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Perham woman turning 100 years old

When Dorothy Poore was 12 years old, she moved from Staples to Perham with her family in 1933. While she's moved around a bit, she's always returned to Perham.

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The sign reading "Dorothy's Day Care" was a part of the Perham community from the 1970s to the 1990s. (submitted)

One Perham woman will have been on this Earth for 100 years as of Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

When Dorothy Poore was 12 years old, she moved from Staples to Perham with her family in 1933. While she's moved around a bit, she's always returned to Perham.

One of the memories that stands out to her the most is when Perham High School put on the play, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves." She played Snow White and even got to wear a gown.

Dorothy was successful from a young age, graduating as salutatorian in the Perham High School class of 1939. She also received the Arion Award that year for being an outstanding musician.

After her graduation, Dorothy moved to Washington, D.C., serve in World War II as a "government girl." According to her son, Lynn Poore, she traveled to Washington alone by train and found lodging at a rooming house. Soon afterward, she earned assignments supporting high-ranking military officers, including a general at the Pentagon and Walter Reed Naval Hospital.

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Later, Dorothy left Washington to attend the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. According to Lynn, she remembers singing in New York City's Carnegie Hall and even saw Albert Einstein walking in Princeton.

Dorothy later moved to Minneapolis, where she met and married Ernie Poore in 1948. Soon after this, she returned to Perham, where she and Ernie raised their kids: Lynn, Nancy, Linda, Ruthanne and Kevin.

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Dorothy and Ernie Poore about to embark on a Spring 1992 stroll with Dorothy's Day Care children. (submitted)

Dorothy said she has always loved kids, especially babies, toddlers and little children. She worked as a teacher's aide, and, at 47, Dorothy's Day Care became the first licensed in-home daycare provider in Otter Tail County. With the help of Ernie, Dorothy's Day Care looked after Perham area children for 25 years.

Lynn said Ernie was an avid gardener his whole life. He shared his vegetables and berries throughout the Perham community. He had his last garden planted when he passed away in June 2017 at 101 years of age.

Dorothy will be turning 100 on May 26. She says didn't think she would ever see this day come.

According to Lynn, Dorothy will welcome birthday greetings sent to her at Perham Living on 735 Third Street in Perham, MN 56573.

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