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This Was Brainerd - April 7

A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1922.

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This truck belonged to Silas Hall's Transfer Line just after World War I. It was used for hauling freight from the NP (Northern Pacific Railroad) depot to stores around town as well as for other kinds of moving. The picture was taken in front of the railroad freight office. Before the truck, Silas Hal used teams of horses and wagons which he kept at 415 Main (now Washington Street). Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.

APRIL 7

20 years ago (2002)

Paul Koering's first two bids for the State Senate were close and closer, finishing just 411 votes behind Don Samuelson in 2000. The time, with redistricting, the Fort Ripley Republican hopes to come out on top. “I still believe strongly in public service,” said the owner of a funeral car service.

30 years ago (1992)

A steady morning rain made the Warrior baseball opener look unlikely, but bright sunshine brought a beautiful spring day. That was the only good part, though, as Little Falls pounded four Brainerd pitchers for a 10-1 victory. Those pitchers showed early season wildness as they gave up eight walks.

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40 years ago (1982)

St. Joseph's Hospital has been granted a state certificate of need to construct an 87,000 -square-foot addition to the north side of the present hospital. It will be funded by $13.2 million in revenue bonds and $2.1 million in hospital reserves. The hospital will also add parking for 75 cars.

60 years ago (1962)

A burglar alarm at the Log Cabin Bar apparently foiled yet another attempted robbery in Brainerd. Owner Everett Lassig said nothing was missing after the alarm sounded at 3:32 a.m. In Little Falls, LaFond's Bar was entered through a basement window and a large sum of cash taken.

80 years ago (1942)

Tentative plans to erect a log cabin, probably on the site of the city water tower, was announced today by the Jaycees. The cabin would be used as a tourist information bureau. Permission to build below the water tower has yet to be received from the water and light board.

100 years ago (1922)

The Mahlum Lumber Co. staged a huge paint sale the other day, and it was good paint which retailed at the amazing price of $1.50 a gallon. People came from across the county to buy, and the sale was so successful the company ran out of paint early and had to quit advertising in the Dispatch.

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A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.

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A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.