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The county commissioners organized Scambler township on August 8, 1871, in response to a petition signed by a majority of the legal voters of township 137, range 43. The record states that the name Scambler was given the township according to the request of the petitioners. The first election was held at the house of R. Scambler in whose honor the township was named. Congressional township 137, range 42 (now known as Dunn township) was attached to Scambler on September 4, 1873, and remained a part of this township until it was created as an independent civil township on March 16, 1880. The reasons given by the legal voters who petitioned the commissioners to attach township 137, range 42, to the township of Scambler are given verbatim: "That township 137, range 42, does not contain legal voters enough to be organized and is also principle timber and lakes and without the prospect of being settled for sometime so as to be organized separately."

Scambler township is the extreme western township of range 137. The excellent farming land to be found in the township was responsible for its early settlement. The largest lake in the township is Pelican, about half of which is in Dunn township to the east. Other lakes in the township are Tamarac, Sand, Pete, Harrison, Rankley and Grove.

The first approach to a village in the township was made in the northern part of section 2,where an embryonic village by the name of Pelican Lake was flourishing in the latter part of the eighteen seventies. Here were clustered some dozen buildings, including a store and a blacksmith shop. For several years a post office was maintained here, but it was discontinued in 1905 when the rural free delivery was established out of Pelican Rapids. There was another post office at Bangor in section 34 which was maintained until the free delivery caused it to be discontinued in 1903.

In the early nineteen hundreds two summer resorts platted on the north shore of Pelican lake, Clear View and Pelican Beach. The former is located in section 1 and was platted by Martin Aalberg for Jennie M. King in the fall of 1900, the plat being recorded on August 4 of the same year. Pelican Beach is in section 2 and was platted by O. C. Molden in 1912 for O. M. and Cora E. Carr. The plat was recorded on August 19, 1912.

The first church was established in the township in the eighteen seventies and stood in the northwest corner of section 33. A cemetery was maintained in connection with the church, and another burial ground was located in section 27. Today there are two churches in the township one being in the sw quarter of section 28 and the other being in the nw quarter of section 24. The town hall is in the nw quarter of section 27.

Scambler Township is a township in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 504 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.3 square miles (93.9 kmē), of which, 32.1 square miles (83.2 kmē) of it is land and 4.2 square miles (10.7 kmē) of it (11.44%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 504 people, 208 households, and 154 families residing in the township. The population density was 15.7 people per square mile (6.1/kmē). There were 552 housing units at an average density of 17.2/sq mi (6.6/kmē). The racial makeup of the township was 96.23% White, 2.38% Native American, and 1.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

There were 208 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.4% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 106.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $40,625, and the median income for a family was $45,500. Males had a median income of $32,059 versus $21,667 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,550. About 2.7% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.