Union Looking Back for Oct. 4, 2013

Tank blew up

A tank used to store compressed air blew up Friday morning in the Anoka Garage. The tank had been used for some time, and was apparently in good condition. The tank suddenly let go, and was blown to the ceiling from the floor making a hole in the steel ceiling.

More than a score of window panes were blown out and one big plate glass in the front was shattered. Eddie Wilberg was blown through the door. The explosion was heard all over Anoka. That no one was hurt is a mystery.

– 100 years ago, Oct. 8, 1913

Rudy Johnson is the city manager

The city commission met last night and named Rudy Johnson, who has been acting as treasurer, as manager and city clerk in place of Wayne Ridge, who resigned Monday.

Miss Margaret Sam was named city treasurer.

Wayne Ridge was named city engineer.

Miss Helen Rither continues in her present position in the city office.

– 75 years ago, Oct. 5, 1938

Sign up now for Halloween painting on store windows

All Anoka business men who wish to have Halloween scenes painted on the windows of their places of business, please contact B.J. Witte, chairman, or Anoka senior high school. The painting is done by students of the Anoka high school art classes and a $2 fee is charged for each painting to defray cost of materials. Deadline for signing up is Monday, Oct. 21.

– 50 years ago, Oct. 4, 1963

Huge Halloween gala near witching hour

A thousand spectators and participants are expected for the annual party of the Halloween Capital of the World.

The tentative schedule was released this week by the Anoka Halloween Committee and starts with the Anoka Tornadoes facing Roseville High School in the Pumpkin Bowl football classic Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Goodrich Field, 7:30 p.m.

The Great Pumpkin Chase begins on KANO-AM, 1470 Oct. 21. The Knights of Columbus will coordinate the haunted house at the fairgrounds Oct. 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31.

Miss Anoka candidates will have informal modeling at Billy’s Saturday, Oct. 22. Luncheon by reservation at 11:30 a.m.

– 25 years ago, Oct. 7, 1988

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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