Mazeppa Area Historical Happenings Compiled by Helen Reiland and Mike Holtorf
The Mazeppa Journal, by L.A. Phillips Publishing
March 27th, 1942
County Garage Here Is Planned
Wabasha County is considering building a county garage in Mazeppa. County Commissioner Ilgen was in town recently getting preliminary estimates and looking up building sites. It is planned to put up a one story tile building 28 x 60 and the commissioners will soon call for bids, if the plan is carried out. The building will be used to house road machinery used in this end of the county but not for mechanical work. Mazeppa will appreciate having one county building here.
Airplane Spotters To Be Organized
Initial steps for the organization of an Airplane Spotting Service to be made up of civilians here and in other counties throughout the state to be used in case of need to watch for and warn of the approach of hostile aircraft, has been completed. The WPA will provide the shelters.
On the Side
Mrs. Alex Tri was taken to Red Wing hospital Friday and was operated upon Saturday. Alex Tri and son Oswald went to visit her.
Mrs. John Goodman has received word that her sister, Mrs. J.H. Sibley of Red Wing is seriously ill.
This is the day of glory for the farm hand. They have at last attained something like equality. Wages reported as high as $100 a month are being paid, with $60 low and $80 an average.
A sow at the Leon Kuehn farm “kept’em rolling this week.” It gave birth to 21 pigs, according to Leon
Ida and Her Accordion. Formerly at Arion Hotel, Peoria is playing at Gahler Nite Club Saturday, March 28. Admission 20 cents.
Bob Mannhalter, (Nellie McCabe’s son-later KIA) just a short time ago a Boy Scout leader and a member of the school auto patrol, is reported in a parachute battalion out west.
Hats off to Miss Patty Cliff, valedictorian of this year’s high school graduating class.
F.W. Reitman, here from California, says there is no scare visible out there. California’s believe there are no planes over them.
Local Defense Bond Sales
Defense bond sales are proceeding with regularity at the post office. Postmaster Stull reports that from Dec. 1 to Mar. 15 she sold $2675.00 in bonds and $323.35 in defense stamps. This does not include sales at the bank, which are much larger. However, there are more bonds and stamps and a still better showing should be made in Mazeppa.
Help defend the United States by buying Defense bonds and stamps.
Clarence Schafer has resumed his position in the lumber yard, assisting Manager Geo. Hartman.
Wilbur “Bud” Tri of St. Paul was inducted into the army Monday with the Goodhue County contingents. He is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tri Sr.
The sale of sugar will be suspended for a week beginning April 28.
Vernie Betcher bagged 14 foxes and 12 mink during the past season.
It’s free postage for the boys in the service and more mail may be expected from foreign places.
Donald Webster of Camp Leonard Wood, Mo. came home Saturday on a ten days’ furlough. He is receiving advancement in the service and on his return will go to Camp Shelby, Miss.
The creamery is putting up a 32,000 lb. tank near its plant to hold whey.
Art Scott, formerly of Mazeppa is reported working on the new Alaska highway.
Mrs. Susan Arendt and daughters Jean and Evangeline were Rochester visitors Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Max Reiland and family of Grand Meadow visited Mr. and Mrs. John Reiland.
A farewell party was given at the Frank Tri home Friday evening honor of their grandson Leo Tri of Great Falls, Mont.
Mr. and Mrs. Nick Liffrig and sons Clifford, Lee, Raymond, and Daniel motored to Fort Snelling Monday to see Sylvester Liffrig, who was inducted into the army from Minot, North Dakota. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Liffrig.
Ore Oelkers is making alterations and improvements in the Gibbons house which he recently purchased.
Private Edwin Darcy of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. is expecting a furlough April 20, he has informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Darcy.
Band Uniforms Arrive
The band uniforms arrived Saturday after a delay which kept the members in a state of suspense for a long time. They consist of cap, coat, and belt in maroon and gold but until further funds are raise the members will wear white trousers. About $200 is needed to complete the uniform, if anybody wishes to donate it.
Freezing of Sugar Goes Into Effect
Retail food merchants must stop selling sugar at midnight April 27. The stoppage is intended to prevent interference with the smooth operation of rationing registration. No dealer can take sugar from his stock for his own use without accounting for it with one of his personal ration stamps.
On the Side
This week it was the building industry that had to give way to war needs. No home building is allowed except repair and maintenance and house under $500 value.
Farm buildings up to $1000 in value may be built in addition to maintenance provisions. Commercial, educational, recreational and other buildings up to $5000 in value may be built.
A lady dropped into the City Drug Store the other day, handed Mr. Kingsley a baby and said,
“Hold him until I come back from the locker plant.” Mr. Kingsley proved an expert in the art of holding babies and may add it to his other services.
A clothing salesman in town the other day said there would be zippers on men’s jackets this year but that they would rust. Cy Helgerson suggested that he might give an oil can with each garment so fitted.