The community name is said to derive from a Dakota term for "on both sides of the river" and an Ojibwa term for "working waters"
Anoka County was organized by an act of the territorial Legislature on May 23, 1857, the year prior to Minnesota's admission to the Union. It was formed from parts of Ramsey County and Benton County; the Rum River previously divided the line between the two counties. The boundaries were mainly the same as they are now, except for a small part of the southeastern tip along the Mississippi River and at the south. It was a small portion that connected to Ramsey and occupied one-third of the congressional township. It was then attached to Anoka County by constitutional amendment November 2, 1869. It later became known as Fridley in 1879.
The first white men to explore what is now Anoka County were the Franciscan friar Louis Hennepin, and two others in his party. Not soon after, fur traders began to settle in the area which is now Ramsey County. They settled on the Rum River and established the county seat of Anoka.
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BIOS: Transcribed by the Alberti’s.
Amos B. Ballard, Thomas A. Baker, Martin V. Bean, John R. Bean, Thomas E. Bennett, Henry Boget, Gotlieb Bossert, Almon F. Bradeen, John C. Broadbent, William B. Brown, Louis H. Bruns, David L. Bugbee, Marcus Q. Butterfield, Cyrus W. Campbell, Thomas H. Carroll, John Chalmers, Joseph Chalupa, Charles E. Chase, Wilbur F. Chase, George W. Church, William W> Coburn, W. E. Copeland, George E. Cotton, Joseph H. Cook, Rezin Coulter, Delos S. Crane, Lardy Cressy, Ammi Cutter, Charles P. Cutter, Azariah Davis, Edward E. Davis, John Doyle, Dewitt C. Dunham, Charles E. Ersin, John G. Ersin, Resolvo W. Field, James A. Foote, Anthon C. Frauman, James C. Frost, George Geddes, Fred O. Gerrish, John I. Giddings,James Gilligan, Sargent W. Gilpatrick, George W. Goodrich, John T. Gray, Clarence D. Green, James W. Groat, William H. Groat, Christopher S. Guderian, Benjamin Haley, Edwin Q. Haskell, Rev. Daniel F. Hayes, Edward P. Heath, Henry C. Helm, Jacob G. Herring, Joseph B. Hickman, Ard A. Hilton, Turner B. Hilton, Freeman C. Hogans, James K. Howie, Philo J. Hunt, P. D. Irons, Charles G. Jackson, George Jurgens, Moses E. Kellogg, Estus A. King, Ansel S. Lane, A. P. Lane, George J. Lane, John R. Leach, Charles W. Lenfest, Luther H. Lennan, Seneca W. Lent, Henry E. Lepper, H. C. Loehl, Richard M. Lowell, Walter Macomber, Robert Mahany, Lewis Martin, John Mayall, Benjamin F. McCann, James McCann, Orlando McFall, James M. McGlauflin, William McKinster, Stephen H. McLaughlin, Tobias G. McLean, James Meader, William J. Miller, Alexander W. Mitchell, Nels Moberg, Augustus G. Morgan, George W. Morrill, Isaac Morrill, Erick A. Norell, Olof Norell, Adin E. Nourse, William A. Over, Robert P. Owen, Daniel M. Parker, Forrest L. Pinney, Henry S. Plummer, William E. Poole, Granville C. Pratt, P. F. Pratt, Turner Pribble, John W. Pride, Jr., George W. Putnam, Wareham G. Randolph, John W. Reynolds, Harvey Richards, Silas C. Robbins, Gustavus A. Rossbach, Thomas M. Ryan, Frank S. Stanchfield, N. C. Simmilkeir, Charles T. Sowden, William Sowden, Simon P. Starritt, S. P. Starritt, Albert Stimson, Sylvanus Stockwell, Sylvanus A. Stockwell, George E. Storms, Elisha O. Storms, Charles H. Tasker, Hiram Thornton, Herman L. Ticknor, Charles H. Truax, Chester L. Twitchell, Thomas Wall, S. R. Wakefield, W. D. Washburn, James W. Wells, Joseph F. Wheeler, Russell Whiteman, William B. Wilson, Dwight Woodbury, James M. Woods
COURT & LEGAL: Halmet H. and Florence M. Hodson
MILITARY: Soldiers - Edwin Lane
NEWS-CRIME: James Nesbitt
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