This Was Brainerd - Jan. 30
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)
With ice conditions – checked late yesterday – averaging 15 inches, the Brainerd Jaycees Fishing Extravaganza is moving back to Gull Lake on Feb. 9. Bob Slaybaugh, a tournament organizer, said the tournament had been delayed from Jan. 19 and set to move to N. Long Lake due to poor ice conditions earlier.
30 years ago (1992)
In the electric business, the co-op giveth and the co-op taketh away. This year Crow Wing Co-op Power and Light will withhold capital credits for the year 1976, due to be paid to patrons in February. The credits are profits earned in a given year and normally paid out 16 years after being earned. The co-op is moving to increase its capital reserves.
40 years ago (1982)
The Brainerd Foundry, a south Brainerd landmark since the 1920s, will close its doors within a month, leaving 20 employees out of work. Gerald Johnson, VP of the foundry, said telling employees of the closure “was a very traumatic experience.” He cited high electric rates and losing a source of supply for scrap metal as reasons.
60 years ago (1962)
A packed Tornstrom Auditorium gave world-renowned trumpeter Rafael Mendez a standing ovation after performing with the Washington High School band. Mendez, in turn, gave credit to the band and director Dan Campbell, and to Junior high director Ernest Aarrestad, saying, “You should be proud to have these two men working with the youngsters.”
80 years ago (1942)
(Adv.) Friday and Saturday Specials! Cracker Jack – 2 boxes 10 cents; Sunkist Oranges – 2 doz. 59 cents; Raisins – 2 lb. pkg. 19 cents; Chocolate Cherries - 1-lb. box 21 cents; Center Cut Pork Chops – lb. 28 cents; Fancy Beef Roast – lb. 28 cents. Gustafson – Nelson, We Deliver.
100 years ago (1922)
Armed with warrants, Police Captain Erick Graff and two officers raided a gambling game in a second floor room at 1:30 Sunday morning. They arrested 18 men. Seven playing poker at the table were fined $25 each. Ten charged with frequenting a gambling room were fined $10 each. The man charged with permitting gambling pleaded not-guilty.