anoka county history
If you take a drive down Main Street in Anoka and cross the Rum River Bridge going west, you’ll see the American Legion Edward B. Cutter Post 102 on the 400 block. Take the exit to Highway 10 and continue west to about Thurston Avenue and you’ll see to your left a sign directing you to Cutter’...Read More
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The Giddings were indeed an all-American family, exemplifying and practicing the American dream. Their ancestors didn’t arrive on the Mayflower in 1620, but were close behind, arriving on these shores from England in 1630. According to the DAR Patriot Index there were at least 23 Giddings men, ran...Read More
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It’s hard enough to sort out fact from fiction in stories you see in contemporary news, and when a case is over 65 years old, the difficulty of doing so is compounded. In 1949, Anoka County was rocked with scandal: an accusation of bribery involving two commissioners, a former commissioner, and a ...Read More
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An asylum, as it related to mental health, was a place of refuge, rather than treatment. Up until 1870 when the first state hospital was established in St. Peter to care for the insane, mentally ill people were the derelicts of society, shut up in homes, cast out on the streets or rotting in jails. ...Read More
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I wonder if Flora Southard and Alanson Aldrich had any inkling when they married in 1883 that their honeymoon trip to Anoka, Minnesota would last 33 years. Although Flora was of an average age when at 20 she married the 28-year-old doctor, there was nothing average about her. She was born in Westfor...Read More
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