This Was Brainerd - June 19

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

State Champion was this Brainerd amateur baseball team of 1894, which later saw two of those players advance to the major leagues. Pictured here are (front row) Frary, catcher; Phyle, rf-pit.; Howe, pit., rf; C. McCarthy, 1st; (middle row) Burgum, shortstop, W.P. Buckley, manager; Hill; 3rd; (back row) W. McCarthy, cf; Blandy, lf; Warner, 2nd. Source: 'Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971'. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1971.


20 years ago (2002)

They packed the East Gull Lake city hall and spilled out onto the porch as residents gave feedback to the city on whether to proceed with the proposed $6 million wastewater treatment project. Some residents said that approved septic systems were working just fine, while others said Gull and Sylvan Lakes needed more protection.

30 years ago (1992)

As tempting as it may be to go swimming on a hot summer day, it may not be good for a baseball pitcher. Dan Wise swam the day of Brainerd's Legion opener and gave up nine hits in six innings. Yesterday he rested up and tossed a three-hitter, striking out 10 and drove in four RBIs in an 8-0 win over Swanville.


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40 years ago (1982)

Former Brainerd police officer Randall Bush was placed on leave from the St. Joseph, MN, police department in the wake of allegations of assault, illegal entry and improper detention of juveniles. In 1979 he was acquitted of one assault charge in Brainerd, with three other charges dropped in return for his resignation.

60 years ago (1962)

Burglars came away with between $500 and $1,000 in cash and merchandise in a break-in at Anderson's Cash Store. Owner Albin Anderson said this was the first burglary there in 40 years. The thieves broke the dial off the safe, taking several hundred dollars, and some of the more expensive boots.

80 years ago (1942)

Motorists in the county are observing the state's 40 mph speed law according to Capt. Neil Gordon of the State Highway Patrol. As a result, the number of serious auto accidents have practically vanished. There are a few speeding arrests, but on the whole motorists, including tourists, are doing their patriotic duty.

100 years ago (1922)


Brainerd ran Verndale off their feet yesterday and gave the potato town boys a whitewashing, winning 7 to 0. Brainerd got 10 hits off Miller, the former Park Rapids star. Soderlund for Brainerd had a no-hitter until the ninth when a pop fly behind second fell between three fielders. Molstad was the batting star, going 4-for-5.

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