Union looking back

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.

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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.

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Two Anoka boys make it a thousand dollars given for a foot bridge over Rum River connecting the west and east side parks. The check made out in favor of Mrs. G.S. Pease of the Advisory Park Board, to be expended under her direction.

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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.

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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.

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Friday afternoon Mr. LeRoy Cady, of the state Agricultural college at St. Anthony Park, will visit Anoka to inspect the land which will be used for the new park, and to advise with Anoka people as to the best plan for utilizing the same and improving it. Mr. Cady kindly gives his services to Anoka free of charge.

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December; lovely, warm, balmy December! Friends away out in California, listen. The first skating on the river came Thursday. The river didn’t freeze at all ‘till Dec. 7 and it didn’t freeze hard enough to hold a person ‘till Dec. 18th. There is no snow, and the Union learns from R.W. Field at the Lincoln mill, that the record of temperature has been unequaled as far as any records that have been kept are concerned.

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A program of unusual interest of Scandinavian folk lore and songs with Grieg adaptations under the direction of Mrs. B.C. Smith, furnished a most delightful entertainment for the Philolectians Friday afternoon at the home of Mrs. T.T. Geddes. Mrs. Smith gave a review of Scandinavian literature dwelling particularly on Norway which is rich in its traditions and folk lore.

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