2-14-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Feb. 13, 2003
The Waconia Hockey Association is hoping the District 110 School Board will approve hockey as a varsity sport.
The creek that connects Lake Waconia and Burandt’s Lake is ice-free this winter thanks to high water from late fall. A pair of ducks have even remained on the creek for the winter.
Current weather conditions combined with wet, heavy snowfall have increased the risk of natural gas meters becoming clogged with ice and snow, Xcel officials warn. Keeping the meters clear may save your life.
The Waconia High School Show Choir captured grand champion honors for the second weekend in a row, this time at LaCrosse, Wis.
Iowa State University has announced the names of students named to the dean’s list. Among local students are Andrew Gustafson, Bret Plocher, Daniel Schnobrich and Jenny Schnobrich.
The Waconia Wildcat wrestlers beat Glencoe-Silver Lake to end the conference season. Jared Duke dug the pit for a major decision at 140, “which was a good mat for him against a good kid,” commented coach Kelly Wagener. Andrew Fredericksen pulled off a 9-8 decision at 171.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office last week reported that a significant burglary and theft occurred at the new Mackenthun’s construction site on Highway 5. Several items were stolen, including a 1993 Ford F250 truck, blue in color with Matuska Electric Company logos on the doors.
Cologne – The Cologne Winter Carnival will be held on Feb. 16 at St. Bernard School. A turkey dinner will be served. Several handmade quilts will be offered for sale and chance. Bingo, raffle and country store items will be available.
Gretchen Wagener, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garry Wagener, received a bachelor of science degree from Bradley University.

25 Years Ago – Feb. 11, 1988
Ivette Fox, an exchange student from Peru, is staying with the Tom and Val Plihal family east of Waconia.
Mayer – Oswald “Ozzie” Hoese died. He was well known in Mayer. He grew up on a farm north of Mayer. He worked for the Mayer Co-op Creamery and Maple Creamery, where he learned buttermaking. He was named postmaster of Mayer. He was among founders of the Mayer Lutheran High School.
Last week’s cold didn’t stop the mail from being delivered in Waconia. Carrier Norvel Leistiko made his rounds dressed for sub-zero weather.
Four Waconia schools competed in the district spelling bee. Lisa Hucky, a student at Waconia Junior High School was the winner. Others competing in the bee were Rachel Wagener, Angie Koch, Michelle Wegener, Lisa Dannewitz, Erin Fogerty, Bill Wagener, and Stephanie Hague.
Nancy Bohn and Karen Karg, both of Waconia, were listed on the quarter dean’s list at Normandale Community College.
Brian Scheuble of Waconia High School, enrolled in the electronics program at Hennepin Technical Institute in Eden Prairie, was on the directors list for maintaining an A grade average, having excellent attendance and possessing good leadership traits.
Chris Heagle, a WHS senior, will sing tenor in the Minnesota Music Educators Association All State Band and Choir in Minneapolis this weekend. Shelly Hilgers, a WHS junior will play the clarinet.
Victoria- Lillian Kemkes is celebrating her 100th year of life. She was born on Jan. 14 of this year in Laketown Township. She never married and spent most of her life teaching. “I taught first and second grades,” she said. “I always loved to sing, never have been a big eater, walked a lot, didn’t drink coffee, didn’t smoke and had a lot of friends.”

50 Years Ago – Feb. 14, 1963
The 1963 Heart Fund Drive will begin in Waconia. Mrs. John York is the chairman.
Waconia Great Bookers will discuss Jonathan Swift’s: Gulliver’s Travels. These meetings are held in the library of Waconia Public High School. Anyone may join the group by simply reading the material and showing up for the discussion. There are no fees, no books need be bought. Meetings are on the first and third Monday evenings of the month.
Mrs. William Miehellich, Mrs. Charles Bean and Mrs. H. R. Bollinger of Waconia are among volunteers on the Carver County Cancer Education Unit recently organized.
New Germany –Mrs. Alvin Hammann entertained the 500 Club on Tuesday evening. High score was held by Mrs. Rueben Vollrath, second by Mrs. Lorena Lemke and traveling by Mrs. Clarence Hedtke.
Mrs. Stanley Kranz, who lives in her home on the north shore of Lake Waconia, celebrated her 94th birthday anniversary. Her children and their families enjoyed the happy event at her home.
DUEBERS BEN FRANKLIN STORE: Specials: Men’s Dress Socks – 37 cents a pair. Clothes Pins – 17 cents a package. 100 count aspirin – 21 cents a bottle. Girl’s Cord Jeans, Flannel Lined – $1.66 each.
KOCH RAMBLER AND IMPLEMENT: 1956 Olds 88 4 door Sedan, Power Steering, Auto. Transmission – $475.00.
Bongards – Mr. and Mrs. M. Nellen, Sybilla Nellen, Mrs. F. Hedtke and Mrs. Albert Stender and Jon visited Sunday afternoon at the LeRoy Burandt home at Waconia.
Mayer – The Mayer Lutheran High School Crusader basketball team beat St. Paul Concordia 50 to 37. Paul Raedeke and Rick Stehr were high point players.

75 Years Ago – Feb. 10, 1938
In the local ice skating contest held at the fair grounds here last week Thursday afternoon the winners were: Benny Maiser, Charles Krautbauer, Billy Glaeser, Desmond Mock, Merlin Gatz and David Strong. Winners for the girls were: Jean Schreiber and Margaret Wagener. Benny Maiser and Billy Glaeser went on to win the county contest held at Chaska. Benny and Billy will compete in the five-county meet on Sunday at Glencoe. There will be exhibition events performed by nationally known figure and speed skating members. The men who have kept the rink at the Waconia fair grounds in good condition are: Rufinus Wagener, Joe Vojtisek, Douglas Schutz, Louis Schreiber, William Graff, Raymond Henke and Sylvester Fischer. They have just finished hauling several loads of steaming hot water from the creamery.
Ten students of the Waconia High School are competing in the declamation contest which will take place at the high school. They are: Bernadette Schelitzche, Katherine Swavely, Raymond Hass, William Huckenpoehler, Ruth Kemske, Patty O’Reilly, Marily Rhea, Jane Braunwarth, Marguerite Mae Radde and Donald Schreiber.
Cologne – The newly organized “Cologne Aces” under the capable management of Willard Bongard are making a bid for county honors in independent basketball. The team is composed of former high school and college stars. “Pertz” Radde, “Ray,” “Cooties,” “Colonel” Effertz, Gordon Mohrbacher, and “Bud” and “Army” Bahr. In their first game against the “Steinies” of Norwood, they came through with an easy win 48 to 18. All home games will be played in the Cologne City Hall.
Women if you want to look glamorous for Valentines Day buy or sew yourself a pretty black taffeta dress with red velvet hearts scattered on it. Betty Furness of the movies is wearing it for that special day!
100 Years Ago – Feb. 14, 1913
Gerhard Hoeffken speared the largest pickerel seen here for a long time. The fish weighed 20 pounds and measured three feet eight inches in length.
Jos. Fuchs has purchased a fine gasoline engine from J. Tholen of Cologne. The engine will be used to operate the new power chisel.
Fred Poppler, one of Carver county’s oldest residents who was kicked by a horse a few weeks ago is doing splendid and will soon be out. Mr. Poppler sends a warning to the “66” sharks here to be on the look out for him when he gets to town. The old gentleman has had the time to figure out several new features of his favorite card game and those who hereafter tackle him in a five-point contest had better be careful lest they meet with disastrous results.
Peter Stenger, well known here and brother of John Stenger formerly in the butcher business here, was united in marriage with Miss Maggie Bohmann.
A sad accident befell little Bertha Boettcher. She with a number of her school mates were returning home from school in a buggy near her farm. The seat was crowded and as children are not want to sit very still, she was pushed so that she lost her balance and fell from the buggy, directly in the path of the hind wheel which passed over her chest before the horses could stop. Upon arrival at her home a doctor was summoned from town and examination showed that two of her ribs were fractured. The little girl has the sympathy of her friends, who hope she will recover rapidly.
I have the old Kugler residence for sale at a very reasonable price. If interested write or call on me, F. J. Effertz, Waconia, Minn.

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