This Was Brainerd - June 20
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1922.
20 years ago (2002)
A substitute mail route driver faces two felony counts for stealing Christmas cards with cash between Laporte and Brainerd last Christmas. He was stopped at the end of his route by a postal inspector who found 93 cards in his truck. He burned the cards from which he stole cash; he taped and delivered the others he opened. The total loss was $777.40.
30 years ago (1992)
(Adv.) Try the “Best of Bonanza!” Shrimp Dinner – includes salad, soup and dessert bars - $4.99; Chicken Filet Dinner – includes salad, soup and dessert bars - $4.00; Sirloin Filet Dinner – includes salad, soup and dessert bars - $4.99. Bonanza – Hwy 371 North.
40 years ago (1982)
(Photo) Carmen Babineau speeds her way to victory at the soapbox derby yesterday near the Brainerd Senior High Rise, winning the girls' age 10-15 trophy. Diana Schulz won girls' 7-9 event, Travis Schulz the boys 10-11 and Jim Madland boys' 12-13. There were 26 kids racing before a crowd of 350 fans.
60 years ago (1962)
The controversy that began two days ago when six residents appeared at the city council to protest removal of the islands on 8th Street has grown. A petition to stop removal – which is part of a street renovation – now has signatures from 90 percent of the property owners, in response to a council statement that six wasn't a majority.
80 years ago (1942)
Boasting one of the finest lineups ever seen in Brainerd, Walt Deming's Brainerd All-Stars pounded the Inland Steel softball team from Ironton for 15 hits off pitcher “Bull Montana” Lubovich in an 18-0 victory. Benny Foster and Sam Tollefson combined to pitch a no-hitter for the All-Stars, who also won the second game 8-5.
100 years ago (1922)
Anyone having a single or double room to rent should please notify the housing committee in room 210 of the Iron Exchange building. They will need a good list of rooms to accommodate the many people coming back to Brainerd for the city's grand 50th Anniversary celebration.