5-16-13 Down Memory Lane

10 Years Ago – May 15, 2003

The first day of walleye fishing on Lake Waconia started with a brief calm, but later the weather turned with falling temperatures in the low 50s and rain. The rain continued through most of Sunday.

Mayer – Ashley Sprengeler, a freshman at Mayer Lutheran High School, made the High Honor roll during the third quarter. Sophomore Andrew Rollins, junior David Dornbos and seniors Jinnah Bergmann, Megan Donovan, Michael Illies, Lindsey Mellgren, Marry Moilanen and Holly Wilson also made the High Honor Roll.

One hundred eighty-four students graduated from Crown College on May 10. The event was held at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie.

St. Bonifacius – Renard P. Valenciano died. He was 58. He grew up in St. Bonifacius and was currently living in Michigan. He graduated from Waconia High School where he excelled in sports holding records and honors in the athletic department. He was a pitcher on the University of Minnesota baseball team. He won numerous national championships in paddleball. Funeral services were at St. Boniface Catholic Church.

The Waconia High School boys’ baseball team dismantled Litchfield 7-4 at Waconia on Thursday. Chris Bullis threw a complete game 8-hitter, giving up no walks and striking out four.


25 Years Ago – May 12, 1988

Waconia High School students Heidi Ertl, Lee Oakman, Jason Wolter and Michelle Winkler walked away with record-breaking honors at the FHA state convention. Heidi Ertl and Michelle Winkler also qualified for national berths. Kris Van Keulen and Jessie Ristow were gold award winners for speech presentation.

Weather Update: Warm weather has brought out the lilacs and other spring flowers. Soaking rains have turned everything green. Weather Trivia: May 11 is the peak of the low humidity season.

Dr. Robert Swanson, a Waconia optometrist, has returned to his office after attending the 88th annual meeting of the Minnesota Optometric Association at the Sheraton Park Place Hotel in Minneapolis.

Four Southview Elementary School students won first place ribbons at the Annual South Central Elementary Science Fair in Mankato. Amber Christenson’s topic was “How Fast Is Oxygen Used?” Michael Leen’s topic was “The Eye.” Krista Luedtka showed ‘How Maple Syrup is Made” and Paul Peterson experimented with magnets and electricity.

Age was honored recently at Evergreen Apartments in Waconia. Rep. Bill Frenzel presented 22 residents over the age of 80 with commendations from President Ronald Reagan. The oldest to receive the honor was Malinda Theis, 98. Waconia resident Loretta Stahlke became aware of this program and contacted the representative.

Waconia native Joe Reinitz is a recycling cyclist. He rides his bike picking up cans along the roadways, smashes them and places them in the basket on his bike. He can be seen at the controls of his bike back and forth from Cologne, to and from St. Bonifacius or back and forth to Mayer, all in a day’s time. The 81 year old says, “I get my exercise and I’m what you call a speed sleeper. I can’t sleep late in the morning, so I get up and travel. It’s a habit.”

Waconia High School student Mark LaValle broke the WHS record in the 200m dash with a winning time of 23.1 seconds.


50 Years Ago – May 16, 1963

Patricia Vit, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Vit of Waconia, is this year’s valedictorian at Waconia High School. Judith Plocher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wildred Plocher of Victoria is the salutatorian.

The annual election of District 110 board members will be held on May 21. Candidates for the offices are Dr. Perry Dungey and Ruben J. Weinzierl.

The cancer drive in Waconia has been completed and a net of $398 has been realized to further the work of cancer research and cure. Mrs. Raymond Maiser and Mrs. Frank Peura co-chaired the Waconia Cancer Drive.

The Erhard Food Store has been sold to Leonard Jensen and Son. They will take possession in September upon the completion of a new Super Market building to be located at Second Street and Vine, just north of the Waconia Laundromat. Erhard Brothers have been in business since 1935 at which time they opened a Meat Market in what is now the VFW Club. Then they moved to the present location (the former Henning General Store).

Harry, Beatrice and Keith Wagener and Mrs. Josephine Koehnen spent the weekend in Chillicothe, Mo., where they visited with Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Koehnen and Sheryl.

Cologne – A well balanced Cologne Hollanders baseball team will go to Waconia Sunday. For years Cologne was a doormat in the league, but starting last year they moved into the first division behind fine pitching and timely hitting. Swanson is a curve ball artist. He knows how to get that ball over and he will be tough to hit.


75 Years Ago – May 12, 1938

The fame of this community’s quality creamery products is receiving attention in eastern markets. Last week The Maple Creamery received a letter from a Syracuse, N.Y., jobber who requested samples of Maple Creamed Cottage Cheese, and asked to be named the distributor for this product in New York state. Maple Creamery products are distributed not only in the Twin Cities and Minnesota but in five neighboring states.

St. Bonifacius- Mrs. Catherine Robling accidentally drowned at her home yesterday forenoon when she fell into the cistern at the family home. After filling a washtub with water, and while placing the cover over the cistern, Mrs. Robling fell into the cistern. She was 71 years old. Surviving are her bereaved husband, four sons and two daughters.

The Waconia Library has a number of German books they have obtained from the Minnesota Free Traveling Library.

GAMBLES SPRING SALE: Save on an Electric Refrigerator. As low as $79.50. F. J. Lenz, Owner, Waconia.

Take a Trip to Excelsior. The Excelsior Amusement Park announces their Grand Opening Saturday and Sunday. Free Roses for Ladies attending the opening dance. Park in full operation (Daily) All Rides Running. Speed Boats for a Fast Ride. A Hollywood Premier at Excelsior.

The first play day sponsored by Waconia High School was attended by nearly 80 boys and girls who will complete their eight grades in rural schools and Christian Day schools. The high school band and glee club performed in the morning and a one-act play was given. Buses transported the students from the different districts to and from. Students brought their lunches and a hot dish was furnished by the school to supplement their lunch. The afternoon was devoted to athletic events.


100 Years Ago – May 16, 1913

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day and the only marks of observation of the day called to our notice were Albert Thielen who made an auto tour from Minneapolis to Waconia with his mother and Mrs. Thielen and her mother.

Complaints are coming in regarding the condition of the Minneapolis-Waconia road east of town. The town board should get busy with this stretch of road. The road is very uneven. We fail to understand why this particular piece of road is not taken care of better, especially after securing aid for the grading and graveling, which by no means was a small sum. We trust that the proper authorities take this matter in hand and get busy NOW!

Miss Olga Lenz is teaching the intermediate room at the public school and will complete Miss Wostrel’s term. Miss Wostrel’s health has not been of the best and her physician advised a rest.

Editor Hlavacek of the Hopkins News and Atty. Bolzendahl of Hopkins autoed to Waconia Saturday last to spend a half day with friends here. The gentlemen were astounded and viewed with complimentary remarks about our beautiful village, island, peninsula and lake. The gentlemen have offered their services as one of the speakers here on Memorial Day.

FREE WANT ADS FOR FARMERS: Every farmer has something to sell or wants to purchase an article and this has prompted us to open the free exchange allowing each farmer a 15 word want ad free of charge. The only restriction is that he must be a farmer of Carver County and a paid up subscriber of the Patriot. Subscribe for the Patriot $1.00 per year.

A baby girl was ushered into the P. Thom home via the stork route last week Thursday.

George Goldschmidt and family were to Cologne Sunday in their Ford. They visited with George’s brother, Henry.