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Perham History: Cousins reunite

Karen Beckers, Judy Ethridge, Judy Wade Submitted photo1 / 2
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A recent reunion of cousins included four individuals with Perham connections that date back four generations.

Judy Rice Ethridge, daughter of Mary Young Rice and granddaughter of Clara Kemper Young, traveled to Arizona where she reconnected with three cousins:  Lou Doll, son of Louis Doll and grandson of Mary Kemper Doll, Karen Wittmayer Beckers and Judy Wittmayer Wade, daughters of Mildred Jung Wittmayer and granddaughters of M. Antoinette Kemper Jung. Lou, Karen and the two Judys all are great grandchildren of Henry Kemper and Regina Steinbach Kemper. Henry and Regina were among the earliest citizens of Perham. Henry was the first Perham postmaster. More can be read about the history of Perham in a book which Henry wrote, "Perham in Its Early Years."