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This Was Brainerd - Aug. 19


20 years ago (1994)

Nineteen Brainerd area teenagers endured a 23-hour bus trip to join 35,000 of their peers in Atlanta for a Lutheran conference. Brian Monsen, Trinity Lutheran's director of youth activities, said fund raisers included rummage and pizza sales and a spaghetti dinner.

30 years ago (1984)

Joe Amato of Old Forge, Penn., became the fastest driver ever to roar down the quarter-mile track at BIR with a Top Fuel speed of 260.86 mph during qualifying runs at the 3rd Annual Quaker State NorthStar Nationals. Mark Oswald had held the record at 258.62 mph.

40 years ago (1974)

(Adv.) Wilson Corn King Meat Sale! Moist Smoked Ham - whole or half - lb. 79 cents; Sliced Bacon - lb. 89 cents; Wilson Franks - lb. 59 cents; Dawn Liquid Detergent - 22-oz. bottle - 59 cents; Nabisco Oreo Cookies - 19-oz pkg. - 79 cents. Brainerd & Gustafson's Super Valu.

60 years ago (1954)

(Photo) Even old-timers in Paul Bunyanland are trying to recollect when a bigger bass than this 8-0 largemouth has been caught here. The lucky fisherman is Dr. Sol Heinemann of St. Louis. He caught it at Shirt Lake while staying at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge.

80 years ago (1934)

Baseball fans of Brainerd and the territory are expected to turn out en masse for the final home games of the season, a doubleheader against Grand Forks. Two wins would put the Muskies in first place as they head out on an extended road trip to close the season.

100 years ago (1914)

William Verkennis, a railroad employee, was killed in the yards when struck by a switch engine. Death was instantaneous as he was hit in the head. The funeral will be at St. Francis Catholic Church. Verkennis leaves a wife and fourteen children to mourn his loss.