Down Memory Lane for June 14, 2012

By Elsie Machtemes, correspondent

10 Years Ago – June 13, 2002

The Lake Waconia Band Festival will bring high school bands to Waconia on Saturday. Last year an estimated 6,500 people lined the streets of Waconia to enjoy the show.

Misty Hiben will be spending a portion of her summer working at The Patriot. She is a fourth year student attending Bethel College. Hiben graduated from Waconia High School in 1998.

PATRIOT FORUM: What is interesting about your father? "He likes to fish."-Phoebe Fettig-Waconia. "He bought me a trampoline."-Erica Nash-Waconia. "He always helps me to get my hamster back."-Kelly Tibbitts-Waconia. "He is a good builder."-Sarah Stairs-New Germany.

Sarah Weinzierl, daughter of Richard and Dianne of Waconia has completed her first year at St. Catherine College in St. Paul. She is majoring in business/psychology.

Navy Ensign Adam Q. Hocutt, son of Liz R. and John R. Hocutt of Waconia recently graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Maryland, and was commissioned to his current rank in the United States Navy.

Pastor John and Martha Stehr are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary at West View Acres.

The first day of summer break 14 year old Kevin Zimmermann, 9 year old Joey Haubrich and 14 year old Jason Brandenburg stopped for an ice cream cone at the Frost "N Steam after swimming and biking.

Brittany Willborg and Emily VanKirk, Waconia high school golfers, played through wind and rain at the Bunker Hills Golf Course in the Minnesota State High School Girl’s Golf tournament. Willborg tied for 18th with a 169 in the 36 hole competition. VanKirk took 34th with a 178.

25 Years Ago – June 11, 1987

Well-known Waconia veterinarian A. C. Doc Spannaus died at 93. In 1921 he built his home on First Street just west of what is now Lamkin’s Law Office. In 1922 he built the veterinary clinic which stands behind the house. Spannuas served as mayor of Waconia from 1940 to 1944.

Waconia High School trackster Jason Eveslage was named state champion in the 110 high hurdles at the state high school track meet Saturday. Waconians Tracy Johnson and Mark LaValle brought home medals for their events and Lutheran High School’s relay teams also brought home top honors.

St. Bonifacius – The St. Boni Fire Department has four fire fighters retiring this year. They are: Jim Logelin, Tony Weinzierl, Tom Weinzierl and Leon Maas.

Twenty students graduated from Trinity Lutheran School in Waconia. Beth Willemsen, Jonathan Wiegert, Mitchell Wiebe, and Laurie Erbel received the Mark Award of Merit. This award is given to students who have achieved well in their eight years at Trinity and showed Christian integrity in their lives.

Bob and Arlene Matson have turned over the reins of Matson Drug in Waconia on First Street to Darla and John Marsden who have changed the name to Marsden Drug.

Highway 5 east of Victoria is scheduled for reconstruction and bituminous re surfacing starting in August. Congestion and major traffic delays are anticipated, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

50 Years Ago – June 14, 1962

Marvin Mackenthun was elected to the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Waconia.

Municipal Judge Fremont Radde caught a six-pound eight-ounce Walleye on "keg reef" on Lake Waconia. It tops the prize winners in the Waconia Chamber of Commerce fishing contest for the week. Fremont was with his daughter Susan Radde. Waconia electrician John Burns was a runner-up. He caught a 4-pound northern.

The Moravian Church of Waconia will begin a building fund canvass for a $60,000 Christian Education wing this Sunday. Co-chairmen of the building drive are Dr. Charles Bean and Dr. Herbert Strait. Canvass captains are: Owen Anderson, Harold Bollinger, Laury Clark, Mrs. Clifford Gramith, Mrs. Art Laufenburger, John Mullins and Ray Weinzierl. General chairman of the building fund drive is Judge Arlo E. Haering.

Some 200 boys and girls have signed up for Red Cross Swimming lessons to be held at the beach this summer. Tom Moonen, Eddie Weinzierl, Bruce Melchert, Barb Rauen, Peggy Bean, Sheila Yetzer, Larry Hartmann, Jim Hartmann and Paul Rauen signed up for the Junior Life Saving class.

Golf activity last Thursday found a fair turnout for men’s league competition. Dr. Glenn got low gross with a 41. Ray Maiser was closest to the pin on No. 8. Low net honors went to John Devins with a score of 31.

Mayer – Mr. and Mrs. Ray Eckstrom visited at the Art Gilbertson home at Waconia on Friday evening.

DUEBER’S Ben Franklin: Tennis Shoes – 66 cents a pair. Thong Sandals – 39 cents. Men’s Chambray Shirts – $1.00.

75 Years Ago – June 10, 1937

Band concerts will be given every Wednesday evening during the summer. The bands will occupy the newly constructed portable stand. The band stand will be located at the intersection at the First National Bank building this week. Next week it will be located at the intersection neat the Post office building on First Street.

Five boys and eight girls will graduate Monday from St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Angeline Rauen is valedictorian and Ann Schlechter is salutatorian of the class. The class colors are rose and nile green. The class motto is " No Crown Without Labor and the class flower is the Sweet Pea.

Cologne – Elmer Almquist won second place in the Carver County Cow Testing for the month of May. He had 17 cows. The production was 826.4 lbs. of milk containing 39.55 pounds of butterfat.

With the close of school this week and final state board exams written by pupils yesterday, it was announced in a ruling from the state department of education that this was the final year in which state board examinations would be given in public schools in Minnesota. In lieu of the questions prepared by the state board, examinations will be given at the close of the year by teachers in the school.

First Street vs. Main Street will feature the kittenball contest at Johnson’s ball diamond next week Tuesday evening.

100 Years Ago – June 14, 1912

The hotels of the village of Waconia and the island are filled with summer guests. Sunday was an ideal day and hundreds of automobilists from the cities were here to spend the day, absorbing the fresh air and beautiful scenery hereabouts.

Reports have been circulating that there is much illegal fishing practiced. It seems that the violators are not alone satisfied with using more than one hook and line but are bold enough to operate with nets. Robert Lueck, residing near Mayer, was Friday last arrested by Game Warden Frank Harvey and fined $10.00 and cost amounting to $2.50 before Justice W. C. Bradley.

Cologne – Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Kocher on June 3rd, a baby boy. We smoke with daddy on the first born.

St. Bonifacius – Last Sunday afternoon we took a spin to the J. M. Boll farm, two miles north of town, where we found almost a acre of ripe strawberries, a dozen or more of cherry trees and a little over a thousand apple trees, an orchard that is a strong competitor to our State Agricultural Schools. We liked it all, but only didn’t like the bee sting we got while we were in the orchard.

Notice has been posted in the various drinking places here that no intoxicating beverages are to be sold to a one Fred Leuck of New Germany.