This Was Brainerd - May 5

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

Baseball team members in vintage uniforms of their day pose for a photo.
A Brainerd baseball team poses for a photo.
Dispatch archives


20 years ago (2002)

In any sport, a hall of fame recognizes outstanding achievement. The Brainerd/Baxter Bowling Hall of Fame will induct two more members this year. Bill Svendsen carried the highest average for nine straight years and has twelve 700 series. Dennis Flanagan was bowler of the year twice, and has seventeen 700 series, the highest a 752.

30 years ago (1992)

The Warrior softball team survived a “walkathon” with Bemidji to win a 16-6 decision in five innings. Brainerd starter Amy Ward and reliever Kristy Greenwalt combined for a no-hitter. Brainerd and Bemidji pitchers issued a combined 31 walks. Brainerd coach John Mathews said, “It wasn't pretty, but it was a win.”


40 years ago (1982)

Firefighters and emergency personnel spent two anxious hours at Breezy Point Resort yesterday when a leak was found in a 1,000-gallon propane tank. Employees and customers were evacuated from the marina area while a gas company employee repaired the tank while knee-deep in propane. About 200 gallons escaped and evaporated.

60 years ago (1962)

Don Benton, already a member of the 700 Club here with a 733 series at LaGuyal Lanes last October, rolled a sparkling 736 series on games of 235, 279, 222. That beats his first series by just three pins, but it was also enough to knock off Warren Johnson's 735 series and become the new record for Brainerd lanes.

80 years ago (1942)

Pvt. Wesley Kerrigan, son of the William Kerrigans of West Brainerd, is in a hospital in Australia and “doing fine” according to a radio broadcast picked up in Louisiana and relayed here via letter to his folks. Kerrigan was wounded in the Philippines before it fell to the Japanese and he was evacuated.

100 years ago (1922)

There has been a great deal of discussion about placing a search light on top of the concrete water tower on 6th Street. A committee is now raising money with a deadline of May 20 in order to have it in operation by early July. Employees from the NP Railroad, M&I Railroad and Parker and Topping Foundry are leading the effort.


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