This Was Brainerd - Jan. 17
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)
(Photo) For one half, the CLC women's basketball team was unstoppable. They used pressure defense and capitalized on easy shots to take the halftime lead. The second half was different, and CLC lost a heartbreaker to Mesabi, 63-62 in OT. The Raiders were led by forward Val Diedrich (in photo) with 23 points.
30 years ago (1992)
Airmotive Enterprises, the general aviation firm at the local airport, is facing competition. At a special meeting, the airport commission approved an application from Dick and Juanita Huff, former operators of Moon Wolf Aviation at Mora. Airport manager John Puckropp said the Huffs will spend more than $100,000 to build a hangar and office.
40 years ago (1982)
(Photo) Pat Bauer of Walker, co-chair of the eelpout festival, hangs up another in a string of sizable eelpout catches. Plummeting temps and a severe wind chill did not stop the Third Annual Festival from being held as scheduled at Walker.
60 years ago (1962)
A man arrested in a local grocery store for shoplifting is seeking help from a female shopper who can help him clear his name. He said he has seen her before but doesn't know her name. He went so far as to place a classified ad in the Dispatch asking her to come forward. Police say he has no record of any offenses.
80 years ago (1942)
Deciding it was time he helped earn a living for the family, Jerry Wood, age 2, put on his father's red bandana, grabbed his lunch pail and brakeman's lantern, and headed off to the Crosby mining pit where his dad worked. Meanwhile his mother frantically scoured the neighborhood. Eventually she got a call from a friend at whose house Jerry stopped “on his way to work.”
100 years ago (1922)
Thomas Walsh and Henry Anderson have acquired the billiard rooms at 620 Front Street. They will conduct four pool tables and a billiard table. They are converting the basement into a gym featuring a ring for boxing and wrestling, bleachers for up to 100 spectators, punching bags, weights, showers, etc.