Probably the last remaining testament to St. Francis’s importance as a milling town was the starch factory located on the east bank of the Rum River and the south side of Bridge Street, where the Anoka County Highway Maintenance Building now stands. By the late thirties and early forties it was no...Read More
St. Francis is not the town it was at the turn of the twentieth century. Many factors contributed to its decline as it struggled to reach the midcentury mark. In the early 1900s the railroads were punching their way north.
Like his father, Dwight Woodbury, John Woodbury also proved to be a mover and shaker as explained in this seventh grade essay written by Doug Steinke in 1953.
In July, I was one of the hosts at the Weaver/Woodbury House on Ferry Street during the Anoka County Historical Society’s Home and Garden Tour.
In 1912, the citizens of St. Francis voted to consolidate their district schools, becoming the first rural town in the state of Minnesota to do so.
Former Cedar resident, Helen Delger, entertained no fond memories of the “‘good old golden rule days.”
Now that we’re a month into the beginning of the new school year let’s take a look backward to see what came before.
I’d never been to Riverfest, Anoka’s big time summer event, not until last July when I decided to combine it with my usual activity for the day — the Andover Fun Fest which I have attended religiously ever since my son began entertaining under the tent as “Elvis.”