This Week in Marblehead History: 1977
Here is a look at what was going on in Marblehead on this week in 1977.
Every Tuesday, Marblehead Patch digs through the Marblehead Messenger microfilm archives at Abbot Public Library to find out what was happening this week in local history.
Abbot Public Library Turns 100: The Abbot Public Library turned 100 on this week in 1977. To honor the institution's centennial, the library staff and trustees threw a "super birthday celebration." Birthday cake was cut by library staff and a new quiet-reading and study area on the lower level was formally opened in honor of the library's 100th anniversary.
Selectmen Appoint First Woman Police Officer: The Board of Selectmen appointed the first permanent woman police officer in Marblehead history. Marion K. Conrad, 22, of 26 Summer St., was appointed to the force along with Karl Person, 30 of 19 Peach Highlands and Stephen Smith, 26, of 28 Knight Ave.
Abbot Hall Weather Vane Repaired: A photo attached to this article shows Building Inspector Herb Haskell easing the newly gold-leafed weather vane atop Abbot Hall back into place.
Marblehead Football Falls to Saugus: Despite a strong game from Header running back Kenny Rodgers and quarterback John Wolf, the Magicians fell to Saugus 18 to 12.
Mary A. Alley Hospital Accredited: Marblehead's Mary A. Alley Hospital was awarded a full two-year accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation, following an on-site survey of the facility last September.
Armed Bandit Robs Old Colony of $2,000: A masked gunman robbed the manager of Olf Colony Service Station at the corner of Pleasant and Village streets Wednesday morning and made off with an estimated $2,000. Richard A. Bue, of 11 State St., told police he was preparing to open the station for business when a man, dressed in black pants, white sweater and ski mask confronted him with a handgun. Bue was then forced into the bandit's car, a 1967 Oldsmobile, and taken to Old Burial Hill.
Santa Party Slated for Seaside School: The Children's Friend and Family Service society of the North Shore now is preparing for its 21st annual Santa Party to be held Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Seaside School on Atlantic Avenue.
Youths Climb Scaffolding at Abbot Hall: Marblehead Little Theater goers got more of a show than their tickets promised last Friday night. As people were filing out of Abbot Hall shortly after 10 p.m. from a performance of "Brigadoon," a Marblehead police cruiser pulled up to the building in response to a report that two youths were climbing the scaffolding surrounding the tower.
Were you a Marblehead resident in 1977? Do you recognize any of these names or events? Let us know in the comments section below.