june anderson
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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Inscribed on the wall behind the receptionist’s desk at city hall are the words, “Anoka City Hall: A Gift to the City of Anoka from the Federal Cartridge Corporation. 1955.” On the landing of the stairwell as you walk from the first floor to the second is a bigger-than-life portrait of a hands...Read More
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From May through Halloween my fellow docents from the Anoka County Historical Society and I guide brave and curious souls through the darkened streets of Anoka relating the history of the homes and places of business we encounter during our 1 mile walk — and speculating about some of the unexplain...Read More
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