This Was Brainerd - June 23

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

Women out in front of Murphy's Dry Goods Store on Front Street in Brainerd, circa 1901. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.


20 years ago (2002)

The Brainerd VFW team won four games last week as they swept two double-headers. They defeated Sauk Rapids 11-1 and 12-11 on June 18, then shut out Little Falls 8-0 and 3-0. Brainerd's Paul Erickson had seven hits against Sauk Rapids, and Nate Webber and Brandon Owen got the pitching wins.

30 years ago (1992)

Union members aren't the only ones who stick together. When the railroad machinists union struck the freight railroad CSX last night, BN Railroad and 40 other freight carriers shut down in solidarity. So the BN shops here were empty today, bringing freight to a halt nationwide and perhaps spurring Congress to act.


40 years ago (1982)

Twenty years of protests and legal maneuvers couldn't prevent the fluoridation of Brainerd's water supply, but last week the shortage of the chemical did the job. The lack of fluoride is a world-wide situation and may last for months. Long-time fluoride foe Irene Johnson was ecstatic, saying, โ€œthat's the best news I've heard in a long time.โ€

60 years ago (1962)

(Adv.) Only 6 G.I.'s, and they had to hold off the whole German Army! Now playing at the Brainerd Theatre, see โ€œHell is for Heroes,โ€ starring Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, Harry Guardino, Nick Adams, and introducing Bob Newhart. Hurry, ends tonight.

80 years ago (1942)

The Brainerd Jaycees are sponsoring a fund raising dance for Naval Relief at the Spotlite in Nisswa on June 26. Manager Ray Bang says Bob Harris and his band will provide the music, with all proceeds going to the fund. The band will also furnish a complete floor show featuring several acts.

100 years ago (1922)

A fine evening following the afternoon rain drew a large crowd to Gregory Park for the Municipal Band's weekly concert. The 90-minute program drew great applause. Increasing numbers of cars were parked along all four streets bordering the park, and added to the applause by furiously honking their horns.


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