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Friday, March 5, 2004
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Centennial Recalls big News Stories of city's 100 Years
♦  In Brainerd's 100 years of life thousands and possibly millions of events have occurred which were newsworthy but standing out from the mass of news are a few occurrences which attracted unusual attention in their time and have become subjects of much conversation since.

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Alderman Recalls Many Changes From Credit to Cash, Front Sand Streets to Pavement
♦  James Alderman, Sr., a lifelong Brainerd resident, and owner of Alderman's Hardware Store, 616 Laurel, has 78 years of insight into the city's past.

Scandinavians Not In Majority at First
♦  Scandinavian countries didn't take the lead among the Brainerd immigrants until the census of 1900.

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Choice of Crossing from Three Sites Meant Birth to Brainerd, Death to Crow Wing
♦  The history of Brainerd rightfully starts with its predecessor, Crow Wing, a few miles south, at the junction of the Mississippi and the Crow Wing rivers.

Brainerd of 70s Called 'Roaring Camp of Vice'
♦  Editor's Note: The following story about Brainerd's very early days was published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press October 22, 1922. Written by H. L. Bridgman, it told of a visit to Brainerd 50 years ear he

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Brainerd Had Ups and Downs
♦  Brainerd's past has been closely associated with the mines, shops, mills, lakes and business houses, its churches, schools and homes. But it was the railroad that built the town.

Early Show Was Big HIt
♦  (EDITOR'S NOTE: The following except is from a Brainerd Dispatch account of March 24, 1916.)

Early Social Life Had Variety
♦  There was money a-plenty in the 70's and people were happy!

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Crow Wing Was Most Important in Central Minnesota
♦  The story of Old Crow Wing is one of rapid rise and fall.

Brainerd 1888 "Growing Town at Edge of Forest"
♦  (Editor's Note: The following story was digested from "The Northwest Magazine, July, 1888," from an article entitled, "The City of the Pines, Brainerd, Minn. -- A Growing Manufacturing Town with a Great Water Power," by E.. V Smalley.)

First Dwelling Had Round Logs
♦  The first dwelling in Brainerd was built of round logs by Charles Darby. The second built of hewn logs by Stuart Seeley, was completed on Oct. 10, 1870. and used as a boarding house, saloon and dance hall, until it burned three years later. It was located on the east bank of the river, north of the railroad bridge.

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A TRAPPER'S CABIN
♦  A TRAPPER'S CABIN on the south shore of Cross Lake near the dike November 5, 1908.

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Early Convenience
♦  Ice was not only used for packing and shipping fish, it was the only means of refrigeration at that time.

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