Exercises of high order marked the opening held Thursday evening. Speeches, music, dancing, refreshments and a pleasant social time were had. Co. B’s magnificent new home was duly dedicated with an appropriate program. The event was a social event and three hundred or so were present. The new armory is most artistic from an architectural standpoint and stands today the best single company armory in the country, according to reports made at the dedication.
The Hammond special train which galloped over the state last week at a cost of $500 a day to somebody stopped in Anoka and the tried and true of Democracy were commanded to hike to the depot to hear the real gospel. A few obeyed. Mr. Hammond’s talk was very brief and he confined himself largely to dodging the real issues of the campaign and to defending his own precarious position.
Are you glad? Dope, dope, dope, offered every week and all finds a resting place in the big waste basket. Be sure and vote Tuesday. The Union doesn’t care who you vote for as long as you vote. Even at this late hour the people fail to show any interest in politics and would rather talk of something else – base ball, football, war, etc.
The body of an unknown man was found in the field near W.M. Dyer’s place Sunday afternoon. A bullet wound in the head while both hands were in his pockets clearly indicated murder. The victim was 25 to 30 years of age, weighed about 165 pounds and was about six feet tall. He wore a blue flannel shirt, pink underwear, new pair of bib overalls and good shoes. He was of Scandinavian birth and appeared clean and of more than ordinary intelligence so far as could be judged from the shape of his head and features.
George Smith, seventeen year old son of C.C. Smith of Oak Grove was fatally shot Saturday morning near Hickey Lake. Four boys, all of whom attend the Anoka high school, went to Hickey Lake. Two of the boys took a buggy and drove to a farmers to get some oars and put their guns in the back of the buggy. When the oars were put in, one of them exploded the loaded gun and the charge struck Smith in the left temple, injuring the eye, fracturing the skull and tearing off part of the ear. It was thought best to rush him to a hospital in Minneapolis and the 11:30 down train on the cut off was caught and he was taken to the city. No hope was held out for his recovery.
The harvest is over. Now to prepare for the chill days of winter which will soon be here. Our lighter wearing apparel must be laid aside for warmer garments and now is surely the time to buy them. Fall stocks are at their best, every department complete with dependable stocks of the needful things to assure that comfort so essential to our happiness. – Woodwards since 1894
State Board of Education demands that Anoka take steps at once to replace Franklin. Present building is condemned and board threatens to withdraw $5000 annual state aid. The Board of Education met Friday evening, the principal matter for discussion being the condition of the present Franklin building.