What Was Happening? September 18 in Years Past


90 Years Ago – 1930 

Joseph Kraczynski was selected by the Harvard Club of the North Shore as the recipient of their first-year scholarship of $400.00. 


75 Years Ago – 1945 

Retiring from the War Department, along with Secretary Henry l. Stimpson, is Harvey H. Bundy, whose summer home is at Smith’s Point. 

The Manchester schools opened with an enrollment of 276 students in grades K-8, and 92 in the High School. This year’s enrollment of 38 students in kindergarten is the largest in the history of the town. 


60 Years Ago – 1945 

Mrs. Arthur Filias and Mrs. Peter Kassanos, both of Desmond Avenue, have returned home after an extended tour of their native country, Greece. 

Phil Burgess defeated Dick Kirk Patrick in a game of golf, winning 3-2 to become the Essex County Club Caddy Champion for the second consecutive year. 


45 Years Ago – 1975 

A public hearing will be held to discuss whether Manchester should have a Public Works Commission of three to five members to take the place of the existing Water and Sewer Commission, Cemetery Commission, Park Commission, Tree Warden, and to supervise the activities of the Highway Department now under the Selectman. 

Teachers, aides, and administrators from Manchester and Essex met with Landmark School staff to further clarify and make specific plans for a collaborative relationship between the public and private schools. 


30 Years Ago – 1990 

Patrolman Joseph P. Aiello completed two weeks of intensive training as the police department’s newly appointed D.A.R.E. officer. 

Town Clerk, Louis Lehn, received word from Attorney General James Shannon’s office that the town’s newly established Water Resource Protection District has not been approved by the Commonwealth. 


15 Years Ago – 2005

Manchester resident Jerry Noonan, currently a member of the Town of Manchester Board of Assessors was one of fifteen honorees at the 50th anniversary of the Massachusetts Association of Assessors Office School held on the campus of UMass Amherst. 

The Selectman have received many applications for the soon to be formed Singing Beach Committee and will make appointments to this important new committee, likely before October first. 


arthur filias, joseph kraczynski, landmark school, d.a.r.e. officer, tree warden, attorney general, secretary, dick kirk patrick, cemetery commission, public works commission, greece, campus of umass amherst, phil burgess, harvard club of the north shore, park commission, henry l. stimpson, club caddy champion, jerry noonan, harvey h. bundy, high school, manchester, peter kassanos, joseph p. aiello, james shannon