8-16-12 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes, correspondent

10 Years Ago – Aug. 15, 2002
Waconia Public Schools has been in a steady climb for the past 10 years. Enrollment totals for K-12 in 1995 was 1,577. In 2002 it is 2,284.
St. Bonifacius – The St. Boni City Council approved a site plan for a veterinary clinic. The clinic would be established on Outlot D of St. Bonifacius Estates, which is a 1.4 acre area in the B-2 Highway Business District.
An open house celebrating Arlene Lindemeier’s 70th birthday will be held at the Waconia VFW on Aug. 24.
Gary and Cathy Stahlke and big sister Olivia of Waconia are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Claudia Lynn.
Nancy Winter of Waconia was among volunteers at the PGA Golf tournament held at Hazeltine last Monday.
Sarah Doyscher, Waconia, and Tim Schepers, Cologne, were named to the dean’s list for spring semester at St. Thomas University.

25 Years Ago – Aug. 13, 1987
Girls tennis and boys golf have been reinstated in the District 110 sports program. Due to a budget crunch some sports have been cut. The Waconia Booster Club offered the school district $6,500 to reinstate these two sports.
Budget reductions will mean the end of in-town bussing of Waconia students this fall. Students south of Highway 5 and in the Lakeview Terrace area will continue being bussed to school, as well as kindergarteners being picked up for the afternoon session.
Victoria – Thomas Gregory was among 35 Normandale Community College students to receive a scholarship. Gregory is a Waconia High School graduate.
Lucille Braun, who has worked in the laundry department at Waconia Health Care Center retired.
Bill Weatherly is the new director of manufacturing at Medallion Kitchens in Waconia.
Many local teenagers are choosing part time jobs to fill their time and earn some money during the summer months. Brian Graupmann and Kevin Wessale are chief cooks and dishwashers at the Prairie House in Waconia during the summer. Brian Bluemke is among several teens who work at Waconia’s Jack and Jill bagging groceries. Brenda Schultz earns her money babysitting. Kelli Renner, a student at Mayer Lutheran High School, works at Hardee’s. Wendy Herd, Ann Sauerbrey, Lisa Dressen and Tonya Quast can be seen decorating cakes at Camp Manakiki. Dressen is head cook at the camp.
Richard and Vera Wagener will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary Sunday at the Lakeside Ballroom.
PATRIOT FORUM: You find a $100 dollar bill on a department store floor. What would you do? “Probably pick it up and take my friends out for a good time on the weekend.”-John Kunze-Waconia. “It’s pretty hard to trace the owner, so I would keep it.”-Jim Geyen-Waconia. “Take the money and run.”-Dan Zieroth-Waconia. “I would tell the management. If it was a one dollar bill, anybody could lose it; and I would probably keep it, but $100 bills aren’t carried as often and someone might have reported the loss.”-Florence Scholijegerdes-Visiting in Waconia.

50 Years Ago – Aug. 16, 1962
Leo Schlumpberger is the project chairman for the Jaycee Tractor Road-E-O at the Carver County Fair. Milo Burandt is the subchairman of the event.
Victoria – Five children of the Lloyd Carlson family of the Lake Auburn area in a 1957 Ford left the road and landed in the ditch between the Krey and Reitz farms on the Waconia-Victoria Road. The Yetzer Ambulance transported the children to the Waconia Community Hospital. Two were released shortly. The others had a longer stay.
The Waconia Lions Club hosted eight Swedish Exchange Students this summer. The students were residents in the homes of Waconia Lions for the past three weeks. A family picnic was held at the end The students presented the Waconia Club with Swedish gifts from their homeland.
Cologne – Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hilgers and sons, Ronnie and Bobby moved back into their home here last week from Sierra Vista, Ariz. Art was stationed in Arizona.
Mayer – Mr. and Mrs. Bert Venstraw (Helen Seck) of California and Fred Seck of Watertown spent Friday at the home of Mrs. Bertha Tein and Mrs. Ida Schutz.
HABERGARTEN’S FAIRWAY FOODS: Peters, all meat Weiners – 69 cents a lb. Sugar 25 lbs. – $2.49.
Two grandslam home runs by hometowner, Bob Leiverman, paced the Waconia Lakers to a 16 to 7 whipping over the 1961 State Champs and 1962 Carver-Hennepin Champs, St. Bonifacius.
Douglas Geiger, son of Mrs. Lucy Geiger, of Waconia, has been promoted to a store manager for a F. W. Woolworth Company in Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Waconia High School in 1957.

75 Years Ago – Aug. 12, 1937
Many people in and around Waconia have been interested in Camp Manikiki on the north shore of Lake Waconia. They will have a chance to see the camp on Sunday. Guides will be on hand to meet the visitors and show them the grounds and explain the daily programs. Over 500 children will have attended the camp during the 14 weeks it has run this summer.
The North Star Hotel and liquor store here run by August Graff has been sold to Mr. Bertrand of Sleepy Eye. The Graffs have had charge of the North Star Hotel for the past six years. Mr. and Mrs. Graff will continue to make their home in Waconia.
A gasoline fire in the Braunwarth garage Saturday morning was put out with no damage, by members of the crew. The fire started when a Chevrolet coupe was put on the wash rack. The motor was being cleaned with gas when a spark ignited the gas and flames shot up nearly to the roof.
Waconia Lake, long one of the beauty spots of the northwest is rapidly losing its appeal to tourists, according to Mrs. Elling, who has conducted a boat and fishing service for the past 12 years. The lake, because it has been so dry has gone down over 100 feet on the shore line. Peculiarly enough, fishing in Waconia has been unusually good this year. Ed. Weinzierl, acting as a guide has come back with 104 bass in one week for the parties he has taken out. The hot weather has slowed up the sunfish angling, but bass and pike are reported as being better than usual. Weeds line a good deal of the south shore, and it is very doubtful if it will ever regain its former glory. Some scheme must be worked out, and soon, if Waconia is to continue to have a lake which is more than a duck slough.

100 Years Ago – Aug. 19, 1912
A hobo fell from the top of a box car at Norwood. No damage.
Boneheads are people who go out in launches without sufficient supply of gasoline to bring them back.
Communion was served to a number of the parishioners at the Lutheran church Sunday last. Rev. Schneider officiated.
Probably the best yield of oats this season is reported from the Frank Kuntz farm. Mr. Kuntz threshed 757 bushels of oats from his field of eight acres or 94 5/8 bushels to an acre.
A. Miller has been confined to his room this week with a severe case of rheumatism.