This Was Brainerd - June 2

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

This building at Seventh and Laurel, still a well-known landmark in Brainerd, was the home of the Citizen's State Bank, from 1909 to 1927, when the bank then moved to quarters across the street. This picture was taken in 1913. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.


20 years ago (2002)

While a wildfire raged south of town, the Warrior softball team torched Willmar 12-0 to get a berth in the state tournament. Pitcher Erin Donnelly was one of many Brainerd standouts. She threw a 2-hit shutout and went 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs. Brainerd sent 11 batters to the plate in a 5-0 first inning.

30 years ago (1992)

Bid packages for the renovation of city hall came in much higher than expected it was learned at the city council meeting. Engineers WSN had estimated a total of $1,007,000 for the project, but the whole bid package came to $1,267,000. The overrun is not surprising since a number of items have been added to the project.


40 years ago (1982)

Rev. Don Haarup of Park United Methodist Church is about fed up with vandalism that cost $4,000 at the church the past four years. The latest was breaking stone pillars holding church signs. Thieves also stole three loudspeakers, hauling them away with the church wheelchair, and stole 16 fire extinguishers.

60 years ago (1962)

Little Falls won its seventh District 24 title in eight years in unusual fashion. Staples pitcher Chuck Johnson had pitched a nine-inning win the day before, and he lasted just one inning, with Staples leading 6-0. Staples relief pitchers then gave up 17 walks as the Flyers won, 13-6.

80 years ago (1942)

Robert Turcotte, son of the Arthur Turcottes of Brainerd, has received his bachelor of arts degree with honors from Hamline University in St. Paul. Robert is spending several days at home before leaving for induction into the Army.

100 years ago (1922)

Two lives were lost at Gull Lake yesterday when a party of four fishermen were caught in a sudden squall and capsized one-quarter mile off Cinosam Club. Allison Grant and his brother, Raymond, both excellent swimmers, made for shore but drowned about 150 yards short. The other two clung to the boat and drifted ashore in the frigid water.


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