When Union was first established in 1834, the education of children was not foremost in the minds of these new settlers. Their primary need was building home places in a new land, an endeavor which involved all family members. The few private schools that were formed during this building period were small and tuition supported.
When Union moved from Old Town to its present location around 1905, Dr. Felix Horne built a large home where Brad’s Service Station sits today. Across from his home, he built a livery. Then in 1928, E.J. Edgar built a two-story wholesale grocery business at 204 Jackson Road where the livery had once been located.
*Barbara Roebuck lived near the Pinkney community about three miles out of Union when she was a little girl. Her family could hear the Buckwalter Lumber Mill whistle at their home. One morning, they heard the whistle begin blowing non-stop.
In 1924, J.C. Cox wrote a letter to the editor of the Union Appeal describing things that
he remembered about Union in 1897. At that time, Old Town Union was located at the crossroads of Decatur Street and Jackson Road. The letter reads:
*Dr. F.O. Horne was the only doctor in town, and he serviced 20 miles.
*Jim Brooks remembers the old Dowdle Grist Mill and the store just south of it that stood where Piggly Wiggly is located today. A red Coca-Cola box with cold drinks in it stood in the middle of the store. His mother went there to trade eggs for sugar and flour. That was primarily all they had to buy.
Union has had several self-service car wash businesses. First, in 1971, Mark Herrington opened a hand-held operation located next to the Colonial Inn (Toads and Tutus today) on the southeast corner of old Hwy. 15 and Hwy. 494 below the overhead bridge. He remodeled it in 1979.
Although they have been closed for many years, the county schools hold many good memories for those who attended them. The camaraderie of students in the small schools followed them as they graduated or meshed into a consolidated school later.