This Was Brainerd - July 4

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

60 years ago (1959) (Photo) Robert Dobson, 15, is interested in how long he can keep a kite aloft. He launched a kite at 3 p.m. yesterday near the court house and it's still flying despite a near disaster when a truck caught the kite string. The weatherman says it will remain windy today. Photo illustration, Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.


20 years ago (2002)

Fred Haeg returned to his home in Pequot Lakes after what he described as “a few miles” on his 1990 Harley. The 67-year-old bachelor rode 6,000 miles across the western U.S., which is just a small part of the 100,000 miles he's logged in 11 years. And not just in the U.S.; he's also ridden across Europe and parts of N. Africa.

30 years ago (1992)

Baseball was Tim Trott's sport at Brainerd High School, and he led the Warrior regulars with a .389 batting average. Four years later he's playing golf with even more success, entering the San Diego Golf Academy with a 9-handicap and graduating with a plus-1.9. He nailed a rare double-eagle (hole-in-one on a par-4 hole) in helping his team win the Camp Pendleton Open.


40 years ago (1982)

Two bull riders were knocked out and the rodeo clown injured and taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital during the Johnny Inkslinger Rodeo on July 2. The clown was struck by the bull after he'd lured it away from a cowboy, then it rammed him several times. One bull rider was knocked out when struck by a horn, the other by a bull's back legs.

60 years ago (1962)

Last night the city council passed a resolution to sell $70,000 in bonds to purchase the old post office site on S. 6th Street from the county, remove the building and make it into a city parking lot. Parking meters will be installed, and revenue from the meters is expected to be sufficient to pay off the bonds.

80 years ago (1942)

William Van Essen, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Van Essen, will leave this weekend for Iowa where he will join the “Golden Gopher Flying Squadron.” Bill, a graduate of Brainerd junior college, was a member of the naval reserve while at the Univ. of Minn. He will take nine months training, with the final three at Pensacola, FL.

100 years ago (1922)

Brainerd was host to over 10,000 visitors on the Fourth of July, second day of its 50th Anniversary and homecoming celebration. The maze of traffic was so well handled by special traffic cops that there wasn't a single dented fender. The greatest Independence Day parade in our history – 1.5 miles long – featured four marching bands.


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