50 years ago

“We want peace!” “The war must end!”

The moratorium came to Perham as several hundred high school students demonstrated against the war in Vietnam Wednesday, Oct. 15. The students who had permission from school officials conduct the demonstration, marched and ran down a number of city streets, then held a sit-in at NP park.

Gas war hits Perham

The Enterprise-Bulletin learned that a gas war has just hit here, with some pump prices for regular down to 27.9 cents. The reduction was apparently prompted by discounts below pump prices being given by local retailers.

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“All you do is Type!”

Says Enterprise-Bulletin secretary and typesetter Harriet Mattfeld as she shows the Enterprises new typesetting equipment to Steve Smalley who recently returned from Vietnam duty with the U.S. Army. The typewriter Mattfeld is typing on records a magnetic tape as she types. The tape is then fed through a computer at Detroit Lakes which sets out type.

From the Thursday, Oct. 23, 1969, Perham Enterprise-Bulletin

25 years ago

Human doll house

Verona Larson has dolls here; dolls there; dolls, dolls everywhere with her collection of over 800. The motivation for her collection is a combination of many factors. Verona has been involved in history-gathering all her life. She bought and sold antiques for many years, and has been intensely involved in the history of East Otter Tail County. Her dolls are an extension of that historical interest, especially the antique ones, some of which date back well into the 1800s. The best way to summarize it is to say that Verona has been "bitten by the doll collecting bug," the way that stamp collectors, coin collectors, decoy collectors, gun collectors and cookie jar collectors are bitten.

Pedestrian struck, killed

For the first time in many years, the City of Perham has had a pedestrian death, with 65-year-old Violette Hennagir dying about two days after being struck by a pickup truck Thursday, Oct. 18. A check with retired police officials confirms that it has been at least 40 years, probably longer, since a pedestrian death occurred in Perham.

St. Henry’s is one of the most physically fit schools in Minnesota

St. Henry’s Area School was one of the top three most physically fit schools in the State of Minnesota last year. The school was recently notified that they are one of three state award winners for the percentage of students earning the prestigious Presidential Physical Fitness Award. St. Henry’s had 28 students qualify for the Presidential Physical Fitness Award last year, or 22.58% of their student body.

From the Thursday, Oct. 27, 1994, Perham Enterprise Bulletin