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This Was Brainerd - July 13

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

Two boys after taking first and second place in a 1962 soapbox derby.
Defending champ Curtis Roller (right) won the city rec soapbox derby for the second straight year in his car, “The Wild Woody.” If he wins again next year he can retire the large trophy. Roller was unbeaten, edging out Greg Freeman at left. A total of 30 cars entered the races down Cemetery Hill.
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JULY 13

20 years ago (2002)

Former Chief Deputy Dan Gottsch, fired last year by Sheriff Dick Ross, levels a variety of allegations against his former boss in a lengthy statement as Gottsch retires after 25 years in law enforcement. At this same time the race for sheriff expands as former Brainerd police officer Keith Emerson files to run against Ross and challenger Eric Klang.

30 years ago (1992)

Campventioners slapped more than mosquitoes last night. They clapped their hands and stamped their feet to the songs of country singer Lee Greenwood, the Grammy winner best known for his patriotic anthem “God Bless the U.S.A.” Rain clouds cleared and the sun popped out as Greenwood stepped onto the stage.

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40 years ago (1982)

A city council committee has turned down a proposal to install a city-wide computer system. Councilman Don O'Brien said he'd like to have it but can't justify it at this time. City clerk Dick Johnson said the computer wouldn't save money in terms of either dollars or personnel.

Racers compete in the 1962 Brainerd soapbox derby.
A total of 30 cars entered the Brainerd city rec soapbox derby races down Cemetery Hill.

60 years ago (1962)

(Photos) Defending champ Curtis Roller (right) won the city rec soapbox derby for the second straight year in his car, “The Wild Woody.” If he wins again next year he can retire the large trophy. Roller was unbeaten, edging out Greg Freeman at left. A total of 30 cars entered the races down Cemetery Hill.

80 years ago (1942)

A girl who gave her name to Lum Park authorities as Irene Chambers, 18, of Brainerd, was saved from drowning at the Lum Park swimming beach at Rice Lake. The girl dived into the lake and did not come up. Two young men leaped into the water and brought her to shore where she was revived.

100 years ago (1922)

A Brainerd physician was highly honored as Gov. J.A.O. Preus appointed Dr. John A. Thabes to the Minnesota State Board of Health. The friends of Dr. Thabes rejoice in his singular honor and say it is merited by his long years of painstaking attention to the calls of his practice.

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A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.

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A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.
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