By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – May 22, 2003
The Richie Wagener Community Playground is now open to all children of the community. A grand opening and dedication ceremony was held on Sunday.
Cologne – The Tellers, Ken and Marcia, enjoy the thrill of collecting. Ken’s collection concentrates on farm toys. He travels to toy shows across the country. Marcia collects early American pattern glass, Minnesota Butter Boxes from local creameries no longer in existence such as Mayer, Waconia Winsted, Cologne and Chaska. She is most proud of her collection of beer memorabilia. The Tellers, now retired, love the experience. “It gives us reason to get up in the morning, travel and meet nice people,” they agree.
Sherman R. Olson of Waconia and Ruth Thielen of Maple Grove were married in Las Vegas on May 5th. The couple will reside in Waconia.
John Ansell will graduate this year from Waconia High School. He has been accepted at the University of Minnesota Morris. He has joined the Army Reserves and plans to become an Army Chaplain.
25 Years Ago – May 19, 1988
Waconia’s school mascot has been an Indian Chief for as long as many people can remember. But that may change. The use of Indian or Native American names and mascots should be eliminated by schools, the State Board of Education said in an announcement in the metropolitan media last week. It is not yet known if there will be a name change for Waconia’s mascot.
Incumbents John Zimmerman and Roger Sauerbrey were re-elected to their positions on the Waconia School Board. Elected to fill the third seat on the ballot was Genie Dueber of Waconia.
Awarded the bid for Harms Lakeview Terrace 6th Addition street, sewer and water work was Machtemes Construction of Waconia with a cost of $98,903. Machtemes was the low bidder and $164,000 under the engineer’s estimate.
Jerry Koosman is the event chairman for the 3rd Annual Waconia Ridgeview Hospital Foundation golf outing planned for June 27th at Island View Country Club. Dave Philp is the golf chairman.
Mayer – A landmark in Mayer came tumbling down Wednesday. The former city hall, built in 1901 was torn down. All that remains at the city hall site is the pumphouse, which will be resided and remain on the site.
Craig Pexa, along with his brother Todd Pexa, recently opened Lakeview Sporting Supply in the lower level of the former Dueber building at 44 Olive St. in Waconia. Barb Swanson of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce was on hand to welcome them into the Waconia business community.
Michael Hilgers, son of Daniel and Susan Hilgers, has been named a United States National Collegiate Award winner in Math.
50 Years Ago – May 23, 1963
Lowell Demm, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Demm received the State Farmer Degree at the State FFA convention held at the University of Minnesota. Lowell is 18 years old and a member of the Waconia Chapter of the Future Farmers of America. Lowell is Waconia’s 12th FFA member to receive the State Farmer Degree.
Gary Hegstrom of the Waconia High School golf team qualified for the Region Five Golf tournament. Gary placed 8th out of 64 golfers participating.
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Tester announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia, to Merrill Kirsch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kirsch.
New Germany – Miss Karen Kohls and Gerald Roepke were honored at a bridal shower at the Walter and Ewald Roepke home. A June wedding is planned.
Members of the Waconia Wonder Workers 4-H Club held their regular meeting at the John Yetzer home. Sherry Kortgard gave a demonstration on dish towels. Sheila Yetzer gave a talk entitled, “Tips On Bread and A Peach Delight.” Marcia Yetzer gave a demonstration on Cinnamon Toast. The meeting was called to order by president Becky Thom. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Connie Mayer. A motion was made that Mary and Terry Miller participate at the 4-H Round Up at the Carver County Fair.
Lenz Hardware will celebrate 25 years in business. The Lenz family came to Waconia 25 years ago and opened the hardware store, affiliated with Gambles, at their present location on Main Street.
75 Years Ago – May 19, 1938
The Girl Scout Mothers and Daughters banquet will be held on Monday, May 23. On Saturday Mrs. Rhea and Mrs. Bartlett will take 10 members of Troop II, all of whom received their second class badges together, into Minneapolis for a recreation day. The girls who will take the trip are: Carol Maiser, Marguerite Radde, Joan Rauen, Donna Osterfeld, Jean Schreiber, Elaine Bartlett, Eileen Kunze, Lois Wagener, June Luhring and Grace Schneider.
The most important part, locally, of the National Airmail Week, is a flight from Waconia to Minneapolis today carrying airmail from the local post office. Ervin Stahlke will pilot his own plane, taking off from the Joe Kelzer farm and will then fly into Minneapolis. He will make the trip to Minneapolis in 13 minutes. This is one of 67 special flights picking up mail from 97 Minnesota communities. Another flight will be made from Chaska by Willis Strong, who will fly his own plane. At the same time his brother Lyle Strong, who is a pilot for Northwest Airlines, will be making the Minneapolis-Chicago airmail flight. Both of the Strongs are Waconia boys.
100 Years Ago – May 23, 1913
A baby girl arrived at the John Kirsch home Tuesday. Mama and baby are doing splendid and papa is happy.
Waconia skat players came home Sunday night from the Minnesota Skat League Tournament at Norwood with the majority of the prize money. Frank Effertzs’ efforts brought him $50 in cool cash. Louis Seltz pulled down a $15 plum. Mike Zahler managed to pluck $3 in change as a reward. Waconia was represented by eight players.