Union Looking Back for Feb. 7, 2014

Joke on R.W. Akin

Anoka friends of R.W. Akin, who went south a few weeks ago for his health, are pleased to learn he is better, and are smiling broadly over a story to the effect that he has been safely put under lock and key, far from home. It seems Mr. Akin inquired of a pickpocket on a street car, where the post office was. The pickpocket was under surveillance at the time, and the sleuth thought the two must be pals, so as our ex-mayor stepped from the window of the post office, he felt a hand laid on his shoulder, and was told he was under arrest. He remonstrated vehemently, but to the jail he had to go. He managed to get word to the bank in the city and the president hastened to the jail, explanations were made, and he was soon released.

-100 years ago, Feb. 11, 1914

Two thousand chickens die in fierce fire

Fire, fanned by a high wind, swept the largest poultry house of George Ghostley, on highway 10, just east of Anoka, Wednesday night. The wind was strong and it was bitter cold. The flames swept the long building with great rapidity, burning 2,300 wing-banded, pedigreed White Leghorns.

– 75 years ago, Feb. 8, 1939

Thieves break in at Catholic church

Thieves broke into St. Stephen’s Catholic church Thursday night and made off with chalices, patens and ciboriums used during the serving of Mass. Authorities estimated the loss at $800. Investigators from Anoka police and the Anoka county sheriff’s office are working on the case.

– 50 years ago, Feb. 7, 1964

Tonson tire fire heats up Andover

For the third time in less than a year, fire struck the Tonson tire site. The blaze began Tuesday evening and raged into Wednesday, engulfing about five acres of tires. Firefighters from Andover and three other departments struggled to contain the fire, which left a smoky trail reaching hundreds of feet into the sky, and one that was visible from miles away.

– 25 years ago, Feb. 10, 1989

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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