’s planting program with 150 trees planted.  This monumental task was accomplished with the aid of the Cemetery, Park and Highway Department, as well as a landscape contractor hired by the Tree Department. 

“Meeting House Muting” an original play written by Jackie Jermain was performed by the Harmonettes. 

 

30 Years Ago – 1990 

The Massachusetts Department of Education recently released test results that show that the scores in the Manchester Public Schools are comparable to those of other “highly advantaged”, high scoring schools in the State. 

A special day of celebration and dedication at the First Parish Church was held as the church received ownership of the Number 2 Tower Clock which is located in the steeple of the church and which has belonged to the town since 1882. 

 

15 Years Ago – 2005 

Manchester Essex Regional High School student Jenna Mullarkey was among the Beverly Hospital student volunteers who were honored with a national award created by President George Bush and his Council on Service and Civic Participation.  Jenna received the President’s Bronze Award for her volunteer service at the hospital. 

The Friends of the Manchester Council on Aging Holiday House Tour on December 11th will offer so much more than the eight homes that will b open and decorated for you enjoyment.  Decorating ideas and holiday cookies will highlight the open homes. 

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