This Was Brainerd - Dec. 27

A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1919.

Chicago Tavern on Gilbert Lake circa 1938-1943. Dancing and food. Al LaBarre was the owner. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area' published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.


20 years ago (1999)

It's not Y2K that's causing the phone companies to quiver. While everyone wonders if computers will shut down and devices will malfunction, the phone companies worry that everyone will pick up their phone receivers on New Year's Day just to see if they work – and thereby shut down the whole system.

30 years ago (1989)

There's not much more the Paul Bunyan Trail Task Force can do get the dream path built. They've raised $7,500 to lobby the legislature. Coordinator Terry McGaughey is ready to work, 12 of 13 towns along the proposed trail are supportive. There's just so much competition for the available bonding money.


40 years ago (1979)

Tom Ryan, legal counsel for suspended Police Chief Wayne Hasty, told the civil service commission that he requires heart surgery followed by a recovery of 6-8 weeks. This will make the long-delayed police controversy delay even longer, as no other attorney in the Ryan firm is up-to-speed on the case details.

60 years ago (1959)

Gail Wallace, 7, daughter of the Jim Wallaces of N. 5 th Street, had a narrow escape from drowning in Gregory Park. A lagoon surrounded by bushes had filled with water from the recent thaw. Gail was playing and fell in up to her neck. Fortunately, two boys heard her screams and pulled her out.

80 years ago (1939)

A collection taken up by the Nisswa Community Church on Christmas was added to the Finnish Relief Fund being collected by the Brainerd Dispatch. Total raised to help Finland stave off Russian invaders is $253, with $239 of that already sent to fund headquarters in New York.

100 years ago (1919)

(Adv.) The biggest play of the season – Sunday night only at the “New” Park Theatre. “A Prince There Was,” absolutely the funniest play ever written by George M. Cohan and featuring the full Eastern cast that played New York and Chicago. Lower floor: $2.00. Balcony: $1.50 and $1.00.

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