Archive for the ‘History’ category


October 7, 2009

Celebrate the Otter Tail County Historical Society’s 82nd birthday with a dinner, program and silent auction on Thursday, October 15 at Mulligan’s Pub & Eatery in Perham.

Under the theme Remembering the 50s, the evening features a homestyle pot roast dinner, silent auction and a nostalgia filled program with master storyteller Bob Gasch. Gasch will elicit memories from the audience while weaving together local and national events, places and people from the 1950s.

Social hour begins at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30. People are encouraged to slick back their hair and wear their favorite poodle skirts, saddle shoes and jeans. Elvis impersonators are also welcome.

Tickets are $25. For an additional $15, a coach bus will be taken from the historical museum in Fergus Falls with stops at the BP stations in Battle Lake and Ottertail. Enjoy snacks and a beverage on the bus and leave the driving to us. The bus loads at 4:15 and leaves the museum parking lot at 4:30, Battle Lake at 5:00 and Ottertail at 5:30.

Please call the museum at 218-736-6038 to reserve a seat for dinner and the bus.


Einer Mickelson, Flying Tiger

February 25, 2008

We invite you to read Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942 by Daniel Ford. The Fergus Falls Municipal Airport is named for Fergus native and Flying Tiger member, Einar “Micky” Mickelson. Formally called the American Volunteer Group, members of the Flying Tigers were World War II aviators who flew missions protecting traffic on the Burma Road supported Chinese troops fighting against the Japanese. Mickelson later joined the Chinese National Aviation Corporation. He died on a flight form India to China. A book discussion is scheduled for Monday, April 21, Mickelson’s birthday, at noon in the our library. Click here to see our Record Article: Einer Mickelson, Flying Tiger

Sherm wonders…

February 20, 2008

Please contact him with any information that would be helpful: Hello, I am looking for ancient viking artifacts in otter tail county?
How and where do we create a blog for this here?

I am doing Ancient Viking research and looking for mooring stones and stories of sightings of ship remains by early settlers.


Jacob O. Lundh, photographer and hardanger fiddle maker

July 3, 2007

Jacob O. Lundh had a photography studio in Henning between 1892 and 1895; between 1895 and 1900 he was in Battle Lake. Clair Haugen is interested in him and would like to contact anyone who knows anything about him or has studio photographs with “J.O. Lundh” printed on them. Contact him by posting to this blog or via his e-mail address

Fergus Falls Tornado 1919

May 7, 2007

Grand Hotel after the June 22, 1919 tornado.

After what happened in Kansas this weekend we can’t help but remember the tornado that destroyed two-thirds of Fergus Falls on June 22, 1919. We have published a book “The Great Fergus Falls, Minnesota Cyclone of June 22, 1919” by Lance E. Johnson about the tornado. It is available in our gift shop or via our website.

Making History Fun!

April 18, 2007

We have been using this tag line for some time and we would like comments/suggestions/like to know what you think. Check out our website and see if you think we are Making History Fun! and suggest more ways we can do just that. Does this tag line mean that most people don’t think history is fun? That it isn’t usually fun? Or what?