Frank P. Sahli
Nov. 20, 1899 - Oct. 7, 2004

Frank P. Sahli, the oldest son of Joseph and Magdelena Sahli, was born in Kleinliebental, Odessa, Russia, on November 20, 1899. Frank was eight months old when he came to the United States with his parents and two sisters. The family homesteaded in Onaka, South Dakota, later moving to Hague, North Dakota, where Frank attended parochial grade and public high school. After one year at St. John’s Prep School at Collegeville, Minnesota, Frank moved to Perham, Minnesota. There he worked in one of the four banks in existence at the time until the so-called ‘bank holiday’ of the early thirties when all the banks closed. He later worked for a State agency which administered the various farm credit programs that existed in the depression years. In 1939, he became the first manager of the Perham Municipal Liquor stores, a position he held until he retired in 1962.

Frank married Clara (Hemmelgarn) in 1922, and they had four children; John (died at ten days of age), Robert, Mary (Woods), and James. In the summer of 1993, Frank and Clara moved to a nursing home in nearby Fergus Falls, where they were together until Clara’s death in May, 1995. At that time, they had been married almost 73 years.

Frank was an avid golfer, a charter member of the Perham Lakeside Golf Club, and continued to play until he was almost 93 years old. Musically he enjoyed playing his accordion on occasion. He was also associated with the Perham Chamber of Commerce and the area’s tourist information center.