UnionHerald Looking Back for May 2, 2014

A chance to enlist

A graver menace threatens Minnesota than Huerta away off down in Mexico. It is the menace of controlled state politics. For several years interests inimical to you have been gaining control of the state and wasting your taxes, defying your laws and laughing at your efforts to shake off the burden. Now is the time to decide for yourself which road Minnesota will travel, this is a call to arms. Under which banner will you enlist?

-100 years ago, May 5, 1914,
Anoka Herald

Razing the Lincoln Mill big elevator

Landmark since ‘85 will be torn down in next few weeks. A crew of men started razing the Pillsbury elevator and first floor of the old mill Friday. The reason is given to reduce the taxes. Where the big elevator, a landmark seen for years, stands will be a hole in the ground.

– 75 years ago, May 3, 1939,
Anoka County Union

“Meet Me In St. Louis” given by CRHS students

The students of Coon Rapids senior high school presented three productions of the play “Meet Me In St. Louis” last weekend, marking the school’s first venture into activity of Dramatics. The all-sophomore cast was under the direction of Miss Joyce Birkeland, who first held tryouts and then several weeks preparation for last weekend’s productions.

– 50 years ago, May 1, 1964
Coon Rapids Herald

Pease sells newspaper

Anoka County’s oldest newspaper has been sold. Arch G. Pease, publisher of the ABC Newspapers and owner of the Anoka County Union and Shopper Inc. has announced the sale of the company to former Minnesota Gov. Elmer L. Anderson, owner of ECM Publishers Inc., based in Princeton. The Anoka County Union and Shopper Inc., which has been owned by the Pease family since 1866, will be merged into ECM Publications. But the company name and the name of ABC Newspapers will remain the same. Publication of the Anoka County Shopper and the three newspapers, the Anoka County Union, the Blaine-Spring Lake Park Life and the Coon Rapids Herald, will also continue uninterrupted.

– 25 years ago, May 5, 1989
Anoka County Union

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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