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Andover School Building - Built 1927
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Andover, Illinois

Andover Restaurant
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"The Historic Inn"

The History of Andover High School
 
Andover is located on Il. Rt. 81 approximately 25 miles southwest of the Quad Cities in Henry County. The town's population is a comfortable 600 residents.  Perhaps best known outside of the village, making the town even world reknowned, is the "Jenny Lind Chapel."   The "Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind visited the town in the mid 1800's.  She was a world famous singer of the time, and she donated a sizable sum of money for the Chapel's construction. The chapel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Occasional Swedish services are held there, as well as other occasional ceremonials.   
 
Education has been important in the town from its foundation.  The children of Andover now attend high school in nearby Orion. The high school closed in 1945, and by 1949 the village was officially joined to the Orion School District.  Rural students directly east of the village attend Cambridge schools, and to the south, Alwood.  The grade school closed in the 1974. 
 
A photo viewed in a Mineral High School yearbook shows the Andover High School basketball team and lists them as the Andover "Swedes".  (If the photo is located it will be scanned onto this page.)  Grade School Students, located in the same building, had their own team name, the "Blue Racers."  Andover High School colors were blue and gold.  The colors of the Swedish flag are blue and gold.  These school colors are currently used at nearby Galva High School (officially at Galva blue and "maize"), also a town with a large precentage of Swedish Immigrants. 
 
More information regatrding the history and educational past of Andover was located by our own Richard Soseman:
 
"There was a Lutheran Farm/School at Andover for many years.  Many of the
residents were from Sweden." 

           "Also, an Andover points of interest website refers to the "Site of
           Andover's first two-story school". Built in 1858, Andover's first school was
           located just south of the colony, and was erected in the late 1830's.
           According to their website, Andover was "patterned after New Haven,
           Connecticut, as the founder envisioned a seat of learning, religion, and
           commerce."  Andover was the first town founded in Henry County." 
 
The "Historic Inn" is one building that remains of the 1800's high school complex, as the second floor housed some classrooms, and a stage used for High School and community productions, as well as Vaudeville.  The stage curtain still contains, on the back, signatures of students and other actors who took part in productions there.  The fine arts were important at the High School, with plays and music being performed frequently. 
 
Another building used for high school classes in the early 1900's is the American Woman's League Chapter House, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
 
Scandinavian Immigrants were known for their love of music, and so it is perhaps not surprising that Andover High School had an original school song of several verses, with words written by Coach Ralph Zech, and original music composed by Orlan P. Anderson.  Also unusual for public schools which shared the same building is the fact that the Grade School had its own separate mascot and school song. 
 
Andover High School Quick Facts
 
Year opened:           1860
Year closed:            1945
Grade School Close: 1974
School colors:          Blue & Gold
School nickname:     the "Mighty Swedes"
 
School Fight Song:   "Here's to Old Andover"
 
                                Here's to old Andover,
                                Here's to loyalty.
                                We are known all over,
                                As the Mighty Swedes.
 
                                Chorus:
                                Fight!  Fight!  Fight!  Andover,
                                Fight for Victory.
                                (Rah, Rah, Rah, Rah)
                                Never will we falter,
                                In our loyalty.
 
                                Wave the Blue and Gold,
                                Cheer our Fighting Men.
                                Warriors brave and bold,
                                Fighting to the end.
                                (Chorus)
 
                                Cheer our Alma Mater,
                                Cheer our Varsity.
                                We will give no other,
                                Our Fidelity. 
                                (Chorus) 
 
 
                               The Andover Grade School Song
 
                               (Tune:  It's a Long Way to Tipperary)
                               It's a long way to Andover Grade School.
                               It's a long way to go.
                               It's a long way to Andover Grade School,
                               To the finest school I know.
                               So farewell to any other- for them I don't care.
                               It's a long way to Andover Grade School,
                               But my heart's right there.
 
Fight Songs and some other information courtesy of Ron Peterson!  Thanks Ron!

Andover School Gymnasium
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Athletics
 
 
We were unable to find any championships in IHSA sports that were brought home by the Andover HS teams. It is known they competed in basketball.   The team nickname was the "Mighty Swedes."  The boys had some very good basketball success. 
 
The great seasons of Andover High School's past should not be forgotten.  The Mighty Swedes may have been one of the smaller schools of their time in the area, however they were known for their "size of the fight in the dog" attitudes.  

Andover Mighty Swedes
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1939-40 Basketball Team

The Andover "Terrible Swedes" Semi-Pro Baseball Team
 
Anyone with some knowledge of Baseball from its inception until the Depression is well aware of the profusion of baseball teams throughout the USA during that time.  From the big cities to the small towns baseball was the chief pasttime, and most counties had several amateur and professional baseball teams.  Some of these teams survive today as members of the major leagues, or of regional leagues, such as the Midwest League.  Modern leagues do experience some fluctuation in teams and schedules from year to year, but  in the early years this was a common occurence.  What are today nationally or regionally known teams were, in the early years, one team among others, and would often play teams form the next town or county.  Most counties had at least one or two teams of note. 
 
Athletes who were skilled in baseball would join local teams, or travel from town to town, staging exhibitions and hoping to land a spot on a larger team with more prospects.  Players would play for the glory of meeting a worthy opponent on the field of competition, to show their own prowess, and/or to make a buck.  Many young men had to be satisfied with the glory of the sport, and eked out a living as they could.  The distinction between pro and amateur was blurred during this time. 
 
The Andover Terrible Swedes fit into this context.  They were known as a strong ball club for many decades, and their renown extended beyond Henry County, as they played teams from Galesburg, Moline, Davenport, Chicago, and beyond.  Some of their opponents would certainly be well known today as teams of today's minor leagues.  The Terrible Swedes certainly would have played a minor league team from Kewanee, which existed for a few years around 1910.  Their name would be resurrected in 1930 for the Kewanne High School football team:  The Boilermakers.  As Andover became a launching point of Swedish migration to Kansas and other points west, the name of the Andover Terrible Swedes also spread far and wide.  Eventually, the name Terrible Swedes would be adopted by Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, which was founded by immigrants who had lived at Andover.  
 
Andover resident Ron Peterson relates:
 
Andover is the home of the legendary "Terrible Swedes" baseball team, which played during the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's.  In 1929 they won the Henry County title with a team batting average of well over .300; and in 1936 they were Illinois State Champions.  One of the team members was Franklin Johnson, who went on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals. 
 
Players for the "terrible Swedes" would have been graduates of Andover High School, or boys who had finished eighth grade, immigrants who came to live and work in the town and who had learned the game of Baseball.  The team was supported by civic leaders, as a sign of civic pride, and to bring fame to their hometown.  It is likely that the players were given the freedom by their employers to practice and to play frequently.  It is certain that through the years they racked up many victories. 
 
Those pictured in this 1920 photo all have Swedish last names, they include Top Row, left to right: Francis Anderson,  Franklin Johnson, Bill Johnson,  Nate Hultgren, Dick Peterson, and Ralph Bengston.  In the front row are pictured:  Martin "Loppy" Anderson,  Willis Bengston, Bert Johnson,  Amos Anderson, and Rueben Hultgren.
 
 
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Andover, Illinois