Viewing John W. Mason: "The Otter Tail County Bar" (1916).
John W. Mason practiced law in Fergus Falls from 1871 to 1916 when he retired. He represented the Great Northern Railway from 1883 to 1910. During those decades he was reputed to have appeared before the state supreme court more than any other "country attorney." Like other pioneer lawyers, he was active in the life of his community. He held the posts of mayor, city attorney, school board member, and state legislator. He also edited a massive history of Otter Tail County that included his chapter on the county bar as well as the "reminiscences" of several pioneers, including his own.