Historical Happenings


THE MAZEPPA JOURNAL, Editor and Publisher: Barbara and Reider Tommeraas


Consolidation News

Mazeppa’s consolidation program which had a temporary setback last week through a challenged legal technicality is on the move again with a new plat being drawn.

The legal technicality arose when the farm of Lenus Miller was set out of District 73 during the time the original plat was being considered by the State Department of Education. This move was done last summer and the fact was overlooked when this plat was approved.

At the present the new plat is being drawn by Mrs. Verna Olin, and is expected to be completed sometime next week.


To Bellechester upon its recent incorporation as a village. A lively interest is being demonstrated in the first election to be held next Thursday

Bellechester Vote Set for Thursday

Next Thursday, October 27, Bellechester will hold its first village election, with a complete state of officers scheduled.

Recently incorporated by a 50 to 10 vote, the village has filings for every office. Judges of the election will be Tony Huneke and John Delva, and Howard Schafer, clerk.

Filings are as follows; Mayor- Adam Poncelet and John Delva; Clerk-W.N. Majerus; Treasurer- Anton Poncelet and Willis Kahl; Assessor- John Mahoney; Justice of Peace Marvin Bystrom and Nick Delva; Trustees- Tony Huneke, Howard Schafer, Quentin Majerus, Lawrence Majerus, Art Majerus, Walter Arendt and Mrs. Vincent Majerus; Constable-Koven Richter and John E. Haas.

The number of filings listed above would be credit to a town ten times the size of Bellechester and The Journal extends hits humble congratulations to this civic minded community.



Mrs. William Hofschulte, a long time Mazeppa resident, died Sunday at her home following an illness of about five years. She was 78 years old.

The former Susanna Weber was born in Bellechester May 3, 1877. On Nov. 22, 1899, she was married to Mr. Hofschulte at Bellechester. They farmed at Harvey, N.D., several years before moving to Mazeppa 45 years ago.

Surviving are her husband; two sons, William and Matt Hofschulte of Rochester; five daughters, Mrs. Elwin Williams, Mrs. Tom Campbell, Mrs. Ted Rosener and Mrs. Henry Smith all of Rochester, and Mrs. Orville Johnson of Sargeant; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Hofschulte, of Hammond, Mrs. Mike Conrad and Mrs. Catherine Schmitt of Harvey, N.D., 24 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. One daughter preceded her in death.


David Edward Whaley, longtime Mazeppa area resident, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at Zumbrota Community hospital, at the age of 84.

Mr. Whaley, who was born Feb. 14, 1871, is survived by his sister, Mrs. Josephine Jerry, with whom he made his home on a farm near Mazeppa for 73 years.

Pallbearers named are John Gruhlke, Wm. Gruhlke, John Frank, George Oelkers, Laverne Windhorst and Earl Lemar.


Mrs. Herman Behm entertained a birthday party Monday afternoon in honor of the 13th birthday of her nephew, John Gruhlke, Jr.

The Methodist Aid will serve lunch to the public Thursday, Oct. 20th. The Martha Stull circle is serving. Menu is; baked beans, barbecues, pickles, cherry, apple or pumpkin pie, and coffee.

Prices are 50c and 35c.

Too Close To Home (Wall Street Journal)

A housewife was sitting at the breakfast table after devouring her 10 morning cups of coffee, wondering whether to get dressed, iron, or maybe watch TV. She heard a rap on the door, and it was the garbage man. She asked, “Can you wait a minute?” The collector, noting her unmade face, curlers and wrinkled old bathrobe, answered. “Sure lady, just hop in.