By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – March 27, 2003
Several Harley motorcycle riders rode through downtown Waconia this past Sunday. The motorcycle enthusiasts took advantage of the 60 degree weather.
PATRIOT FORUM: What do you most look forward to in spring? “Riding my bike.”-Garrett Page – Waconia. “Scooter riding.”-Shenray Leuthandl –Waconia. “Getting outside in the fresh air. It rejuvenates the soul.” – Rhonda Page – Waconia. “I can ride by bike.” – Rachael Sanborn-Waconia.
BUSINESS: SpecialtyJava.com is a new business located downtown in Waconia at 34 ½ West Main St. The owner is Kevin Kapaun. He is a specialty grade coffee roaster that has been in business for several years on a small basis. He recently started the website with online ordering and direct delivery to customers.
BUSINESS: Sharon Parpart public affairs manager for Sprint is celebrating 25 years with this company. In addition to her position with Sprint, Parpart serves on the board at Ridgeview Medical Center.
Sheriff Bud Olson swore in June Hilgers and Erin Owen as the newest members of the Carver County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse.
Cologne – Clara E. Walter died. She was 98.
The Waconia Wildcats gymnastics team closed the season. Outgoing senior Molly Anquist was selected as All-Conference from Waconia. Fellow 2002-2003 co-captain Ali Klason earned honorable mention. Kellie Hoen was noted as the “Hardest Worker”. Mackenzie Nash was named the “Most Improved.”
Local bowler Mark Bentz rolled a 300 game at the Legion Tournament in Mankato. Bentz said he has been bowling for 31 years and his single highest round has been a 289.
25 Years Ago – March 24, 1988
A fire destroyed the mare’s stable and killed about 60 horses unable to escape the smoke and fire at the Ward and Georgene Holasek Rock Isle Farm east of Waconia on Highway 5. Over $1 million worth of horses died in the blaze. Eight fire departments battled the fire.
The resignation of Waconia Assistant Administrator Ed Meister was accepted at the last Waconia City Council meeting. Planning intern John Hilgers will fill in for part of the position.
Jim Gilbert of Waconia recently received the first Hennepin Parks Award for Outstanding Achievement in Outdoor Education.
NEIGHBORS: Vernice Menth – New Germany. Vernice has been a piano teacher for more than 30 years. “Sometimes I’ve had up to 50 students at a time,” she smiled. “But that’s a little much.” She also works for Doug’s Music in Glencoe and is a teacher’s aide at St. Mark-St. John School in New Germany.
Sister Honora Wagener died at Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette, Illinois. She was 100 years old. Sister Honora, nee Josephine Wagener was born in Waconia.
PATRIOT FORUM: In high school people thought I was …”… quiet and shy, but I’m really not” Mari Hoen-Young America. “… somewhere between a nerd and a jock.”-Burton Field-Waconia. “… crazy.”-Collen Hasse-Watertown. “… a very nice gentleman.”-Tim Weinzierl –St. Bonifacius.
The Waconia Chiefs baseball team is warming up their bats. Senior pitchers Steve Bohn, Mark Ebert and Paul Jacobson will provide leadership. Other varsity seniors are third baseman Brad Heyer, catcher Scott Kohls, third baseman John Rademacher and Infielder Kevin Salden. Juniors on the varsity squad are Cory Baumann, Nate Lindnder, Paul Eveslage, Paul Haas, Bob Roeser, Jay Sschultlz, Jeff Rieck and Derek Segner.
50 Years Ago – March 28, 1963
Waconia High School senior Rick Gramith will play with the Minnesota All State Band on Saturday. Gary Hegstrom, a junior will also play with the state band. Senior David Dannewitz will sing with the All State Chorus.
Orville Schwalbe was elected president of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce at last week’s organizational meeting. Other officers elected were: Roy Dueber, Dr. Ralph Molnau, Nolan Kusilee, Art Laufenburger, Ira Lenz, Ray G. Weinzierl, Ovid Northrop, Ivar Johnson and Attorney Paul Melchert.
POLICE WARNING: Waconia Police have been informed of gas stealing from parked vehicles inside and outside of garages in certain areas of the city. Citizens of Waconia are warned to take precautions and to report any suspicious activity around parked vehicles. Some time ago a person was caught with a can of gasoline that had been siphoned from a vehicle, and punishment inflicted was a hard kick to that part of the anatomy used for sitting, but luckily for the culprit that no bones were fractured in the area of the pelvis.
The Maple Syrup season is at hand! “The Waconia Sugar Bush,” a new maple syrup processing plant got underway this week. Maple syrup is now being processed at Waconia.
Baptism was held for Debra Jeanine Beneke, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Beneke at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Two births were reported at Waconia Community Hospital this past week. The infants, both girls, were born on the first day of spring. Proud parents are Mr. and Mrs. Leon Kelzer, Waconia and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Schmitz, Cologne.
A bridal shower in honor of Marie Storms was held at the St. Joseph’s School parlors on Sunday. Marie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alois Storms of Cologne. Marie will be the bride of Kenneth Kirsch in May. Mrs. Othmar Kirsch and her daughter were hostesses at the shower.
75 Years Ago – March 24, 1938
What will Jesse Moe’s horses do when the flies come? That’s what is troubling Moe, who keeps a stable near here. His horses’ tails were stolen. Three of them had their tails trimmed off. The case is being investigated. It is believed that the hair was stolen for use in garment making.
Two students in one of Mr. Stenehjems’ bookkeeping classes at Waconia High School registered marks in their class work that merit commendation. In one of the bookkeeping tests, Inez Johnson registered the highest mark out of 4,008 students. In another bookkeeping test, Beatrice Maiser registered a perfect score. Maiser, Johnson, Doris Maiser, Bernadette Schelitzche, Joanne Rhea and Marjorie Lindner, the latter two taking postgraduate work, registered in the upper 95 percent in bookkeeping tests.
THATCHER SEED WHEAT FOR SALE—Thatcher Seed Wheat for Sale, $1.25 Cleaned—Ted Burandt, Waconia.
St. Bonifacius – Born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Thurk, a baby boy on Friday. Congratulations.
Miss Idella Vahl, a graduate of the Waconia High School will open the “Ideal Beaute” Salon on April 4. Miss Vahl took training at the Parisian Beauty School in Minneapolis. Her shop is at her residence located on First Street near the Public School.
Friends gathered at the Frank Schlitzke, Jr. home on Sunday for a caribou steak dinner.
Cologne- A large number of relatives and friends were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Wirtz Monday evening. The occasion was their daughter Joell Ann’s first birthday anniversary.
100 Years Ago – March 28, 1913
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112 Years Ago – March 22, 1901
Frank Wostrel is doing a little target practice now, presumably preparing for the spring mudhen season in the Minnesota river bottoms.
Mayer – Our village will experience a building boom the coming season—new city hall, new addition to O. D. Sell’s store, enlargement of H. Hahn’s saloon, and a number of other improvements. Who says Mayer isn’t growing?
We learn that a Buffalo Club was organized here last Saturday night with a well known young man as head bison. The initiation fee is 11 cents and the peculiarity of the order is that the members must use the left hand in preference to the right in all instances where it can be conveniently done, such as drinking, etc. The knife and fork must also be transposed in eating and the members walk on the left side of the street unless granted permission by the head bison to do otherwise. What next?
The sawmill boys celebrated the close of the season at the Lake House Friday night, cards being the principal feature of the evening. Short speeches and songs entered into the program. Sawyer Damschen “spoke a piece” in German on the advantages of the large tooth over the small tooth saw or something of that sort and, after partaking of refreshments, the jolly party disbanded.
John Wessale has purchased four acres of land upon which to erect a sorghum syrup factory. The consideration paid was $600 and the land purchased from Juliu Radzom.