Union Looking Back for April 5, 2013

Co. B inspection

Last night was inspection night for Co. B and when Major Arthur Johnson of the 19th Inf. U. S. A. took charge at the armory, 48 men were in line. He made a thorough inspection and it is believed Co. B will show up well. Capt. Caswell and the other officers were pleased with the showing made.

Edward M. VanDuzee Jr., of St. Paul, 1st Lieut. of Co. H, was present as a spectator. His company is to be inspected soon.

– 100 years ago, April 2, 1913

New band uniforms

The Anoka high school band will present a concert Thursday evening at the high school, an advertisement of which appears in this issue. The program arranged is a good one and will be enjoyed by young and old.

The band has been working toward new uniforms and although they have them, there is still a balance to pay on them. The uniforms are very striking and are maroon trimmed in gold and consist of caps, capes, trousers or skirts.

– 75 years ago, March 30, 1938

Bill asks $5 million technical college

Anoka legislators introduced bills in the house and senate for an Anoka County Technical College.

It calls for a $5 million state appropriate with no local funds, and would be under the State College Board.

Senator Vernon Hoium said the proposed Anoka College would provide some vocational training as well as academic, with possible two-year degrees to be offered.

Location would be determined by the State College board, said Hoium.

– 50 years ago, March 29, 1963

Bridge woes

Anoka and Champlin have agreed for years that the U.S. Highway 169 bridge across the Mississippi River is a vital link between the two cities and Anoka and Hennepin Counties.

Replacing or rebuilding that link has been a matter of heavy discussion and intensive study, however.

The present bridge, built in 1929, is approaching structural obsolescence and needs replacing.

– 25 years ago, April 1, 1988

• Compiled by Kelly Johnson

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

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