What Was Happening on July 3 in Years Past


90 Years Ago – 1930 

Perry Allen left this week for New York where he will sail on the French liner Lafayette, planning to make a tour of the principle art galleries of Europe. 

Miss Gladys Peart completed the Junior High course at the Salem Normal School. 

75 Years Ago – 1945 

Word has been received that two Manchesterites, Archie Gillis, C.M. 1/c U.S.N.R. (Seabees) and Jeremiah Noonan, Q.M. 3/c U.S. Navy had the good fortune to meet on Guam in the Marianas. 

Plans are progressing for the Town’s 300th Anniversary. 

60 Year Ago – 1960 

The Story High School class of 1925 met at the Tavern, in Gloucester, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of their graduation. 

Mrs. Bernice Fiahlo of Gloucester will assume duties as District and School Nurse in Manchester. 

45 Years Ago – 1975 

Casting has been completed and rehearsals are underway for “Summer of 75’s” production of Bye Bye Birdie.  Over 80 young people auditioned for the show. 

With George Rice the only candidate for the unexpired term of Town Clerk, polling booths for the special election will be set up in the Police Station garage, on the lower floor of Town Hall.  The polls will be open from 12 – 8 p.m.  

30 Years Ago – 1990 

Manchester’s long-time nickname “Manchester-by-the-Sea”, became the official name of our town as of 12:01 on July 1st. 

Over 120 explorers have “booked” reservations for a summer of active reading and listening at the Manchester Public Library. 

15 Years Ago – 2005 

Over 100 ladies attended the annual gathering of the Elder Sisters at Tuck’s Point last Saturday.  They all enjoyed each other’s company and a delicious fish chowder meal prepared by The Causeway Restaurant. 

Family and friends of the late Ralph Coluntino, owner of Conti Coiffeurs, recently dedicated a bench in his memory.  The bench sits on Central Street in front of the old location of his salon. 

bye bye birdie, manchester public library, united states navy, town clerk, u.s. navy, archie gillis, george rice, bernice fiahlo, perry allen, gladys peart, town hall, salem normal school, jeremiah noonan, story high school, manchester, ralph coluntino, causeway restaurant