Union Looking Back for Sept. 27, 2013

Will build opera house

Green & Son have commenced work on Main Street lots. Geo. Green was in Minneapolis yesterday looking into the matter. Work was commenced yesterday on the lots between Bee Hive block and the Congregational church, owned by Green & Son. The trees are being cut down, and grading will be carried on.

The Union is glad Anoka is to have an opera house, and knowing Green & Son, it is safe to promise a splendid building, an ornament to Anoka.

– 100 years ago, Oct. 1, 1913

Fish caught

Frank Stein, a persistent, assiduous, enduring, abiding, chronic, perpetual, everlasting, continuous, ceaseless, incessant, successful fisherman has snagged more fish in Rum river than any man we know about. Last week he caught a nine pounder.

– 75 years ago, Sept. 28, 1938

City manager is one of three in U.S. to be honored

Anoka City Manager C. Rudolf Johnson has been named one of three city managers in the United States to receive a plaque for his record of service as city manager for 25 years. The plaque will be presented at the annual conference of the International City Managers association Oct. 13-16 in Denver, Colo.

– 50 years ago, Sept. 27, 1963

Oak wilt: county hit hard by killer fungus

Oak wilt, a killer tree fungus that has tagged Anoka County with an unwanted distinction, continues to plague communities, particularly those in the northern region of the county.

But unlike previous years, throughout which the county developed a reputation as being the oak wilt capital of the world, city, county, and state officials have stepped up efforts to combat the deadly, fast-spreading infection.

– 25 years ago, Sept. 30, 1988

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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