THE MAZEPPA JOURNAL , Editor and Publisher: Barbara and Reider Tommeraas
Friday- June 4, 1948
Obituaries: Henry Ahrens Funeral services for Henry Ahrens, well-known Bear Valley farmer, were held Saturday May 29 at 1 o’clock p.m. at Robinson’s Funeral Parlors and 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Lutheran church. Pallbearers were Christ, Joe and John Tomfohrde and Leonard, Alfred, and Lawrence Ahrens. Interment was in the Bear Valley Cemetery. The son of Peter and Marie Ahrens, he was born February 25, 1864 in Kakerbeck, Germany and attended school in Germany. He came to Bear Valley 58 years ago, and was one of the originators of the Bear Valley Lutheran church congregation. Mr. Ahrens never married. The Ahrens and Tomfohrde families are the only survivors.
CLEM BARICH PURCHASES VARIETY STORE HERE: Clem Barich of Minneapolis has purchase the Variety Store in Mazeppa and plans to move here this week with his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Barich who were married this week, will reside in the apartment above the store. Mr. Barich is a registered druggist, with 13 years in that field. He was graduated from the University in 1930. He will take over the stock of the Variety Store, and a complete line of drugs will be added. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lindenburger and Lucille, and Mrs. Verna Riedel and daughter moved to Zumbro Falls, Wednesday. Mr. Lindenburger will continue his spraying business in this vicinity and Mrs. Riedel and Miss Lindenburger will be employed in Rochester. The latter two have been operating the Variety store here since November, when they moved here from Kasson.
Ten Graduate from Local High School; Awards Presented as School Year Ends The 50th annual commencement exercises of Mazeppa High school were held at the gymnasium Thursday evening, May 27. High school diplomas were presented by A.A. Hoffman, president of the board of education, to John Ole Evenson; James John Ferber; Phylis Marian Gruhlke; Hugh Anthony Hoffman; Michaeline Ann Hoffman; David Huber Jones; Richard Roland Lemke; Harold Joseph Majerus; Madonna Mary Redding and Floyd Von Bargen. A high school equivalence certificate was earned by Vernon Wright. Starting employment at Rochester Tuesday morning were the following local girls; Miss Donna Redding at Weber and Judd Drug Store; Miss Ellen Smith at the Steak House and Miss Michaeline Hoffman at St. Mary’s hospital.
Local News: John Searles has purchased the store building on Main Street owned by Miss Anna Hoff. Miss Hoff will move to her house next to that building. The small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Roland was baptized, Rosalie Ruth, Sunday morning at St. John’s Lutheran church with Miss Severa Goetsch and Otis Ondler as sponsors. Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Klein and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Klein and son were called to Lake City, Sunday by the illness of the men’s father, John Klein. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Arnold and sons, Wayne and Charles of Rochester visited Mrs. Mary Pesch. Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Coen and son of Pine Island and Wm. Krier of Zumbrota visited Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Majerus.
Auction: Saturday, June 12, 1948 A community auction sale will be held in the Village of Mazeppa, Minnesota
NICK REILAND MANAGER PEOPLES STATE BANK, MAZEPPA, CLERKS
JUNE 18, 1948 J.S. WILD PURCHASES SECOND NEW SCHOOL BUS Mr. Wild and Les Graves went to Lima, Ohio to pick up that bus and one which went to Wanamingo. He is building a garage at his home for the two buses.
JOHN N. SEARLES OPENS NEW BUSINESS IN MAZEPPA J. N. Searles, former Mazeppan announces the opening of his new store this week, located in the former Anna Hoff building, which he recently purchased. A full line of paint will be carried by the new owner, also plumbing units, and complete line of fittings for water systems and repairs of all kinds for these items.
New Diesel Engine Begins Operation; Old Water Wheel at Dam Discarded
The Mazeppa Light and Power Commission announced this week that the new Diesel engine has begun operation. Cost of the project was estimated at $50,000 for which the plant was bonded, to be repaid over a period of 10 years. The old dam has been discarded as a source of power as the water wheel was taken out some time ago. At the present, some water is used from the dam for cooling the Diesels but this will be eliminated in the next year or two, when a separate cooling tank will be erected Storage facilities will be substantially increased in the near future by the installation of another storage tank. A crew of three men operate the plant, with J.V. Webster as Superintendent and Donald Webster and Paul Leuth as assistants.
SUCCESSFUL AUCTION: The community auction sale managed by Nick Reiland, with Maas Brothers as auctioneers, was very successful last Saturday. Prices were good and there was a large listing. It is possible that another sale will be held this fall.
IT’S THE LAW You are Required to Destroy Foul Weeds on your Property By Order of the Township and Municipal Weed Inspectors of Wabasha County Historical Happenings are taken directly from the archives of the original papers as printed. Any discrepancies need to be taken up with the Editor and Publisher of the said papers, who are long since deceased.