This Was Brainerd - Nov. 15

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

This building at Seventh and Laurel, still a well-known landmark in Brainerd, was the home of the Citizen's State Bank, from 1909 to 1927, when the bank then moved to quarters across the street. This picture was taken in 1913. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.


20 years ago (2002)

Brainerd police continue to search for clues in the disappearance of Erika Dalquist, 21, missing since leaving a downtown bar on Oct. 30. She was in the company of a man and police are getting more detailed information on his description. Nothing is missing from her apartment in Northeast and no money has been taken from her financial accounts.

30 years ago (1992)

The Jim and Nedra Torfin family had a brush with a silent killer, but survived. After all family members, including their dog, felt dizzy and had terrible headaches, they got out of their house into the fresh air. Minnegasco found very high levels of carbon monoxide in their furnace and water heater. After five hours on oxygen at the hospital, they're OK.


40 years ago (1982)

Alexandria edged St. Cloud Tech to win the conference girl's swim meet, with Brainerd finishing in fourth place. Brainerd's best finish was Anne Monda, runner-up in the 200 free. She also took fourth in the 100 free. Lisa Spreiter's third-place ribbon in the 100 back was the Warriors next best finish.

60 years ago (1962)

Ten bucks and five does mark the hunting success of a party of 15, largely from Brainerd and Aitkin. In 1961, they filled out on opening day near Hill City, but this year it took them two days. Among the group are Pat and Francis Cummings, Fred Ferguson and Merv Welshons of Brainerd, and Dick Breen of Minneapolis.

80 years ago (1942)

The Mission post office closed its doors today for the last time after serving patrons for 41 years. They will now be served by Star Route deliveries out of Merrifield. Mrs. Myrtle Sabin, postmaster unassisted since 1914, said the decline in residents in that territory led to the closing.

100 years ago (1922)

In one of the biggest cases of the November term of court, the jury deliberated six hours before bringing in a sealed verdict for $20,000 in favor of Alfred Peterson against the NP Railway Co. Peterson had sued the railroad for $60,000 for losing a leg on the transfer table while working as a car repairer.


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