Union Looking Back for Jan. 3, 2014

Anoka firm makes record

The Reed & Sherwood Manufacturing Co., made a record last year, unequaled by few concerns. They ran the factory 310 days, employing on an average 70 men. The product of the factory was distributed from the shores of Lake Michigan to the waters of the Pacific. All moneys received, except that paid for raw material is expended in Anoka. Many people do not realize what a company means to Anoka that has 70 men on the payroll and works 310 days in a year.

-100 years ago, Jan. 7, 1914

Hoffman leads large field in Anoka tournament at Greenhaven

Frank Hoffman, debonair St. Paul bowler, led the first annual bowling tournament being held at the Greenhaven alleys here and sponsored by the Anoka Commercial club as the contestants neared the halfway mark in the holiday event. Hoffman, rolling consistently chalked up games of 210, 210 and 217 and 210 with a handicap of 60 pins, rode to the front with a total of 907.

– 75 years ago, Jan. 4, 1939

Winner selects cash, travels west

Donald Fisher, a 26 year old bachelor was named the lucky winner of the Anoka Chamber of Commerce “Christmas Extravaganza” Dec. 24 and passed over the world tour and the 1964 compact car in favor of the $1500 cash prize. Ironically enough, Fisher bought a new compact car about a week before the drawing. Furthermore he travels all over the world as an employee of the state department. Therefore, he quickly selected the cash prize.

– 50 years ago, Jan. 3, 1964

Evacuation ensues after train wreck

Sixteen Burlington Northern railroad cars derailed in Oak Grove Township Dec. 30 which forced law enforcement officials to evacuate area residents. The evacuation resulted because of the possible danger of rail cars leaking chemicals. The 72-car train was en route from Superior, Wis. to Minneapolis. A broken wheel is believed to have caused the derailment. Work crews have been working all week to clear the site. Soil and water tests were also administered.

– 25 years ago, Jan. 6, 1989

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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