anoka county history
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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It might seem odd to think of Air Force fighter jets taking off from northern Anoka County and laying contrails in the skies above Bethel and St. Francis, but it almost happened. In 1957, the Air Force and the State of Minnesota reached an agreement to acquire land a few miles west of Bethel and bui...Read More
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Last week this column focused on the deadly Spanish Flu that spread across the globe like wildfire, killing millions in 1918. The medical community was helpless, and scientists searched for some clue to fighting this mysterious disease. While thousands of soldiers sickened in Europe, doctors at home...Read More
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