anoka county history
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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The inscription on a large rock in the front yard of an old house on South Ferry Street in Anoka reads “Dr. A.W. Giddings settled here in the year 1854.” Dr. Aurora W. Giddings, Anoka’s first doctor, was born in Williamsfield, Ohio in 1830. After receiving his training in several eastern schoo...Read More
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I wrote last week that this would be part two of my search for the names of the ships used for transporting any Anoka County troops to England and France in World War I. There are many records there but I was unable to find what I wanted. However they advised me to try the Pentagon, which might be a...Read More
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While watching the news last week my thoughts went back in history. They were discussing when we send our troops to where they are needed and how we fly them there in less than 24 hours. Compare that to the three to four weeks it took to travel in both World War I and World War II....Read More
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The Anoka County Historical Society held the annual presentation of a Christmas tree ornament in early December. Since the 1990s, the Historical Society has worked with the cities and townships in the county to have a unique ornament given from that community to hang on the tree in the Anoka County ...Read More
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