5-30-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – May 29, 2003
The Waconia girls’ golf team captured the conference title and has now claimed the Section title as well. The 2003 team includes Johanna Lee, Lindsay Fischbach, Keli Leivermann, Cassie Williams, Becky Solheim, Kerin Jetto, Jenny VanKirk, Kate Solheim and captains Brittany Willborg and Emily VanKirk.
Roger and Bonnie Buesgens of Waconia along with Gary and LeaAnn Burau announce the engagement of their children, Jessica and Kreg. Jessica is a 1999 graduate of Waconia High School and Kreg is a 1998 graduate of Waconia High School.
Victoria – Holy Family High School has named a new president: Frank Miley.
PATRIOT FORUM: What’s your favorite thing about the new playground? “Climbing down the tires.” –Olivia Kassulker-Mayer. “All of it.” –Erin Wagener-Waconia. “The towers.”-Kirsten Wagener-Waconia. “Monkey bars.”-Emily Kassulker-Mayer.
The Dazzling Darlings are graduating! Congratulations Roxanne and Becky! Love, Mom.
Daisy Girl Scout Troop 1165 recently contributed food donations to the Waconia Food Shelf. The girls include: Claire Melchert, Mirana Frank, Paige Parvey, Taylor VanSloun, Madelynn Lage, Anja Knudson, Samantha Knutson, Rebecca Gaida, and Hannah Paine.
County Road 30 will close on the east end of Main Street in Waconia this Monday. A new Highway 5 extension program will be in progress.
New Germany- Happy Birthday wishes to Kimberly Hafemann, Leila Brelje and Louise Hamann.

25 Years Ago – May 26, 1988
Tom Schmakel, 23, died in a car-truck accident Tuesday morning. Schmakel is a 1982 graduate of Waconia High School and a 1986 graduate of the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul. He was attending Mankato State University, working on his education degree and his coaching certificate.
Waconia residents have officially requested metropolitan telephone service and the process of extending service to Waconia is underway.
ON CAMPUS: Stacy Stender of New Germany has been accepted for fall enrollment at Mankato State University. She will graduate from Waconia High School this spring. Chris Ratzlaff, son of Dale and Jeanette Ratzlaff of Waconia, has been awarded at St. John’s University a Siehl Scholarship for the 1988-89 academic year. He is Spanish major.
The rodeo season opens with local riders competing. Kristi Skoog, 1988 Minnesota High School Rodeo Queen, placed third in goat tying and fourth in team roping with her partner, Mark Rentschler of Mayer at the fairgrounds at Willmar. Shawn Dalchow son Bob Dalchow and Sandi Beckland and a junior at Waconia High School, competed in team roping.
With the advent of spring, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding the public of the need to obtain authorization before undertaking any project affecting surface or ground water resources.
Cologne – Happy Birthday to twins Harry Bruesehoff and Harriet Tellers. Happy belated anniversary to Doug and Dena and the gang at D’s Gas & Go.
Mayer –Twenty-five members of the Mayer Senior Citizens met at the center Wednesday afternoon. Merlyn and Lila Muelich served lunch of sandwiches, pickles, coffee cake and cakes.

50 Years Ago – May 30, 1963
Four Waconia High School baseball players were named to the Minnesota Valley All Conference Team. They are Charles Dueber, Steve Schelitzche, Ron Ess and Don Schultz.
Tony Zweber of Cologne was named temporary secretary-treasurer of the Carver County Agricultural Society to fill the vacancy of Erwin Zieroth because of an accidental death. Merlin Burandt of Waconia was elected to the Board of Directors to fill the vacancy due to resignation of Marvin Strei.
The regular meeting of the Ladies Guild of St. Joseph’s Parish will be held on Thursday afternoon. Committee members are: Mrs. Ray Allmann, Mrs. Art Ament, Mrs. Elizabeth Bahr, Mrs. Elmer Bahr, Mrs. Anthony Bauer, Mrs. Alfred Biersdorf, Mrs. Ray Bleedorn and Mrs. Anna Blissenbach.
A PF Sweepstakes contest was conducted at the Family Shoe Store in Waconia. Winners were:Roger Leckwold, Lori Bost, Penny Miller, and Carol Chan all of Waconia.
Cologne – A total of $46.20 was collected in the Village of Cologne for the Cancer Drive. Mrs. Willard Sauter and Mrs. Joe Salden were the chairmen in charge.
Victoria – Last Friday the pupils of Grades 1 through 4 of the Victoria Public School and their teachers, Mrs. Henry Lobitz and Mrs. Bob Sandberg had a wonderful field trip to the International Airport, the Museum of Natural History and Como Park. A group of mothers accompanied them.
Pat Waldner, the Waconia High School Athletic Director, presented baseball coach Dick Mingo, with an autographed baseball signed by the team at the Jaycee Recognition Banquet last Wednesday.

75 Years Ago – May 26, 1938
Otto Klammer is in Nagel Hospital in Waconia recovering from spinal injuries received Monday when a scaffold on which he was working broke and dropped him several feet unto an inclined driveway at the side of the Irwin Honebrink home which is being built. Mr. Klammer and Alfred Tester were at work shingling the roof of the house when the accident occurred. Tester received a few scratches on his chest.
Lois Phillipy was chosen the outstanding girl scout at the Girl Scout Mother-Daughter banquet held in the high school. Ten girls were given second class scout badges in an investiture ceremony conducted by Mrs. Rhea.
Twenty-four students will graduate from Waconia High School on June 3. The valedictorian is Inez Johnson.
Cologne – Mrs. Robert Fritz spent Wednesday last at Waconia. Viola Schwartz of Waconia, spent some time here with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Heuer.
Lake Auburn – Christ Fink, Peter Bender, Miss Carrie Fink and Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Albert were Sunday evening guests at the Ferd. Thurk home.
KELZER SHOE STORE: Phone 26 Waconia. Men’s City Club shoes $2.98.
Fresh chocolate creams at only 15 cents per lb. All bars at 3 for 10 cents. Mock’ Ben Franklin Store.
A parcel shower was given in honor of Miss Eleanor Bitzer at the home of William Sauter.

100 Years Ago – May 30, 1913
There is a rumor afloat in town that some man was killed by a train near here. Investigation proved that there was no foundation to the report and there is a possibility that some hobo was asleep along the side of the track and when the morning passenger passed by he awoke and took to his heels. The report was made to the local agent by the engineer on the morning passenger that a body was lying near the side of the track.
There is good reason to believe that there should be a restriction of cows running at large in the village. An ordinance prohibits the herding of cows in the village limits and the law should be enforced. Only the other evening two cows trampled the gardens of citizens and did much damage. Imagine yourself hoeing and otherwise spending hard work preparing a garden and then have some cow invade and trample up things. Cows, when herded to and from pastures should be led thru the streets and the council should enforce the ordinance to the letter, no matter who the violators are.

  • Stanley Topel

    Just a quick note to let you know that your column is appreciated.
    I read it faithfully each and every week. I especially enjoying looking back at the prices of what we paid in the good old days.
    Keep up your excellent work and know that we read and enjoy it even way out here in Michigan.

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