5-2-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – May 1, 2003
Local Cub Scouts Grant Schmieg, Josh Geizler and Dustin Murray and their mothers helped clean ball fields at Brook Peterson Park by picking up trash in the parking lot. They represented Pack 327, Wolf Den 4.
PATRIOT FORUM: What do you think of pilots carrying guns? “I think it’s a good idea.”-John Deleeux-Waconia. “I think they should secure the door rather than carry guns.”-Kelli Hammer-Waconia. “I don’t believe two days of training for them is nearly enough.”-Kelly Corprong-Waconia. “I think they should have them because they’re in charge of the whole plane.”-Tami Lorenz-Waconia.
Happy Birthday Babe! Jackie’s 18! Love Mom, Dad, Holly.
Cologne – Lisa Smith has joined the staff of Hairs 2 U.
Ronald and Susan Wagener announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine to Jeremy Taylor. Katherine is a graduate of Waconia High School. The couple will be married in Laguna Beach, Calif.
The Richie Wagner Community Playground Committee coordinators Jenny Tuttle and Betsy Jacobs recently accepted several donations of $500 or more from area businesses and organizations. Among them were Ron Machtemes and Dean Hilgers of Waconia Ford-Mercury, Laurie Drill-Mellum and Dr. Bruce Hubbard of Emergency Physicians, Sharon Parpart from Sprint, and John Short of the Waconia Lions Club.
The Wildcat girls’ golf team continued to gain ground in the Wright County Conference. Brittany Willborg led the team at Island View on Tuesday winning the medal with a 41. Emily VanKirk, Kate Solheim and Jenny VanKirk all followed at 43.
The Wildcat boys’ golf team are just one stroke behind Glencoe-Silver Lake in third place in the conference standings. At Litchfield on Tuesday Matt Jensen led Waconia with a pair 38s, followed by Dillon Sletten with a 38 on the front and a 40 on the back.

25 Years Ago – April 28, 1988
A benefit dance was given for Ward and Georgene Holasek, owners of Rock Isle Farms of Waconia who lost 58 purebred Arabian horses at a fire on their farm on March 22. Approximately 350 people attended the event which was sponsored by the Waconia-West Carver Rotary, the Waconia Chamber of Commerce and the Minn. Arabian Horse Association.
Many red crossbill birds have been sighted locally this spring according to naturalist Jim Gilbert. The bird is normally a resident of the forests of Canada. However, this year, because of a bumper crop of pine cones in this area, the crossbills have ventured further south than usual. Gilbert says they may be seen this far south one year and not appear again for several years.
Waconia VFW Post 5462 Commander John Foley and VFW Auxiliary President Georgina Dirks were on hand on Monday, April 18 when Mayor Larry Bodahl signed the Loyalty Day and Poppy Day proclamations for the city of Waconia. American Legion Post 150 Auxiliary President Nancy Burandt also acknowledged the Poppy Days proclamation signed by Mayor Larry Bodahl.
The Waconia law firm of Melchert, Hubert, Sjodin and Willemsen sponsored an essay contest for elementary students in connection with Law Day. First place went to Jenna Elling, daughter of Steve and Sharon Elling of Waconia. Second place went to Laura Brahee, daughter of David and Sharon Brahee of Waconia and third place went to Token Oakman, daughter of Ray and Connie Oakman of Waconia.
Mayer – Jim Eggers of the Lutheran High School baseball team pitched a no-hitter against St. Croix.
Because of dry weather there has been a burning ban in Carver County. It may be lifted this week, according to Dick Stolz, County Administrator.

50 Years Ago – May 2, 1963
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Neumann celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. Mr. Neumann will be 91 years of age on May 22nd and his wife will be 88 next October. They were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia. They lived on a farm 2 ½ miles south of Waconia and later moved into Waconia City.
The “Sweet Adelines Barbershop Chorus” participated in the region six contest held at the Pick-Nicollet Hotel in Minneapolis and placed third. The region comprises of the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Canada. Mrs. Florence Riebe and Mrs. Carol York of Waconia are members of the group.
Six hundred people attended the Pro-Aut, Inc. Open House at the manufacturing plant in the Maple Creamery. James Leach of Victoria, foreman of the plant, explained the stamping process to Walter Kusserow and Paul F. Thom of Waconia.
Sharon Biersdorf and Michael Boll were united in marriage at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waconia.
The Waconia High School golf team played Osseo on Friday. Gary Hegstrom was medalist for Waconia shooting a 43 followed by Rick Gramith with a 49 and Dennis Laufenburger with 51.
Twenty-five men and women from 17 countries including France, Norway and India participated in a Twin Cities International Youth and Social Work Program. They visited the Pillsbury Camp located on the north side of Lake Waconia.
St. Bonifacius – The grand opening of Barney’s Liquor Store was held Wednesday evening. Walter (Barney) and his wife Bernadine were there to welcome everyone to their new establishment which they purchased from Louis Maas. Card games were played and every half hour on the hour free beer was served. Later in the evening a free lunch was served to everyone.
DUEBERS BEN FRANKLIN: Ladies Pedal Pushers – $1.47 a pair. Ladies Jamaican Shorts – 88 cents. Ashtrays – 19 cents each. Toni Home Permanents $1.44. Everyday wash cloths – 11 cents each. Ironing Board Pak & Cover Set – 77 cents.
Cologne – The monthly meeting of the Cologne Crusaders 4-H Club was held at the village hall. Secretary Bonnie Zweber gave her report. Steven Arnst gave a demonstration on carving a pancake platter and knife out of wood. Judy Arnst gave a talk on baby sitting. The meeting was conducted by president Steven Arnst.
Mayer – Harold Hill returned home from the hospital where he had been confined for five days with a hand infection.

75 Years Ago – April 28, 1938
Waconia stores will be open every Wednesday and Saturday evenings starting May 4th.
Twenty-one acts have been booked for this year’s fair, according to the board of directors of the Waconia Fair. The fair board has contracted with the Thomas Shows for 15 high-class circus acts. In addition they have contracted six acts from the DeValdo group to form a well balanced program for the August fair. While this year’s fair will be held at the old fair grounds recently acquired by the school district, plans are going forward for the new fair grounds.
A mass choir of 130 voices, composed of the Lutheran choirs of six congregations will render a sacred concert at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia on Sunday evening. The choirs taking part are from Benton, Hamburg, Waconia, Young America, Brownton and Glencoe.
The Waconia High School Senior Class play “Mignonette” will be presented on Friday evening. Patty O’Reilly and Andrew Scheuble have the leads in the romantic drama. Miss Helen Andrew is the advisor for a cast of 17.
MOCKS: Come in and get our fresh Orange Slices at only 10 cents per pound. Also all candy bars and gum 3 for 10 cents.
ATTEND the opening game at Chaska next Sunday in the hot game in which Waconia opposes Chaska. See the opening ceremonies with “Bam” Behrns and His German Band, the Chaska Drum Corps and the Chaska Mayor toss the first ball for the Crow River League opener at Chaska next Sunday.
Approximately $120 was apparently picked from the pockets of three men who were in attendance at services recently at a church near here. It is the belief of most persons in attendance at the services that the picking was done at the time the offering was taken, as the congregation marched to the altar. Since many persons from other towns attended the services, local people could pick most anyone as a possible suspicious person.

100 Years Ago – May 2, 1913
The earthly remains of Gerhard Henry Niehaus will be lowered to their last resting place in the Catholic cemetery south of town today. Funeral services will be conducted at St. Joseph’ Church. Deceased being a prominent resident and one of Waconia’s first settlers it is expected that the exercise will be largely attended. Gerhard was born at Westphalia, Prussia, Germany on April 25, 1828. When he was 20 years of age, he came to America, locating at Wheeling W. V., where he was married in 1854 to Miss Anna Gardner, who survives him. He became a stone mason and moved to Kentucky and later moved westward and came to the wilds of Minnesota. In those days there were no streets, very few buildings and continuous danger from the Indians who were sulking in the thickets around the lake here. He erected a building, now occupied by the Weinzierl Barber Shop, and opened a small store and saloon. He later became the village’s first marshal.
Anton Vanderlinde and Miss Francis Ehalt were over from St. Boni Monday on a shopping expedition. The young couple will be united in marriage at St. Bonifacius on May 6th. They will make their home in a fine new residence just erected on the groom’s farm north of our sister city.