1-17-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Jan. 16, 2003
Fishermen on Lake Waconia worked feverishly Wednesday morning to keep fish houses from sinking due to warm weather and strong winds. As many as 20 houses had become partially submerged in water.
By the end of the month the city plans to activate a second treatment plant that will increase water output. Well No. 2 will be located behind the fire station.
PATRIOT FORUM: What do you think of this year’s winter weather? “I think it’s bad because I like snowmobiling.”-Nicole Eischens-Waconia. “Horrible. It it’s going to be cold, there’d better be snow.”-Amanda Pederson-St. Boni. “I think it’s horrible. It’s not winter without snow.”-Amanda Sullivan-Waconia. “I guess it’s good for some people but it doesn’t seem normal without snow.”-Samantha Pudelski-St. Boni.
Susan Johnson, Marketing Director at First National Bank, presented Mary Farlow of Waconia with a winning $500 shopping spree certificate in a holiday sweepstakes contest. Each time Mary used her VISA CheckCard during the months of November and December, her name was entered into the Sweepstakes drawing.
Victoria – State Representative Paul Kohls (R) officially joined the Minnesota House of Representatives last week during a swearing in ceremony at the Capitol.
Mark and Kristine (Hoese) Friske of Waconia are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Brooke Ann. She is welcomed home by big brother Graham.
New Germany – Pam Sondergard, daughter of Mick and Sue Sondergard, won the All-American Horse Congress Amateur Barrel Race in Columbus, Ohio, out of approximately 200 entrants. She also won the Senior Reserve World Champion in Oklahoma. She rode her mom’s horse, Cody Lea Coaltown.

25 Years Ago – Jan. 14, 1988
As the temperatures drop the car-starting business soars. Roger and Don Litfin at Colony Plaza know what it is like to go out in the cold. “It is not unusual to have 35 calls during a 24-hour period,” according to the men. This year the trouble shooters have seen many fuel-injected cars having problems. “And some people pump their cars too often and use too heavy an oil.”
“America’s Liberty Our Heritage” was the theme for this year’s Voice of Democracy speech writing contest sponsored by the Waconia VFW and Auxiliary for high school students. Those involved in this year’s contest include first place winner, Julie Siegle, second place winner, Allen Carlson and third place winner, Kim Scheuble. The students teacher from Waconia High School is Steve Hullander. The speeches were 3-5 minutes long. The students will compete at the district level.
Baseball & Baby Booties are mixing at the Pexa household. Kendra Ann joined the starting lineup Friday, Jan. 8, 1988. Proud parents are Craig and Kristi Pexa of Waconia. CONGRATS!
Waconia High School’s head football coach has resigned. Kim Benson, appointed to the position two years ago when veteran Ken McDonald resigned, will not coach next fall. Athletic Director Wayne Mortensen made the announcement that Benson wishes to spend more time with family, involvement with the cable television program and his teaching assignments.
The local Knights of Columbus sponsored annual free throw basketball contest for youngsters was held. Local winners include: Cindy Hagel, Gary Klein, Shelly Howe, Matt Gongall, and Layton Schlueter.

50 Years Ago – Jan. 17, 1963
St. Bonifacius- Dr. Clark Ohnesorge will open an office for the practice of Optometry this Friday afternoon in the Thurk Bros. building on Main Street.
The Waconia High School Drama Guild will stage a show at Southview Elementary School. The Production is entitiled, “Twelve Angry Women.” And will be performed arena style or theatre in the round. Among those in the cast are: Patricia Vit, Barbara Northrup, Caily Tank and Charleen Wessbecker. The play will run for five nights beginning Jan. 28.
Luverne Gramith, Waconia High School librarian, received a copy of “Young Men Can Change the World” from Jaycee Vice President Don Supple. The book explains Jayceeism and is now in circulation at the high school and public libraries.
Matson Drug Store, formerly Tester Drug, is conducting a gigantic two day Grand Opening. The door prize will be a deluxe Universal Coffeemataic valued at $29.95. There will be free cigars to the first 50 men each day. Free balloons and free ice cream squeezies for the kids. Register for 10 beautiful grand prizes!
Lorraine’s Beauty Shop-332 W. 3rd St. Waconia WH5-4113. This week’s permanent wave special -$7.50, includes hair cut, shampoo and set.
Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Noeldner returned from their honeymoon in Florida and are now living in rural Cologne. They were married Dec. 8.

75 Years Ago – Jan. 13, 1938
George Weinzierl will deliver an interesting talk at the Waconia High School for the students this Friday morning. Mr. Weinzierl will describe his experiences in Alaska during the Klondyke Gold Rush.
Officers for the ensuing year of the Senior Young People’s Society at the Trinity Lutheran School are: Theodore Schneider, Claris Radde, Dorothy Wisneski, Marvin Hilk and Marvin Mackenthun.
Henry Simons Lumber Co. C. L. Totman, Mgr.: Two best values today are Energy Briquets and Blue Ribbon Coal. More heat per dollar.
Two wide staring eyes gazed out from the darkened depths of Rudolph Hassler’s mail box when Heinie Pederson, substitute mail carrier, deposited the morning mail. “Holy Smoke! ejaculated the startled mailman, as he hastily slammed the door of the mail box shut. He opened it again, gingerly peeked in and through a crack saw the body of a screech owl. Heinie chuckled as he left the mail in the custody of the owl, thinking of the surprise of the owner, Mr. Hassller, when he put his hand in the box expecting a letter from Santa Claus.
A.A. Hahn put a dozen watermelons in his cellar in the fall and found that they kept perfectly. To have homegrown watermelons in January, the trick is not to take the melon from the vine until it is wholly ripe.

100 Years Ago – Jan. 17, 1913
The thaw of yesterday did considerable damage to the roads and if snow does not soon fall farmers will have to rig up their wagons again.
It is against the law to send booze by parcel post, as postmen have all the temptations they can withstand now.
Having lived for years in the woods with her husband, a civil war veteran, southwest of here, without having been to town during that time, is the record of Mrs. Peter Yantz, 80 years old. Mr. Yantz, in the past, has maintained their home on this pension from the government and by fishing. The old couple stated that they would not leave their rustic log cabin home in the woods, and intended to remain there for the re-mainder of their days. Mrs. Yantz has never traveled by locomotive and has never seen a telephone.