By Elsie Machtemes, correspondent
10 Years Ago – July 18, 2002
Thousands of tons of dirt have been moved and shaped at the Waconia Marketplace development in the past two weeks. Footings for a new Mackenthun’s County Market and other buildings on Highway 5 is scheduled to be complete by the beginning of the new year.
PATRIOT FORUM: How will the state remember Gov. Ventura? "They’ll probably remember all his failures."-Jon Maetzold-Mayer. "That the only good thing he did was give us rebate checks."-Betty Jopp-New Germany. "The bad choices of words he made."-Andy Maetzold-Mayer. "Tyrel’s party at the mansion."-Joe Wessbecker-Victoria.
The street lights in Waconia, which date back to the 1960s, are being replaced by more fashionable and traditional acorn street lights.
Happy 40th Anniversary Pat & Al July 21st. Love, The Kids.
TRUE DEDICATION! 50 Years of service at Waconia Ford Harvey Beneke. Love, Your Family.
Jim and Gerry Wagener will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday July 28. An open house will be hosted by their children at the Lakeside Ballroom.
Andrew Walter caught a 48 inch, 27 pound Muskie last Monday on Lake Waconia.
25 Years Ago – July 16, 1987
Bill King will be the new Waconia City Administrator. He comes from being the administrator at Big Lake, Minnesota.
NEIGHBORS: Elaine Gast-Waconia. Elaine is an avid gardener. She has been watching a rare type of flower bloom in her backyard on a vine that reaches 15 feet. It is called a campsis radican or known to some as the trumpet vine. This orange bloom, shaped like a trumpet, is said by some experts to be unlikely to bloom in Minnesota. Southeastern Iowa is as far north this plant is supposed to grow in the United States. It blooms for her from early spring until freeze up each year.
Mayer – the Mayer Blazers ball club made it two wins in a row last week when they downed Cologne 6-2. Tim Wabbe was on the mound for Mayer. Chuck Schmitt pitched for Cologne.
A large number of Guernsey enthusiasts from all over Minnesota enjoyed the hospitality of the Glen and David Anderson families Sunday when they hosted the Minnesota State Guernsey picnic and the East Central Guernsey Show.
St. Bonifacius- Happy birthday to Barb Strehlke, Ruth Heitz, Don Neubauer, Lynn Wert, Nancy Neubauer, Denny Ruchti and Eddie Weiland.
Army Private Mark T. Lytle has completed an Army food service specialist course at Fort Jackson, S. C. He is a 1985 graduate of Waconia High School.
50 Years Ago – July 19, 1962
David Dannewitz, a glee club member, has been chosen as a member of the 1962 All State Choir. The choir will sing for the Minnesota Educator’s Association convention next fall.
New Germany -Elroy Zellmann, Dennis Pawelk and Harold Zellmann were in Waconia the other day distributing posters publicizing the 75th anniversary of New Germany’s founding.
The Waconia Lakers travel to "Red Rock Field" this Sunday for an important battle with the surprising Cologne Hollanders. The Dutchmen have been the surprise team of the league aided by the pitching of Tom Swanson and strengthened by the addition of two local youngsters, Darrel Wagener and Don Moonen. Waconia eked by the Hollanders 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning the first time so the second contest promises to be equally as thrilling as Rich Aretz’s men seek revenge.
Paul Schneider won himself some honors by getting an eagle on hole number one on July 5th at Island View.
The Pleasant Valley 4-H Club held their annual tour of homes. They started at the Carl Krause home where Carmen showed her angel food, safety poster and scrapbook. Joanne showed her ducks at the Marvin Hilk home. Robert showed his gilt and potatoes. Ronald displayed his barrow and garden. Other stops were at the Edgar Lindner home, the Alfred Hilk home, the Erwin Goethke home, the John Raether home, the Ruben Makenthun home and the Henry Groenke home where Mavis showed her flowers, bread and cookies she baked. After the tour the club had a weiner roast.
CITY MEAT MARKET: Phone WH 5-2512. Watermelon – 59 cents. Potatoes – 10 lbs.- 49 cents.
75 Years Ago – July 15, 1937
The band concert for next Wednesday evening will be held at the intersection of streets at the post office, Wemeier’s, Diessner’s and Henning’s. The portable bandstand will be moved to this location for the concert.
Albert Nelson is a 32 piece one man band. It is unbelievable! He began inventing this masterpiece 26 years ago in 1910. His whole life is wrapped up in this creation. He started combing a viola and cello and gradually added more instruments. He was featured at the World’s Fair three years ago. Nelson will bring his "Nelsonian, 32 piece one man band" to this city at the Waconia Fair in August. Don’t miss this -you’ll be sorry if you do!
Cologne – The annual Firemen’s Picnic is coming up and is attended by several thousand people. It will be held at the Cologne picnic grounds and pavilion. There will be an appearance of Pearl and Ade, well known WDGY radio entertainers. A quarter of beer to the largest delegation of outside Firemen registered at the picnic. Free dancing in the afternoon with music by King Wirtz and his 6-piece orchestra.
Did you know that the Wisconsin legislature has passed a law protecting skunks! It will be news to a lot of people that a skunk needs protection.
If you don’t like the price you have to pay for a shave or haircut, blame the governor of the state. A law passed last winter authorizes him to set the barber scale, and any barber found guilty of selling a service at a price less than that set by the governor is doomed for the hoosegow.
100 Years Ago – July 19, 1912
After many months of planning the board of directors of the Carver County Agricultural Society has decided on the dates of the first annual county fair to be held at Waconia. The dates are set September 23,24 and 25.
A hobo entered the barber shop and pocketed two razors. He was later arrested and by this time is spending time under lock and key at Chaska.
Hereafter all drunken men at Hopkins will be sobered up and put to work on the street. A good idea for here.
Well, look who is here! And came all the way from Kansas City, Missouri, the home of that Houn’ Dog we hear so much of lately. It is Mr. and Mrs. Edward Howe. They have spent several summers at Waconia and again came this year for an outing at our beautiful resort. Ed says if there is a better place on the map than the good old German village of Waconia, you will have to show me, I’m from Missouri. The party will spend several weeks here the guest of Heap Big Indian Chief, Sidney Holmes.
Cologne – Several of the saloon keepers were taken in smoothly by a stranger claiming to be a revenue inspector and desired samples of whisky to take with him for analytical purposes. Several of the barkeepers fell for the gag, thinking they were dealing with one of Uncle Sam’s servants. This proved contrary, but before the authorities could be apprised of the fact Mr. Stranger made his getaway, leaving the saloon keepers wiser but short several pints of conversation water.