Mazeppa Area Historical Happenings Compiled by Helen Reiland and Mike Holtorf
The Mazeppa Journal, Publisher L.A. Phillips
March 6, 1942
Conrad Hofschulte and Carl Gillespie left Wednesday for Ft. Snelling for induction into army service.
Stoddard New Marshal: Out of the many applicants the village council appointed John Stoddard marshal Wednesday evening, to succeed Hub Schafer. Other business transacted was the granting of liquor licenses to Alex Weber, N. M. Feipel and L. Gahler.
Resigns as Marshal: Hub Schafer has resigned as village marshal, on doctor’s orders. Ill health has compelled him to give up the job and the council regretted to lose him.
Local Teachers Offered New Contracts: The new salary is as follows: Supt. Lechner, $2100 a year; Leslie Ottman $150 a month; Clarence Lund $125 a month; Misses Reinhardt and Kelly $115 a month; Ed Gahler, janitor, $80 a month.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tri Honored on their Golden Anniversary: Only one son Andrew was unable to attend.
Mrs. W.H. Clemens sustained a peculiar accident last week when attending the Henry Barth auction near Pine Island. A lady friend came up to kiss her welcome and in so doing broke Mrs. Clemens’ glasses. Pieces of glass got in her eye and she had them removed by an oculist.
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Gahler and family of Hastings spent Sunday in Mazeppa. Edgar, who has been working on the Hastings dam, expects to return to the New Brighton arms plant.
Francis Hammes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hammes, is now located at an army camp in Arizona. Wm. Hammes, another son was expected to leave for Snelling Monday.
Wilbur Bright trapped a 50 lb. beaver near the lower bridge Tuesday. The fur is estimated to be worth over $20.00
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Herman of South Troy have moved to the Hofschulte farm north of town and will reside in the Taft house. Edwin will work for Alvis Hofschulte.
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Graves “little child” was baptized at the Catholic Church Sunday by the name of Marlen Peter. Mrs. Susan Arendt and Arthur Arendt were sponsors.
Howard Schafer left Wednesday for Havre, Mont. Tuesday evening a farewell party was given for him at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hub Schafer. There were three tables. High prizes were won by Gene Hoffman and Miss Doris Atkinson and low by Robert Schafer and David Jones. Mrs. Hub Schafer and son John accompanied him to St. Paul Wednesday.
Dan Redding, who left St. Paul for the army last month is at Sheppard Field, Texas and states that he got a big break. He will be given a six months schooling in aviation mechanics and then sent to an airfield.
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Miller returned from spending five days at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma where they visited Francis Miller, heard the big guns which fire eight miles, saw an immense lead mine and tried to look up other Mazeppans, but found the camp too big.
The following men will report at Fort Snelling March 17 under Call No. 34 by the draft board: Willard Greer, Zumbro Falls; Vernon Franz, Zumbro Falls; Alfred Starz, Zumbro Falls; Ehren-fried Luhmann, Zumbro Falls; and Harry Sommerfield, Mazeppa.
Local News- March 13:
Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Almeter moved last week into the former Searles house in this village.
Denny, 12 ½ month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Tupper of Rochester, was badly scalded recently when he pulled a pitcher of boiling milk off the stove. His chest and arms were painfully burned and he was taken to the hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Goodman received a letter Monday from their son Earl in Newfoundland. He was well and busy teaching tractor operation to soldiers there.
Angry Cow Goes on Rampage: A maddened mother created almost a panic up in north Mazeppa Friday, injuring some and causing other to flee in fright. The mother was a cow belonging to Maurice Thomas. It had a new calf and was tied in the barn, with the door closed. Little Billy Thomas wanted to show the calf to playmates. The cow broke its rope and dashed after the intruders. Billy was knocked down, and then Rob Stoddard came to the rescue. Rob got hold of the rope and tried to pull the cow home but was finally compelled to give up and dash for safety. Steve Clemens was the next person the cow chased and he had to jump over a fence and up a bank to save himself. He warned Johnny Evenson to run or that boy, on his way home, would have been a victim of the maddened animal. Mr. Thomas was sent for and got the outraged bovine back to the barn, with various members of his family suffering bumps and bruises and one narrowly escaping death.
Mrs. E.J. Phalen Dies Friday: formerly Miss Anna Darcy died at Marshall, Minnesota. Several years ago she sustained a bad automobile accident and had gradually failed since. She leaves two brothers Frank and John of Mazeppa.
F.M. Spaulding Passes Away: Death was due to lobar pneumonia. Mr. Spaulding is survived by his mother, Mrs. Isabelle Raasch of this village. Funeral services were held at the home. Pallbearers were Ven Maas, Wm. Webster, Herman Behm, Dareld Rich, Gerhradt Gahler and W.P. Clemens.