20 years ago (2002)
(Photo) The Experimental Aircraft Assn.'s replica of the Spirit of St. Louis flew over Little Falls yesterday in preparation for the 75th anniversary celebration of Charles Lindbergh's return to Little Falls after his historic transatlantic flight. The Little Falls Airport held an air show during the activities.
30 years ago (1992)
The fire department wants to burn down a nuisance building on tax forfeited property on Norwood Street as a training exercise for firefighters. But county commissioner Mary Koep insists that neighbors' opinions be gathered first. Fire Chief Ron Johnson says he will go door-to-door in a two-block radius. Koep says she will accompany him.
40 years ago (1982)
Supt. Bob Gross has asked that two school district committees be formed. One would look at the senior high and such issues as minimum competency for graduation, honors classes, etc. The other would survey renovation of Tornstrom Auditorium or possible construction of a new auditorium.
60 years ago (1962)
Two Minnesota youngsters, both at the Univ. of Minn., tee off today in the finals of the Western Junior golf tournament. George Shortridge, nephew of Brainerd fire chief Ray Shortridge, will face Dave Gumlia of C-I. Gumlia ousted medalist Jim Jamieson of Illinois in the quarterfinals.
80 years ago (1942)
Two letters from men in the 194th Tank Battalion written before the fall of Bataan arrived here yesterday to friends and families of the men who are now prisoners or fighting as guerillas in the Philippine jungles. One was from Capt. C.D. Quinlan to Police Officer Joe Nolan, and the other from Corp. William Mattson to his family.
100 years ago (1922)
For the first time in county history, women have been drawn for the November jury list. Six will serve on the grand jury and 12 for the regular jury list. Many of the women are prominent in women's club work, in the League of Women Voters and have served on election boards.
28/50: People in the Northern Pacific Railroad depot waiting area, circa 1910. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
29/50: 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.
30/50: State Champion was this Brainerd amateur baseball team of 1894, which later saw two of those players advance to the major leagues. Pictured here are (front row) Frary, catcher; Phyle, rf-pit.; Howe, pit., rf; C. McCarthy, 1st; (middle row) Burgum, shortstop, W.P. Buckley, manager; Hill; 3rd; (back row) W. McCarthy, cf; Blandy, lf; Warner, 2nd. Source: 'Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971'. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1971.
37/50: Brainerd Fire Department. Dispatch archives
38/50: W.E. Lively, the hustling Maxwell auto dealer, has sold a Maxwell to Joseph Johnson. Pictured is a Maxwell Mascotte Touring 1911 by Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1526033
39/50: 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.
40/50: The 1916 Brainerd police force, pictured here, included the following men: The plain clothes men at either end were Jack Brandt (left) and Ted Nesheim; (front row, left to right) Charles Varner, chief, and Tom Templeton. (Rear, left to right) Erick Graff, Hans Saude and August Swanson. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
41/50: This building at Seventh and Laurel, still a well-known landmark in Brainerd, was the home of the Citizen's State Bank, from 1909 to 1927, when the bank then moved to quarters across the street. This picture was taken in 1913. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
42/50: The "fill" grounds skating rink, located near Franklin Junior High School, winter of 1938-39. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
43/50: People in the Northern Pacific Railroad depot waiting area, circa 1910. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
44/50: 60 years ago (1959) (Photo) Robert Dobson, 15, is interested in how long he can keep a kite aloft. He launched a kite at 3 p.m. yesterday near the court house and it's still flying despite a near disaster when a truck caught the kite string. The weatherman says it will remain windy today. Photo illustration, Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
45/50: Brainerd Dispatch archives
46/50: The state hospital campus on Highway 18.
47/50: Santa takes a ride during a Christmas parade in downtown Brainerd.
48/50: Children crowd around Santa during downtown Brainerd Christmas festivities.
50/50: Brainerd Dispatch archives