25 Years Ago: Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the new Perham Elementary

50 Years Ago

-The Township of Perham has required that the Prairie Drive-In Theatre have a deputized officer on hand for all performances. For those of you who don’t remember the theatre, it was located just east of the airport.

-After 46 years of barbering in Perham, Bernie Jahn called it quits and has sold his barbershop.

-Team No. 9 won the league championship at the Lakeside Golf Course. Team members were Larry Nelson, Mike Alm, Gardy Richter, George Bauck and Bob Perry.

Ad from a 1964 Enterprise-Bulletin

Thursday, August 13, 1964

Perham Enterprise- Bulletin

25 Years Ago

-Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the new Perham Elementary. The event drew a crowd of interested and involved people and culminated with the release of yellow balloons.

-Nadine’s Clothing store is having its grand opening to help introduce the new store to customers in the area.

-Rotarian Mike Parta was presented a Paul Harris Fellow award of Rotary International by Perham Rotary President Jim Osterfeld.

Thursday, Aug. 10, 1989

Perham Enterprise- Bulletin

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld

50 years ago: Three cattle rustlers were fined $100 each for stealing heifer


-The Feed Producers Association will hold a Grand Opening of its feed manufacturing plant. The original plant was destroyed by fire on Feb. 1.

-Thee cattle rustlers were fined $100 each for stealing a Holstein heifer calf near Richville. They had a choice of the $100 fine or 60 days in the county jail. They all paid their fines.

-A 34-pound, 8 oz. Lake Trout taken from Lake Athapapuskow has earned a Manitoba “Master Angler” award for William E. Lee of Perham.

Thursday, August 6, 1964

Perham Enterprise- Bulletin


-The Perham Hospital Board took the first steps toward an expansion of physical and occupational therapy and other renovations of its facility.

-Although it came later than hoped for, the official go-ahead has been given for the 58,000-square-foot Perham elementary school building.

-The Perham City Council is in the midst of considering a new location for the Municipal Liquor Store. It most likely would be along Highway 78, south of the former Red Owl store downtown.

Thursday, August 3, 1989

Perham Enterprise- Bulletin

50 years ago: Collision on township road takes the life of Mrs. Larry Stanton

50 Years Ago

-A car-truck collision on a township road took the life of Mrs. Larry (Ann) Stanton, 20, and injured her husband and two children.

-Free lunch all day at the Grand Opening of the FPA (Feed Producers Association), to see their completely new plant as it is in operation.

-Local News: Miss Judy Greiff of Minneapolis spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Greiff.

Thursday, July 30, 1964

Perham Enterprise- Bulletin

25 Years Ago

-Barrel O’ Fun to produce new kettle friend potato chips. Roger Anderson is seen applying salt to one of the batches. (photo)

Roger Anderson is seen applying salt to one of the batches.

-Bay Window Crafts is now open for business in the new shop adjacent to Bauck Paint and Supply. Sarah Hayden will hold her grand opening this week.

-Jim Morris, a 1989 graduate of Perham High School, will be a member of the powerful 1989 Hamline University football team.

Thursday, July 27, 1989

Perham Enterprise- Bulletin

50 years ago: Four-year-old found floating face down in Big Pine Lake

50 Years Ago

-Excellent workmanship and style in clothing projects were exhibited by the 4-H Dress Review Queen, Shirley Rosen, and her attendants, Kayleen Mattfeld, Diane Schumacher, Connie Kratzke, Renee Krueger and Carol Volkmann.

-Mrs. Art Silbernagel of Dent was the happy winner of the new car at the fair. Alfred Dertinger of Perham won the deep freeze.

-Four-year-old Lori Roers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Verner Roers, was missing and found floating face down in Big Pine Lake. Her father gave mouth-to-mouth and she was taken to the hospital and released the next day.

Thursday, July 23, 1964

Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

25 Years Ago

-Twenty-year-old Nancy Draack became the sixth Miss Perham. She will replace Kristin Sonnenberg.

-All-Star Wrestling is coming to the EOT Fair this year. Baron Von Raschke and Ken Patera will be leading the crew of 10 wrestlers.

-$4,000 in cash prizes will be given at the fair this year; $500 on Thursday, $1,500 on Friday, $500 on Saturday and $1,500 Sunday. Get your tickets from area merchants and be on hand for the drawings.

Thursday, July 20, 1989

Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

50 years ago: Perham Pirates have father-son starters

50 Years Ago

Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

Thursday, June 18, 1964

-Queen candidates for Perham’s Second Annual Jaycee Jubilee are: Mary Jo Dougherty, Jean Marie Schoeneberger, Joanne Elsie Martin, Karen Frank, Bonnie Meyer, Sherryl Jezewski, Sherryl Haverland, Mary Rosen and Mary Wells.

-Gunder Hanson was elected Commander of American Legion Burelbach Post 61. First Vice Commander is Al Bretz, and NoBel Sorem was named 2nd Vice Commander.

-Photo: The Perham Pirates have a father-son team as starters this season. Don Burgau has been with the team for 11 years. Don Burgau Jr., “Buck,” is only 14 but has also been in a Pirate uniform for 11 years.


25 Years Ago

Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

Thursday, June 15, 1989

-Neat picture: Young Kelly Crosby, being held up by her father Wayne, was fascinated by the tractor pull held at the Cactus Corral last Sunday. She took time away from her cracker to cheer.

-Photo: Merle Sherman was recently presented with a plaque for 30 years as Director of Early American Life Insurance Company. From Harriet: Merle is also known as one of the best auctioneers around.

-Photo: The children of Len and Marge Johnson invite you to share in the celebration of their 25th anniversary. From Harriet: Hey Len and Marge, are we having a party for your 50th?


Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld

25 years ago: Perham VFW hosts Loyalty Day Parade

50 Years Ago

-Mary Sue Strauch is valedictorian of the Class of 1964 and Kenneth Huebsch is salutatorian.

-Four Perham seniors will receive the State Farmer Degree at the FFA convention. They are James Wallace, David Adams, Kenneth Huebsch and Gary Steeke.

-Photo -Perham Barracks 2127, Veterans of WWI was host to the 9th District convention. Louis Cihlar was accompanist to group singing and Lee DeFrance led the Perham High School Band.

Thursday, April 30, 1964 Perham Enterprise Bulletin

25 Years Ago

-The Perham VFW will be hosting the 9th District Loyalty Day Parade. Lineup for the parade includes color guards, various floats and Red Lake VFW will have their Native American dancers.

-Blake Otteson, Land O’Lakes Milk production Specialist from Perham, was recognized for the Milk Quality Excellence in his region.

-Landscape design and consultation services are now available. Paul McNeal, Donna Gill and Tom Meinhover can help you with all your needs. -Photo

Thursday, April 20, 1989 Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld

50 years ago: Perham student to compete in state FFA cow clipping contest

50 Years Ago

-Mitchell James Wegscheid will have to wait until 1968 to celebrate his first birthday. He was Perham Memorial Hospital’s only Leap Year baby born February 29. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Wegscheid.

-DuWayne Sonnenberg of Vergas, a junior at Perham High School, will compete in the state FFA cow clipping contest.

-Larry Herrmann of Dent was the winner of a 1955 Ford at a price of only $2.50 in a drawing at Bauck Chevrolet.

Thursday, March 5, 1964, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

25 Years Ago

-Drawing by J. Peeters. Groundhog, seeing his shadow on the snow says, “Looks like six more weeks of winter!” A deer, standing nearby says, “Hey! Wait a minute! Groudhog Day is Feb. 2nd, not March 2nd!!”. Does this seem at all familiar?

-Merle Sherman of “Merle Sherman & Associates” Auctioneering Service returned with two first place trophies awarded at the State Auctioneer’s Contest.

-Top candidates for City Manager position are Larry Bethel, Curtis Jacobson, Gerald McCullough, Diana Murack and Terry Stallman.

Thursday, March 2, 1989, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld

Pine Lakes Lodge changes owners

50 Years Ago

-Walt Hughes and Darrell Nelson were passengers on Northern Pacific Train No. 14 which struck an auto-bus at Grand Forks, killing five persons.

-Mr. and Mrs. Lee Conrad and their five children vacationed at Pine Lakes Lodge for seven years. He liked it so much that he bought the lodge from the Lee Rogerts.

-Photo: Carol A. Engebritson became the bride of Garld W. Senske on January 3 in Pelican Rapids. He is known to us in the area as “Gary” Senske.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 1964, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Ad from a 1964 Perham Enterprise Bulletin

25 Years Ago

-Photo: Cleone Stewart took a first place advertising award at the Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention for the Fire Department ad she organized for Fire Prevention Week.

-Photo: In recognition of exemplary humanitarian service John Knight received the Melvin Jones Fellowship award. John is still a member of the Perham Lions and the last of the charter members.

-Three Perham wrestlers will begin their quest for a medal at State. They are Art Meyer, Jon Toedter and Mike Hanson.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 1989, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld


25 Years Ago: Fire engulfs Swanson house

50 Years Ago

-On page 9 you will find a full page ad for Pine Lakes Hatchery. I came here in 1954 and one of the first buildings (along with a slight few others) I remember was the building owned by “Tuffy Nelson” and his hatchery.

-Photo: Three Perham high school wrestlers advanced to the regional tournament at Alexandria. They are Dennis Happel, Gary Flatau and Dale Anhorn.

-Miss Ann Marie Siebels was chosen Girls Stater by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 61.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 1964 Perham Enterprise Bulletin

25 Years Ago

-Thick wind-blown smoke bellowed from the Sharon and Leo Swanson house last Thursday as fire consumed the house and all its contents.

-29-year-old Michael Allen Hauge from rural Dent, was killed Sunday when his snowmobile was struck by a pickup truck as he was crossing the highway.

-St. Paul’s Lutheran church has their pipe organ restored to full auditory glory after 86 years.

This advertisement from 1964 Perham Enterprise Bulletin.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 1989 Perham Enterprise Bulletin

50 years ago: Raging inferno levels manufacturing building

50 Years Ago

-Photo: A raging inferno leveled the manufacturing building of Feed Producers Association here Saturday afternoon in this village’s biggest and most spectacular fire in years.

-Two Perham brothers, who lived in California and Minneapolis died 14 hours apart. John Zeller of Los Angeles, 53, died at 6:30 p.m. California time and Don Zeller, Minneapolis, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 1964, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

25 Years Ago

-Tom Meinhover was the recipient of the 5th Annual Perham Leadership Award. (I was there that night. As Chuck Johnson got up to announce who the winner was, it had been kept secret, Tom got a phone call and walked out of the room for a few seconds but got back just in time to realize that he was the winner of the award. What a reaction from Tom!)

-52-year-old resort owner Dennis McCurdy was killed when an explosion and fire struck a cottage at Heart Beach Resort.

Thursday, Feb. 2, 1988, Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Compiled by Harriet Mattfeld