Life Looking Back for Aug. 8, 2014

Tries for world record at State’s Great Fair

Barney Oldfield, one of the greatest auto drivers in the world, has entered his 200 horsepower Christie and Fiat Cyclone cars in the auto races at the Minnesota State Fair, Sept. 12. He has put up a forfeit that he will drive a mile one second faster than any other person. As he must compete against the greatest drivers in America, he will have his hands full.

-100 years ago, Aug. 12, 1914
Anoka County Union

Wildlife coming to Anoka soon  

A shipment of birds from the State Conservation department will arrive in Anoka early Thursday morning, August 10, for distribution throughout the county. Included in the shipment will be six crates of chukar partridges and five crates of quail. The department is also sending to Anoka some fingerlings of trout, crappie, small mouth bass and blue gills.

– 75 years ago, Aug. 9, 1939
Anoka Herald

Coon Rapids housewife delivers third set of twins  

Nine children–the oldest one is seven years old. This would be enough to provide ulcers for many a young housewife, but a Coon Rapids woman seems to handle the situation with relative ease. Mrs. Vernon Plaisance delivered her third set of twins, David and Donald July 23 at St. Mary’s hospital. The other children are Steven, 7; Deborah and Diane, 6; Linda, 5; James and John, 4; and Thomas, 1 1/2.

– 50 years ago, Aug. 7, 1964
Coon Rapids Herald

Free college class offered at Anoka-Ramsey

There is very little that is free today, especially as far as a college education is concerned. But at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and all the state’s other community colleges, there is something that is free: tuition and books for one college course. This program, funded by the Alliss Foundation, is designed for people who have thought about going to college but have been out of school for several years and are not sure whether they want to spend the money necessary to try a class.

– 25 years ago, Aug. 11, 1989
Anoka County Union

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

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