About Anoka’s big celebration
Anoka invites you to celebrate with her July Fourth, promising a jolly good time all day. Following is the official list of attractions: Flag raising 9:30 a.m. with special salute and songs followed by parade at 10:00 a.m. Patriotic speech by Herbert Goodrich of this city. No resident of Anoka should miss hearing this speech. At noon a grand picnic dinner. At 1:30 p.m. on Main street the athletic committee will conduct a series of contests for men, women, boys and girls. Picnic supper at Windego and Arrowhead parks, court house and Universalist grounds. 7 p.m. pageant, pantomimes, folk dancing, children’s concert, moving pictures and the band at Windego park. Band and merry-go-round all day. Come early and stay late, but come.
-100 years ago, June 24, 1914
Anoka County Union
Anoka makes rapid strides in recovery
WCCO sends out SOS call for aid when tornado hit. Disaster committee meets with Governor Stassen to make plans. Red Cross call for help receives fine response from all quarters; local committee works hard; city does fine work restoring power. Fred Zimmerman tornado victim buried. Edward Morrissette killed in tornado buried in Osseo. Hannibal Groat, victim of tornado, buried Thursday. Thirty in hospital as result of injuries. Benefit show at Green Theater Friday.
– 75 years ago, June 28, 1939
Three die in tragic helicopter crash
A pilot and his two passengers were killed Saturday when their low-flying helicopter struck electric power lines and crashed into the Mississippi river in Coon Rapids. The victims are John A. Kelly, 43, Mississippi Blvd., Coon Rapids, the pilot; Gary Nelson, 22, Crooked Lake Blvd., Coon Rapids, a passenger; and Sharon Larrabee, 19, Ninth Ave. S., Anoka. A witness said the helicopter was flying low above the Mississippi river in the direction of the Coon Rapids dam when it hit the high power lines that span the river. There followed “a loud noise, a big flash and it dropped into the river.”
– 50 years ago, June 26, 1964
Coon Rapids Herald
Street fight goes to the courts
A street fight between Anoka and Coon Rapids over a road connection has now landed in the courts. The city of Coon Rapids has filed a motion in Anoka County District Court for a Writ of Mandamus to compel the city of Anoka to remove a barricade it has erected where 121st Avenue NW in Coon Rapids extends into Anoka.
– 25 years ago, June 30, 1989
Anoka County Union
• Compiled by Sue Austreng
Editor’s note: “Looking Back” is reprinted exactly as the items first appeared.