Union Looking Back for Jan. 10, 2014

Surprise on Aunt Susie

Mrs. S.R. Jones, well-known here as “Aunt Susie,” was treated to a genuine surprise by a company of friends last Thursday, the occasion being her 75th birthday. Numbering 30 they went to her home and walked in without ceremony. A birthday cake with 75 candles, a folding breakfast table and a basket of packages was presented. The guests obliged Aunt Susie to open the packages which disclosed grape fruit, oranges, bananas, nuts, jelly, grape juice marmalade, in fact, all sorts of goodies. An appropriate speech told of the esteem and love they had for Aunt Susie. The afternoon closed with a song service of thanksgiving led by Aunt Susie whose pleasant memories and what it means to have true friends will afford her many happy hours.

-100 years ago, Jan. 14, 1914

Two January rains make going difficult

Two “unusual” rains have visited this section within a week. Last Wednesday it rained hard and as the roads everywhere were covered with snow and ice, going was treacherous and repeated warnings were broadcast to keep off the highways. The precipitation was nearly an inch and one spell it poured like a summer shower.

– 75 years ago, Jan. 11, 1939

Harlan Thurston established $100,000 educational fund

Harlan R. Thurston, lifetime Anoka resident and Anoka businessman for many years, has established a fund of $100,000 to provide educational loans and scholarships for deserving graduates of the high schools of the Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District No. 11. The announcement of the fund was made by Superintendent of Schools Morris Bye this week.

– 50 years ago, Jan. 10, 1964

Baseball in his blood

Elmer Hierlinger retires; will pursue career as an avid Twins fan. He was a gangling kid of 15 when he first broke into the baseball scene with the Crown town team – that was a long time ago. Local town teams were the rage in those pre-television days and the list of talent that emerged from those teams is indeed long and memorable, not to mention the games on those Saturday and Sunday afternoons. They drew crowds who came to watch the likes of the young Elmer Hierlinger, the talented righthander who soon silenced critics and gained respect from opposing batters. Baseball was his game. Hierlinger’s star rose and as a young man he and his brother, Merle, were drafted by the Chicago White Sox.

– 25 years ago, Jan. 13, 1989

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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