Union Summer League registration is underway
Today as we ride down Main Street in Union, we see only one vacant lot, that being at 208 Main. Occasionally, it is used on Country Day or for a benefit cookout or to display political signs on election years; but primarily it sits with no activity. However, it has not always been that way.
As we’re nearing the New Year, I thought I might do something a little different. I found some happenings that occurred in Union throughout the years. Maybe you will recall some of them; others might be new to you. Either way, I hope you will enjoy reading them.
In Aug. 1913, workmen began putting in electric lights for the town.
The railroads came to Union bringing changes, encouraging people to move the business district to the west for easier loading and unloading of goods. Buckwalter Lumber Mill began operation, farmers were growing cotton, and stores began opening for business.
Beginning with the Buckwalter Lumber Co. discussed in the last column, Union has enjoyed many other industries throughout the years. From one to the other, they have given employment to Union’s people, allowing them to provide for their families in a small-town setting that is anchored by its churches and school.
Last year my granddaughter Anna Grace’s English teacher, Jessie Branning, assigned “Wish You Well” by David Baldacci to her eighth-grade students at Union Middle School. Although the book’s setting was the mountain country of Virginia, I could visualize Union’s rural history throughout the novel.
The Union Drug Store building at 202 Main St. saw several changes in pharmacy owners during the almost 40 years after Union’s move to New Town. However, even since then, it has continued to attract various businesses, possibly making it the most popular building in Union.
What do you remember about Union of the past? After reading old newspaper clippings and looking at pictures that my late mother had saved, I asked myself this question. The answer I found didn’t satisfy me, so I decided to begin a project of researching the history of my “home town.”