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Friday, June 26, 2009

Perham's Closing

Perham's of West Paris will be closing in July after 90 years in business.
The store, which sold minerals and gems as well as books and equipment for prospecting, was opened in 1919 by Stanley Perham. In December, Stanley's daughter and current owner Jane Perham said she would close the store until June 1, but the business did not reopen.
In addition to the store, the business includes a museum display of gems and minerals unearthed at local quarries. Perham and her father have sent samples to the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution.

The pieces in the museum display will be given to a private party who will keep them in Maine. Perham said her brother was hoping to keep the quarries he owns open for public access as long as they are covered by liability insurance. [Link]
Her brother, Frank Perham, is Maine's leading expert on pegmatites, and even has a mineral—Perhamite—named for him.


At 3:00 PM, July 31, 2009, Blogger Susi's Quarter said...

I will pass this on to my gem son about the closing. I can remember Uncle talking of this place many years ago. Sad to see it go but here we are loosing many old timers and the items and access's are leaving us rockhounds.
That is my second hobby besides genealogy.

At 1:20 PM, September 27, 2009, Blogger Dre said...

So sad to see the "Man From Trapp Corner's" store gone after fixating tourists and Mainer's alike for many years. The building actually still looks open to this date (9/26/09), although there is closing sale signs everywhere on the outside. Hope someone does something good with the property.


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