This Was Brainerd - Jan. 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.



20 years ago (2002)

An area educator who was loved by students, as well as fellow Brainerd Vo-Tech faculty, has died. Chuck Widmark, 79, a resident here for 50 years and an accomplished forester, helped develop curriculum for the natural resources technology program. He was co-owner of Widmark-Harrison Christmas Tree Farms for 34 years.

30 years ago (1992)

Faced with the possibility of a legal test, the county board agreed to modify its indigent cremation policy. The board asked county attorney Jack Graham to redraft the policy giving cremation as an option families could accept or reject. Last month the board had set a policy requiring cremation of indigents unless the deceased had left instructions saying not to.


40 years ago (1982)

The battle for 4-year-old Jamie Loftus is over, and the losers are Dick and Pamela Bowne. They paid $7,000 for the boy but the law won't recognize it as a legal adoption. In an effort to take him as a foster child, the county turned them down as their farm home has no running water, electricity or indoor plumbing.

60 years ago (1962)

It will be hard for the Warriors to top last night's performance in an 88-51 smashing of C-I. A turnaway crowd in weather that dropped to 36 below saw Brainerd sink their first five shots – all from long range – for a quick 10-0 lead and kept pouring it on. And it was Bill Laumann's show as he hit 16-of-21 on his way to 39 points, before being pulled with 4:30 to play.

80 years ago (1942)

A tired but fighting team battled its way to victory last night as the Warriors beat Little Falls 23-19 on their court. Playing without the injured veteran Gene Brandt and regular forward Roy Cottam, dropped for “insubordination,” others stepped forward. Garvey led with seven points and Gardner had five.

100 years ago (1922)

The jinx is broken, with the Brainerd High School basketball 1st team cleaning St. Cloud Tech by a score of 15 to 11. Captain Hess fought like a demon while little Wally Engbretson could be found in the thickest of the fray. Molstad made a tremendous hit with his long shots, and time and again Heikkenen would dribble the length of the floor.

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