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This Was Brainerd - Feb. 22

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

Vintage photo of a newspaper image showing three men talking in a boxing ring.
<b>40 years ago (1982)</b><br/><br/>In 1982, a huge crowd turned out to honor Ray Shortridge as he retired as a Golden Gloves boxing referee after 20 years of service. Brainerd coach Tom Herron and Golden Gloves director Les Sellnow presented Ray Shortridge with several gifts, and his wife, Doris, received a bouquet of roses from the boxing team.<br/>
Dispatch archives

FEBRUARY 22

20 years ago (2002)

First-time author Buzz McCollough, a Brainerd native who now lives in Seattle, has plumbed family lore and a collection of Civil War-era letters to write “Throught the Canebrake.” The novel, part fact and part fiction, tells the story of his great-great grandparents, Will and Laura Gibbon, as they move through the war with Gen. Grant's army.

30 years ago (1992)

Three one-hundredths of a second is about the length of a fingernail, according the Warrior swim coach Joe Vrudny. That was the distance that kept Lance Hoff from being a state champ in the 50 freestyle. The second place ties his finish from last year's state meet. In the 100 free, Hoff finished fourth in a school record 47.08 seconds.

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40 years ago (1982)

(Photo) A huge crowd turned out to honor Ray Shortridge as he retired as a Golden Gloves boxing referee after 20 years of service. Brainerd coach Tom Herron and Golden Gloves director Les Sellnow presented Ray Shortridge with several gifts, and his wife, Doris, received a bouquet of roses from the boxing team.

60 years ago (1962)

The East Gull Lake school board announced that it has decided to begin consolidation proceedings with Brainerd's District 181. It has a one-room brick school house in the Squaw Point area where one teacher instructs 26 students in grades one through four. The 52 students in 5th through 12th grades are bused to Brainerd.

80 years ago (1942)

A retired carman at the NP Railroad shops, Peter Remmels, 72, was killed as he crossed north on 8th Street across Washington Street. He was struck by a car and is said to have died instantly. He was the first traffic fatality this year and the second in four years. The city earned safety plaques for 1938, 1939 and 1940.

100 years ago (1922)

“Clarence,” the senior class play of Brainerd High School under the direction of Miss Mary Tornstrom, scored a regular hit with the audience that crowded the New Park Theatre. Leo McCaffrey played the title role and Alice Regina Johnson was charming and pretty in the role of Violet.

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