The Otter Tail County Historical Society’s Otter Tail 150 Coffee Klatch Series continues on Friday, March 16, 10 a.m. with Mary Pfeffer, Joan Happel and Mary Canada speaking about Perham.
When the Northern Pacific Railroad bypassed Otter Tail City in 1871, the line ran north through Perham, making it the first community in Otter Tail County to receive the railroad. Before the first train arrived, a few pioneers had homesteaded on land that would become Perham.
Fred Mohr was likely the first to settle there. His land extended from present day St. Henry’s cemetery to the edge of Arvig park. The John Rock and Doll families were also among the first settlers.
The railroad’s arrival in 1871 brought commerce and people. North of town around Big Pine Lake, vast tracts of pine made Perham a logging center.
The town also developed flour mills with the Globe and Bliss mills.
Mary Pfeffer, Joan Happel and Mary Canada are volunteers at the History Museum of East Otter Tail County.
Utilizing extensive research and long associations with the community, they will present a fascinating examination of the history and lore of Perham.
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