Sanborn Terrace on Crystal Lake

The Sanborn family had owned land and farmed in Crystal Township in the years before Robbinsdale was incorporated as village. Arthur Sanborn became the first President of Crystal Village after it was incorporated on January 11th 1887. In the years before Crystal Village was dissolved Charles Sanborn, Horatio Stillman, John Russ, and Joh Shumway owned…

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The Howard Lumber Wagon

After Tom P. Howard bought the lumber yard on 42nd and Hubbard Avenue North back in 1913, the Howard Lumber wagon became a frequent site in Robbinsdale. The company’s teamster, Peter Kimball lived about a block from the yard. Kimball was fond of children and riding his horse was a common experience for Robbinsdale kids….

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The Hubbard Marketplace Then and Now

In April of 1949, the new fire and police station was formally dedicated. At 2:00 a whistle blew and the firemen marched with the Robbinsdale and Anoka city bands from their old home in back of City Hall on West Broadway to their new quarters on Hubbard Avenue. The police department provided free coffee and…

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Olson’s Grocery Then and Now

Olson’s Grocery on Yates was one of at least seven little corner stores nestled in Robbinsdale’s sleepy neighborhoods. Back before anybody ever heard of Hy-Vee, Rainbow, or Red Owl these were the places Mom sent the kids to pick up a bottle of aspirin or a pack of cigarettes. In the last couple decades most…

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The Activities of Adelaide

Adelaide Walker Robbins (Mrs. Andrew Bonney), Robbinsdale, born. 1847, Zenia, Ohio, daughter Anstis Barlow Walker and Piatt Bayless Walker; 1855 moved to Berea, Ohio, entered Baldwin University at twelve; distinguished in mathematics, youngest in class and prize winner for highest standing through two years. At fourteen, helped her mother and sister Helen with diets, linen…

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