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This Was Brainerd - Dec. 27


20 years ago (1997)

Another family-owned business that closed its doors in 1997 was Burton's Furniture and Appliances on S. 6th Street. It started in the 1930s, with Bud Burton saying "we sold the first black and white TV sets in the county." He said there is no room for the independents today against chain stores.

30 years ago (1987)

The Dick Endres family had a surprise "present" Christmas Eve. A deer decoration that had been stolen from their north Brainerd yard in November was returned, wrapped in red tinsel. A note said: "We know it was wrong to borrow Rudi and we hope you can forgive us."

40 years ago (1977)

(Adv.) Our All-Week Specials! 20-oz. Choice Sirloin for Two - $9.95; 7-oz. Choice Sirloin - $3.95. Daily Specials: Sun. - Chicken and Ribs - $3.95; Tues. - BBQ Ribs - $3.95; Wed. - Spaghetti with glass of wine - $2.95. Smokey Bill's - Rice Lake.

60 years ago (1957)

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rasinski and their seven children, of Barrows, made homeless by a Christmas fire, were cheered by the gifts showered on them by friends and neighbors. Even the Brainerd fire department helped, dipping into their own funds to contribute $100.

80 years ago (1937)

Every effort to make the annual New Year's Eve ball at the National Guard Armory a success has been expended by the 34th Tank Co. committee. The Jimmy Greco Orchestra from Minneapolis and the Lane Sisters from Chicago provide entertainment. All soldiers attending should be in uniform.

100 years ago (1917)

Many residents may wonder why the Dispatch is not printing letters sent by our boys at the front, especially after arrangements had been made to do so. The government says they provide information to the enemy and thus will court martial any soldier whose letter is printed.

Compiled by Terry McCollough