Union Looking Back for Dec. 6, 2013

Acts of rowdyism, bordering on the criminal, during the past week

Last week a reception was tendered at the home of E.L. Curial. Someone burglarized the house and stole the ice cream. Four or five bricks of cream were recovered in an alley after a search, but the rest was eaten or destroyed. It is a serious offense to break into any ones premises after dark and steal. If anyone knows who did this contemptible trick, they should advise the proper authorities. Someone will be caught some day and it will go hard with them.

-100 years ago, Dec. 10, 1913

Serious fire guts garage early Friday

A disastrous and costly fire gutted the Freeburg-Farrier garage early Friday morning. Flames swept through and caused loss of many thousands. The garage, a busy one at all times, had many cars in storage, new machinery, trucks, equipment, tires and everything. The heat was so intense labels on cans eighty feet from the office where scorched off.

– 75 years ago, Dec. 7, 1938

Christmas help for needy families

The colorful Community Smorgasbord, an annual effort to provide for the needy at Christmas, will be held Sunday at the Anoka senior high school cafeteria. Serving will be at the cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in two serving lines. A Christmas theme is planned and entertainment will be provided. Tickets for this year’s Smorgasbord have been reduced to $2 for adults and $1 for children ages six to 12.

– 50 years ago, Dec. 6, 1963

A mock tragedy

Although it was only a skit, Anoka High School students from the group “That Drug Thing” wanted to drive home a gruesome point as three actors played dead on the stage — drinking and driving does not mix. Students from “That Drug Thing” along with other anti- chemical and sexual personalities, were participating in Sandburg Middle School’s chemical awareness week. Throughout the week Sandburg’s seventh-grade students listened to individuals and groups speak out against and offer alternatives to chemical and sexual abuses.

– 25 years ago, Dec. 9, 1988

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

Editor’s note: “Looking Back” is reprinted exactly as the items first appeared.