10-25-12 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Oct. 24, 2002
The Waconia Wildcat cross country team finished in the top third of a multitude of schools at Shakopee. Philip Litfin ran his personal best. Kaylee Rasmussen and Kirsten Palm set personal best records at the meet also.
BOWLING: Ladies –Tuesday Night: 3 Top Series: Essene Grote-513, Shirley Hasse-469 and Aggie Bluemke-457. Men’s top 3 Series-Monday Night: Bill Lano-549, Neil Schmakel-543 and Walt Schmakel-539.
Mayer – The Lutheran High School Crusaders volleyball team was chosen top seed in Section 4AA tourney. They finished their first season in the Minnesota River Conference with a 6-1 record.
Michael and Ann Olson of Waconia announce the birth of their daughter, Allison Mae.
Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura has declared the week of Oct. 21-25 as Minnesota Manufacturing and Technology Week.
Eliot Kranz, a Luther College senior, will perform a vocal recital in November in the Recital Hall of the Luther Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. Kranz is the son of Philip and Susan Kranz of St. Bonifacius. He is a 1999 graduate of Waconia High School.

25 Years Ago – Oct. 22, 1987
Local residents continue to support the Minnesota Twins in their quest for the pennant. Andy and Bobby Seltz of Waconia have been faithfully watching the Twins throughout the season. They were among the 55,000 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis to welcome the Twins home after winning the American League pennant in Detroit. This week they hung a special banner and a giant Homer Hanky from their home on Birch Street. Posters and signed baseballs are hung about their room. Corky Gothmann got his shipment of Twins World Series sweatshirts and jackets in at Sports Korner in Waconia. Tom Logelin of St. Bonifacius is flying a Homer Hanky from his flagpole. Go Twins!
Kris and Stan Johnson became Westview Acres’ new managers.
Jason’s Barbershop is new in town. His shop is located at 15 W. First St.
Sharon Gibbons, former Waconian and the daughter of Maurita Rauschendorfer and a 1958 graduate of Waconia High School, won first place in a honey contest in Missouri. She has been a beekeeper since 1981. This was the first time she entered her honey in state competition.
PATRIOT FORUM: What do you think brought the Minnesota Twins to the World Series? “Team spirit and the fans’ spirit.”-Lorie Joyce-Waconia. “Carl Pohlad, Kelly, Reardon and the Homer Hanky.”-Jim Peters-Waconia. “The player mix. They play well together.”-Madeline Ryan-Waconia. “Team play and strong belief that they can beat anybody.”-Darryl Wagener-Waconia.

50 Years Ago – Oct. 25, 1962
Orville Lange made purchase of the Rite-Way “66” Station in Waconia from Clarence Rauschendorfer who operated the station since 1948.
Dr. John Clarke was re-elected Chief of Staff at the Waconia Community Hospital for the coming year. Vice chief of staff is Dr. Charles Bean. Dr. Paul Gilles was elected secretary-treasurer.
“Ridgeview Hospital” was the winning name selected from 140 entries in the “Name the New Hospital” contest sponsored by the Waconia Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Clinton Kraft of Waconia and Elaine Funk of Mound both submitted the winning name. There was much interest shown in this contest and of the 140 entries one came from as far away as Milwaukee, Wis. The two winners will receive a $25.00 Savings Bond.

75 Years Ago – Oct. 21, 1937
Catherine Mayer was declared the Homecoming Queen at the Waconia High School. The High School Trio composed of Marcella Kaufhold, Patty O’Reilly and Catherine Mayer sang at the festivities. Their director is Miss Loretta Kraker.
Waconia is represented on the University of Minnesota Marching Band in the person of Roy Peltz, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Peltz of Lakeside. Roy is a clarinetist.
Franklin and Armand Bahr, Earl Braun and Fred Radde, Jr. attended Waconia’s first homecoming football game between Waconia and Central Friday. Central beat the purple and gold 19-0, but Coach Knutson gave the team a creditable showing in the initial game of the season.
Cologne – The new 1938 Chevrolet will be on display at the Henry Kohls Garage here on Saturday.
Money to loan on farms at 4 1/2 percent, 10 year terms—No stock to buy—and you do not have to pay off on the principal except if you wish to do so. Write of call Segner Exchange, St. Bonifacius. Telephone 153.

100 Years Ago – Oct. 25, 1912
Arrangements have been made for a free public library for the village of Waconia. The state maintains a system of free traveling public libraries for the benefit of the people of the state. In order to make the books easily accessible it has been decided to locate the library at the local drug store.
A youth was fined $5 and costs for speeding an automobile on the streets of the village.
Many Greeks are leaving the Twin Cities for their native land to take part in the war against Turkey. A fund should be raised to pay the transportation of every Greek out of the states. They are no good to this country.
P. H. Schrugg of near here has a large cabbage head. It weighs 22 pounds.
Ernest Meyer, drayman, had a narrow escape when his rig was struck by a Milwaukee train. The wagon was reduced to smithereens. A week ago while watching a blacksmith operate on a piece of red hot iron a hunk of it slipped in his direction, landing on the blank spot of his think pot. He has had a streak of bad luck lately.
The Frank Claesgens building adjoining the Graff barbershop on Main Street and a quantity of other personal property will be sold at public auction in November. F. W. Radde will cry the sale.