Kick off Memorial Day weekend with the Otter Tail County Historical Society’s tour of Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Friday, May 27, 7 p.m.

High on a hill overlooking Clitherall Lake is the resting place of many Cutleries, the Mormon splinter group that founded Otter Tail County’s first permanent settlement. The cemetery was part of Hirum Murdock’s farm that he offered as a public cemetery. According to the Old Clitherall Story Book, “when many of the first graves were made, care was not taken to arrange them in perfect rows, the trees growing naturally among the graves often prevented their being placed more orderly.

Who were the Cutleries and why did they choose Otter Tail County? Join Chris Schuelke as he tells the story of the Cutleries journey to Minnesota and their individual triumphs and tragedies.

The cost for the tour is $8 with proceeds benefiting the Historical Society. 

For more information contact OTCHS at (218) 736-6038, visit them online at