Historical Happenings


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

JANUARY 20, 1956



Casper Weber, lifelong Mazeppa resident, passed away suddenly from a heart attack at 8 a.m. Monday, after getting into his car. He was 59 years of age and had been in ill health for several years.

Casper Weber was born Sept. 23, 1896 in Mazeppa, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Weber. He was married to Leona Schumacher, who survives with a daughter Mrs. J.L. Hallett (Betty) of Los Angeles, Calif. and a son, Richard H. Weber of Mazeppa. Other survivors are two grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Weber of Austin; two brothers, Aloysius Weber of Austin and J. Alex Weber of Mazeppa and one sister, Mrs. Kathryn Lerfald of Zumbrota. His father and a brother Christ preceded him in death.

Mr. Weber, who served in the navy during World War I, was employed by the J. Alex Weber Plumbing Co.

Palbearers were Leo Colling, John Gruhlke, Nick Reiland, Murl Megears, William Clemens and Leo Reding.


Ignatz Carl Grossbach died Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lake City hospital, following a lingering illness. He was 65 years of age.

Mr. Grossbach was born in Goodhue county May 25, 1890. He farmed near Mazeppa until 12 years ago when he retired and moved into the village.

He married the former Elizabeth Copp of near Lake City Nov. 25, 1919. She survives together with two children, Warren Grossbach of Mazeppa and Mrs. Victor Nehring (Lois) of Mazeppa; three grandchildren and four brothers, Fred and Rudolph of Mazeppa and Edward and George of Zumbro Falls. Four brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Pallbearers will be John Roland, John Gruhlke, Carl Stull, William Von Bargen, Albert Oelkers and Irving Fagerhaug.


Miss Anna C. Reuter died Monday at Zumbrota Community hospital following an illness of several weeks. She was 83 years old and for the past several months resided with her nephew Peter Reuter near Mazeppa.

Miss Reuter was born Dec. 7, 1872, in Goodhue County. She resided most of her life in Janesville where she operated a millinery store for 50 years.

Surviving are three nephews, Peter, Richard and Alfred Reuter of Mazeppa and a niece,, Mrs. Vernon Dahling of Bellechester.


Zumbrota—Mrs. Martin Evenson, lifetime resident of Zumbrota and Mazeppa died Monday night in the Zumbrota Community Hospital after a brief illness. She was 63 years old.

The former Emillie Augusta Reinholz was born Oct. 28, 1892 in Pine Island Township. She lived all her life in the area, spending the past 11 years in Zumbrota Township.

She is survived by her husband, to whom she was married Feb. 28, 1917 in Wabasha; one son, Milfred at home; two daughters, Mrs. Mabel Hoksch and Mrs. Bernard Quast, both of Zumbrota, two brothers Emil Reinholz of Mazeppa and Albert Reinholz of Minatare, Nebr; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Rietmann of Zumbro Falls and Mrs. Albert King of Byron.


George E. Horton died of a heart attack Sunday evening, January 8th at his farm home at the age of 72.

Mr. Horton was born November 26, 1883 on a farm near Mazeppa. He lived there for 34 years before moving to a farm at Hammond, Minn. for 13 years. He farmed present Olmsted county farm for 25 years.

In Rochester, January 9, 1907, he married Dolly Mae Whipple. She survives with a son, Curtis Horton, Rt. 4 Rochester, and a daughter Mrs. Lester Moe of Rochester, and three grandchildren.

Surviving sisters are Mrs. Etta Terry, Parkers Prairie, Minn.; Mrs. M.L. Squier, Loma Linda, Calif.; Mrs. Grancy Rhodes, Coleville, Washington; Mrs. May Whipple, Red Wing; and Mrs. Clara Postier, Rochester.

Pallbearers were Mr. Horton’s nephews, Rex Postier, Rochester, Jim Roland, Mazeppa, Ronald Stull of Rochester, Dewitt Whipple, Oronoco and Floyd Whipple of Rochester.


Don’t forget the power meeting scheduled for 8 p.m. this Thursday evening. Purpose of meeting is to discuss and study power situation in Mazeppa relative to buying new engine, buying outside power or selling present plant. Everyone is invited and urge to attend.

A Note of Encouragement

It was encouraging indeed to see the turnout at the school Saturday evening of Mazeppa and area residents dedicated to the task of saving the Mazeppa high school.

Its purpose so clearly, was clearly Mazeppa on the whole, has always been a cooperative community and when something it holds dear is threatened for reasons which it feels are not at all valid, it knows how to fight.

So---let’s all fight to hold our school and save our community.