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Old postmaster was held hostage

Published 12:34pm Sunday, May 13, 2012

A few more colorful details about former Austin Postmaster George E. Anderson, from the Austin Daily Herald on April 17, 1956:

“In 1903 Anderson married another Anderson, Miss Mollie Anderson. By not changing her name, Mollie carried on a family tradition- her mother’s maiden name had also been Anderson.

Mollie Anderson was a Norwegian but Anderson said “I brought her up to our Swedish level.”

Anderson’s own connection with the post office extends 38 1/2 years. He entered the postal service in 1898 and retired in 1935. He served as clerk, city carrier, assistant post master and as post master from 1924 to 1935.

Three robbery attempts occurred during Anderson’s term, but most dramatic was the third one in 1925, when Anderson and his wife were held captive in their home while three robbers tried to get the combination to the Post Office safe from Anderson.

Although he knew the combination Anderson chose to “forget” it. In the meantime in an unguarded moment his son, Erwin, called the operator for help. Anderson still has the wire with which the family was tied and the handkerchief used to gag Mrs. Anderson.”


This week at the HHH

Monday: Ladies Floral Club at 1 p.m.

Tuesday: Social Concerns: Strategies to Connect with your Grandchildren — Toddler to Teen at 10 a.m.; Creation of the St. John’s Bible by Tim Tiernes at 1 p.m, tickets are $15 at the door, proceeds benefit the Austin Public Library, presented by the Ladies Floral Club.


Coming soon to the HHH

Etiquette School for Young Ladies on Saturday, June 23, presented by an expert from the Minnesota Historical Society at 9 a.m. at the HHH. Recommend for ages 9-14, all ages welcome. Register with the HHH office at 433-4243, cost is $5 per person. A program of the Austin Public Library and the HHH.

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