Down Memory Lane for Aug. 9, 2012

By Elsie Machtemes, correspondent

10 Years Ago – Aug. 8, 2002

Betsy Jacobs and Jenni Tuttle are fundraising co-chairs for the proposed playground at Richie Wagener Community Park located at Bayview Elementary.

Victoria- Father Bob White of St. Victoria Parish has been swimming at least one mile in every lake where he has stopped so far as a fun way to help raise money for construction of a new church in Victoria. The following are the lakes he has or will swim in coming days: Lake Bavaria, Schutz Lake, Minnewashta, Wasserman, Piersons Lake, Lake Waconia, Zumbra Lake Lake Minnetonka (Channel Bay) and Lake Minnetonka (Smithtown Bay). These lakes were chosen because each has a parishioner from St. Victoria who lives there.

Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in some Waconia resident’s homes. Calvin and Rochelle Midthun came home to six feet of water in their basement. Their home is located at Mallard Place. In some places six to eight inches of rain fell mostly in an afternoon.

New Germany – Our sympathy to the family of Candace Ertl, 51, who died Thursday, Aug. 1, at Ridgeview Medical Center.

Truck-related fatalities has dropped to a 10-year low in Minnesota.

Live at the BOATHOUSE: 318 Lake St. E. -The Mike Terrio Band.

25 Years Ago – Aug. 6, 1987

Property taxes have gone down in Waconia. According to a Citizens League tax survey, Waconia was among one-third of metropolitan area communities where property taxes on average-priced homes decreased from 1986 to 1987.

As of Jan. 1, 1988, Waconia Ridgeview Hospital will become a smoke-free health care facility. Thirty-five Minnesota hospitals have made commitments to become 100 percent smoke-free by year end. Fifteen are already smoke-free.

The 30th anniversary of the Waconia High School Alumni Association held their celebration at Island View Country Club. This year’s host greeters and reservationists were: Inez (Johnson) Plocher, Lois Philippy Fox, Rose Marie Sorensen, Florence Lobitz Mulhern, Myrtle Laasch and Josephine "Tootie" Wagener.

Heidi Meyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Val Meyer of Waconia, attended the Pony Express Riders for Courage Benefit Horse Show at Cannon Falls. Heidi won first place in all four of her classes. Heidi is a recent graduate of Waconia High School.

Island View Country Club was the site for the Minnesota Junior Girls State Championship. One hundred five girls from across Minnesota participated. The five local girls golfing were: Lisa Nelson, Sandy Smetana, Bobbi Jo Lievermann, Vici Moonen and Jennifer Geiger.

Realty World – Streeter Andrus now has more agents and expanded hours. At the Waconia Office you will be served by: Lois Melcher, Ellise Brelje, Vivian Arndt, Char Hoen, Manager Jerry Gray, Jill Gray and John Kramer.

New Germany – Ryan Pawelk, son of Brad and Debbie Pawelk and a student at St. Mark-St. John Lutheran School, was among top achievers in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Read-a-thon.

50 Years Ago – Aug. 9, 1962

Cologne – Miss Genelle Boehlke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Boehlke, completed the course in practical nursing at Glenwood Hills Hospital, Minneapolis. Rosemarie Hoen will receive her diploma in January.

Dr. Andrew G. Sathe, Moorhead physician, has accepted a position at the Waconia Clinic. He will take up his duties next week with Doctors Larson and Bean.

A two strike bloop bunt by pitcher Phil Carr on an attempt steal of home by Champ Fahse in the last of the ninth inning resulted in a dramatic 11 to 10 victory for Waconia over Chaska in the first game in the best of three series. Hitting stars were Gus Neubert with two home runs for Chaska and Bob Leivermann with three hits and three RBIs for Waconia.

Mayer – Mrs. Ben Kirsch and Mrs. Edward Plocher were hostesses to a dinner shower for Miss Judith Hill. The marriage of Miss Hill and Bob Holmbeck will take place in September at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer.

Mrs. Delores Lemke, Waconia Elementary School teacher and Mrs. Lois Lien, Waconia School physical education and health teacher will attend a school health workshop at Brainerd.

Mayer – About 26 acres, which includes the buildings on the former Edwin Burandt farm was sold by Walter Westlund to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wachholz of Waconia recently.

The First National Bank in Waconia has acquired parcels of real estate for the construction of a new bank building. The residences of the John Otten Shoe Store, the Erwin Elling residence and the Clarence Braunwarth home will be moved to make way for the new facility and parking lot.

75 Years Ago – Aug. 5, 1937

Tickets are going on sale for the 26th annual Fair at Waconia. Family tickets are $1.75. Individual tickets are being sold at 75 cents.

Minnesota farmers are fighting the worst grasshopper and army worm plague in history. In some parts of the state grasshoppers have destroyed whole fields of alfalfa and are endangering corn and other crops.

Due to the heavy rain Monday and Tuesday mornings, the water level of Lake Waconia increased about two inches.

Cologne – John Tellers, farmer west of town was hit by an east-bound freight train at a crossing of the C & St. P. Ry. Saturday. Mr. Tellers was helping with threshing at this brother Lambert’s place, where the railway separates a field from the farm. The train struck the hay wagon at the front wheel and completely demolished the wagon. Mr. Tellers received cuts about his head, but not serious. One of the horses hitched to the wagon was injured about the hip. It also will recover.

Peggy Ann Allman and Shirley Tester had their tonsils removed at Dr. Ormond’s office on Tuesday.

Janet Osterfeld was burned Saturday when she ran against a kettle of hot water.

FOR SALE: Carver County farms – Seventy dollars an acre. Segner’s Exchange Phone 153, St. Bonifacius.

A soap peddler, canvassing house-to-house, was fined $28.50. He was getting 75 cents for a 23 cent box of soap.

100 Years Ago – Aug. 9, 1912

A drunken loafer created a disturbance one night last week. If saloon keepers would be more careful about selling intoxicants to every Tom, Dick and Harry much trouble would be averted.

Two hobos enroute for the western fields decided to chisel their monograms in each other’s carcasses with razors when they were near Bongards. The men were with a train load of ruffians bound for the wheat fields.

The arm of a human being was found hanging to one of the freight cars of a Milwaukee train. It is not known to whom it belongs but it is thought it was lost by some unfortunate stealing a ride.

The road committee reports that the Creek Road between here and Chaska is in good condition.

Cologne – C. A. Reil, Banker Effertz and W. J. Kuntz of Waconia were callers in our burg last week Wednesday.

A new re-enforced concrete smoke house has been constructed at the Dickhudt Butcher Shop to replace the one recently destroyed by fire. The structure was built by Dave Schmidt and crew.

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