The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 23, 2005


Paging through Carlisle's Annual Reports: 1960 - 1969

[Population - 1488]

• Report of Director of Civil Defense: Federal Civil Defense Headquarters has announced that properly equipped shelters are now the only means of survival in missile attack.The Spalding School has been selected as our emergency headquarters should any disaster hit Carlisle. Town government, medical, communications and all Town and Auxiliary units, will move to and operate from this center. Detailed plans are now being formulated.


• Annual Election and Town Meeting: Question: "Shall the provisions of Section Forty of Chapter 71 of the General Laws relative to equal pay for men and women teachers be in force in this town?" Yes - 88; No - 36; Blanks - 18

Report of the Board of Selectmen:

[This may have been the first year that women in Carlisle were selected to serve as jurors. When the Selectmen submitted their new juror list for voter approval, the names included 3 women and 15 men. It was not until 1980 that juror selection was taken over by the state, and residents' names were drawn by computer.]

• Report of the Dog Officer: Since I have filled the position of Dog Officer in October, several dogs were returned to their owners, and a home found for a stray. Two dogs were put to sleep due to molesting sheep. The annual Rabies Clinic was held in May.


• Report of Director of Civil Defense: The inspection of public buildings in Carlisle for use as public fallout shelters has been completed. None were found that would pass government requirements. Home basement shelters are recommended in most rural areas. Each shelter should be stocked with at least two weeks supply of all necessary items

• Report of the School Committee: The number of students in the first six grades exceeded 300 and the town again voted to provide additional rooms and facilities to care for the increased school population. [For comparison, there were 155 students in grades 1 - 8 during 1954.]


• Report of the Board of Selectmen: The growth of the Town has brought with it many additional problems one of which, and the most serious, is our Police Department. The emergency calls have been many, several each week, and consisted of breaking and entering, suicides, attempted suicides, vandalism, prowlers, escaped prisoners, arsonists, and many automobile accidents.

During the severe drought period a few months ago, we were confronted with an arsonist who set 6 fires in three nights. The Auxiliary Police were called out, and the Town was patrolled each night until the emergency was over.

Children ride in a parade float in 1965. The Clark farm lies on Concord Street. (Gleason Library Collection)



• Annual Town Meeting: Article 20It was voted that the Town Authorize the Board of Selectmento appoint a Recreation Commission

• Report of the Police Department: This is the first year of the [reorganized] Carlisle Police DepartmentUniformed Police Officers with necessary equipment now serve the townspeople. Radio communication in cars, is a major advance in the protection of citizens and property. Education of the Officers is provided by inviting Police Officials of other Towns to speak at meetings held at the Brick Schoolhouse. Sessions are well attended, many questions answered, and a great deal is learned; to the extent that no Officer has been in error through failure to know the proper action to follow. Our aim is to serve the people, prevent any crime or wrong-doing, rather than strive to set a record of convictions or prosecutionWilliam H. Metzler, Chief of Police.

• Report of Board of Assessors: Number of Dwellings assessed - 498

Student population - 387

• Report of the School Lunch:The School lunch program started its second year in September. The participation has been exceptionally good and the children seem happy with the home-cooked foodRespectfully submitted, Eva Dutton, Cafeteria Manager.

• Report of the Superintendent of Schools: 1964 was my first year as Superintendent of Carlisle's Elementary SchoolsWe have been feeling our way along in the operation of the new Wilkins School and find in most instances it has lived up to our expectations. It is perhaps ironic that along with breaking in the new school we are at the same time facing problems of space.

• Report by the Carlisle School Committee: The Facilities Committee has concluded that two programs are needed: first, a nine classroom addition to the Timothy Wilkins School and second, a gymnasium for full-time use

• Concord-Carlisle Regional District School Committee 1964: Large scale use of data processing equipment for scheduling and report card processing was introduced in 1964.

• Regional School District Superintendent's Report:

Enrollments at Concord-Carlisle High School continue to climb. When the building was first opened in 1960

Concord and Carlisle students numbered 649. In subsequent years enrollments were 728, 780, 895 and 965. About 1065 may be anticipated by October 1965. This growth has exceeded expectations and at this rate, the optimum capacity of the enlarged high school (including the current additon) will be exceeded by 1968

Carlisle during the 1960s. (Photo donated to the Gleason Library Collection by Al Peckham)


• Report of the Recreation Commission: The tennis courts near the Spalding School have been completed.Our summer project well under way, our thoughts turned towards a winter sport - skiing. While looking for suitable land, Mr. A. E. Benfield of West Street, very generously offered us his woodland. After walking his woods, we decided to accept his offer and asked for volunteers. Many men with power saws and axes gave several Saturdays of hard work in clearing trees and brush to make a path for beginners and adults, and to improve an already existing ski slope. During January, 1966, about 50 people, mostly family groups, have enjoyed this ski area

• Report of the Conservation Commission: Article 20 of the March 1965 Town Meeting Warrant created the Carlisle Conservation Commission when affirmed by the voters at the meeting. No funds were set aside for the Commission under Article 20, or any other article; hence, the financial affairs of the past year have been simple and nil.

• Report of the Moth Superintendent: A total of 71 diseased and dead Elm trees were removed during the year

A cover spray was applied to the trees in the town, concentrating on Elm and Maple trees. The chemical used was Flowable Sevin which has been found to be less toxic to fish and wildlife in the control of insects that plague the general shade trees


• Report of the CC Regional District School Committee:From February through May the committee dealt with the question of whether the CC High School would accept students from Roxbury under the METCO (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) plan. After attending many meetings, after sponsoring a hearing attended by more than 1000 citizens at which a variety of expressions of opinions were registered, and after reading the largest volume of mail a school committee has ever received about such an issue, the committee voted unanimously to accept 25 predominantly non-white boys and girls in grades 9 and 10 "provided outside means are established to finance costs as proposed under the METCO plan."

• Report of the Police Department: During the months of June and July, five officers and your Chief attended F.B.I. training school, along with fellow officers from Concord. At this time I would like to thank the Concord Police Department for their cooperation in police matters, the use of their detention rooms, their firing range, their radar unit and their prosecuting officer - Respectfully submitted, Herbert D. Bates, Chief of Police.

• Report of the Recreation Commission: A series of six tennis lessons were offered to grade-school children during May and June. Exactly 100 children attendedA practice tennis backboard was constructed on school property near the tennis courts. Some materials were purchased, some were donated, and all work was done by volunteers.

During August, two weeks of supervised playground activity was offered for all Carlisle children. Activities consisted of sports, arts-and-crafts, and games. Attendance was on a daily come-if-you-like basis and the program was kept as informal as possibleFrom 50 to 80 children attended each day

• Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee: This Committee became a permanent part of our Town's structure at the Annual Meeting in March, 1966, and its goal is to make the maximum contribution to the well-being of Carlisle through the application of long-term financial planning techniques. We have enjoyed our work this year, and, while we never expect to perform any miracles, progress is believed to have occurred


• Report of the Board of Selectmen: The Board of Health matters consumed a great deal of time. The simple problem is that the waste that goes out through individual sanitary systems today is apt to be the water we drink tomorrow. With this in mind, every preventive precaution is taken to insure that individual water and septic systems are proper and safe

• Report of the Milk Inspector: During the year 1967, I have issued licenses to sell milk, cream and oleomargarine in the Town of Carlisle.

Stores: Carlisle Superette, Bates Farm, Inc.

Vehicles: Bates Farm, Inc., H.P.Hood & Sons, Inc., Bronx's Dairies, Inc., Deary Brothers All Star Dairy, Herpy's Dairy, Blue Ribbon Dairy

Oleomargarine: Carlisle Superette


• Report of the Conservation Commission: In 1968 the Carlisle Conservation Commission acquired 84 acres of the former Towle property on Westford Road.

• Report of the Board of Assessors: Number of livestock assessed:

Horses - 60
Cows, heifers and bulls - 193
Swine - 1,579
Sheep - 4
Fowl - 1,840
Turkeys - 8
Dwelling houses - 640

• Report of Inspector of Slaughtering: There is nothing to report. Respectfully submitted, Stanley D. Wright, Inspector of Slaughtering

• Report of the Carlisle School Committee: We can look with pride at our first 8 grades of education to which kindergarten will be added next September


• Annual Election and Town Meeting: The Annual Town Election was held in Union Hall on March 3, 1969

Moderator: Marshall Simonds
Selectman: James C. Davis, Jr.
Tax Collector: William W. Koerner
Assessor: Ralph P. Anderson
Highway Surveyor: Roger A. Davis

[These people all continued to be active in the community for decades.]

• Report of the Board of Selectmen: The Board took action to alleviate the problem of refuse disposal. We established rules and regulations for the use of the dump facilities, which included the issuance of stickers and the establishment of specific hours for using the dump. We hired a full-time attendant to police the area and are very pleased with the results of his work. During the year we continued to investigate possible sites for a new sanitary land-fill operation. We have found that land owners are generally uncooperative when this subject is discussed

• Report of the Police Department: Police work has increased in every category. The number of calls answered by our dispatcher and responded to by the police has increased to over 1250. This is an increase of more than 500 calls compared to 1968

The following is a breakdown of the calls responded to by the police during 1969:

Motor vehicle - 162; Vandalism - 51;
Special Services - 16; Animals - 120;
Breaks and Thefts - 63; Accidents - 58;
Complaints - 65; Investigations - 140;
Prowlers - 11; Messages - 334;
emergencies - 36; Problems - 55;
Missing People - 20; Improper Use of Phone - 16;
Hunters - 7; Information - 49;
Escort and Transfer - 4;
Trees and Wires - 8; Misc. - 45.

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