This Week in Concord History: Neighbors Argue Pigs; Town Manager Leaves for Wisconsin

Here's a look back at some of the stories that were making headlines this week in Concord.

Each week, Concord Patch is hitting the history books and microfilm at in search of interesting and amusing tidbits that offer some insight into what was happening on this week in local history.

Here’s a look at what happened in Concord between Feb. 28 and March 5, as originally reported by the Concord Journal.

75 Years Ago…

  • Neighbors argued over how many pigs should be allowed in a homeowner’s yard at Town Meeting. Opponents of backyard swine argued that no more than six pigs should be allowed in one Concord location.
  • Concord composer Kendall Thompson receives high praise from the Boston Herald after debuting his piece, “The Peaceable Kingdom.”
  • Bert C. Chambers, considered an expert on artistic printing, spoke to the Emerson Society at the about color photography.

50 Years Ago…

  • Former high school quarterback Walter Carew was named the new head coach of the football team.
  • The Garden Club of Concord staged a flower show in the Parish Hall of the . Judges were called in to view arrangements of arrangements with a spring theme, in a shadow box, in a container of the artist’s choosing and with fruit.
  • The School Committee evaluated plans for a new administration building.

25 Years Ago…

  • Town Manager Steven Sheiffer left his position after eight years to accept the role of city manager in Janesville, Wisconsin.
  • Residents and town officials voiced concerns over a 251-unit apartment complex proposed for Sudbury Road.
  • Students at the Spaulding School building in Carlisle learned that they will no longer be able to buy hot lunches after June. Asbestos removal was scheduled to begin in the summer and delay cafeteria operations through part of the fall semester.


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