This Was Brainerd - June 26

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

The 1916 Brainerd police force, pictured here, included the following men: The plain clothes men at either end were Jack Brandt (left) and Ted Nesheim; (front row, left to right) Charles Varner, chief, and Tom Templeton. (Rear, left to right) Erick Graff, Hans Saude and August Swanson. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.


20 years ago (2002)

The sound of the train whistle was heard once again last weekend as the “locomotive” of the Rhythm of the Rails musical troupe rolled into the fully restored Lake Hubert station while 200 people cheered. The entertainment and an ice cream social celebrated the return of the station to its 1918 condition.

30 years ago (1992)

The big walleyes are hitting in the area. John Gilman of Illinois caught an 8-3 walleye on a leech at Lake Ada; Josh Augst of Brainerd landed a 9-0 walleye using a leech; and Bill Ehrenberg of Mound caught a 12-0 walleye fishing Upper Whitefish Lake with a leech.


40 years ago (1982)

With the consent of city and county officials, Brainerd will compete with cities statewide for the site of the FAA's new $1 million flight service station. The automated station will consolidate eight small stations currently in the state. A total of 70-90 employees would eventually be needed, with an annual payroll of $1.5 million.

60 years ago (1962)

James Ebert, Route 5, Brainerd, has been awarded the Josephine Merriam scholarship to the Univ. of Minnesota. The scholarship provides full tuition and fees for the next academic year. Ebert was a recent graduate from Washington High School and was named an honor graduate.

80 years ago (1942)

Hundreds of rural residents are expected to bring their collections of salvage material to Brainerd on July 3 to participate in the “Salvage for Victory Day.” Prizes being offered are: $25 war bond for largest load of rubber; $25 war bond for largest load of rubber, iron and rags, plus four smaller prizes of $5.

100 years ago (1922)

Sunday wasn't a quiet day in Brainerd by any means. Safe crackers entered the O'Brien Mercantile store Saturday night and used nitroglycerine to blow the big office safe. They took all the silver, amounting to several hundred dollars and made their escape. Con O'Brien discovered the robbery later in the day when he saw rear doors open.


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