50 years ago Corke faces first degree murder charge Asa Corke, 58, Amor Township, was formally charged with three counts of first degree murder in Perham Municipal Court. The charges resulted from an investigation by the sheriff's office after Corke told a jailer about an incident at the Roy Ledford farm. Corke directed the officers to the Ray Ledford home just west of Amor Park on the north shore of Otter Tail Lake. There they found the bodies of Sadie Corke, 62, Ray Ledford, 68, and his wife, Lillian, 66. Service food opens this week in Perham
50 years ago Dist. 549 one of Perham's big businesses by Harv Smalley It is quite a different institution from the comparatively small PHS that I graduated from in 1928. It has facilities which we never dreamed of, geared to the scientific era in which we live. We can view District 549 with pride. Out of it have come some very outstanding men and women in the field of science, education, business and the military. A rather high percentage of money expended by the school district stays in the area, at least long enough to make a couple of rounds.
50 years ago Class of 1969 set to graduate Perham Public High School held their awards Day on Wednesday, May 14, at the school. Pins and awards were given to the students who had earned them in various activities. Sue Flatau was named Valedictorian for the class of 1969 and Carol Doll was named Salutatorian. Mark Tobkin received the Citizenship award and Diane Soderstrom was named All-Around Student. Taking no chances - lines laid fast!
50 years ago First Lt. Francis Delaney receives Bronze Star Medal First Lt. Francis Delaney is home currently after completing a tour of duty in Vietnam. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L J Delaney of rural Perham. Lt. Delaney spent the first eight months as an advisor to the South Vietnamese infantry on the DMZ line. Lt. Delaney, a 1962 graduate of Perham High School and of Moorhead State, attended Warfare school in Panama, and received his commission in May 1967 at Fort Benning, GA. as a graduate of the Officer Candidate school.
50 years ago Car stalls on NP track, four escape injury Four people escaped injury when a car driven by Michael Ternus, New York Mills, stalled on the Northern Pacific Railway crossing about a mile east of Perham, on a county road. The car was headed south at the time and the westbound train hit the car and carried it 200 feet down the track and then tossed it to the side. The car was a total wreck. High water helps fish
50 years ago Bullet crashes through windshield Cliff Lee, of Dent, had a narrow escape from serious injury or worse Thursday afternoon when a rifle bullet crashed through the windshield of the wrecker he was driving from Frazee to Perham. The bullet went within four inches of his head and showered glass over the cab of the wrecker. Girl critical after crash near Perham
50 years ago Manpower course set A course will be open through Manpower Development and Training in the machine set-up operator field starting in the latter part of April. This course is designed to train unemployed persons in the operation of metal turning lathes, milling machines and other types of machine tools. Co-op Oil buys corner building
50 years ago Menz brothers are Perham's triple-threat on carrier forrestal. Twin brothers, Airman Larry and Garry Menz have been joined by their older brother Tom on the USS Forrestal's deployment in the Mediterranean. Tom's primary work includes inspecting the squadron's planes for corrosion and repainting while Larry and Garry are involved with assembling bombs and rockets. The three brothers find time to relax by making port calls in cities such as Naples, Italy; Athens, Greece; and Barcelona, Spain. Area men to battle red heads
Perham high school students are encouraged to apply for a chance to attend Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). The Perham Rotary Club is seeking students that have potential or established leadership skills. Camp RYLA is a weeklong camp that aims to strengthen participants through physical, mental, emotional and intellectual challenges. Every RYLA experience includes the fundamentals and ethics of leadership, communications, problem solving and building self confidence.
Work will soon begin on the Second Avenue Southwest improvement project. The Perham City Council approved the low bid of $2,052,482.39 on the project that has been on the capital improvement plan since 2007.