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This Was Brainerd- June 1

20 years ago (1991)

Roy Trowbridge has seen trapping slide from its heyday to today — when it's not fashionable to wear fur. “There are only a few trappers left,” said the 83-year-old, who's been trapping for 75 years. He's still called out to take care of pesky beaver.

30 years ago (1981)

Blair Chisholm, a junior Golden Gloves boxer from Brainerd, won the Region 7 Intermediate Championship in North St. Paul over the weekend. He did it in dramatic fashion, stopping Jason Stone of Nebraska in the 3rd round on a RSC after a right hook.

40 years ago (1971)

Thousands of people, attracted by the Donnybrooke races and the resort area, flocked into the Brainerd area over the holiday weekend, twice forcing law officers to seal off Nisswa streets in an effort to move a crowd of young people that had gathered there threatening damage.

60 years ago (1951)

Dr. and Mrs. John Thabes, Jr. narrowly escaped injury yesterday morning when a bolt of lightning is believed to have come into their house on a telephone line. Pieces of telephone were blown 50 yards into the woods and Dr. Thabes was slightly burned.

80 years ago (1931)

A freak jackpine, which Jacob Preston, assistant county highway engineer, found in the woods near Whitefish Lake, is drawing wide interest to passersby. The jackpine, with only a little imagination, resembles a giraffe.

100 years ago (1911)

The bellhops of the city are organizing nines, and the first baseball game will be played between the Ransford and East Hotels. As the boys are in constant training, running up and down stairs with ice water and suitcases, fast base running is expected.