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This Was Brainerd - July 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.

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W.E. Lively, the hustling Maxwell auto dealer, has sold a Maxwell to Joseph Johnson. Pictured is a Maxwell Mascotte Touring 1911 by Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1526033
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JULY 17

20 years ago (2002)

For 32 years barber John Weise has been cutting hair in his tiny barber shop along Hwy 371, across the parking lot from Schaefer's Foods in Nisswa. But the little building, which has no phone, radio, TV set or bathroom, has to be removed. So Schaefer's is remodeling part of their building so the barber shop will have a new home.

30 years ago (1992)

Pent-up anger on planning and zoning issues erupted in a two-hour shouting match at the county board yesterday. Along the way the chairman of the board of adjustment resigned, and the chair of the planning commission threatened to do so. The principal shouters were county attorney Jack Graham and P&Z administrator Dave Neiman, but everyone got into the act.

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40 years ago (1982)

It was a “real circus” for Brainerd police this morning as they responded to a series of vandalism incidents, attempted break-ins, a nude man running through the streets and a family of bears passing through town. Some of the vandals were caught, the bears left town quietly and the “bare” man was arrested for indecent exposure.

60 years ago (1962)

Dale Sanders, Brainerd, nationally known wildlife photographer, was featured speaker at the Optimist Club today. Sanders showed a film, “Land of the Prairie Ducks,” which won the top award for North America for contributions to conservation education. The film was five years in the making.

80 years ago (1942)

The “Miss Brainerd 1942” contest will be held at 9 p.m. tonight on the stage of the Paramount Theatre. The Brainerd Jaycees have 22 contestants who will be judged on looks and personality by four judges from out-of-state who are staying at area resorts. The girls have a choice of appearing in sport clothes or formals – no bathing suits.

100 years ago (1922)

A team of horses hauling gravel for road work north of Crosby was crossing the Mississippi bridge when a car came speeding at them. When the car would not stop, the horses crashed through the railing, did a complete somersault and landed in the river, 34 feet below. Miraculously, the wagon driver and horses were unhurt. The car sped away but his plate number was noted.

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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.
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.
A round-up of upcoming entertainment events, such as concerts, plays, music in the park, author events in the Brainerd lakes area.