11-29-12 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Nov. 28, 2002
Waconia city worker Al Melchert took advantage of a dry, sunny day to install holiday decorations in downtown Waconia this week with co-worker Kelly Wagener.
Jenny Tuttle and Betsy Jacobs, co-chairs of the Richie Wagener Playground Committee welcomed a donation of $10,000 from the Waconia Lions toward the 2003 playground project. John Short presented the check. Five thousand dollars was also donated by the Waconia Fire Department. The playground will be located on property that had once been owned by local resident Richie Wagener, hence the name of the playground.
Katie Braun, Joe Dimler and Kyle Hoen attended the 2002 National FFA convention in Kentucky. Dennis Bjorklund is the Waconia FFA advisor. Dimler placed second in the Regional Vegetable Production. He also received the American FFA Degree which is the highest degree a member can achieve in FFA.
Paul W. Sperduto, M.D., director of radiation oncology at Ridgeview Medical Center and director of stereotactic radio-surgery at Methodist and Fairview Southdale hospitals, was recently honored by two national organizations for excellence in clinical research. He was also honored for his work in brain tumor research.
This holiday season many people will unfortunately received the gift that keeps on giving — heartburn and stomach upset. To help relieve the situation avoid foods high in acidity like cranberry sauce and alcoholic drinks. Move around. Lying down after a meal may trigger heartburn. Take an antacid. Eat in moderation. If you can’t give up mother’s famous pecan pie, then go easy on the ham, or just eat a portion of it.

25 Years Ago – Nov. 26, 1987
Doug Trillabaugh, Jayson Schultz, Terry Foley and Shawn Armstrong all of Waconia who attend a construction class at the Carver-Scott Cooperataive Center in Chaska, are building two warming houses for skating for the City of Waconia.
Margaret Groschen of Waconia was selected “Champion” of United Telephone’s Northern Division staff. She was honored by her co-workers for her willingness to help others.
PATRIOT FORUM: What is your greatest pet peeve about men? “Deer hunting. It takes three weekends to get ready for one weekend of hunting.”-Jennifer Pierson-Cologne. “I have so many. They always think they are the only person you have anything to do for.”-Sharlee Blanshan-Waconia. “They want everything right now. They are very impatient. Preferably they wanted it yesterday.”-Debbie Tobeck-Watertown. “That they always have to appear to be so strong; and they are right about everything. They are reluctant to give women credit for their intelligence.”-Cheryl Maurer-Waconia.
The Waconia Chiefs 1987 volleyball team members were honored: They include: Cris Kolb, Cristiane Barros-Leal, Deana Speak, Lara Loglin, Kristene Johnson, Sara Kunze, Maddy Molnau, Melanie Steinborn, Cynthia Buetow and Vici Moonen.
Mayer – Mayer Lutheran High School football player Mark Friske was named to last week’s Prep Parade All-State Football Team of the Week. He was one of 33 outstanding high school athletes named to the WCCO list.
Chinese and American food are now featured at Keiser’s in Waconia at 36 W. First St. On and off sale liquor are also offered at Keiser’s.

50 Years Ago – Nov. 29, 1962
The Waconia Lions Club is selling Christmas trees to buy bassinets for the nursery at the new Waconia Ridgeview Hospital. The lot will be located between the Coast to Coast Store and Kelzer Hardware on First Street.
The Waconia High School purple and gold cagers will invade Golden Valley on their court on Friday evening. Senior members of the squad are Rick Gramith, Chuck Dueber, Dave Dannewitz, Gerald Bannister, Stan Hasse, John Hartmann and Ozzie Moonen as manager. Junior class members are James Connors, Chuck Geyen, Steven Schletizche, Gary Hegstrom and Ron Ess.
Several locals are students at St. Cloud State College. They include LeRoy Kirsch of Waconia, Dale Karels and Bette Stender of New Germany, Carol Lemke of Cologne and Marjorie Lenz of Mayer.
The Waconia City has acquired new dumping grounds which is located on the southwest corner of the Hubert Kelzer farm west of Waconia. Access to the grounds is gained by taking Third Street, west past the fairgrounds which is County Road No. 32 four miles west, then one mile north. The road will be posted.
St. Bonifacius – Hans Meyer, Sr. and Buddy Segner throughout their spare time have been putting up a plane port for the protection against the winter for the smaller plane. The port is finished with a roof and eventually it may be enclosed.

75 Years Ago – November 25, 1937
The Waconia Girl Scouts formed two troops and three patrols. The patrols are the Poppy, the Cardinal and the Red Rose. The Poppy leaders are Jane Braunwarth and Marilyn Rhea. Doris Wagener and Armella Zeman lead the Cardinals and Lois Philippy and Margaret Wagener lead the Red Rose patrol. The Girl Scouts are repairing old toys for the Shriners hospital in Minneapolis and anyone having old toys please give them to Margery Wollam, Phyllis Godfrey or Lois Philippy.
The first hunter to return to this community with deer was O. J. Kuntz who brought in a buck weighing 100 pounds Saturday afternoon. Mr. Kuntz left here Friday morning. In the evening he stayed at a homesteader’s cabin 25 miles north of Duluth. Saturday morning he spotted a deer on the farm, shot his deer and was in Cloquet for dinner, arriving in Waconia about eight hours after the deer hunting season opened.
The front seat upholstering of William McPadden’s car of New Germany was completely demolished by fire Thursday evening. McPadden’s car was parked in front of the New Conia Theatre and the fire started while Mr. McPadden was attending the show. The local fire department was called and quickly extinguished the blaze.
Last Sunday afternoon Math. Huckenpoehler and son Alfred, Tony Schmidt and John Schmidt were out fox hunting with their fox hounds and shot two foxes. Five dollars is the bounty paid by the county for each fox.

100 Years Ago – Nov. 29, 1912
With the new parcel post farmers can have fresh meat every day and delivered right to their door, too. All they have to do is call up the butcher in town to send a porter house steak or anything else up to 11 pounds and it will be mailed to them the same day.
The new Ford car for William Stahlke has arrived and is already in service. The increase in business necessitated the new machine. The livery equipment may be still further increased by adding another machine next spring.
We regret to report that Waconia has several young hoodlums who disregard law. During the St. Joseph hall bazaar last week entrance was gained to the school rooms with a skeleton key. Ink wells were upset, slates broken and unsightly pictures drawn on the blackboards. The guilty parties are known and will be made to answer for their misconduct. Shame on you!
THE WACONIA BARGAIN STORE: Pins-2 cents, Pants bottoms- 12 dozen in a box-8 cents, Men’s Heavy Fleece Lined Underwear-39 cents. Children’s coats – $2.25.
It pays to cultivate sugar cane. Wm. Allmann who is running a small farm on the east village limits profited $83.80 on an acre of cane. There are a number of other farmers in the county who equal this yield and some are reporting even better results.