11-22-12 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Nov. 21, 2002
New signals will be installed this year at the intersection of Highway 5 and County Road 32 just beyond the new showroom of Waconia Dodge.
Groundbreaking for the new City Hall and senior housing complex, to be located on what is now Second Street between Maple and Vine, was held Wednesday morning. Local dignitaries on hand for the occasion were: Mayor Don Johnson, City Council members Mark Schiffman, Cindy Stevens, June Hilgers, Dan Steinhagen and Planning Commission and HRA members Sally Scrimgeour and Charles Erickson.
PATRIOT FORUM: What is your favorite rock group? “Sublime,”-Birgette Rifley-Waconia. “Linkin Park,” Kelly Munson-Waconia. “Blink 182.”-Kate Munson-Waconia. “Linkin Park.”-Brett Munson-Waconia.
Congratulations John Roebke! Voted “super CPA” 2 years in a row. Only 4 percent of CPA’s in Minnesota receive this honor of “Super CPA”
Longtime assistant Waconia High School wrestling coach Kelly Wagener will take the place of Mark Elsenpeter as head coach.
The Waconia Wildcats girls basketball captains this season will be Emily VanKirk and Lindsey Lano. The girls basketball coach will be Tom Doyscher.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! From the Cutting Edge Concept Salon -241 1st St. W. Waconia. Krissy, Lori, Wanda, June, Leah, and Amy.

25 Years Ago – Nov. 19, 1987
Cologne – Peter and Darilyn Larson came home from church on Sunday Oct. 25 to find their home on Juliet Road in Dahlgren Township in flames. Neighbor Harry Hartung, Jr. discovered the fire and was trying to douse the flames. The fire department had not yet arrived. A benefit breakfast brunch will be given for the family on Sunday, Dec. 6 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia.
New Germany – Keith and Dennis Brelje have been cast in the Buffalo Creek Playhouse Christmas production of Scrooge (A Christmas Carol). Keith will play the part of Marley. Dennis has been cast as the first gentleman and will also be among the carolers and townspeople in the musical.
Did you know that the lowest vehicle volume in Carver County is on County Road 153 southwest of Cologne, with 60 automobiles passing over it in a day’s time. The average traffic volume on roads in the county is 1,000 vehicles per day, according to Roger Gustafson, Carver County highway engineer and public works director.
PATRIOT FORUM: What is your greatest pet peeve about women? “Most of them I know are two-faced.”-Eric Strong-Waconia. “My only pet peeve concerns women as a group. It is the fact that they have raised some of their own, like their daughters, to be subservient class citizens rather than equals with men.”-Scott Linedmann-Waconia. “Women were created equal. What the heck. I have no complaint.”-Merlin Gatz-Waconia. “They’re materialistic, never satisfied, never know what they want; and always complain about the toilet seat being up.”-Tom Alton-Scottsdale, Ariz. (formerly of Waconia).

50 Years Ago – Nov. 22, 1962
The new officers for the 1963 year, for the Carver County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America were elected. Lowell Stahlke was elected president and Henry Trittabaaugh of New Germany was elected vice president. John Burns was re-elected secretary-treasurer.
Miss Nichele O’Day is currently student teaching in the home economics department at Waconia High School. She is teaching under the supervision of Mrs. Jean Engelmann.
Cologne – The Dahl-Ton Homemakers Group met at the home of Carrie Sauter.
St. Bonifacius –Mr. David Carlin, who for years worked for Edward C. Gale, first as a builder and many years later to be farm manager, was taken for the first time in his life to a hospital at the age of 82. He was suffering from a foot infection. After two weeks of treatment he is feeling fine.
BOWLING- The Men’s “A” League Team of the Week: Will Plocher, Lee Ostlie, Orle Lentz, Ed. Nord and Ray Femlee.
Mayer – The 500 Club met at the home of Mrs. Curtis Honebrink. High score was held by Mrs. Loren Sploettstoeszer and second high by Mrs. Wm. Hein.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Weinzierl announce the engagement of two of their daughters: Barbara Theresa is engaged to Donald Wagener. Frances Susan is engaged to Merlin Packhurst of Seattle, Wash. Barbara and Donald’s wedding is Dec. 29. Frances and Merlin’s will be in June.

75 Years Ago – Nov. 18, 1937
Mrs. Elizabeth Graff, Sr. celebrated her 90th birthday with relatives and friends. She was born in Branken, Westphalen Burn, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dominicus Wagener. At the age of eight she came to Waconia with her parents and lived on a farm which is now owned by John Wagener. Later she married Wm. Graff. She is the mother of seven children: Frank, German, Edward, August, Albert and Louis and Julia.
Councilmen from many of the towns in Carver County met at the city hall. Sheriff Trende recently issued an edict banning “Pin Ball” machines and “Paces the Races” machines effective Nov. 15 and in most places the machines were removed Monday morning.
Walter Luebke, of south of Waconia, had the unusual experience of running down a fox Tuesday evening. Mr. Luebke was driving to his home near here from Victoria. The fox came out of the marsh near Lake Auburn where the St. Bonifacius –Victoria road connects with Trunk Highway No. 5.
THANKSGIVING SPECIALS: Red and White Store: P.G. Wemeier, Prop. Cranberry Sauce-18 cents, Oats(large package) -15 cents, Carrots, Diced -2 cans at 21 cents, Spry – 3 pounds at 59 cents.
Get the Atlantic Monthly for the next 5 months for $1.00. Send $1.00 to 8 Arlington St., Boston.

100 Years Ago – Nov. 22, 1912
There will be English services in the council chambers in the city hall next Sunday afternoon at 2:30 with Rev. Heidenreich in charge.
Burglars Sunday evening about nine o’clock broke into the farm home of John Aretz, three miles south of here, while the family was on a visit to the neighbors. The house was ransacked but all the thieves secured was about $5 in cash. There is no clue to the guilty parties, but it is thought that it was someone who was familiar with the premises. It is also surmised that the thieves were in search of a check which Mr. Aretz had received for a shipment of sugar beets only a few days before.