12-27-12 Down Memory Lane

10 Years Ago – Dec. 26, 2002
A home on Courtland Road East in Waconia was decked out with Peanut’s figurines for the holiday season.
Dennis Westlund broke the 1995 Waconia High School record in wins in wrestling. He now has 138 career wins. Before then, Jeff Ziermann held the record with 137 wins.
PATRIOT FORUM: What new thing would you like to learn in 2003? “Italian”, Marissa Keidel-Victoria. “Spanish”, Caylee Albright-Waconia. “Sign language”, Kristine Rademacher-Waconia. “French”, Brianna Tvedt-Waconia.
Ben Champion, 22 was born in Waconia and lived here a short time. He was named a Rhodes Scholar. His mother, formerly Paula Hartmann, grew up in Waconia.
Home sales have reached record levels in the Twin Cities area. The November median sale price for a home was $190,000, up 10.8 percent from November 2001.
Cologne – A preliminary plat plan for Benton Fields developed by Kevin Buesgens was approved by the city council.
The Waconia girls’ basketball team beat Glencoe 45-42. Leading scorers were: Tevis, Williams, E. VanKirk, J. VanKirk, Buesgens, Brandenburg, Lano and Honebrink.

25 Years Ago – December 24, 1987
PAUL BROWN’S PONTIAC-GMC TRUCK, INC.; 1988 Pontiac Bonneville Le Sedan –Sale Price- $14,700. 1988 Pontiac LeMans Aero Coupe-Sale Price-$7,400.
Homes along Highway 284, just south of Highway 5 are now officially part of the city of Waconia. The city also filed its intent to annex Waconia Township property on Lake Waconia west of the Lakeview Terrance area.
New Germany – Lisa Hamann, daughter of Dale and Karen Hamann, has been accepted for admission into Mankato State University in the fall of 1988.
Kelly Heagle, a 1985 graduate of Waconia High School and now a student at St. Thomas College and a member of the Litergical Choir of the colleges of St. Thomas and St. Catherine, will be singing before the Pope in Rome on Christmas.
American Family Insurance Group recently honored Waconia Agent Jerry Eveslage as its 1987 All Star Agent in its four-state northwest region. Jerry and Jane Eveslage began their Waconia agency in 1968.
Mark Matthias, a third year medical student at the University of Minnesota will spend the next year working with Dr. Scott Ellingson at the Lakeview Clinic in Waconia.
Five local students at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis graduated. They include Jon Russell, Michael Borka, Mia Waldera, Gregory Hasse, all of Waconia, and Ruth Klemp of Mayer.
St. Joseph Catholic School students held a Christmas concert with a living nativity scence. Anne Loxtercamp played the part of Mary and Mike Bailey was Joseph. Angels included Angela Loscheider, Lori Wirtz, Angela Schuler, Amber Wolfe and Mai Niesen.

50 Years Ago – Dec. 27, 1962
Eleven youths were admitted to the Waconia Community Hospital Sunday afternoon for treatment and observation following a crash at the intersection of Orange and Second Street in Waconia. Mary Erhard of Waconia and Robert Ruehling a youth from Belle Plaine were the drivers of the two cars involved. Riding with Mary were Mary Hartmann, Janet Remus and Sandra Giesen, all of Waconia. The youth from Belle Plaine had six passengers. Cause of the accident was a failure to stop at a stop sign on the part of the Belle Plaine youth.
The Daughters of Isabella, Holy Family Circle held their annual Christmas Party. Mary Paal, past regent gave the welcome and was emcee of the program. Rose Ann Kelzer presented the newly elected regent, Gladys Baert.
The top four prizes for the Christmas Lighting Contest in Waconia went to the homes of John Scheulble, Gordon Felt, Carl Rettenmeyer and Wm. Wildermuth. Honorable Mention went to the homes of Orville Dueffert, Roy Hasse, Herbert Seltz, Wilfren Wentz, Alfred Harms and Albert Schwichtenberg.
St. Bonifacious – Thomas Kerber, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Kerber, sang with the St. John’s University Men’ Choir at the White House for the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

75 Years Ago – Dec. 23, 1937
The Waconia Girl Scouts sang Christmas carols in front of 62 homes on Tuesday evening. Donations of fruit, candy, cookies and money were received. All of the donations will go to the Sisters of Christian Charity in Waconia and to the Moravian Old People’s Home at Lake Auburn.
There will be 87 miles of rural electric lines installed covering mostly the eastern part of Carver County and Laketown Township. The REA office in Washington allocated $100,000 for Carver County.
Arlo Haaering, Waconia attorney, will be the principal speaker at a meeting of the Lakeside Farmer’ Club. Elwell Borberg will conduct a Spell Down. Ida Mae Lundstrom will give the local news and Ralph and Carl Peltz will play instrumental numbers.
The Waconia quintet basketball players beat Watertown 22-9. Patty O’Reilly and Helen Braunwarth were the yell leaders.
Cologne – Santa Claus Day was a success. Hundreds of children met him at the railroad tracks. The bearded fellow and the children then proceeded up Main Street to where 500 bags of goodies were handed out with the assistance of Ben Hesse, E. H. Lins and Wm. Willems.

100 Years Ago – Dec. 27, 1912
A beautifully decorated tree was a feature at the school house in District No. 18 Monday evening. A program of dialogues, dear old Santa and Christmas parcels distributed among the scholars ended a pleasant evening. Miss Mary Burfield is the teacher. The program was slightly marred by the igniting of a few branches of the tree.
A silver gray fox was sighted near here. A party of hunters made an attempt to kill the animal. The fur of this animal is worth from $1,000 to $1,200.
A number of fish houses have been erected on the lake. Fishermen are also locating crappie beds.
In our town these days we see faces that are strangers to us, faces that are familiar in our town. Generally these strangers are heavy buyers, and return homeward well satisfied with the results of their long trip. It proves that we have the finest business men and should be the source of their keenest pride and gratification. If it were not so, why then all these strange faces in town these days? Business progression these days is activity, expansion and advertising in the Partriot.
Fred Gahlke, residing on the north shore of the lake had a time with his auto in town Sunday afternoon. The animator positively refused despite the vigorous application of the crank and other instruments of torture.
New postal laws go into effect Jan. 1, 1913. The first pound of rural and city delivery will cost five cents. Eleven pounds will cost 15 cents. Mail weighing a pound and going more than 1,800 miles will be 12 cents. For eleven pounds it will cost $1.32.
The weather is decidedly appropriate for the holiday season. Sleighing is excellent and the weather is not too cold.