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This Was Brainerd - July 16

JULY 16

20 years ago (1997)

Melvin Esser, 89, died yesterday at his home. He and wife Alma moved to Brainerd in 1939, where he operated a variety of businesses, including Esser's Bar on Laurel Street, Coast to Coast Hardware and Midtown Liquor. He and his sons operated Esser's Warehouse Liquors in Northeast.

30 years ago (1987)

Brainerd police and the county sheriff's office report the arrest of a man alleged to have passed $20,000 in bad checks here on May 29 and 30. The man called himself Steven Anderson, but his real identity is unknown. He was arrested in California and will be extradited here.

40 years ago (1977)

A bomb threat emptied city hall and the fire station this morning for about 30 minutes. A thorough search by six police officers yielded no bomb. An anonymous phone caller at 6:40 a.m. said a friend had been in a downtown bar last night and heard two men talk about bombing city hall.

60 years ago (1957)

Professional golfer Jerry Krueger, an ex-Marine whose golf career was interrupted by a near-fatal wound in WWII, shot two hole-in-ones on the same round at White Bear Country Club. (Note: Krueger would later become head pro at Brainerd Country Club.)

80 years ago (1937)

How a modern "streamlined" infantry division would operate under wartime conditions will be demonstrated during extensive 4th Army maneuvers at Camp Ripley. Among the features will be using scout car platoons for recon in front of the advancing division.

100 years ago (1917)

The difficulty of recruiting can be shown by the recent patriotic meeting at the opera house. After a stirring speech, 24 men stood to volunteer. Of those 24, only eight showed up at the army office. Of the eight, five failed the physical, two had dependents, and only one actually signed up.

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