To beautify river banks
The coming of the new short line has opened up a number of matters never before felt to be actually necessary. The great numbers of people coming to Anoka on every car, particularly Sundays, to view our city, has brought out the fact that there are no places for them to eat lunches they bring themselves, no city parks to while the time away in; only one public drinking fountain and no toilet accommodations for strangers.
Today a clean up of the river bank on the west side is to be started. Steps will be put in … leading down to the bank of the river. A path will be made along the river bank, under the great spreading branches of the huge willows … a grove of primeval oaks, beautiful green sward, and everything that nature could do to make a delightful picnic ground, right in the heart of the city … A sign on the bridge will direct the stranger to this veritable “lover’s lane.”
– 100 years ago, July 16, 1913
Dog bites girl
It is reported that the state department of health has ended its search for the five-year-old girl who was bitten by a dog that later became rabid. The child is the daughter of J.A. Peterson of Constance. The Pasteur treatment will be started at once to save her life. Seventeen people, it is understood, were also bitten. The dog is reported to be owned by Mrs. Mabel Snyder of Minneapolis. The outcome is watched with increasing interest.
– 75 years ago, July 13, 1938
Burglars break into Mr. Big’s
Burglars broke into Mr. Big’s Restaurant and Drive-In, 800 West Main early Monday morning, July 8 and escaped with an estimated $2,200.
The thieves are thought to have gained entry into the building by forcing the rear door. Authorities reported that the safe had been removed from the office in front of the building to the kitchen in the rear, where it was opened by peeling the door.
– 50 years ago, July 12, 1963
A thirst quencher
More than 20 residents came to the aid of many young thirsty trees along Anoka’s boulevards and parks Monday as residents took part in the city’s Bucket Brigade watering program. Mayor Steve Halsey encourages Anoka residents and business owners to water their young trees. The next Bucket Brigade will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Charles Horn Pool parking lot. Bring plenty of buckets.
– 25 years ago, July 15, 1988
• Compiled by Sue Austreng
Editor’s note: “Looking Back” is reprinted exactly as the items first appeared.