By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – Nov. 7, 2002
Mayer – It was a highly successful season for the Mayer Lutheran volleyball team. It finished just one game short of a State Tournament. Steph Young led the LHS from the line in the last game against Concordia Academy. According to Coach Joelle Grimsley the following others who contributed were: Amanda Mackenthun, Christy Stuewe, Tricia Stuewe, Carley Heckmann, Holly Wilson and Vanessa Schwanke.
The children of Don and Ann Worm are hosting an open house for their parents 50th wedding anniversary at St. Joseph’s Parish Center.
Guest speaker Don Shelby of WCCO-TV and radio will address volunteer coaches at a Nov. 15 appreciation dinner held at Lakeside Ballroom in Waconia, being sponsored by District 110 Community Education.
PATRIOT FORUM: What were you for Halloween? “Scream Guy (with a toy knife).” –Sophie Remer-Waverly. “A princess.”-Brianna Remer-Waverly. “The Cat in the Hat.”-Jack Mahon-Waconia. “A witch.”-Luke Brose-Waconia.
Dr. James Lehmann, an internal medicine specialist at Lakeview Clinic, was recently presented with the Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award for his outstanding commitment and skills in the areas of medical leadership and patient care.
The first snowfall of the season came on Tuesday. It was just an inch of snow, but enough to slow drivers down and a reminder to give snowplows some room.
25 Years Ago – Nov. 5, 1987
In the largest voter turnout in recent years, Larry Bodahl was elected mayor of Waconia. Reelected was Ward 1 Council member Mike Zender. Elected in Ward 2 close races were Kevin VanEyll and John Findley.
St. Bonifacius – Dusty Gesinger, son of Doug and Boni Gesinger, was dressed as Dracula at the Halloween party sponsored by the St. Boni American Legion.
Cologne – For the third consecutive year, St. Bernard’s Catholic School sixth grade students have had the honor of placing first at the state level of the conservation poster contest with their mural entry. Winning artists include: Judy Glander, Scott Buesgens, Nancy Hoen, Billy Hoen, Adam Glander, Larry Walter, Brian Fritz, Sara Heger, Sherry Richter and Paul Schneider.
A Waconia athlete set a record in the final game of the 1987 Waconia High School football season. Dave Kuntz kicked a 29-yard field goal to give the Chiefs 16 points against Orono. Waconia did not win, but it set a record for Kuntz.
Members of the 1987-88 Luther College Nordic Choir have been announced and they include Beth Larson, a soprano from Waconia.
Mayer – The Mayer-New Germany Sportsman Club hosted an evening for the firearms training graduates. This year the instructors were Stan and Sandy Heldt, Curtis Heldt, Douglas Ernst, Eugene Grimm and Glenn Laudenslager.
50 Years Ago – Nov. 8, 1962
Three Minnesota Twins players will be in Waconia on Monday. The Waconia Chamber of Commerce and the Waconia Lions Club will present Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalies and Lennie Green at a special banquet at the high school. A special movie showing the Twins in action will follow a short talk and answer period by the three first line players. Tickets may be obtained at The Waconia Patriot, Yetzer’s Furniture, The Ford Garage, Hartmann’s Bar, George’s Bar and the North Star Bar.
Elmer Wagener has taken over the half interest of his partner, Wilmer Falk, in the ownership of the Paradise Ballroom at Waconia.
After 30 years of successful and enjoyable business in Waconia, the Tester Drug Store, owned and operated by Leslie Tester, has been sold to Robert A. Matson, a registered pharmacist from Mora, Minn.
Waconia High School will present the Broadway production “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” Barry Maxon is the director. The cast includes: Mrs. Stanley played by Mary Hartmann, Miss Preen played by Ruth Canada, Richard Stanley played by John Hartmann, June Stanley played by Mary Scheuble, Wescott played by Vern Zeman and the Plainclothes Man played by Dave Falk.
The annual trek northward to the Waconia Hunt Club starts Friday morning. The mighty hunters, who expect to play havoc with the deer, moose, porcupine and polecats, will leave for “Pine Knot Camp” at Hartley Lake north of Bovey. Before this article gets too confusing may we point out that it was written by Ed. Sweeney in 1909 — 53 years ago. Twenty-six deer were shot by the 15 members that year. This year, 1962, the Waconia Hunt Club will be camped near Williams Oak Camp. Twenty two members will make up the group. The advance guard has been getting the camp in shape this past week.
75 Years Ago – Nov. 4, 1937
Ed. L. Yetzer, present alderman in the Second Ward, was elected Mayor of Waconia City with a majority of 18 votes, receiving 298 votes in the two wards. Friends of present mayor Mrs. Louise M. Butke, who had not filed for re-election, used stickers and she received 280 votes.
The Waconia Athletic Club will sponsor an amateur show that will produce a galaxy of talent and entertainment. The committee composed of Wm. Graff, Ray Weinzierl and Al Vojtisek request all those with various talents to take part. Cash prizes for first, second and third places will be awarded.
Fred Fahse last week became the owner of William Allmann’s half interest in the Manteuffel-Allmann liquor store. Mr. Allmann will devote his time to his small farm in the east end of town.
Cologne – Peter Moonen called on friends at Waconia on Saturday.
St. Bonifacius – Jake A. Boll while driving near the Frank Gregory farm near Chaska, hit a fox Friday evening. The fox is still alive and can be seen at the St. Boni Tavern in the Hamm building. Jake will be starting a zoo if he keeps it up.
Bongards – The pupils of Dist. 58 gave a Halloween party at school last Friday. Games were played and everyone sang. Quite a number of ladies also attended. Miss Sandberg of West Union is teacher and had a well prepared program.
100 Years Ago – Nov. 8, 1912
The election this year was a very quiet one in as much as the county politics was concerned. In state affairs the Republicans came out ahead. Governor Eberhardt defeated his opponents by the vast majority of 40,000. The entire Republican state ticket was elected. Governor Woodrow Wilson was elected president by an overwhelming majority. He received 400 electoral votes, Roosevelt 157 and Taft 17. For president, in Waconia village, Wilson led with 57 votes. In Waconia Township Roosevelt led with 54 votes.
HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE: While Frank Kreml and Joe Smetana were eating dinner at Hopkins, a brother of Kreml came in to borrow his shot gun. As he took it from the hook on the wall it was accidently discharged, the shot narrowly missing the two men at the table and tearing a big hole in the wall. While sleeping on a pile of straw in the livery barn at Winthrop J. A. Barst was stepped on by a horse which was running loose in the barn. He jumped up to scare the horse away, the horse resenting this kicked him in the forehead inflicting a deep gash. All this agitation about eliminating the word “obey” from the marriage service will be a great surprise to many women who never knew it was in there.