This Was Brainerd - Sept. 9, 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)
Nate Steinbauer caught six bass weighing 15 pounds, 9 ounces on Cullen Lake to win the Baxter Bass Snatchers fourth tournament of the year. He was followed by Bill Bailey with 14-15 pounds and Dave Branum with 14-5. Branum took “lunker” honors with a bass weighing 4-14.
30 years ago (1991)
Another of the BITC defendants was sentenced in federal court today in Tacoma, Wash. Richard Cauble pleaded guilty to using false documents to obtain $1.7 million from the city of Brainerd. He was the third to be sentenced and will serve four years in prison and face a restitution claim of $6.1 million.
40 years ago (1981)
A lawsuit aimed at retrieving money for losers in a “Pyramid Money Game” has been certified as a class action suit in district court. The action will allow participants who lost money (estimated at 122) in the scheme to be included as plaintiffs in the suit by contacting the clerk of court.
60 years ago (1961)
Four costly fumbles and an intercepted pass hurt the Warrior football team badly in a 13-9 loss to Duluth Central. The fumbles were largely the result of a change in QBs due to an injury to Jerry Lyscio. Brainerd scored on a safety early and got its TD when Bob Rofidal sprinted for 64 yards, then ran in the extra point.
80 years ago (1941)
A glimpse of Brainerd in the late 1880s is furnished by newspapers found by Tom Blackburn at his home at 824 N. 9th Street. While cleaning out drawers he discovered copies of the Brainerd Daily News of April 12, 1888, the Brainerd Tribune Dec. 10, 1887 and the Brainerd Dispatch Oct. 2, 1896. Unlike today, nearly half the front pages were advertising.
100 years ago (1921)
When E.D. Wilkins, formerly of Brainerd, and now the yard superintendent at Panhandle Lumber in Ione, Wash., loaded a rail car of lumber for Mahlum Lumber Co. of Brainerd he got homesick. So he wrote a message in blue pencil on a small board saying how he attended the old 6th Street school house here and worked at Brainerd Lumber before going west.