This Was Brainerd - Aug. 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.



20 years ago (2002)

In the District 6 Legion baseball tournament it didn't matter who was pitching for Brainerd. Six different pitchers combined to give up just one run total in its four games. In the final 6-0 win over Sauk Rapids, Drew Boland threw six innings and Joey Tautges pitched the seventh, as Brainerd moved to the state tournament for the first time since 1995.

30 years ago (1992)

(Adv.) Try the Channel Inn and Granny's Pub! Lakeside dining 7 days a week – and our Fantastic Sunday Brunch for just $6.95 – children half-price. Dance to “Silent Partner” in Granny's Pub – and enjoy Peel and Eat or Deep Fried Shrimp – 10 for $1.00. Channel Inn – On the Gull Lake Narrows.


40 years ago (1982)

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for Roger Caldwell, the man convicted by a Brainerd jury of murdering a wealthy Duluth heiress, 83-year-old Elizabeth Congdon, and her nurse. The trial was moved from Duluth to Brainerd due to pre-trial publicity. Caldwell was married to Congdon's daughter, Marjorie.

60 years ago (1962)

No one stepped forward to take advantage of the offer of a free post office (just remove it in 30 days), so the city council has accepted a low bid of $2,940 to have it torn down. In other news, the county commissioners voted 3-2 not to give the city a 10 percent discount for paying cash, though the state AG had ruled they could.

80 years ago (1942)

(Adv.) We always have the “Low Prices!” Fresh Dressed Chickens – lb. 23 cents; While they last – Spare Ribs – lb. 16 cents; Good quality, small size Weiners – lb. 25 cents; First Cut Pork Chops – lb. 28 cents; Bacon Squares – lb. 17 cents; Lard – 2 lbs. for 29 cents. C. Thomas Stores – Brainerd.

100 years ago (1922)

A large crowd attended the regular Saturday night dance at Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake. The 164 couples took advantage of Delaney's four-piece orchestra from St. Paul, which made a big hit. Brainerd people made up a large part of the attendance, and the same band will play again Wednesday.


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