This Was Brainerd - June 23, 2021
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1921.
20 years ago (2001)
Between their April 19 wedding, and their planned reception yesterday, the tornado happened to Russ and Heather Jensen. The storm south of Brainerd destroyed their home, garage, shed, all their belongings, one car and all wedding gifts and photos. The only things to survive were their dog, Ben, and Heather's wedding dress.
30 years ago (1991)
Winners in the annual Brainerd Sports Boosters scramble golf tournament at 13-under was the team of Mark Johnson, Steve Quisberg, Jeff Marchand, Mike Cranny and Joe Egan at Brainerd Golf Club. They won a playoff over Mike and Darold Owens, Tim Bogenschutz, Norm Drye and Bill Potvin.
40 years ago (1981)
Henry Ordemann, 64, plans to play golf until he has to “ride around in a cart like these kids in their 20s,” he said as he glanced at his caddy, riding in the cart at Breezy Point. Ordemann made a bet that he could play 130 holes in one day and he did, starting at 5 a.m. and collecting a $1,000 bet in the process.
60 years ago (1961)
An educator from Panama, Didimo Rios, came to Brainerd to study administration of secondary education while on a tour of the U.S. But he'll probably remember Brainerd best for its cars . . . or rather car doors. Rios suffered a broken finger when his interpreter from Washington, DC, slammed a car door on it.
80 years ago (1941)
Gene Wright reigns today as the champ of the first ever shortstop tournament at the Brainerd Country Club. He beat reigning club champion Wally Engebretson 1-up in the finals. In the first flight it was Wendall Spencer going one extra hole to defeat his father, O.W. Spencer, for that title.
100 years ago (1921)
There are reports that sneak thieves have perpetrated two robberies early this week and rumors that other places had been entered. Thieves broke glass in a rear door and stole $40 from the till at the Imperial Bakery. At Hostager's Store, thieves forced a back window, then stole a tire, two pistols and fishing tackle.