june anderson
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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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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In 1905 Albert Goodrich published “A History of Anoka County.” I refer to it frequently for my columns, and sometimes it’s just downright fun reading. In the spirit of Halloween, I’d like to share Albert’s rib-tickling account of the Temperance Movement in Anoka with you....Read More
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Upon entering the lower level community room at Anoka City Hall you see before you on the far wall a collage of black and white photos. There are 91 in all, not including a model of early Anoka. Best of all, the photos are numbered and each one can be identified by a key located front and center of ...Read More
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The timeline running the length of the east wall in the community room at the Anoka City Hall tells of many events occurring in the city of Anoka, happy and otherwise. For instance, we learn that in 1853 Orin W. Rice built the first bridge across the Rum River and that winter saw the opening of the ...Read More
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