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This Was Brainerd - June 1

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

Baseball team members in vintage uniforms of their day pose for a photo.
A Brainerd baseball team poses for a photo.
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JUNE 1

20 years ago (2002)

Fueled by dry air and high winds, a wildfire raced through Barrows on Friday afternoon, scorching more than 700 acres and five structures including the old Wilson School, built in 1911. More than 200 firefighters battled the blaze as it jumped Hwy 371. Flames 100-feet high burnt a path 1.5 miles long and 3/4-mile wide.

30 years ago (1992)

By a split vote of the county board today, future meetings to evaluate employee job performance will be held behind closed doors. The 3-2 vote showed commissioners Mary Koep and Steve Sievek opposed. State law leaves closing such meetings to the discretion of the county board.

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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.

40 years ago (1982)

In her final competition in college, Brainerd high grad Kathy Borgwarth helped Wisconsin to a third place finish in the National AIAW Track meet in Texas. After concentrating on her specialty, the 100 meter hurdles, her coach asked her to do the heptathlon and she finished third, putting Wisconsin in third by just half a point.

60 years ago (1962)

Ground was broken yesterday for construction of a new club building for the Gull Lake Yacht Club. Work will begin on the 24 x 32 building on June 4. The club owns more than 5 acres on the east shore of Gull Lake, with 300 feet of lakeshore, purchased two years ago from Brainerd attorney Walter Wieland.

80 years ago (1942)

The war effort has come to education as a physical education course will be mandatory for all students, not just freshmen and sophomores. Physical education will also be offered as a regular course at the junior college next year, as will a course in army and naval cadet training.

100 years ago (1922)

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Bullet Joe Bush, Brainerd boy, won his sixth consecutive game for the New York Yankees, coming back from a four-run deficit to beat Boston 5 to 4. Babe Ruth won it for the Yankees, hitting a two-run triple in the seventh inning. Rain fell for the entire game.

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