Union Looking Back for March 2, 2012

A new dentist

Dr. Aubrey H. Russell, dentist of Minneapolis has decided to come to Anoka and practice his profession. He is a graduate of the state university and has practiced for over twelve years. His wife is the daughter of the late G. D. Coleman and there are two children, a boy and a girl. He will have offices in the Gage block, corner of Main street and Second avenue, which are being prepared for his occupancy, and his residence will be the old Eastman home on Ferry street and until ready will board with Mrs. G. D. Coleman. The doctor and his family will be a welcome addition to the society of Anoka.

– 100 years ago, March 13, 1912


Teachers of county hold institute at court house all day Monday, two absent

Under the direction of Miss Edith Patch, superintendent of Anoka county schools, the Anoka County Teachers’ Institute was held in the court room of the court house, Monday, March 1, with all teachers but two present.

Mrs. Agnes Pyne, of the state department of education, was in charge and gave some very helpful work in mathematics.

– 75 years ago, March 3, 1937


The proposed hospital

The pros and cons of a city-owned and operated hospital are being widely discussed in Anoka at present, with the prospect of a $1 million bond issue vote scheduled for March 20. With the citizens’ approval, the city would proceed to use this amount, plus another $358,708 pledged by citizens to the Anoka Community Hospital Association, to build and operate a 65 bed hospital.

– 50 years ago, March 2, 1962


Youth battles the odds

Nigel Lawrence works out three times a week at the Iron Works in Ramsey, swims, plays basketball, competes in several races a year and attends school.

Since 1977 he has been hospitalized every year for two or more months and has had over 50 surgeries and hopefully, the operations are at an end. The 19-year-old Ramsey youth, a special education student at Blaine High School, is a victim of spina bifida, a congenital defect in the walls of the spinal canal that confines him to a wheelchair.

– 25 years ago, March 6, 1987


• Compiled by Kelly Johnson


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

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