2-21-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Feb. 20, 2003
As the days grow longer, so too do the icicles on some area buildings. On some houses on Main Street in Waconia they were three to four feet in length on Sunday. By Monday’s 33 degree heat, they were nearly gone.
The 2nd annual Dollars for Scholars Phone-A-Thon will be held Feb. 24-25. As estimated 124 students will staff the phones, looking for support. Last year’s program was a major success. It generated $8,500 in scholarships for graduating seniors from Waconia High School.
NATURE NOTES: Jim Gilbert. The mourning dove was nearly wiped away from existence in this part of the country not that long ago. But it has since made a triumphant return. “Years ago we had to wait well into March to hear the hollow mournful “coo,coo,coo” of the first returning doves. Our warmer winters plus more feeding stations probably accounts for the extended winter range.”
ON CAMPUS: Jocelyn Halverson of Waconia graduated cum laude from Winona State during fall semester. Kristy Ketcher of Cologne was names to the dean’s list at the UW-Platteville. Steven Kjergaard of Waconia has been accepted for admission into MSU Mankato. Alex Kranz of St. Bonifacius has been named to the dean’s list at the UM-Duluth for the fall semester.
The Waconia Pee Wee “B” Hockey Team took first place in the eight-team Breezy Point Tournament in Brainerd. Team members include: Joe Brandenburg, Ben Brettingen, Kyle Rindahl, Chris Leivermann, Josh Eiden, Andrew Gasca, John Shaw, Eric Aeling, Greg Farlow, Derek Earls, Brett Moore, Nick Smith. Coaches are Chad Gasca and Ryan Gasca.
Wildcat gymnast Maddie Sims scored her season high of 8.0 on the beam at sections competition.
BOWLING: Tuesday Night Ladies League Top Three Games: Sharon Martins – 224, Lois Briese – 191, Pat Hartmann – 183.

25 Years Ago – Feb. 18, 1988
Presidential candidate Paul Simon may visit Waconia the afternoon of Feb. 23. The Waconia Area Peace Group, which invited all of the presidential candidates to visit Waconia, is awaiting confirmation of the visit by Simon’s national campaign headquarters. He would speak at Waconia High School.
THOM AGENCY: Please stop in and see up at our new location – 40 South Elm, Waconia. Staff: Paul Bantle, Terri Kreye, Sue Borchart and Shirly Krautbauer.
Look What Smartie Pants Made “A” Honor Roll: Congratulations Wendi! Mom and Dad.
Waconia High School teacher Mike Blassey and Waconia attorney Tim Looby coached several students in a mock trial program: Cindy Thurk, Jennifer Harms, Chris Heagle, Stephanie Stolz, Mark LaValle, Kristina Beck, Jenny Kellor, Jenny Peitz, Missy Linton, Roxanne Walter, Tracy Logelin, Kelly Neumann, Erika Lehmann and Carl Radde.
COLOGNE: Congratulations to John Wickenhauser and Diane Lenzen, who became engaged this weekend. Happy Birthday to JoAnn Walter and Bed Effertz, who are both celebrating their birthdays this week. Happy belated anniversary to Big Jon and Miss Merryon. They celebrated their anniversary on Valentine’s Day.
St. Bonifacius – Happy belated anniversary to Charlie and Anne Rudnicki, who celebrated their 32nd anniversary on Valentine’s Day.
The Waconia Chiefs girl’s basketball team added another log to the fire of intensity with a 63-54 win over Mound. Johnson paced the Chiefs with 21 points. Cindy Buetow was close behind with 18, while Ranee Buetow had 10 and Diane Fadden scored 6 points. “The game was characterized by a swirl of Waconia defensive looks and outstanding individual efforts,” according to Coach Jim Tisel.

50 Years Ago – Feb. 21, 1963
Southview Elementary School in Waconia got a new flag from the Ladies Auxiliary, Waconia VFW. The flag was presented by Mrs. Norma Weinzierl to Mr. Eugene W. Pitra, principal of Southview. Students Oscar Savaryn and Neil Schmidt had the honor of raising the new flag for the first time.
Funk Bros. Seed Co. will honor the Waconia FFA Chapter with a banquet on Tuesday evening at Trinity Lutheran School. Daniel and Robert Theis, FFA members of the Waconia Chapter, produced a state high yield of 165 bushels of corn on a measured acre in the 304 bushel challenge program. The program is designed for FFA chapters and their members to learn and practice good soil management.
The Waconia Hospital Auxiliary held its regular meeting and installed the following officers for the coming year: Mrs. Thomas E. Boylan (president), Mrs. Marlin Meyer (secretary), Mrs. Perry Dungey (treasurer), and Mrs. J. F. Riebe (membership chairman). The 1963 dues are $1, payable to Mrs. Riebe.
Mayer – Collen Pawelk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Pawelk won the Charolais calf give away Saturday in the Beautena Give-A-Way Party sponsored by the Mayer Feed Mill. Collen is a member of the Crow River 4-H Club.
Cologne – A lone gunman drove into the service lane at the Wherley Oil Station on Highway 212 on Tuesday at noon. He entered the station and requested change for one dollar so he could buy cigarettes at the cigarette machine. The attendant Darwin Trebesch, complied and went outside to service the man’s car with gas. Upon entering the station again Trebesch was confronted by the man who pointed a gun who said “Give me everything” and ordered Trebesch into the men’s room. Trebesch got the license number and Sheriff Melchert was immediately notified. The 22-year old man was apprehended at his apartment in Minneapolis, where $146 was found in a shoe box.
Tommy Groschen was the youngest boy entrant at the Izaak Walton Lake Waconia Fishing Contest. He received $5. The youngest girl entrant was Lori Hansen. She also received $5.
75 Years Ago – Feb. 17, 1938
The West Union Orchestra will present a concert at the West Union Luther League Hall Tuesday evening. Vincent Santache is the director of this 45 piece band. Mr. J. E. Eitzen, Commander of the Waconia Legion Post will be the guest speaker at this program.
The annual meeting of the Waconia Creamery Association was held with nearly 400 attending. Local dairymen heard experts praise this part of the county for its quality product.
The Moravian Ladies Aid Society will be entertained at the home of Mrs. Ben Buelow. Mrs. Joseph Henke will be assisting hostess.
The farm home is the chief institution for the rearing of children. In 1930 it was producing a surplus of 50 percent in the number of children required to maintain a stable population. In the large cities the deficit in the number of children is at least 20 percent. In smaller communities the percentage is 8 to 10 percent short. So the children from the farm homes will make their way to all walks of life in the nation.
Stimulation of home building and remodeling in Waconia should result from the recent enactment of the “housing bill” in the opinion of C. L. Totman of the Henry Simons Lumber Company here. It was explained, the law permits government insurance of 90 percent mortgage loans on any house costing $6,000 or less. If the dwelling is valued at more than $6,000 the mortgage can be for 90 percent of the first $6,000 and for 80 percent of the remainder up to $10,000 total cost. Such mortgages must be paid off within a period of from 20 to 25 years and interest rates on the principal outstanding will not exceed 5 percent yearly.
Closing Out for Winter Dresses: Values at $4.99 at only $1.98.-Mock’s.
The biggest crowd ever to see a local high school basketball team in action was on hand last week Friday when the local five handed their friendly rival from Chaska their second defeat of the season and came through in such a convincing manner as to leave no doubt in the minds of any of the fans who attended as to the superior team.

100 Years Ago –Feb. 21, 1913
At an apple pie contest held at the Lake House, Saturday last, Jos. Goodman was declared a victor over “Bud” Bradford. After partaking of the regular courses, the gentlemen went at “devouring” pie, aided by very large meat forks. The witnesses to the feed were: Prof. Brandt, Dr. Martel, Dr. Pat Muenchow and Landlady Mrs. A. J. Schutz, who officiated as timekeeper.
Peter Weinzierl says this is a queer world. “If you love flowers you can have as many as you please. If you love music, you can hear all you please. If you love art, you can purchase all you please. But if you love women, who combine the fragrance of flowers, the joyous life of music and the beauty of art you can only have one copy.” One copy is a sufficiency for any man; sometimes it’s too much. One sweetheart, one wife, and one religion at a time is plenty.
Men’s hats are much smaller this year. Now to make reform of some value, let women follow their example. The spring hat for women is in the shop windows and some call it the first robin.
Hesitating almost to the very last minute of the time allowed for action on his part President Taft vetoed the Dillingham-Burnett Bill to regulate the immigrants of aliens into the United States embodying a provision for a rigid literacy test upon all foreigners seeking to enter the United States. The president favored the bill in other respects but said he could not agree to that provision which would exclude aliens solely because they could not read. The bill strengthens existing law with regard to undesirable classes and it received in general the commendation of the president. Senator Lodge and others expressed the belief they could pass the bill in the senate over the veto and house leaders were equally confident of the result on that side.
Albert Graff was absent from his post at the Zeman Saloon for several days last week suffering from a cold.
Pay your personal and real estate property taxes at the Farmers State Bank.

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