THE MAZEPPA JOURNAL , Editor and Publisher: Barbara and Reider Tommeraas
JULY 4, 1947
LEGION RECEIVES RIFLES: Mazeppa American Legion Post No. 588 Tuesday received 10 Spring-field rifles from army ordinance. The post has been eagerly awaiting them since last fall.
NITE CLUB TO OPEN: Gahler’s Nite Club will open July 4th, adding to local festivities over the holidays. A dance also will be held there Saturday, July 5. A chicken supper will be served from midnight to 1 a.m. July 4 and 5, in the bakery.
Local Flying Enthusiast Building Commercial Airport Near Mazeppa An undertaking of interest to the whole community has been begun by a local flying enthusiast and pilot, Victor Holtorf, as a 75 acre tract of his land is in the final stages of becoming a Commercial Airport. Two runways, running Southwest by Northeast and North by South will facilitate the traffic. The Southwest-Northeast landing and take-off strip is 1900 feet long and the North-South runway 1200. Both are long enough to accommodate even the larger planes. Mr. Holtorf plans on having an instructor available in the near future for giving flying instructions and also hopes to provide an additional plane for this purpose. At the present time, he has an Aeronca Chief, 65 hp, two seater with dual controls which was purchase new last August at Vandalia, Ohio, from which point he flew the new plane to his home. A new four-plane hangar was erected last Fall giving the airport first class facilities. Mr. Holtorf is to be commended on undertaking the huge project and the Journal extends to him its heartiest congratulations.
MRS. AUGUSTA GAHLER: Funeral services for Mrs. Augusta Gahler, of near Rochester, 95-year old mother of Ed Gahler of Mazeppa, were held at 2:15 p.m. at the Ranfranz mortuary. Mrs. Gahler was born Sept. 21, 1851, in Germany. Death came June 26, 1947 in Farmington Township. Among those from here who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Gahler, Mr. and Mrs. Leonhardt Gahler, and Gerhardt Gahler. Also present were Alvin Gahler and Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Gahler of St. Paul . Playground Notes: Highlights of the first week of the summer recreation program were the Hobo parade June 25 and the wagon, scooter the tire races June 27. The turnout for the Hobo parade was excellent with 38 actual hoboes taking part. The entire parade numbered over 50 children.
Local Boy’s First Aid Skill Saves Life: Knowledge of first aid, in which Gerald Kruger has specialized in 4-H club work, was put to dramatic use early Monday evening when he assisted in saving the life of Bud Kingsbury of Zumbrota, and seriously injured in a truck accident. Coming to the scene after Kingslbury had rolled over in his truck on the Windhorst corner east of Mazeppa, Kruger held Kingsbury’s severed blood vessels together until the arrival of an ambulance on the scene. The Mazeppa high school boy, who is employed in his father’s hardware store in Zumbro Falls this summer, was given credit by Rochester doctors for saving Kingsbury’s life by stopping the bleeding. It was not known how Kingsbury lost control of the heavy Reo gravel truck, which rolled over three times.
DON’T FORGET THE FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION HERE!
Preparations are complete for the Fourth of July celebration to be held in Mazeppa this Friday. Afternoon festivities include a ball game between Mazeppa and Millville, a band concert under the direction of Gerhardt Gahler. In the evening, there will be races for the children, a band concert and fireworks, all on the athletic field. The celebration is sponsored by the Mazeppa Commercial Club.
Big Time In Town July Fourth, 1916 “There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight” would have been an appropriate theme song for the Fourth of July, celebration held in Mazeppa in 1916. There was abundant evidence in Mazeppa Tuesday that it was the 140th Anniversary of the declaration of the American independence. The rapid arrival of visitors; the hoarse cry of the barker from his stand; the decorations; the “salute” at sunrise” and the opening concert by the Mazeppa Band, gave sign to the world that the small boy’s favorite holiday was with us again. Dancing had gone on all afternoon at the New Opera House and in the evening movies and more dancing kept the crown and made the time speed for the visitors.
Local News: Cyril Duncan of Rochester, formerly of Mazeppa, who has been employed at the Chateau Theater, is being transferred to Superior, Wis., where he will be in charge of three theaters. Mazeppa Farmers’ Cooperative Dairy Association installed a new can washer this week. Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Gahler and family and Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Gahler and family of St. Paul were week-end visitors at Hotel Mazeppa. The interior of the Peoples State Bank and the exteriors of Colling’s Barber Shop and Gerken’s Hardware and Implement store were painted recently. Jerry Hoffman went to Rochester Friday to visit his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Neeb. He was accompanied home Sunday by Mr. and Mrs. Neeb who spent the day at the Mrs. Caroline Hoffman home. Mrs. Helen Heaney was taken to St. Mary’s hospital, Rochester, Monday, suffering from blood poisoning in her leg. Mr. and Mrs. George Tri have purchased the former Mrs. Lena Grossbach house. OPENING DANCE AT THE GAHLER NITE CLUB- Dancing 8 P.M. to 1 A.M. Chicken Supper: Midnight until 1:00 A.M.