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Although not quite in St. Louis Park, Docken’s
Community Store certainly served the Brookside Community
from about 1926, and the Docken family had many connections
to St. Louis Park. The store was located in Edina on the northwest
corner of Brookside Ave. and 44th Street, now the site of
the Brookside Court condominiums. The address was 4396
Brookside prior to 1948, then changed to 4380. It had
one and perhaps two apartments in the same building.
Gilbert Docken was born in 1850 in Norway and came to
America in 1870. The 1895 Census shows him living in
Edina as a farmer. The Minneapolis Tribune
reported that on March 13, 1897, Gilbert bought land in
Edina for $1,250. In 1898 Gilbert worked as a
carpenter at Monitor Drill in St. Louis Park and lived in
Edina. He continues to be listed as a carpenter until
1910 when his occupation is given as truck farmer. Gilbert
and his wife Agnes had four children:
Frederick G. "Fred" Docken was born
around 1876. In 1895 he lived in Edina and worked
as a blacksmith. In 1899 he worked at the
Lindsay-Greenfield Vehicle Co. in St. Louis Park.
From 1901-1906, he and his brother Willy owned the
Docken Bros. Feed Store in Hopkins. During that
time, Fred lived in St. Louis Park. By 1920 Fred
had moved to a farm in Montana.
William J. "Willy" Docken was born
in 1877. In 1895 he lived in Edina and worked as a
farmer. An 1898 Minneapolis directory indicates
that he lived and worked at the farm of Nate Shepherd, a
St. Louis Park truck farmer on Excelsior Blvd. In
1899 he was working at Monitor Drill and lived in Edina.
From 1901-1906 he owned a feed store with his brother
Fred in Hopkins and lived in Edina. The 1910
Census shows him living in Montana, and the 1920 Census
shows that his Montana farm was next to his brother
Fred's. He died in 1935 in Montana.
Arthur Hunter Docken was born on December 14, 1878 in Lakeville,
Minnesota. He served as a member of the cavalry in
Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War. When he
returned, he operated a feed store with his brothers in
Hopkins. On October 26, 1921, Arthur married Lila
Annie Winter. Lila was born on Jan. 24, 1887.
Arthur died on September 7, 1944. Lila died on May 16, 1977
in Nebraska. They are buried at Ft. Snelling.
Arthur and Lila’s children were:
Arthur William Docken was born on December 13, 1924.
He died on March 29, 2006 in Missouri.
Thomas W. Docken was born in about 1919. He entered the Army on December 3, 1950,
and served in Korea. A picture of him on leave can be
found in in the November 8, 1951 edition of the Dispatch.
Lila Agnes “Mickie” Docken was born on January 3, 1923.
She lived in Edina, was active in 4-H in Hopkins, and graduated from
Park High in 1941. The Echo that May reported
that her "ambition is to have an old car painted
plaid on one side and polka dots on the other.
Her extra curricular activities include Blue Tri,
Pep club, National Honor society, Echo and
Drama club." While a junior at the U of M she was
selected to become a stewardess for American Airlines.
She died on January 10, 1945 in a plane crash five miles
north of Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank, California.
All 21 passengers were members of the armed forces;
there were two other crew members. In the article
reporting her death in the Hennepin County Review she is identified as being from St. Louis Park, but she
is shown at her parents' address in Edina in the 1945
The Dockens reportedly owned all the land behind the
store, down to the creek. People could pay a fee and
picnic on the site and swim in the swimming hole upstream
from the CP Rail trestle over the creek. The Dockens also kept horses on the
photo below shows two houses side by side on the property.
The store itself is not pictured and would have been toward the
left. Edina directories list six separate addresses on
the block, although one or more of the buildings may have
been a duplex. Arthur and Lila lived at 4360 Brookside
(changed to 4356 Brookside in about 1948).
Courtesy Rick Sewall
In 1949 the store was taken over by Jon and Eloise Garner
and renamed the Garner Food Market. The Garners had
previously operated a store up the hill at Interlachen and
Vernon from about 1946-48 (when Brookside went straight
through). That store became Bob Solberg's Phillips
The Como-Hopkins streetcar line ceased running in June 1954.
Perhaps that precipitated the end of the little store -
Edina directories indicate that it went out of business
between 1957 and 1958. The buildings were demolished and the land lay vacant.
Reports of when the Brookside Court Condominiums were built
vary widely from 1963 to 1970. Dirt from the
construction was used to fill in the swamp and build Todd
Glassford "Betty" Docken was born in 1882. In
1901-1904 she was a student at the University of Minnesota,
graduating in June 1904 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from
the College of Science, Literature and the Arts at the State
University. She was one of 481 graduates and was
identified as being from Edina Mills. In 1905 she was
a teacher at Lincoln School in St. Louis Park and boarded in
the Park as well. By 1906 she was a teacher at East
High in Minneapolis, where she apparently taught until at
least 1945. She died in 1959.
This information comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, books, yearbooks, phone directories, interviews, etc. Given the varied sources, we cannot guarantee that all of this information is correct, and welcome any additions and corrections. Please contact us with your contributions and comments.