By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – Nov. 14, 2002
The former grocery store located off Second Street on the west side of Olive Street, was reduced to rubble last week. A new City Hall/senior housing project will be located there. Also scheduled for demolition will be the former Laundryland Laundromat across the street and the Car-Co Auto Parts Store, also located across the street. A former car dealership was demolished last week. Work on the new project will begin this year.
After 15 years of coaching Waconia High School boys basketball Doug Sayles has retired from that position. The new head coach will be Pat Hayes.
Waconia High School football players Mike Groschen, Andrew Fredricksen and Micah Young earned All-Conference recognition. Dennis Westlund, Dan Philp, Justin Reitsma and Jim Berg earned Honorable Mention Awards. Reilly School was named Best Defense. Joe Hiben was chosen the Most Improved Wildcat player. David Wabbe earned the Mr. Hustle honor.
An open house the 50th wedding anniversary of Harold and Mabel Trende will be held at the American Legion in Waconia.
Cologne – The 5th through 8th grader students of Zion Lutheran School will present the musical “Fussin’ ‘n’ Feudin.”
25 Years Ago – Nov. 12, 1987
“Li’l Abner will be this fall’s musical at Waconia High School. Mark LaValle will play Li’l Abner and Kristina Veff will portray Daisy Mae.
Mayer – “Oklahoma” will be presented on the stage at the Lutheran High School. Starring in this production is: Dale Sprengeler as Curly and Geniece Klemz as Laurey.
Waconia has taken the first steps to annex two areas of Waconia Township. Residents in an area west of Highway 284 and residents along Lake Waconia north of County Road 10 have requested that their land be annexed to the city so they can hook up to city sanitary sewer.
Waconia author Jim Gilbert wrote a new book on Minnesota’s natural history. His new book is entitled, “Through Minnesota’s Seasons with Jim Gilbert.”
The new Pontiac-GMC Truck, Inc. dealer in Waconia is Paul Brown. He purchased the dealership at 208 Olive from Norbert Kaufhold and Neumann. He has changed the name from Lindner Motors to Paul Brown’s Pontiac-GMC Truck, Inc.
Lloyd Jerpbak of Excelsior is the new president and chief executive officer at Waconia State Bank, Waconia.
The St. Paul Bible College located between Waconia and St. Bonifacius has a current enrollment of 552 students. Students are from 28 states and two foreign countries. St. Paul Bible College focuses on educating men and women for church-related ministries.
Doug Miller a 1979 graduate of Waconia High School and Chris Grote, a 1982 graduate of Waconia High School can be seen on television as a newscaster and weatherman. Miller is a weekend newscaster for KTTC-TV in Rochester, an affiliate of NBC. Grote is a meteorologist for KETV channel 7 in Omaha, Neb.
50 Years Ago – Nov. 15, 1962
The second graders of Southview Elementary School in Waconia were honored to have Steve Gramith tell them about the life of a cowboy. He showed them branding symbols and gave an interesting explanation of ranch life. Steve is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Gramith and is a student in ranch management at the University of South Dakota at Brookings.
A new First National Bank will be built in Waconia. The bank purchased the home of Mrs. Ottlia Scharmer, the Clarence Braunwarth home and the former Philippy home which was owned by Erwin Elling and occupied two families. The new bank building will face north and the present bank will be torn down. Drive-in bank facilities and night depository will be provided. The basement will be arranged for Attorneys William Glaeser and Paul Melchert and doctors.
The Social Studies Department of the Waconia High School welcomes the opportunity to present the field of social studies to the people of the area. The story of the United States is presented to students at the seventh grade level by Don Ficks. Don also teaches eighth grade geography. Ninth grade social studies is taught by John Peterson. Nick Johnson teaches United States history in grade ten. Pat Waldner presents world history in grades eleven and twelve.
Dave Dannewitz was selected by his teammates as the most valuable player on the 1962 Chiefs football team. He received his award at the dinner.
Cologne – Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Engelen went to their cottage near Brainerd where they are hosts to family members who hunt deer. Henry Leikam, Jr. and Harold Kuntz of Waconia, spent the weekend on a hunting trip to the Aitkin area.
75 Years Ago – Nov. 11, 1937
A tree planting ceremony will take place Armistice Day at the Waconia Public School grounds. The Waconia Parent-Teacher Association was organized in 1928 and the tree to be planted will be in honor of the Parent-Teacher Association’s first president, Mrs. Walter P. Kusserow.
The new barber code for Carver County barbers is effective on Monday. The maximum barber shop hours are: Barber shops shall not be open before 8 a.m., nor close later than 6 p.m., except on Saturdays and days before holidays when barber shops shall close at 10 p.m. It is further provided that barber shops in municipalities of less than 1500 may stay open for business Wednesday to 9 p.m. According to this barbershops may stay open on Wednesday evenings in all towns in Carver County, except Chaska. Adult haircut prices 50 cents, children’s haircuts 40 cents, shaves 25 cents, lady’s neck clip 25 cents, plain shampoo 50 cents, tonic shampoo 75 cents, razor honing 50 cents. There will be no service rendered for less than 25 cents. A charge of 25 cents must, also, be made for oil or tonic regardless of quantity used.
The Waconia High School agriculture class and their instructor, Mr. Schreiber made a trip to South St. Paul yesterday.
100 Years Ago – Nov. 15, 1912
This week we take the pleasure of writing up the wedding of Miss Julia Kucera, the oldest daughter of our friend and fellow citizen, Joseph Kucera, a prominent farmer south of here. She became the bride of Joseph G. Picha, a sturdy young farmer near Hopkins. The happy event took place at the Zoar Moravian Church on Wednesday.
The public was royally entertained at the city hall Monday evening by the Twin City Jubilee Singers. Their entertainment consisted of singing, musical renditions, vaudeville and clever imitations. It is not often that a show of such merit comes to Waconia and the large crowd that turned out Monday evening certainly received their money’s worth.
St. Bonifacius – Alois Segner and Math. Ebert left Saturday last for the northern woods where they will get after the big game. As usual they expect to bring home the limit.
A “Schaffskopf” tournament was held at the home of John Heinen Sunday evening. Aug. Mueller landed high score.
Geo. Fick, the road boss in Laketown, and a crew of men are busy repairing the road near the Thun farm. They are widening the road at this point which formerly was very narrow.