Historical Happenings


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



Jerry Hoffman, son of Mrs. Caroline Hoffman, was recently promoted to A/3c. He is stationed at Rantoul Air Force base, Chanute Field, Ill.

S/Sgt Harvey Tri arrived Friday from Mitchell field, Hempstead, N.Y. to spend five days at his home here. He will be stationed at Wold Chamberlain field, Minneapolis.

Joe Hoffman returned home Saturday to spend a leave after finishing basic training at Camp Chaffee, Ark. He will report to El Paso, Texas, where he will take a 36-week course in guided missiles


Wondering why the new and longer telephone numbers? Speed and economy. When all phone numbers comprise two letters and five digits the country will be ready for direct dialing of long distance as well as local calls. The first three symbols will get the right exchange in the right city, the last four will get the right party, as quickly and easily as local calls are made—with an automatic tabulator recording the billing, Anoka is now identified by HA-1, HE-3 is Austin, BE-5 is Willmar.

1956 Plowville Site Inspected

Preparations are already under-way for perhaps the biggest event in Mazeppa history—Plowville ’56.

Vincent Sand has accepted the position of general manager of the two day event, expected to draw more than 10,000 spectators to six farms north of Mazeppa. Plans are now underway for demonstrations of soil conservation practices, parking, and housing, entertaining, and feed the crowds who will attend.

Monday afternoon about 50 members of various committees for the occasion met at Mazeppa and then inspected the sites to acquaint themselves with the locations of various contest and demonstration areas.

The six farmers who will be hosts for the event are Neil Arendt, Florian Reding, Nick Krier, Donald Darcy, Peter Perrotti and Clarence Arendt. Visitors who will attend the event next September will see pasture improvement on the Neil and Clarence Arendt farms; strip cropping and pasture on the Florian Reding farm; headquarters area, contour and level land plowing contests and tilling demonstrations on the Peter Perrotti farm, strip cropping and terrace construction demonstrations and building of a stock pond on the Donald Darcy farm; parking and finals of the contour contest on the Nick Krier farm.

A large number of Flying Farmers are expected to attend, and present to make arrangements of the landing area was Raymond Brown of St. Paul, of the Minnesota Department of Aeronautics.

Mazeppa area residents, at any rate, are eagerly looking forward to it.



Aneurin Henry Rich, longtime Mazeppa resident, died early Thursday at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Wabasha. He was 86 years of age.

Mr. Rich was born Aug. 7, 1869, at Tunnel City, Wis. He moved to this area when very young, and attended Dist. 54 School in Mazeppa Township. He was married Nov. 22, 1893, in Wisconsin to Marion Ingham, who preceded him in death.

Surviving are triplet sons, Doctor R. Rich of Berwick, Maine, Dennis A. Rich of South St. Paul and Darrel J. Rich of Red Wing, and one daughter Mrs. Leslie (Olive) Lawrence of Zumbro Falls; one sister Florence Spicer of Burnsdale, Minn. and one brother, John of Rochester; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

The triplets were born in 1903 on the Don Schreader place & locals would say this.

*****Jingle: “Doc, Dennis & Darrel went down the hill in a barrel”


William A. Cook was born December 12, 1872 on a farm near Mazeppa, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elnathon Cook, who later moved to Zumbrota. His wife was the former Miss Jocie Boughton of rural Mazeppa. He farmed for a time and then had work in elevators in various localities, buying grain.

About 40 years ago, the Cook family went to Kellogg, Idaho, and there Mr. Cook was employed as a carpenter in the mines until a few years ago, when he retired and moved to Medina to live near his son and family.

His survivors are his wife, two sons, Daryl of Washington, D.C., Dorrance of Medina, Washington and a granddaughter.

Adam Poncelet Elected Mayor at Bellechester

Bellechester’s first election, held Thursday October 27, saw a total of 73 votes cast out of a possible 80.

The voting for a complete slate of village officers was as follows:

Mayor- Adam Poncelet, 55 votes; Clerk- W.N. Majerus, 68; Treasurer- Willis Kahl, 40; Assessor;- John Mahoney, 50; Justice of the Peace (2)- Marvin Bystrom, 47; and Nick Delva,67

Trustees- Tony Huneke, 48: Howard Schafer, 47; and Walter Arendt, 29; Constable; Koven Richter, 53; and John Haas, 54.