This Was Brainerd - Aug. 1

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

Chicago Tavern on Gilbert Lake circa 1938-1943. Dancing and food. Al LaBarre was the owner. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area' published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.


20 years ago (2002)

The Brainerd Bushwhackers ride through the “Hap” Dumont World Series 14-and-under baseball tournament ended yesterday, but not before the team beat Eagan 6-2 and finished fourth, believed to be Brainerd's best showing ever. The Omaha Patriots face the Wichita Cardinals in the tournament finals.

30 years ago (1992)

Cass County Sheriff's investigator Michael Diekmann and BCA Agent Dave Bjerga said that the suspect charged in the slaying of a Backus man told them that all child abusers ought to be killed. The victim was found in a shallow grave shortly after being charged with criminal sexual conduct with a teenage boy.


40 years ago (1982)

Short-statured Joel Gullickson, second baseman for the Brainerd Legion team, doesn't hit many home runs, but his two-run blast touched off a six-run fourth inning as Brainerd downed Little Falls 14-8 to win the sub-district Legion tournament. Brad Loch and Mark Muesing also homered for Brainerd.

60 years ago (1962)

(Adv.) Jake's Bargain Busters! Our famous Home-grown Tomatoes – 5 lbs. $1.00 – or 10-lb. Basket - $1.95; Biggest Cantaloupe in town – plus a pint of Kemp's Ice Cream – both for $1.00; Crisp Lettuce – head 10 cents; Red or Russet Potatoes – 10 lbs. 39 cents. Jake's Garden Market – Hwys 210-371 West.

80 years ago (1942)

Relatives and friends of men of the 194th Tank Battalion who served on Bataan and who are now believed prisoners of the Japanese, were advised today that donations for their relief are being accepted at the Press Club in San Francisco. The shipment will be sent by a Swedish neutral ship. No messages or personal packages are allowed.

100 years ago (1922)

The railroad strike here, of several weeks in length, has been remarkably free of violence of any kind. But that record was damaged when Erick Kronberg, a foremen at the NP Shops, was viciously attacked by men who called him a scab, though he was required by law to do a job at the shops.


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