3-7 Down Memory Lane

Compiled by Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – March 6, 2003

Sonja Ellingson and Philip Litfin were recognized at the halftime of last Friday’s boy’s basketball game against Litchfield as Waconia High School’s winners of the Triple A Award, sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League for academic and artistic leadership.

Victoria – State Rep. Paul Kohls is hosting a “Day at the Capitol” for residents of House District 34A, which includes Carver County and three townships in Scott County. It will take place on Thursday, March 13.

Paul and Susan Beilfuss of Plymouth and Gerry and Judy Bailey of Waconia announce the engagement of their children, Carly and Michael. A May wedding is being planned.

Dan Pohl and Dennis Westlund Waconia High School wrestlers came home from state competition with second and fourth place finishes. Dan placed second in the heavyweight division and Dennis placed fourth at 152.

Chris and Joann Vanderlinde are proud to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Ann Margaret and Beth Louise. Maternal grandparents are Merlyn and Margaret Eiden of Cologne. Paternal grandparents are Ken and Sharon Vanderlinde of St. Bonifacius.

Happy 40th Randy! Love Pam, Tyler and Breanna

HAIR AFFAIR- 128 W. Main St. Waconia announces the arrival of Danna Lemke on the staff.


25 Years Ago – March 3, 1988

Mayer – An estimated $50,000 damage was done to the interior of Heldt’s Bar when someone came threw the front door and threw in two Molotov cocktails at the bar where at least one exploded and started a fire. There are no leading suspects at this time.

Television evangelist Pat Robertson was the winner in Carver County during last week’s caucus straw poll by the Independent Republicans. Gov. Michael Dukakis led other Democrats in a poll of Democratic-Farmer-Labor delegates elected to the county convention.

Candidates vie for Waconia and Laketown township offices: They are Douglas Fenske, Fred Sauerbrey, Barb Anderson, Ritz Maiser, Marjorie Guethling Annette Williams and Edward Stacken.

Happy 40th Rosebud! Love, Don, Chad, Bryan and Angie.

PATRIOT FORUM: What household gadget or appliance was the best ever invented? “The washer and dryer, just for the convenience”. –Ione Raether-Waconia. “The microwave oven. It is so fast and convenient to use. Less time consuming.”-Nancy Kerber-Norwood. “The automatic washer. I’d hate to have to wash the way my mother did with the wringer washer. Now you can throw in a load of clothes whenever you have time.”-Carol Ische-Cologne. “Microwave oven for warming up meals when I come home late.”-Jerry Weiland-Waconia.

Cologne – Happy Birthday to Sandy Scheinder and Jenni Kroells.

St. Bonifacius – The snow has been melting. Little Janelle Zimmerman, Melissa Wenzel and Jenny Schnobrich were seen rippling their reflections in one of the many puddles that formed.

The St. Joseph’s Catholic School girls A squad basketball team placed second in the conference tournament. Members are Jodi Rademacher, Angie Brown, Julie Wirth, Jenny Kunze, Brenda Jacobs, Betty Kelzer, Becky Johnson, Krissy Plocher, Jodi LaValle, Shelly Howe, and Brenda Schmitt. Winning all-conference honors were Plocher, Johnson and Kelzer. The coaches are Rick Plocher and Tom Schmakel.

21st Century Genetics members from Carver County learned at their district meeting that their cooperative had a record-setting financial performance in 1987. At the meeting, held at Kube’s Supper Club in Norwood, Larry Dubbe was recognized for having the top 3X herd in 21st membership.

The seventh grade Waconia boys basketball team includes: Andy Morton, Rodney Spagenske, Scott Passentino, Zach Dahl, Todd Zebell, Andrew Polding, Joseph Englehart, Lee Longworth and Randy Razidlo. Their coach is Todd Hofer.


50 Years Ago – March 7, 1963

SUPERINTENDENT’S CORNER By Robert L. Mayer: Most of the money used to operate the school comes from federal, state and local governments. The federal government is by far the smallest contributor. This branch furnished approximately 2 percent of the income received by the school district this year. The state government contributed about 30 percent and the local government contributed the remaining 68 percent. It is easy to see that your local personal property and real estate taxes are the real work horses in furnishing the money needed to operate your education program.

Roger Sauerbrey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sauerbrey of Mayer, received a plaque from the Carver County Police Officers’ Association for saving the life of Ileen Hilgers from drowning in August at Pierson Lake. Ileen was swimming with her friends Barbara Hilgers, Connie Hoen, Kathleen Poppler and Donna and Carol Simons of St. Boni.

Four new directors were elected at the annual meeting of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce. They are Ray Weinzierl, Ovid Northrop, Nolan Kusilec and Ivar Johnson.

St. Bonifacius – Mr. and Mrs. Victor Harvath, Sr. observed four of their eight children married between June 1962 and February 1963. The oldest brother, Victor started it. The three younger sisters, Joanne, Ruth and Joyce followed.

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Aretz returned to their home in Texas Monday morning by jet plane. They had been in Waconia visiting with their daughter and son-in-law and relatives and friends. Mr. Aretz also attended a sales meeting of district managers of the Hamm’s Brewing Company in St. Paul.

BOWLING NEWS: Ladies League Individual High-Three Games: Eunice Lange-494, Gloria Wachholz-489, Rose Marie Sorensen-485 and Lois Winkel-480.

WACONIA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL BIRTHS: Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Laumann of Waconia, a baby girl. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Borka of Cologne, a baby boy. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Felt of Waconia, a baby girl.

The Pleasant Valley 4-H Club held its monthly meeting at the home of leader Mrs. Leonard Gutzke.

Ronald Machtemes of Waconia Motor Co. graduated from a basic retail selling course from the Chicago Ford Marketing Institute.


75 Years Ago – March 3, 1938

“Thanks a Million Jim Faber of Chaska” for helping inaugurate the “little” Brown Jug tradition between the Waconia and Chaska high schools. The jug presented by Faber at the Robbinsdale-Waconia game Friday night will materially elevate the true sportsmanship to an even higher plane than has existed before, if such a thing is possible. In presenting the “little” Brown Jug to Coach Knutson, Mr. Faber said he hoped the jug would be filled with true sportsmanship and neighborliness. Waconia High School, the coach, the team, local fans and this newspaper appreciate the part Mr. Faber has played in creating this tradition.

Miss Alice Buetow had her tonsils and adenoids removed at the Nagel Hospital Monday.

Get the Cheapest Silo in the World from Dealer Otto G. Vahl, Waconia. Five types silos at $95.00 and up.

Ruth Kenske received first place with her dramatic selection “Eyes” given at the sub-district declamation contest held at Excelsior. The winner competes in the district contest at Hopkins today. Raymond Hasse was awarded third place with his oration “America Beware.”

Mayer – Clarence Guetzkown assumed the duties of postmaster. He succeeds the late Henry G. Lenz. Stanford Lenz has been acting postmaster for the past several months.

Waconia’s water condition is being investigated. The city, faced with a serious water supply trouble, has taken steps to investigate the condition of the well now supplying the homes and businesses. The well, dug in 1924, is inadequate and the water level has dropped four feet in the past two years. Last week a committee of Chief Radde, C. J. Rhea, Mr. Young and Mr. Splettstoeser went to Chaska to check the water pumping system there.


100 Years Ago – March 7, 1913: No Waconia Patriot Available

112 Years Ago – March 1, 1901

Fred Remer is suffering form a protracted case of la grippe, but under the influence of Grandpa Schraan’s linseed tea, he is on the mend. Billy Brown was laid up last week with symptomatic grip and other provoking ailments. Ed Radde is taking care of the Lakeside Creamery while Gomoll is nursing the grip.

Of course you need a bobsled for the winter. We want you, before purchasing elsewhere, to look at our line and get prices. We can furnish you sleighs of the very best standard grades at prices lower than you can obtain them in the surrounding towns. Christian & Lampson, Victoria, Minn.

“Frenchy” the cigarmaker made a futile attempt to cross the lake on foot Saturday last in the teeth of a zigzagging or swiftly veering north north wester. He plodded along whistling “The Melancholy Days Are Here” with the snow almost blinding him until he encountered one of those trip-up places known as a fish hole. Here he came to a sudden halt because he had to—he was in it. His arms, which were extended like those of a clothes drying apparatus, saved him. He extricated himself, uttered a few words in a foreign tongue, gathered up his valise and the articles which had escaped therefrom, then wended his way back to town encompassed in a coating of frigidized water which gave him the appearance of old Kris Kringle.

SCHOOL SUMMARY: Fred Schwalbe and Dora Lemke both of the intermediate room were promoted from the A arithmetic class to the B arithmetic class in the grammar room. The reading circle is reading “The Story of an African Farm.” Walter Kemski has quit school for this year. He is helping his father paint. Walter is quite a writer, but will possibly make more progress with the brush — as an artist. There was a grand snow ball fight Wednesday. Nobody was hurt but there is a defective window as a result. The following pupils were neither absent nor tardy during last month: Albert and Chas. Klatt, Alice, May and Frances Wostrel, Henry Diessner, Alice Zrust, Emma and Carrie Philippi. Fred Klatt and August Kunze of the intermediate room left school. Some of the girls of the grammar department had a skirmish Wednesday last.

One of our friends cured his grip with four gallons of hot whisky in which was placed a small quantity of water. We should think the remedy worse than the disease.

Ferdinand Hedtke was severely hurt in his left eye by being struck by a halter attached to a horse. It is said he will come out all right.

The Wienerwurst Club is again in full swing with a greatly increased membership, Pete Weinzierl having been elected to the office of D. W. (Doctor of Whiskers.) His duties will consist of keeping the boys beards in order.