By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – March 20, 2003
When Ozzie Moonen came to work at his Main Street restaurant on Monday morning he saw a large hole in the building to the right of the front door. It was about the size of a car. It was determined that a 28 year old Waconia female had jumped the curb with her vehicle early on Sunday evening. According to a Carver County deputy the woman’s foot got stuck on the gas pedal. “I guess it gives a whole new meaning to the idea of a drive through window,” laughed Moonen.
New Germany – A pancake breakfast benefit will be conducted the end of March for the Robert Dobratz family whose home was severely damaged by fire before Christmas. The benefit will be held at St. Mark/St. John Lutheran School.
St. Bonifacius- In observance of Middle School Week several businesses gave door prizes to the Clearwater Middle School: Bud’s Body Shop, Mackenthun’s Sausage and Deli, First National Bank/St. Boni Branch, Holiday, Friends of the St. Boni Library, St. Boni Post Office, St. Boni Hair Design, Thurk Bros. Chevrolet, and The Front Porch.
BOWLING: Wednesday Men’s “B” League Top 3 Games: Jon Schmidt-235, Kraig Dam-277, and Harold Wacker-203.
25 Years Ago – March 17, 1988
The three-act play “Merry Murders at Montmarie” will be presented by the Waconia Junior High School on Friday. Cast members include Tim Jones, Jenny Stolz, Amanda Geyen, Robin LaFrenz, Carly Coulson, Kim Miller, Kim Kelzer, Molly Kellor, Kory Wyant and Shauna Waldera.
Students in grades 5-12 will perform in an all-school concert in the Waconia High School gymnasium in celebration of 150 years of music in the schools, “America Takes Note.” Don Hertsgaard of WCCO Radio will emcee the evening.
Six building permits were issued in February. A permit was issued for an elevator for the high school. Other permits went to two homes on Lakeview Terrace, a home remodel on S. Olive St., a permit for residing a home on W. 3 ½ St. and a permit for a furnace for the former Hardware Hank Building on Main St.
A survey on the District 110 was taken by residents. Forty-nine percent of those taking the survey responded. A desire for a swimming pool and more discipline were among the top requested improvements. The strengths of the school district noted were good teachers and programs, good music, small class sizes, good teacher-student ratio, good sports, but a need for more extracurricular activities.
Beth and Sarah Larson, daughters of Ron and Elaine Larson, will perform with the Nordic Choir of Luther College at the Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul on March 20.
During Lutheran School Week grandparents of students at Trinity demonstrated their skills. Joanne Swenson and Kathy Fritz demonstrated working with ceramics. Marlys Lindner showed students how to spin wool into yarn. Marcella Kratzke showed students how to make their own soap. Ruth Hilk, Esther Goethke and Rose Seltz demonstrated their quilting skills. Arlo Hasse demonstrated how Indian artifacts were used.
Waconia High School teacher Jon Luebke travels the world as a hobby. He has journeyed to most continents and visited Europe eight times.
Steve Leivermann will graduate in winter commencement exercises from Mankato State University. He will receive a degree in business administration.
50 Years Ago – March 21, 1963
The new Waconia Farm Supply is complete. It is located on a 3.5 acre site directly south of the railroad tracks a short distance from the former location of the company. Entry to the property is from the Waconia-Cologne road. The building was erected on the John Fischer property by Mr. Fischer and is being leased to the Farm Supply Department on a 20-year lease.
Vernon (Boots) Godfrey, Waconia, a consistent bowler with the Waconia Veterans of Foreign Wars team, last week rolled an all spare game at the Waconia Lanes. He was presented with a $25 savings bond from William Ehrenberg, the owner of the lanes.
Diane Hamann of St. Mark;s Lutheran School in New Germany and Joseph Schlechter of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Waconia are among those who will participate in the Carver County Spelling Bee on March 30.
Mr. Jack Peterson, presently employed by the Waconia High School as an instructor and assistant coach, has been appointed head coach for the 1963-64 school year. Mr. Bob Wyttenhove resigned as head basketball coach.
Cologne – The monthly meeting of the Cologne Crusaders 4-H Club was held at the Anton Zweber home. Patty Zweber and Mary Jo Willems demonstrated “How to “Make a Hot Tuna Sandwich.” Patty Zweber demonstrated “How to Handle a Hot Kettle on the Stove.”
Mayer – The Mayer Riverside 4-H Club presented a concert. George Benson played his trombone. Lester Heuer played his concertina. Linda Schafer presented a piano solo. Yvonne Honebrink played the clarinet, Ranae Hill played trumpet and Bonnie Honebrink played clarinet in a trio.
75 Years Ago – March 17, 1938
The closing date for the statewide crow hunting contest has been extended to April 30.
The Waconia High School basketball team came through with flying colors in the Sub-District Tornament held at Watertown. They seemed to be a bit jittery when they took the floor against Mound. It didn’t take them long to snap out of it, however. Capt. Gramith managed to steady them down by sinking a nice one in the opening of the game. G. Radde dropped one shortly after and from then on it was easy. Lentz and Scheble had an off night. They played good ball but were not up to the standard they have set up during the season. Kunze, however, came through with his best game of the season.
WARNING TO BOYS FLYING KITES: Every spring newspapers report casualties resulting from young boys flying kites near electric wires. The Interstate Power Co. urges all boys not to fly kites near any electric wires as contact with the lines may result in serious injury. The company also warns boys not to use any tinsel cord on any kites.
Mayer – Baby Chicks For Sale—Baby chicks from our large type S. C. White Leghorns. $8.00 per hundred. Riverview Poultry Farm, Wm. F. Hoese. Telephone Mayer 633.
E.L. STORE: Successors to Goodman Bros. Waconia. Weekly Specials Toilet Paper – 6 large rolls-25 cents. Holland Herring- 9 pound keg – 89 cents. Brooms, heavy , 5 string – 33 cents. We will pay 16 cents for eggs, Fri.-Sat.-Mon.
A four-legged hen was discovered in a flock of chickens. It is not known whether the hen is one of those laying eggs produced by the flock, but the owner reported that the hen will get the axe when it’s garden planting time because with twice as many legs, it well accomplish twice as much scratching. But there will not be two extra drumsticks, cause the extra legs start from the knee.
100 Years Ago – March 21, 1913
Fred Poppler, who was injured by being kicked by a horse some time ago is able to leave his bed and be about the house with the aid of crutches. Mr. Poppler will soon be able to come to town and then, good-night, sixty-six players.
Miss Emma Stahlke, who has been employed as domestic at the F. J. Effertz home for the past three years has resigned her position and is now stopping at her Maple Hill home. Her sister, Alice, is taking her place at the Effertz home.
La Grippe coughs hand on, weaken the system, and lower the vital resistence. Foley’s Honey and Tar Compound soon stops the coughing spells entirely. It can’t be beat. Sold by C. O. Diessner.
Cologne – Seb. Yetzer is suffering from an attack of appendicitis at the Pfleghaar home.
Rev. Schneider Sunday (Palm Sunday) officiated at the confirmation excercises of 20 candidates who pledged themselves to the Lutheran faith. The following is the roster of the confirmed: Albert Hedtke, Arnold Lambrecht, Harry Hedtke, Harry Beiersdorf, August Luebke, Clarence Kuntz, Walter Dickhudt, John Rather, Carl Gast, Edwin Burandt, Verlie Krause, Frend Krause, Erwin Elling, Erwin Tesch, Frieda Seltz, Bertha Jaekel, Elizabeth Fahse, Emman Kuntz, Lydia Buehlow and Sophia Dallmann.
Bob Swillinger, the head sawyer of the Bean Creek saw mill had his southern anatomy severely lacerated by a sliver while riding on a load of slabs the other day.