50 Years Ago: Perham Landmark Nearly Lost In Fire

50 years ago

-Phil Braufman, a Perham businessman for over 32 years, closed the doors of his dry goods store for the last time. He has leased the building to Wally Krueger who will move his Gamble Store stock into the location.

-Perham almost lost one of its old landmarks when the section crew’s building caught fire. Perham Fire Department made short work of the blaze.

-Dan and Edward Paulbeck of Plentywood, Montana came to visit at the Bernard Palubicki home. Kenny Nelson, student at Notre Dame University, will spend his semester break with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Nelson.

Perham Enterprise Bulletin, January 31, 1963

-The 1962-63 basketball team will be Dave Amberg, Don Mischke, Duane Bernu, Pete Perna, Roger Keskitalo, Duane Dorow, Wayne Amberg, Ron Fineberg, John Klinnert, Tom Karvonen, Russ Genoch, and Ricky Anderson. Coach is Carl Backstrom and Steve Pollard is manager.

-The Minnesota Highway Department officials say: If you must abandon your car on a state highway, do NOT lock your vehicle. This allows the snowplow drivers to move the vehicle off the highway without damage.

-Funeral services have been held for Edla Hildren, Mrs. Nilo Smith, John Cichy, Mrs. Fred Windels and Selma Lydia Ruikka.

New York Mills Herald, January 31, 1963

25 years ago

-[Photo] Gracie Schoeneberger was presented a medallion thanking her for the 50 years of service she has given to the Perham Public Library, by Perham Mayor Terry Karkela.

-Athletes participating in fall varsity sports at Perham High School compiled an overall grade point average of 3.028.

-Local fans had the opportunity to pour forth their adulation for Minnesota Twins members Kirby Puckett and Dan Gladden last week as the two visited the area. Homer Hankies came into play once again as the two were introduced.

Perham Enterprise Bulletin, January 28, 1988

-Among a number of services available for public use at the new public library is a computer and software supplied by the Vikings Library System.

-Julie Buerkle took first place in the girls’ 12- and 13-year-old division during the New York Mills Hoop Shoot contest.

-The students from this area named to the Concordia College Dean’s Honor list are: Marylee Legried with a 4.0 average, Rebecca Ehnert, and Kathleen Vedell, all of New York Mills, and Mary Zeise of Deer Creek.

New York Mills Herald, January 28, 1988

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld