This Was Brainerd

A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1920.

Brainerd home.


20 years ago (2000)

The cities of Brainerd and Baxter would be merged if it were up to the public, according to a recent Dispatch poll. The renewed merger talk brought smiles at Herberger's in the Westgate Mall. The line dividing the cities runs through the store, separating the shoe department into Baxter.

30 years ago (1990)

Only a single word - “pachyderm” - stood between Chelsie Van Moer and first place in the regional spelling bee. But no matter, as second-place finisher she still moves on to the state spelling bee April 7 in St. Paul. She admits she'd never heard the word “pachyderm” until the contest.


40 years ago (1980)

The Brainerd school board has finally complied with a two-year-old state law and adopted a closed campus starting with the class of 1981. Students may not leave the building during the school day. They also increased credits needed to graduate, from 47 now to 50 in 1983.

60 years ago (1960)

A clash that's been building since Jan. 29 when C-I staged a huge comeback to give Brainerd its first loss of the year, will pit the two teams in the District 24 final. The Warriors got there with a 57-47 win over Little Falls, with Dale Brown scoring 26 points, his season high.

80 years ago (1940)

The late W.H. (Captain Billy) Fawcett's last will and testament has been approved, and his widow Frances and son, Roger Fawcett are the executors. The estate is valued at $100,000 and consists primarily of stock in Fawcett Publications and of Breezy Point Lodge near Pequot Lakes.

100 years ago (1920)

The temperature on March 4 was 10 below, and on March 5 and 6 it dropped to 22 below. But by March 10 it was 42 above with thunder and lightning. That makes a variation of 64 degrees within a five day span.

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