$5,000 in one day
Five thousand dollars for 18 car loads of choice potatoes were paid in the Anoka market between trains Wednesday and Thursday. The local train took out 18 cars of potatoes Thursday afternoon. No other station in Minnesota approximated this record. Eighteen cars means over 9,000 bushels and the price averaged nearly 60 cents. That means about $5,000 in one day.
– 100 years ago, Aug. 7, 1912
19th annual exercises of rural schools
The nineteenth annual commencement exercises of eighth grade rural school pupils of Anoka county will be held Saturday, August 7th, at 2:30 in the high school auditorium. There are 119 in the class who will receive their diplomas which is the largest number to graduate for several years. There were 81 in the class last year. O. Sande of the state department of education will be the speaker.
– 75 years ago, Aug. 4, 1937
Food, fun to highlight community picnic Aug. 12
The nickel hot dog, games, contests, a parade and water carnival will highlight Anoka’s fifth annual Community Picnic Aug. 12 at George Green park.
The picnic gets rolling at 1 p.m. with a kiddie’s Push and Pedal parade followed by the official opening and introduction of guests by Wally Enge, president of the Greater Anoka Chamber of Commerce, the picnic’s sponsoring firm.
A German band is scheduled to entertain. At 1:30 p.m. a pretty baby contest will be judged. This will be followed by races for fathers and sons, mothers and daughters and other races and games.
– 50 years ago, Aug. 3, 1962
Work is needed on Rum River dam, report says
Anoka’s 18-year-old Rum River dam is functioning well, but needs repair and could be modified as a greater public attraction by building a pedestrian bridge over the top of the structure.
That is according to a preliminary report presented to Anoka City Council Monday.
– 25 years ago, Aug. 7, 1987
• Compiled by Kelly Johnson
Editor’s note: “Looking Back” is reprinted exactly as the items first appeared.