Union Looking Back for Jan. 24, 2014

New bakery collapses

Saturday morning at about two o’clock, the new bakery building at the asylum, a structure about 30×50 feet, suddenly collapsed, the cement roof crashing to the floor, and lying there practically intact. The roof was supported by 17 inch hollow tile walls, and 40 inch girders rested 13 inches on the walls. The weight of the cement caused the girders to shear a way to the ground through the wall. Had it occurred in the day time about twenty men would have been killed or injured.

-100 years ago, Jan. 28, 1914

Mrs. A. Smith arrives home from Sweden

Mrs. Alfred Smith returned last Wednesday from a most interesting three months trip to her home town of Helsingland, Sweden. Mrs. Smith left Anoka on September 1st, spending four days in Chicago and one day in New York City before sailing on the Grispholm on September 7. She arrived in Gutenborg, Sweden on September 16. Mrs. Smith reports that it was very cold while she was there as they had considerable snow and she was looking forward to Minnesota, but she found it about the same when she arrived here.

– 75 years ago, Jan. 25, 1939

Fire inspection, training important to community

Fire inspection is an “outstanding” service to the community and firemen should fight for the equipment they need to protect their community, Anoka firemen were told last Saturday. Speaking was Robert B. Ehlen, vice president of Federal Cartridge Corporation and former mayor, long an advocate for properly equipped fire departments.

– 50 years ago, Jan. 24, 1964

Anoka couple escape gas explosion, fire

An Anoka couple escaped serious injury when an explosion and a fire demolished their home on  Super Bowl Sunday. The explosion, and subsequent fire occurred at the home on 38th Lane, Anoka. Anoka-Champlin firefighters said James Olsen, 31, was in the living room, while his wife was in a bedroom when they felt a sudden surge of air, immediately followed by an explosion in the basement. Fire quickly swept through the basement, up a stairway and into the kitchen and other parts of the home. The Olsens quickly fled from the house.

– 25 years ago, Jan. 27, 1989

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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