3-14-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – March 13, 2003
Yes, snow still covers the ground and it hardly seems like spring is nearly here, but naturalist Jim Gilbert has already seen the sap flowing from maple trees.
Varsity hockey was approved here by the District 110 Board. It will be a paired program with Holy Family in Victoria with no financial cost to the local district.
Two students from Waconia were awarded graduate degrees from Bemidji State University. They are Shawn Erickson and Jennifer Stolz.
“A” Honor Roll students from St. Joseph Catholic School during the second quarter were, Grade 6: Aaron Barden, Katie Kalb, Nathan Kelzer, Josie Liebenow, Erin Linden, Hillary Serbus, Nicole Stenerson and Patrick Van Kirk; Grade 7: Rebecca Dummer, Shalini Fernandez and Abby Polzin; Grade 8: Nicholas Dahlke, Joe Drapcho, Michael Hennen and Chelsey Rosetter.
A memorial fund for Ryan Palmersheim has been established at First National Bank of Waconia. Ryan, who passed away last week, was a student at Waconia High School and was a graduate of St. Joe’s School in Waconia.
SENIOR CITIZENS: Waconia Senior Citizen’s Organization met for its annual meeting at the American Legion clubhouse located at 233 South Olive St. Fran Rolf and Mildred Paul were re-elected secretary and treasurer. All area senior citizens are welcome. Jane H. Larson, President.
Earl A. Gatz died. He was 74. Casketbearers were David Johnson, Paul Johnson, Mark Bender, Nathan Lindner, Stuart Sthlke and Lori Wildermuth. He is survived by his wife Lois, son Steve and daughter Mary, grandchildren, other relatives and friends. He was a life long resident of Waconia and graduated from Waconia High School.
Mayer – The Crusader boys’ basketball team at LHS has reached the section finals.
Cologne – The Zion Lutheran seventh and eighth grade girls basketball team are the Lutheran State Tournament champions. The Tigers team consists of Hattie Holtberg, Kindra Boelke, Tonya Marcsisak, Jill Lenzen, Emily Linquist, Heidi Buckentine, Rachel Pexa, and Sarah Etheridge. Their coaches are: Dale Molnau and Tom Marcsisak. Trinity Lutheran of Waconia is the runner-up.

25 Years Ago – March 10, 1988
Residents tell what they like and dislike in Waconia. Most residents rated Waconia’s overall appearance as good to excellent. However, the downtown appearance was rated poorly. Snow removal found approval. Fifty percent rated it good. People wanted more parking downtown. Strong support was also expressed for a men’s and women’s clothing store, a shoe store, a sports and health club and a waste recycling center. There was also support for a sporting goods store, an athletic wear store and a boat dealership. People surveyed strongly supported downtown redevelopment. Surveys were distributed to all Waconia residents. About one third were returned.
Waconia has a new planning commission. Appointed to the new commission are: Galen Tongen, Dan Roth, Ralph Molnau, Mark Sauter and Gerry Delaney. Former planning commissioners were Walt Schmakel, Ralph Molnau, Betty Hasse, John Zimmer, Galen Tongen and Darrel Sudheimer.
Burglars hit D’Vinci’s restaurant in Waconia early Saturday. Dave Thurk discovered the burglary and the loss of under $300 in cash when he opened the restaurant Saturday morning. Entry was gained through the roof.
The Carver County Historical Society Museum on Cherry Street in Waconia is looking for a new home. Two sites just east of Waconia are under consideration, along with sites in Victoria, Chaska and Chanhassen.
The bloodmobile had a successful visit to Waconia. Donald Stahlke of Waconia received his seven gallon pin. Francis Vanderlinde of Watertown and Joleen Guetzkow of Mayer received four gallon pins. Two gallon pins went to Majel L. Wendorf of New Germany, Steven Bussler of Waconia and Jerome Hilgers of Waconia. One gallon pins went to Laurie Trende of Mayer, Doris Hedtke of Waconia, Margaret Boyle of Cologne, Rita Louis of Waconia and Lowell Senechal of Waconia.
Daniel Mason, son of Donna and Richard Mason of Waconia, has been accepted for admission into Mankato State University. Mason plans to enroll in the airlines air traffic program this fall.

50 Years Ago – March 14. 1963
The St. Joseph Catholic School boy’s basketball team defeated Waconia Public School’s team last Friday at the high school gym. Team members are: Mike Whittaker, Paul Rauen, Kenneth Plocher, Jeff Whittaker, Jim Weinzierl, Mike Hoen, Jim Lano, Larry Hartmann, Gary Wagener, Jim Hall, Steve Huckenpoehler, Mike Thurk, Robert Lundgren and Arnie Feltmann. Their coaches are Russ Whittacker and Frank Groschen. St. Joe’s took first, Waconia Public, second, St. Boni, third, and Trinity Lutheran, fourth. The St. Joe’s team celebrated their victory with malted milks at the Kettler Bakery after the game.
The Waconia Lions Club held their annual Sausage and Pancake Brunch at Waconia High School on Sunday. The Chief Chef was Dr. Perry Dungey. Ivar Johnson was a Pancake Mixer. Cliff Gramith was a Sausage Fryer. Merlin Burandt, Merlin Gatz and Marvin Mackenthun were among other Pancake Fryers. Tony Wagener, Earl Braun and John Scheuble were among Dishwashers. Ray Erhard was the Head Waiter. John Devins was a Table Waiter. James Fottral and Harold Bollinger sold tickets at the door. Dr. Charles Bean was the Official Host. Greeters at the Door included Wilfred Yetzer, J. J. Braunwarth and Elmer Miller.
The Victory Robins 4-H Club held its monthly meeting at the Ronald Holtmeier home. Carol Carlson gave a banana bread demonstration. Diana Wuff gave a safety talk. Ricky Holtmeier gave a shop demonstration. Lloyd Carlson, Reporter.
Mayer – Thomas Bleedorn is among the 1962-63 intercollegiate wrestling lettermen and numeral winner at the University of Minnesota Morris. The UMM wrestling squad finished with a 5-5 record.
New Germany – Hope everyone took notice of the Jolly Helper’s 4-H Window Display at Stahlke’s Store. The display was in honor of National 4-H Club Week. Nancy Trittabaugh, Diane Hamann and Phyllis Kuntz donated their time and effort.
St. Bonifacius – The birthday of Al Ebert and Arnold Paal of Waconia and Roman Ebert were celebrated by an evening of dining at Mueller’s Café in Young America with Mrs. Al Ebert, Mrs. Arnold Paal, Mrs. Roman Ebert, Marge Ebert and Bob Zrust.

75 Years Ago – March 10, 1938
Eight teams, the pick of the 18th district, are going into action at the annual district basketball tournament which opens at Robbinsdale this afternoon. More than 7,000 fans are expected to pass through the turnstiles by the time the tournament comes to a close on Saturday night. Waconia will meet Hopkins this afternoon at 3:45 P.M. Robbinsdale is the defending champion. Hopkins, winner of the Lake District conference championship, is cast as favorite. Waconia draws the dark horse assignment.
A purebred Guernsey bull was sold recently by August W. Melchert of Waconia to Donald Anderson of Lakeside.
Maurice Leuthner this week purchased the well drilling business of George Diethelm at Victoria, taking immediate possession of the business. Mr. Leuthner has been employed with the Wagner Implement Company at Waconia for 17 years, and during these years has gained a thorough knowledge of the well drilling business. Mr. Leuthner and family plan to make their home in Victoria as soon as a suitable home may be secured.
Supt. of Schools Siewert called at the school 26 last week Tuesday. These visits by the County Superintendent of Schools are of inestimable value to the school system. He will motor to St. Paul to consult with the state department of education.
ROLLER SKATING! Every Thursday and Saturday Night, Sunday Afternoon and Evening – Paradise Nite Club at Waconia. The Nite Club is available for any celebration or occasion free of charge.
Free Pocket Knives While they last with Harness Oiling at WACONIA HARNESS SHOP. John Otten, Proprietor.
St. Bonifacius – The Girl’s Diamond Ball Team elected officers at their first meeting. Officers elected are: Captain. Marjorie Klein; Assistant Captain-Myra Fink; Treasurer, Ruth Ebert; and Reporter Monica Logelin.

100 Years Ago – March 14, 1913
COMPULSARY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE LAW: The compulsory Attendance Law has been better observed in the county this year than ever before and we hope by the co-operation of school boards and teachers to make it so that within a few years it will be self-active. There seems to be a prevailing idea in some communities that an attendance of 40 days is all that is required to be made by the child. The State thru its laws says that a child under 14 years of age must attend every day that school is in session. There is no excuse for the younger pupils, but pupils over that age may be excused by the school board under certain conditions. Now as spring opens up some of the pupils will want to stop for work. We hope that the teachers will insist that such children secure an excuse from the school board before leaving the school. We must see that this rule is uniformly enforced.
President Wilson will put the Tariff brick under the hat on April 1st ; but will Congress kick it? A lot of lame ducks are leaving Washington, but you’d never know it from the quacks that are left.
WACONIA MARKET REPORT: Wheat (No. 1)-77 cents, Barley-41 cents, Hogs-$8.00, Eggs-16 cents, Bran (per ton)-$20.00.
Waconia had 24 births and 8 deaths in the year of 1912. We are indebted to Clerk of Court Oscar Lundstrom for this report. The report shows a decrease in births as compared to 1911 and an increase in deaths.
Solid Comfort: Comes only to the man, whose business affairs are well in hand, whose digestion is all right and who can indulge in Gluek’s Beer at his ease. The beer, by the way, goes a long distance toward helping him in his business and in his digestion. Won’t cost you much to try a few bottles and then you’ll know yourself. LOUIS LENZ – Waconia, Minnesota.
Philippy, Jr. will take in the International Bowling tournament at Minneapolis Saturday next. “Phonsie” is some bowler and we won’t be a bit surprised if he don’t come home with a prize.