9-13-12 Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane, by Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Sept. 12, 2002
Filings for city and school offices has closed. At the school level there are four positions that are open. Six people had filed: John Weinand, Beth Salo, Doug Krukowski, Carl Polding, Kathy O’Neil and current board member Dave Falk. At the city level two council seats are open, and the mayor’s position. Current mayor Don Johnson has filed for that two-year mayor’s position. Tim Collins filed in Ward I and in Ward II Mark Schiffman and Theresa Radde-Stepaniak has filed.
Johnson Funeral Home – Waconia – presents a new member to their staff, Gloria Boncy. She is a Family Services Counselor who specializes in helping families pre-arrange and pre-fund all funeral decisions.
ON CAMPUS: Lacey Bresnahan of Waconia graduated from the University of Iowa in August. She graduated with a M.S. in biomedical engineering.
An 80th birthday open house for Loretta Straus will be held at the Waconia KC Park.
The Waconia Wildcats volleyball team defeated Glencoe-Silver Lake in three games last Thursday. The seniors, according to coach Jim Lee, played a big role in the match, with Meghan Menssen adding 10 points, and Amanda Lemke scoring nine. Heidi Paulson, Emily Cousin and Anna Jonas smacked eight, six and four kills, respectively. Kelly Paulson led the team with 11 points, including four aces.
The Mayer Lutheran football team won its first game in the Minnesota River Conference beating LeCenter 21-18. Coach Aurich praised Micheal Schwartz with a key interception when they were behind. Other standouts included: Mike Drew, John Milke, Stephan Krause, Matt Winter, Neil Willmsen and Dan Meier.

25 Years Ago – Sept. 10, 1987
Next year’s State Fair advertising will have a familiar look for area people. Filming was done at the Walter Schmidt farm on Highway 212 near Cologne, at the Merrill Kirsch farm on Highway 5 near Waconia and at the Martin Makela home on First Street in Waconia. It should all be on your television sets next summer.
Stan Bentz, representing Waconia Masonic Lodge 326, presented Waconia School District 110 health coordinator Linda Lindquist with a blood glucose monitor. It was donated as part of the Mason’s statewide program helping children monitor and control their diabetes. Lindquist and Donna Schmieg will be trained on the used of the machine.
ON CAMPUS: Creighton University student Kenneth A. Palattao of Waconia has received the degree of bachelor of science in business administration. Three area students graduated from Mankato State University. They are: Brenda M. Peitz, Michelle S. Bohn, and Andrew J. Weinzierl.
The staff welcoming students at St. Joseph Catholic School this school year include: Cheri Gardner, Virginia Gelhar, Diane Evander, Cathy Lammers, Karen Mann, Nadine Metling, Maggie Smith, Joan Campbell, Darwin Lee, Pat Fasching, Robert Symanitz, Carol Fink and Barry McRaith.
A group of teens and their supervisors started from Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia this past summer and traveled the hills of Tennessee to help repair homes for people. Those participating included: Emily Hegener, Aaron Seckler, Ross Erickson, Kari Felt, Ann Shaw Jenny Orsen, Jenny Delin, Joanna Gustafson, Mary Sjodin, Darla Marsden, Brian and Kim Fragodt and Gracia Hegener, Sara Jacobs and Sheila Toenges.

50 Years Ago – Sept. 13, 1962
Waconia will show its appreciation to patrons on Nickle Dickle Day set for Oct. 6. Hamburgers, coffee, milk and potato chips will be served in two stands located on Waconia streets. All of this can be purchased for a nickel. Everyone is urged to register at the stores for the big free merchandise awards and cash drawings. There will be a dollar given away every three minutes and five dollars every hour during “Nickle Dickle Day.” The Waconia High School Band will be on the job during the day with the kind of lively music that pleases everyone.
Homecoming festivities at Waconia High School are set for next week. Candidates vying for the role of Homecoming Queen are: Mary Hartmann, Judy Stark, Ruth Canada, Patricia Vanderlinde and Betty Johnson. Pages for the coronation are: Sue Whittaker, escorted by William Ryan, Jan Schneider, escorted by Mark Meuwissen, and Sharon Brandenburg, escorted by Daniel Theis.
Mayer – Mary Ann Ertl 4-H Club member from the Camden club will represent Carver County at the Minnesota 4-H Health Camp at Itasca State Park.
Cologne – Yvonne Born, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Born, left for the West Coast, from there she will take a plane to Hawaii, for a month’s vacation.

75 Years Ago – Sept. 9, 1937
Enrollment of the Waconia High School increased 50 over the previous year, according to figures by Supt. Hamre. As of Tuesday evening there are 14 seventh graders, nine eighth graders, 58 ninth graders, 46 10th graders, 44 11th graders and 27 12th graders.
Indicative of the wealth produced this year by Minnesota’s farm acres is the grain which representatives of this county are bringing to the Minnesota State Fair. Ralph Effertz has corn and sorghum canes that are at least two heads taller than him.
The silver cup at the Hennepin County Fair at Hopkins was awarded to Otto Mesenbring of near here, who is one of the directors of the Waconia Fair. Mr. Mesenbring’s entry at the Waconia and Hennepin County Fairs consisted of pure bred Guernseys.
NEUMAN’S Phone 147 – Waconia. Pineapple Wash’n Permanent Wave – $2. Oil Wave -$3. Give your child a Oil O Wave with our new machine—No wires—no electricity and no chemical heat.

100 Years Ago – Sept. 13, 1912
The discoverer of Waconia is buried on the island. In one of the four mounds found rests the remains of Wild Buffalo, the first man to discover what is now called Clearwater Lake and Waconia. This mound is located about 200 feet north east of the pavilion. Chief Blue Eagle was here Tuesday and went to Coney Island with some of the villagers. According to the Chief, Waconia was discovered in the year of 1820. On the island are also the mounds of the grandmother of Chief Chaska who was killed in the battle on the north shore of the lake in 1892. The mother of Chief Chaska is also buried about 200 feet from Coney Island Hotel. Southeast of this mound was found a mound containing the bodies of about 15 other dead Indians. A few feet below the mounds diggers found a number of tomahawks.
A baby girl was ushered into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Graff early Wednesday morning. Mother and child are doing well and the cigars are on papa.
Victoria – Arrangements are completed for a grand leap year dance to take place in the opera house at Victoria next Monday evening. Music will be furnished by the celebrated Chaska Ideal Select Orchestra and a big time is promised. You should not fail to attend. Remember the date.
Alois Segner, the popular saloonist of St. Bonifacius boarded the west bound train here for Franklin Monday at which town he had business. While waiting for the train he called on several friends here.

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