This Was Brainerd - July 5
20 years ago (1998)
(Photo) The Crystal City Quartet headlined Gospel Night, the traditional kickoff to Brainerd's July 4th celebration. Last year's outdoor event was rained out, so this year it moved indoors. Quartet members are Bill Holbrook, Kurt Rothwell and Scott and Dave Campbell.
30 years ago (1988)
(Adv.) We're Open 7 Days a Week! Specials - Sunday: Steak and Lobster - $15.95; Tuesday: Deep-Fried Calamari - $10.95; Wednesday: Pan-Fried Perch - $10.95; Thursday: BBQ Ribs - $8.95. The Channel Inn and Granny's Pub - on the Gull Lake Narrows.
40 years ago (1978)
(Adv.) More Groceries for Your Money When You Shop Jake's! Choice Center-cut Chuck Steak - lb. 99 cents; Boneless Chuck Roast - lb. $1.49; Wilson Corn King Ham Steak - lb. $1.59; Washington Cherries - lb. 68 cents. Jake's Price Fighter Foods.
60 years ago (1958)
Brainerd's Legion junior baseball team continued its pitching dominance over Motley. Tom Lyscio and Bill Dybvig combined for a no-hitter in a 1-0 win here. In the return game at Motley, John Erickson pitched a 5-hitter for a 3-1 win, fanning 14.
80 years ago (1938)
The title of "meanest person in the world" will have to go to the man who stole the bikes of George and Jim Turnbull, Dispatch carriers in Crosby. The boys paid $80 for the two bikes, saving the money from their paper route earnings. The boys are offering $5 reward for their recovery.
100 years ago (1918)
Fighting an uphill battle, the gritty Brainerd baseball team scored three times in the 9th inning to tie Little Falls at 9-9, then went on to score six runs in the 10th for a 15-9 win. The game raised $400 for the Red Cross. Rich Bush, brother of big-leaguer "Bullet Joe" Bush, had four hits for Brainerd.