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25 Years Ago

  • Tombstone-tippers strike St. Henry’s: Vandals tip 56 of them in late night foray; Over $500 in reward money being offered--Vandalism is always puzzling to figure out, because it doesn’t make sense to the average person. Nevertheless, it has become part of every day life in small towns.

But a group of vandals took vandalism to a new level of outrage last Friday night or Saturday morning, when they tipped over 56 tombstones in the St. Henry’s Cemetery on the west side of Perham. They entered the cemetery sometime during the night, and attacked tombstone after tombstone. In a couple of areas, they tipped over one after another, almost like a set of granite dominos. Other tip-overs were more solitary. There seemed to be no rhyme, reason or pattern to the destruction.

There were three different types of damage: 1) Simple tip-overs created the most

amount of damage. In most of these, the granite tombstone was knocked off its base and lay on the ground. 2) Some were damaged when they tipped over, either chipping or totally shattering when they hit the ground. 3) Some were broken by the vandals themselves, especially older limestone tombstones that had to be snapped in order to be pushed over.

  • Together...after 30 years: Linda Schmid finds her brother, Max, who was adopted at birth--Linda Schmid made a shocking discovery four years ago.

“I was talking with mother, (Ruth, who lives in Akeley) and she mentioned that I had a brother who was given up at birth! I said to her, ‘Mom, would you like me to help find him?’ And she said, ‘Yes, I’d like that very much.’”

So the search was on. Lots of research took place in the next few years, as Linda searched out every meaningful piece of information she could find about her long lost brother. Court records were checked, attorneys were consulted, she even managed to find the doctor who had delivered the youngster.

Eventually, she accumulated a file-full of information. But none of it was leading toward the brother.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Linda, her long lost brother was leading a happy life back where the family had originally come from, in Oregon. Max (his adoptive name) had been raised in a loving family, was now married and had two kids.

  • Pioneer Festival: another good one--Cheryl forer and her 2-year-old daughter, Elsie, were all decked out in pioneer wear last weekend for the Perham Pioneer Festival. Both outfits were made by Chery. (See photo)

From the Thursday, August 20, 1992 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

50 Years Ago

  • Fire Destroys Bales, Damages Tractor Monday--A tractor hauling two loads of bales was damaged and a load and a half of bales destroyed Monday when the load caught fire in transit.

Clarence Jorgenson, who was operating the tractor, was slightly burned when he tried to unhitch the tractor from the trailers. The rear tractor tires caught fire before the Perham fire department arrived to douse the blaze on the highway near the Bob Stein rural residence.

Tuesday the department was called to extinguish a prairie fire which threatened the Ray Alberty farm in Rush Lake township.

  • August Count Shows Pheasants Down 40 Percent--Minnesota’s pheasant population has declined 40 percent from last year, the Conservation Department reported today.

The annual census of birds available for the fall hunting season confirmed earlier suspicions of wildlife field personnel based on observations in the pheasant range.

Comparatively poor nesting success was indicated by census figures which showed that only about 65 percent of the observed hens had broods compared with about 80 percent in an average year. Brood size (chicks per brood) was also slightly below normal, as is typical of a difficult and late nesting season.

  • Here Is How The Elders’ Apartment Will Appear--The local Housing and Redevelopment Authority has received final approval of the plans for a thirty-five unit Lakeland Apartments to be built in Perham. This building will be a low-rent facility for older people who qualify for residency. It will be located on the site on Second Ave SE between Second and Third Streets

The Housing Authority purchased the lots from the owners. The buildings were sold and moved off to clear the site for construction.

From the Thursday, August 24 & September 7, 1967 Perham Enterprise-Bulletin