This Was Brainerd - Aug. 9

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

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.


20 years ago (2002)

Residents on N. 4th Street got what they wanted from the city council, but it might be costly for a few. They managed to save some of their trees – only six are to be removed – but those who resist the project may have to replace sidewalks at their own cost. As one resident put it, it was time to move on as they'd been without a street for nine weeks.

30 years ago (1992)

Two Brainerd rookie drivers enjoyed big nights last weekend at North Central Speedway. First-year driver Nate Thiesse won his third straight Mini Stock feature race while Dan Yaunick posted heat and feature wins in the Super Stock division. Wayne Troseth of Princeton won the Modified feature.


40 years ago (1982)

A “work session” to study whether the city could save money by eliminating its engineering department and hire consultants, was held today. Former city engineer George Kriha said retainers and fees would cost about $9,750 a year compared to paying six full-time employees. Consulting fees would be on top of the retainers.

60 years ago (1962)

Simmy, a snuggling Siamese cat is missing seven of her nine lives. The pet of Penny Rae Smith, Brainerd, Simmy took a nap in the open suitcase of Penny's grandmother. Not seeing the cat, Grandma closed the suitcase and left for Rochester. When the luggage was opened, Simmy was sleeping under a bathrobe, 200 miles from home. She was safely returned.

80 years ago (1942)

A shipment of 3,000 old and broken phonograph records were shipped from Brainerd to “Fighting Men, Inc.” in Chicago where they will be sold for salvage. Proceeds will be used to buy new records for recreational use at Army and Navy training stations and ships. John Aiton, collection chairman, said collections will continue for four more days.

100 years ago (1922)

At George West's summer resort, “Birchdale,” his newly installed “chicken shack” is doing a tremendous business. Tourists and people from town are proving good customers, and the browned, deliciously flavored chickens are relished by all. His dining room has been enlarged.


Read More TWB

What To Read Next
Get Local


Must Reads