4-25-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – April 24, 2003
The Waconia Lions Club held its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. Approximately 300 children showed up for the event at Bayview’s gym. Sharing in the fun was Easter Bunny a.k.a. Nancy Wilson. Winners of the costume parade were: Jackson Weiland, Megan Vierkant, Matthew Landin, Molly Hughes, McKenzie Mock and McKayla Williams. Each winner received a $50 savings bond.
Dale Schmaltz of Waconia won a digital camera from a contest held at First National Bank of Waconia. Susan Johnson, Marketing Director, presented the prize.
Clearwater Middle School is ninth in the state in basic skills test improvement. In District 110, 88 percent of eighth grade test-takers passed the math test and 89 percent passed reading. In reading they scored above the state average and in math scored far above the average.
Andrew and Ericka Strong of Waconia announce the birth of their son, Aiden Andrew.
Matthew Blachowiak worked with his grandfather, Hugh Gilmore, on a project last week at Bayview Elementary School during Grandparents Day for first graders.
The Waconia Wildcat baseball team continued the conference schedule undefeated last week to improve to 4-0. Against Annandale Ben Smothers and Jeff Chrest both drove in four runs, followed by Mike Groschen with three RBI. Chrest and Andrew Fredricksen also each smacked a pair of doubles in their three at-bats, according to Coach Mark Grundhofer.
Funeral services were held for Hulda M. Schmidt, 97, at Good Samaritan Center in Waconia. She was born at Freetz, Germany. She came to America and married Herman A. Schmidt at Milwaukee, Wis.

25 Years Ago – April 21, 1988
Three new Carver County Dairy Princesses were crowned. They are Julie Klaustermeier and Lois Plekkenpol of Cologne and Cherie Schrupp of Mayer.
A new chapter of the Jaycees has formed in Waconia and is looking for new members. For information, call Linda Scholla or Glenn Slice. The next meeting will be May 11 at the Waconia VFW.
WEATHER UPDATE: Nightime temperatures dropped below freezing Sunday night, forming icicles and freezing the grass at the Waconia Post Office, where the sprinkler was left on over night.
PATRIOT FORUM: What are you most looking forward to in junior high school? “Being able to participate in sports and stuff.”-Erin Fogerty-Waconia. “The good food.”-Ben Mase-Waconia. “Basketball, because I’ve been playing for four years.”-Kristi Jensen-Waconia. “Sports. That’s about it.”-Corbin Ekdahl-New Germany.
Mayer – The Lutheran High School Crusaders girl’s track team are running over their competition. Three first place finishes and several second and third let the Crusaders beat out other teams at Monticello. Jacqueline Bowden won gold in the 3200 run. She was joined by MIchelle Stuewe by winning the long jump and the 4 X 400 relay team of Anita Rose, Heidi Unglaub, Nikole Zellmann and Deanna Buckentine.
Look who’s way over the hill! Happy 50th Birthday Ma! Love, Vern and the kids.
Incidents of disturbing the peace were up in Waconia in March, according to the monthly sheriff’s report. Seven incidents were reported, up from three in February and two in January. Other incidents reported in March included, eight thefts, four incidents of property damage, three traffic/alcohol offenses, two vehicle thefts, one sex crime, one burglary and one drug violation.
Micheal Leivermann of Waconia is now playing quarterback with the Alfheim Warriors football team in Italy. Bruno Waldner, a former Waconia High School coach, is now the coach for the Warriors in Italy.

50 Years Ago – April 23, 1963
Waconia High School students Andrea Arnes of Victoria and Robert Geyen of St. Bonifacius will attend the Economic Conference in Minneapolis as guests of the First National Bank of Waconia. The purpose of the session is to stimulate the interest of young people in building for financial security and to give them a fuller understanding of our modern money and banking system.
The Waconia Jaycees will have their final meeting of the charter year at the Ike’s Club. Frank Rief, chairman of this final Jaycee party of the charter year, will receive his Spoke Award as an outstanding first year Jaycee.
NOTICE TO MEN GOLFERS! All members of the Men’s League of Island View Country club are requested to turn in their score cards so the handicaps may be established before League Play starts. Leo Schlumpberger, chairman of the league, would like your cooperation in forming the teams. Phone WH 5-2988.
BOWLING NEWS: Classic League All Star Team of the Week: Al Ebert-Hamm’s, Earl Zellmann-Maggie’s, Art Wagener-Maggie’s, Al Kaufhold-Segner’s, Merlin Bartels-Segner;s and Gary Phillips, WaCo Café.
Sophomore Carol T. Steinhagen of Waconia was an academic honor student during the winter quarter at St. Cloud State College.
St. Bonifcius – Thomas Kerber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Kerber, is touring Minnesota as a member of the St. John’s University concert band. Kerber, a freshman, plays the clarinet in the band.
Miss Alice Tester returned to her home here after having spent two months on the west coast, with trips into Mexico and states adjoining California.

75 Years Ago – April 21, 1938
The plant of the Cedar Lake Ice Company east of Waconia was destroyed by fire last week Wednesday. Men placed hoses across the road to get the fire out. The fire was still flaring up yesterday. Geo. Kelzer, Chris Froehlich, Ed. Sicheneder, Geo. Allman, Alphonse Hartman, Wilfred Braun and Walter Schmakel all worked on the blaze for hours.
Farmers, agricultural teachers, township board members and the county commissioners will meet at County Agent Geo. King’s office for an organizational meeting to combat the grasshopper plague for this year.
BRAUNWARTH MOTOR COMPANY: Telephne 141 Ford Sales and Service. The Trifty “60” Ford V-8. It gives 22 to 27 miles per gallon Delivered in Waconia – $666 equipment included. Two bumpers with bumper guards, spare wheel, two electric horns, cigar lighter and ash tray, speedometer with trip odometer, headlight beam indicator.
Cologne – Henry P. Wirtz became the owner of the Log Cabin Inn located in the village limits on Trunk Highway No. 212. Mr. Wirtz purchased the property from James Mohrbacher. Miss Mary Lou Bradley is operating the Log Cabin Inn until the lease expires after which time the business will be conducted by Edward Wirtz and George Wirtz. George and Edward Wirta are sone of Henry P. Wirtz, the owner.
FOR SALE: One Shubert Piano – $25, one Electric Westinghouse Range-$20, one Victrola-$3—Mrs. Mildred Fischer, Waconia.
The Chief of Dairy Husbandry at the University Farm warns against too early pasture grazing. If the pasture is shorter than 4 inches, it is too early to turn the cows into it. “Grass can grow only by having leaves in the sunshine and if these are eaten off close in early spring, the root systems of plants will be shallow and grazing poor all summer.”
SAFETYGRAMS: Spring housecleaning time is here. But thoughtless housewives too often climb on rickety ladders and even teeter on rocking chairs in order to reach high places. Falls cost 26,000 lives in 1937! And a word about home dry cleaning. Despite countless warnings of danger, people persist in using naphtha, gasoline, and other cleaning fluids indoors. Explosions and fires caused by using these fluids have caused severe injuries and loss of lives. Do all your home dry cleaning out of doors.

100 Years Ago – April 25, 1913
Lawrence Leutner, residing south of here, had the misfortune of being jarred from the seat of his farm wagon late Tuesday afternoon while returning home from the village, and suffered two broken ribs and other bruises. The front wheels went off the road into the ditch. The sudden lurch of the rig threw him violently to the ground. The team did not run away. It is hoped that no serious internal injuries will result.
Anton Weinzierl and Alois Segner drove over to Jordan in the John Logelin new Ford car Thursday. Mr. Logelin had just got it and handled the machine like a veteran.
The members of the Lakeside Club have been busily engaged planting shade trees on the picnic grounds. About 100 boxelder trees will be planted.
We notice that the road leading from the east end of town is rather rough and a good dragging and filling in of some of the deeper ruts would greatly improve that important stretch of road. The supervisors of Waconia town should take up the matter at once.
April seems to cling with undue fidelity to the March mood in this village. We are all ready for some mild spring weather.
Saloon chair warmers will hereafter hustle their own grub or maintain a vacuum under their belts. A new state law prohibits free lunch in saloons.
The Citizens Band appeared on the streets of our village for the first time this season on Friday night last. The music was quite a treat for the townspeople. Many people have been advocating weekly concerts in the public park which we heartily approve and hope that the project will materialize.