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Friday evening a transient, name unknown, was struck and instantly killed by an east bound train, about 100 feet east of the Coon Creek station. The accident was first reported by the crew of the west bound 11:20 who saw the body lying beside the tracks. The remains were taken to the Wilcox-Thayer morgue. The victim had been struck on the back of the head and his brains cut out. Aside from this one wound the body was little mutilated.

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Anoka’s two banks have deposits of $1,090,703.13. If the deposit of banks are indication of the prosperity of a city, then Anoka can be counted as a financially strong city. The Anoka National and the State Bank of Anoka in their report of the conditions of the institutions show deposits of over a million dollars, which speaks well for banks and the city.

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Within the past few weeks there have been several more or less violent disagreements between horse drivers and auto drivers over their respective rights to the road. In most cases the dispute has been entirely vocal but in at least one, fists and teeth were used.

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Anoka invites you to celebrate with her July Fourth, promising a jolly good time all day. Following is the official list of attractions: Flag raising 9:30 a.m. with special salute and songs followed by parade at 10:00 a.m. Patriotic speech by Herbert Goodrich of this city. No resident of Anoka should miss hearing this speech. At noon a grand picnic dinner.

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From both the standpoint of merchants and citizens we take great pleasure in announcing that plans have been laid for the expending of several thousands of dollars in the enlarging, remodeling and refurnishing of our store, Smith Bros of Anoka. It cannot but please you to know that we have enuf confidence in Anoka’s future to spend much good hard cash to make this an up-to-date store to trade in. We feel that Anoka is growing better each year and that we should keep pace with her progress if possible.

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Splendid exercises at city hall conclude school year for 1914 class. Dr. L.A. Weigle, orator. Reception tendered graduates and alumni by junior class. Owing to the limited capacity of the hall, admission was by ticket, and the hall was comfortably filled. The junior class acted as ushers and decorated the hall. The decorations were decidedly pretty, and were done in green and white, the class colors. Over the archway was the class motto, also done in green and white: “Row, Not Drift.” Dr. W.E. Young invoked Divine blessing and the girls quintet sang, “Winken, Blinken and Nod,” by Nevin. Esther A. Petersen gave the salutatory address. It was well given, and was short and to the point.

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Twenty years ago we were a very small store. Each year with your support we have grown, steadily, surely, until now we have a store to be proud of. We are proud. This sale is an appreciation of your splendid support. We shall offer you bargains for this sale truly remarkable. The items quoted and many others have been shorn of all profit. In every sense of the word it is your week. We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity. A beautiful and useful souvenir will be given to each customer buying one dollar or more.

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Chief Haley nabbed a Peeping Tom Monday evening. The fellow has worked in the harness factory, was not exceptionally bright, and it is believed he is the same man who has made trouble before. Someone has been peeping in various windows. … Monday night he started on his crusade and as he was looking in at Mrs. Hollis’ window, the chief nabbed him. He wept copiously over his arrest, and was given a suspended sentence and “deported.”

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