THE MAZEPPA JOURNAL , Editor and Publisher: Barbara and Reider Tommeraas
Friday, May 7, 1948
“Wildcat” Pops Up Again Remember the talk around here a year or so ago, when Nick Reiland reported seeing tracks of a large catlike animal? Many laughed at the report at the time and then other reports came in----Mohler’s saw it, and Mulholland’s and several other families east of town. Now, Nick has brought us a clipping in which reliable and persistent reports indicate that some kind of large catlike animal is wandering about the hills in the vicinity of Maiden Rock. The two men seeing it thought at first it was a deer, but as it came out of the brush in plain view, it easily jumped up a 12-foot embankment. The animal also was heard crying at night in that vicinity and two dogs were so badly mauled and clawed by some animal, thought to be the same, that they died. Recently farmers living within a mile of Maiden Rock report seeing its footprints in the fields. The prints are about the size of a man’s fist with kidney shaped pads and inch and a quarter length claw marks. Nick thinks the animal is a Canadian lynx, coming this far south in pursuit of deer. So with this further proof---Nick thinks the scoffers can stop laughing!
Friday, May 14, 1948
STILL A PASSENGER TRAIN! Demie Schuler and a few other workingmen made a business trip by train from Zumbro Falls to Zumbrota a short while ago. They stated that it was their first train ride in many, many years.
Obituaries JOHN M. STODDARD “The community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of John M. Stoddard at his home at 11:30 p.m. Monday, May 10. Death was caused by a heart attack. He was 67 years of age. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stoddard, he was born Sept. 18, 1880, in Zumbrota Township. He was married in 1902 at Mazeppa, to Miss Mabel Stull. They lived in Mazeppa following their marriage. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Robert of Mazeppa, and a daughter, Mrs. William Rietmann (Mildred) of Sutherlin, Oregon. MRS. ETHELYN FOWLER WEBB The remains of Mrs. Ethelyn Fowler Webb formerly of this village have been sent to Mazeppa for interment. Mrs. Webb, who was 76 years, six months and 10 days of age, died April 29 at San Gabriel, Calif. Funeral services were held in Glendale, Calif., May 1. Mrs. Webb was a sister of Elmer Fowler, one of the originators of the Bank of Mazeppa. M.J. Gerken Named Legion Commander; Plans Made for Memorial Day Services M.J. Gerken was elected commander of Mazeppa American Legion Post No. 588 at a meeting held last Thursday at the Legion hall. He succeeds George Hartman. Other officers elected were vice commander, Norbert Sand; finance officer, Leo Colling; chaplain, John Gruhlke; historian, C.W. Robinson; and sergeant-at-arms, Jack Siems. The following were appointed: serving officer, Sylvester Prigge; adjutant, Kenneth Atkinson and bugler, G.A. Gahler.
KITTEN ON THE TREES The Mazeppa Fire department went out on a mercy call Tuesday evening. At 6 p.m., the fire department whizzed down Main street and up to the M.J. Gerken residence, where the Gerkens’ pet cat, Boots, had gone up a tree, but couldn’t get back down. The cat had pulled the same stunt before, but previously had been rescued privately. Needless to say, the entire neighborhood looked on in fascination as the rescue was effected.
Local Nine Good In Win Over Miesville The local nine earned its second victory Sunday by shutting out a fine Miesville club, 4 to 0 on their diamond. O. Lubahn, tossing for the Zeppans, realized a long awaited wish by the shut-out, and handled his mound duties like a veteran. Top hitters of the day were R. Koenig, garnering a double and a single and M. Prokasky with two singles. The next game will be played this Sunday on the local diamond with Welch as the opponent. Another hard fought battle is expected. The local nine consist of: Kuehn ss, Colling rf, Prokasky 2b, Tupper c, Siems 1b, Vik cf, Koenig 1f, Clemens 3b, & Lubahn p.
NOTICE Hours for Spring Kindergarten to be started May 31st will be 9 to 11:45 a.m. To date 12 registrations have been made and it is hoped that any others interested will register soon so that we may accordingly make the necessary plans.
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