1-3-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Jan. 2, 2003
New home construction for 2002 kept rolling along despite a sluggish economy nationwide. All totaled, the city of Waconia issued 181 residential building permits for the year. Of those, 126 were single family houses while the other 55 were for townhomes.
PATRIOT FORUM: Why was 2002 good for you? “I went to Chicago.”-Brooke Weinzierl-Waconia. “I played multiplication games. I like them.”-Lauren Diadrich-Waconia. “I had a great 2nd grade teacher. Ms. Mathistad.”-Danny Drill-Mellum-Waconia. “I had a great teacher in Green Bay.”-Timothy Vue-St. Boni.
Victoria – Mel and Sharon Hazelwood recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a quiet dinner. Congratulations and love from your family!
Cologne – Kim Bartz of the Pleasant Valley 4-H Club attended the National 4-H Convention in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 29-Dec. 3.
Waconia High School girls’ basketball player Mallory Tevis scored 13 points in a game against Benilde-St. Margaret. The Wildcats squeaked by Benilde 47-46.
Joe Wickenhauser, Jr. was honored as Carver County’s Outstanding Conservationlist for 2002.
Mike and Michelle Bartholow are proud to announce the birth of their son Nathan Micheal. Grandparents are Jim and Shirley Pary of Ham Lake and Dick and Diane Bartholow of Waconia.

25 Years Ago – Dec. 31, 1987
Joe Streeter, Brent Coulson, Jake Streeter and Jeremy Tholen were seen playing a friendly game of hockey on the new skating rink at Fountain Park in Waconia. Emily Streeter skated between the puck and hockey sticks, playing games of her own.
Speeding is a problem on Lake Street in Waconia. Local residents, Debbie Peterson, Dan Roth and Greg Proulx voiced their complaints at a recent city council meeting. The Planning Commission will consider stop signs at some intersections.
NEIGHBORS: Chuck, Jerry and Jim Logelin-St. Bonifacius. Together they have served 92 years on the St. Bonifacious Fire Department. They followed the example of their father Alex, now deceased who served 35 years. Jerry and Jim have served 32 years and Chuck served 28.
The Waconia Baptist Church has begun work on a new addition to its building along Highway 5 east of Waconia.
Former Waconian Deborah Kopp has her sights set on the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. She will appear at the Olympic trials to be broadcast on ESPN in July.
Waconia University of Minnesota women’s Gopher volleyball player Rochele Goetz is closing her career. She was a senior co-captain. Minnesota Daily named Goetz as the Gopher’s women’s “Athlete of the Week in October. “She had a great season and can be real pleased with her four years at Minnesota,” said her coach Stephanie Schleuder.

50 Years Ago – Jan. 3, 1963
St. Bonifacius – Jerry and Joy Vanderlinde twins of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Vanderline were recently honored with a party. Jerry and Joy were one year old. The party was attended by their sponsors, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Willems and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Willems. Also present were their grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Henry Willems.
Former Waconian James Mock, now residing in California, a pilot for TWA, just completed an assignment as pilot for the Bob Hope annual Christmas tour. Included in the cast of the show were, in addition to Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Anita Bryant, Janis Paige, Jerry Collona, Peter Leeds and Les Brown and his band.
Cologne – Fred Bartel’s display of Christmas Lighting was judged the best of the displays in the Village of Cologne this season. Second place was won by Franics Klein and third place winner was Mrs. Hubert Bongard.
The Twin Twisters have been secured to furnish the music for a teenage dance at the Paradise Ballroom on Sunday. Dancing will be form 8:P.M. to 11:15 P.M. The Paradise have also scheduled a Polka Festival the following Sunday. Three bands will play. They are Elmer Scheid and his Hoolrie Band, Ivan Kahle and his Orchestra and Tony Wolff and the Dutchmeisters.
Edward Schneider was appointed as the new Alderman in the First Ward of Waconia. He is replacing John Klatt who is resigning for personal reasons.

75 Years Ago – Dec. 30, 1937
A Christmas program was held at St. Joseph Catholic School. Delores and Margaret Wagener sang a duet. John Allmann was Baby Jesus. Arthur Wagener gave a trumpet solo. A skit entitled “The First Ride” was given by Dwayne Heinen, Donald Schlechter, Charles Stacken, Germaine Sicheneder and Clarence Schmidt. Santa appeared and distributed toys, candy, nuts and fruits.
SAFETYGRAMS: Why not make a good New Year’s resolution for 1938 and live up to it? Here are just a few suggestions. I will be a safe pedestrian. I will be a safe driver by exercising care and by protecting the rights of others. I will not take foolish chances. I will help others to drive and walk safely.
Arthur Hilk had his tonsils removed on Tuesday.
Guests numbering 10 were entertained at a four o’clock Christmas dinner by Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Lobitz.
We are offering our complete line of Ladies winter coats formerly $10.75 to $15.00 at only $7.99 also girls coats for only $5.99. Mock’s.
Christmas Eve while two families were attending church services, their farms were raided by wheat thieves. The loss is said to be about 12 sacks of wheat. Sheriff Trende was called, and on Monday was working on several clues.

100 Years Ago – Jan. 13, 1913
People are blamed curious creatures. When attending a public entertainment they all make a rush for the front seats, but when those same folks attend church the rush is right the reverse, everybody crowding into back seats until the empty pews are all between them and the preacher. It looks as if they are afraid to get salvation right off the bat, but would rather get it on the first and second bound.
Men are strange creatures. They will spend an hour hunting a collar button instead of having an extra supply and letting their wife find the missing one. You never see a woman look for a pin she drops. Her husband finds it when he walks around in his bare feet.
That Waconia is making rapid strides toward a metropolitan city is again being exemplified by the organization of a symphony orchestra. Frank Wessale, a violinist of no small caliber, is backing the new orchestra with his talent. Rehearsals will commence some time next week. As far as we have been able to learn there will be 15 pieces in the organization and probably more as there is considerable musical timber available right here in the village.
Trying to do business without advertising is like winking at a pretty girl through a pair of green goggles. You may know what you are doing, but nobody else does.
About fifty lovers of the great German card game, Skat, assembled Thursday evening at the Louis Lenz buffet, A Voitjecek received the first prize of $5.00. A. Klatt won a bottle of Bourbon and Chas. Fahse won a bottle of wine.
Geo Goldschmidt and Henry Plocher, proprietors of the City Hall Annex, have purchased three teams and as many cutters and will branch out in the livery business, thus giving Waconia two liveries. A new auto may by added in the spring.