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This Was Brainerd - Aug. 21

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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Leslie "Bullet Joe" Bush of major league baseball fame is shown in this photo of the 1911 Brainerd baseball team. The players pictured here are front row: Herb Paine, Jim Alderman, Sig Sheflo; middle row, Tom Templeton, Clyde Trent, John Mahlum, Harold Kalland, Joe Bush (highlighted); Back row, Ira and Bud Roderick, Al Loom.
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AUGUST 21

20 years ago (2002)

Some Minnesota cities might soon charge residents a fee to plow their roads or extract them from a vehicle in a crash. But so far that won't happen in Brainerd, Baxter or Crow Wing County. For the county, you are being charged for making copies of documents, and there is discussion on charging offenders a fee per day in jail, but that's it.

30 years ago (1992)

A 21-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon after a high-speed chase on Hwy 210 east. Deputy Steve Merriman pursued a vehicle he had witnessed driving erratically and which had forced two vehicles onto the shoulder. The man lost control near the airport and was struck by the deputy's vehicle. He was charged with several offenses, including DUI.

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40 years ago (1982)

If you're not a drag racing fan, you'll be in the minority this weekend as the Brainerd area plays host to between 40,000 and 60,000 drag enthusiasts over the three-day event. BIR officials expect this event – the North Star Nationals – to attract the largest attendance in track history.

60 years ago (1962)

Brainerd users of the Able Cable TV service will soon receive improved TV reception but it will cost them more, with monthly charges going from $3.75 to $4.50 per month. That will help the company pay for a new microwave system to be installed on its 500-foot tower that receives signals from stations in Duluth and the Twin Cities.

80 years ago (1942)

The school board last night rejected a plan to consolidate the Garfield and Lowell schools, and voted to continue classes unchanged next year. Kindergarten will also be retained. The board hired six new teachers but said they are still short three. There may be need for a tax increase to keep all these programs going.

100 years ago (1922)

Leslie “Bullet Joe” Bush, the New York Yankees pitcher from Brainerd, won two games in two days against the Chicago White Sox. He pitched eight innings for the win Thursday, then relieved late in Friday's game which Babe Ruth won with a homer in the tenth inning. It was exactly a year ago when Bush, then pitching for Boston, had five RBIs to win his own game.

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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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