Viewing John W. Mason (1846-1927).
John W. Mason was a pioneer lawyer in Otter Tail County, the first mayor of Fergus Falls, the first president of the city's board of education, public speaker, civic leader, state legislator, a successful railroad lawyer, and county historian. A mammoth, two volume history of the county, which he edited, was published in 1916, and included a lengthy biographical sketch. He died at age eighty on August 7, 1927. As an indication of his prominence in the community, the Fergus Falls Daily Journal published a "Review of His Life and Times" three days later.