5-9-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – May 8, 2003
Former Waconia High School golf coach George Oftelie will be inducted into the Minnesota Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. From 1977-80, the Waconia boy’s golf team won four straight Class A State Championships under coach Oftelie. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Grand Casino Mille Lacs in June.
The girls’ softball team from Waconia has quietly worked its way into the top 10 in Class AA. Last week it received news that it’s ranked No. 8 in the state. Coach Pat Hayes praised several of his players. Ace Rachel Mowry, a junior, is one of the best pitchers in the metro. Tuesday they beat Glencoe-Silver Lake 5-0. “She mowed ‘em down with 13 strikeouts, allowing just one hit. Her earned run average for the season is an anemic .19.” Other players who helped Rachel include her younger sister, Melissa, Amanda Lemke, Chrissi Nelson, Keli Hoen, Cortney Bongard and Anna Jonas.
The Waconia Wildcats track team took first and second place honors at Annandale. The boys took first and the girls took home silver. Joey Hiben took first in the 110 high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles. The 4×400 relay team of Katlyn Waletich, Krista Anderson, Mackenzie Collins and Kirsten Palm captured first.
Waconia High School art students participated in the 2nd annual MSHSLV Visual Arts competition. Seven WHS students had their art chosen from more than 100 entries in the local contest. They are: Evan Abrahamson, Anna Carrigan, Jenny Legahn, Janelle Zimmerman, Erin Ostlund, Emily Sims, and Samie Hoff. Anna Carrigan and Janelle Zimmerman received superior ratings on their work at the regional competition. The rest of the seven received excellent.
Sweet 16! From Cozy Coupe to Camry She’s a legal driver. Happy Birthday Krista! Love Mom, Dad, Laura.

25 Years Ago – May 5, 1988
A new movie theater is being proposed in Waconia. Bob Muller and his brother Mike brought the proposal to the city council. Possible locations would be downtown or on the highway. The Mullers have theaters in Delano and Monticello.
Kathy Heckmann is a one-of-kind mother. That is – she is the only mother in Carver County that has very young three of a kind kids. Heckmann, a well known face at the teller window of the First National Bank of Waconia, has 18-moth old triplets-Nicolas, Carley and Benjamin. She and her husband Russ also have another child, Cara.
St. Bonifacius – Marcia Jean Boll, daughter of Betty and James Boll will represent the local Auxiliary at Minnesota Girls State, according to Girls State Chair Leone Weinzierl, American Legion Post 597. Jodie Stahlke was selected as an alternate. She is the daughter of Lee and Carol Stahlke.
Dance trophies were won by four local dance students of Charlene Knorr. Winners in the Spotlight National Talent Contest conducted in Bloomington were Sara Irving, Rachel Gongoll, JoAnna Meuwissen and Kristin Gongoll.
Four people are running for three positions in the Waconia School Dist. 110 school board election. They are: Incumbents John Zimmerman and Roger Sauerbrey, Genie Dueber and Suzanne Lowy.
NEIGHBORS: Pandora of Waconia. Pandora is a neighbor well liked by many. She is the official greeter at the Waconia Veterinary Clinic. Pandora is a one-year old, gold and white, domestic short hair, cat with “baseball mitt” paws. She takes over the duties of “Melvin,” who died after 12 years at the clinic. Pandora came from a special mom owned by Waconia Vet Clinic employee, Lori Boettcher.
Audrey Loxtercamp and Steve Wessale will marry on May 28. Audrey is a 1985 graduate of Waconia High School and Steve is a 1984 graduate of Waconia High School. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Loxtercamp of Cologne and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wessale of Waconia.
Cologne – Happy first anniversary to Frankie and Patty Heiland. Happy belated birthday to Becky Mellgren, who turned 4 last week.

50 Years Ago – May 9, 1963
Brothers Erwin and Harold Zieroth died, the result of a tree falling on them at their farm three miles north of Waconia. Their bodies were discovered by Loren Zieroth, son of Erwin, when he investigated why the men had not returned to the home for the noon meal.
Mayer – The Lutheran High School Drama Club will present a pleasing three-act comedy, “Lavender and Old Lace” at the school auditorium in Mayer on May 17 and 18. Fifteen students are members of the cast, with Miss Marilyn Beneke, drama director in charge of the production.
The Waconia Lakers ball club defeated Chaska 7 to 2. Waconia honors: Stahlke, Nelson, Fahse, Leivermann, Scheuble, Moonen, Lehrke, Kirsch and Carr.
Mock’s Appliances: Mother’s Day Specials: New Hoover 2000 – $49.88. The New Hoover Lark -$29.88.
Winners in the Limbo Contest conducted at the Paradise Ballroom in Waconia last week Wednesday were first, Leo Pink of Shakopee; second, Dale Trende of Cologne and third, Dottie Stephens of Shakopee.
Arriving at the Wold Chamberlain Airport in Minneapolis on Tuesday evening from Bavaria in Germany were Mr. and Mrs. Karl Herr, the parents of Mrs. John Savaryn of Waconia. Mr. and Mrs. Herr will visit here with their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, Dr. and Mrs. John Savaryn and family, in their first reunion since the Doctor brought his family to America in 1950.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Notermann and children, Mrs. Leslie Tester and David of Minneapolis and Mrs. Catherine Notermann of Victoria visited at the Tester home on Sunday.
Waconia (5-0) stayed atop the Minnesota Valley Conference baseball standings by beating winless Eden Prairie 5-0 Monday as Steve Schelitzche hurled one-hit ball and struck out nine. Sophomore outfielder Don Schultz stroked a double and single for the Chiefs.

75 Years Ago – May 5, 1938
Waconia and the surrounding territory was treated to the first spring storm Tuesday. Several telephone poles blew down, effectively stopping phone service, lights and power. A few barns and outbuildings are reported as damaged and some baby chicks were lost when brooder houses were demolished by the wind. The biggest individual damage reported in Waconia was to the Ziemer Greenhouse, when the roof caved in, destroying all the glass, when it was hit by part of a building on the Kusserow property adjoining Ziemer’s. The Seidel brothers’ garage west of town was blown 200 feet away, but the two cars in the garage were unharmed. On the Joseph Hartman farm located on the Waconia-Chaska road, a machine shed was blown down.
Gloria Bahr of School District 46 was awarded first place in the Waconia Township declamation contest held at District 45 last week Friday evening. Clifford Dorn of District 46 was awarded second place and Joy Kratzke of District 45 third place. Gloria Bahr will represent Waconia Township in the county contest to be held at Chaska.
Cologne – Thieves entered the Standard Service Station operated by Lambert Joos early Tuesday morning. Entrance was gained through a side window. A small loss of candy and cigars was reported.
Waconia golfers met at Henry Neuman’s Barber Shop Tuesday. Arrangements were made with the Minnetonka Country Club at Excelsior which will be used by golfers of this community.
Wearing a dress that had been used at baptismal services by 26 relatives, Dale Hoff was baptized last week at a church west of here. The dress had been worn by 12 children and 14 grandchildren in the family over a period of 42 years.

100 Years Ago- May 9, 1913
Simon Peltz is sporting a new Overland car from the Otto J. Kuntz agency here.
Ernest Poppitz, a jolly good fellow, visited with his daughter, Mrs. Chas. Gramith, here Tuesday.
Orders to build cement sidewalks in front of the Moonen, Gatz, Wostrel and Petermann properties on First Street and also in front of the John Fick and W. Brandt lots were served this week.
ORCHARD AND GARDEN NOTES FOR MAY: Asparagus should be at about its best at this time. Red Cedar, Colorado Blue Spruce and Black Hill Spruce are excellent evergreens for the yard or windbreak. Buffalo berry, Mayday tree and the flowering currant are three plants that have flowered early this season. There is still time to make a good lawn. Forty pounds of blue grass, three pounds of white clover and three pounds of solid red top make a good lawn grass mixture.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox says, “Work hard and marry early.” Ella is all balled up. She means marry early and work hard.
FRANK WOSTREL, Get Plymouth Binder Twine. Wheat growers say Plymouth twine is the best ever made. Any man who uses it will tell you it has the fewest knots and causes the least trouble. Works perfectly on both old and new binders.
St. Bonifacius – Mr. and Mrs. Alb. Kunze visited relatives at Waconia Sunday.