This Was Brainerd - Sept. 27

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)

And the winning name is . . . Forestview Middle School. The school board approved the name yesterday and announced it at the ground-breaking. Four people submitted that name: Jacob Johnson from Riverside School, Lauren Makey from Baxter School, and adults Linda Koopman and Carmel Sipes.

30 years ago (1992)

The Warrior girls' cross-country team crushed the field at the Brainerd Invitational meet at the Paul Bunyan Arboretum. Brainerd took the top four places, with Turena Johnson leading the pack across the 3,200 meters in 12:31. Jamie Mueller followed in 12:54, with Jana Mathieu third and Jenny Frost fourth.


40 years ago (1982)

Tim Veith and Dale McCullough each scored a TD for Brainerd, but the Warriors came up short in a 13-12 loss to Cambridge. The reason was a tough defense and Cambridge's “mister everything,” Greg Johnson. He scored on a two-yard TD sneak and kicked field goals of 36 and 35 yards and an extra point.

60 years ago (1962)

Among the local young men enlisting in the armed forces from the Brainerd area were the following: Ron Alholm, 19, Brainerd, for regular Army; Gilbert Harris, 22, Pine River, combat engineers; Leonard and George Jungels, Pequot Lakes, U.S. Air Force; Martin Bisson and Keith Bowman, Brainerd, U.S. Air Force.

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80 years ago (1942)

A young Chippewa Indian man of the Mille Lacs Reservation was released from federal custody in St. Paul after a grand jury found no evidence that he killed Ruby Kegg, a Chippewa girl, in April. The man was said by residents to be one of the best people on the reservation. He left today to begin service with the U.S. Army.

100 years ago (1922)

Men to replace striking railroad workers are arriving daily, according to an NP Railroad spokesman. The special train arriving at 8:30 each morning has brought in 25 to 45 new men per day for the past ten days. About 15 men daily become dissatisfied and leave.


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