6-13-13 Down Memory Lane

Compiled by Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – June 12, 2003

The Lake Minnetonka Kennel Club’s annual dog show was held in Waconia at the fairgrounds last Saturday and Sunday.

Waconia High School had one male entrant at the State Track and Field Championships, but Joey Hiben, a sophomore, delivered the goods at State. He finished .02 of a second behind the third place time in the 110-meter hurdles.

Seven Wildcats were honored by the Wright County Congerence at the Waconia softball team’s end-of-the-year banquet. Seniors Amanda Lemke, Jackie Olson and Anna Jonas were named All-Conference, in addition to junior Rachel Mowry. Senior Chrissi Nelson was named Honorable Mention with junior Courtney Bongard and freshman Melissa Mowry.

The Waconia Food Shelf, which has been operated by Lynn Laumann at a downtown location, will switch to a building currently owned by St. Joe’s Church, located at 11 Elm Street. Member churches are splitting the costs of rent and utilities at the new location.

PATRIOT FORUM: What’s your dad like? “He’s the outdoors type. He’s always hunting or fishing.” –Kelly Burau-Victoria. “He’s a business man and very busy.”-Jessica Haasken-Waconia. “My dad is the smartest person I know.” –Franny Gustafson-Waconia. “He tells jokes that aren’t funny, but he always laughs at them and he’s the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet.” –Amanda Lemke-Cologne.

Mayer-For the second time this year, the Mayer Lutheran girls’ track team pulled off a huge win, this time capturing the State Class A track and field championships, edging rival Delano for that honor.


25 Years Ago – June 9, 1988

Waconia High School’s graduation is set for Sunday. Mark LaValle and Christopher Heagle will be class speakers.

The Olympic flag led the Parade of nations that opened the 1988 Southview Olympic Games in Waconia Wednesday. Allison Christenson led the Parade of Nations carrying the Olympic flag. Allison was selected for the honor when she was named the most physically fit student at Southview according to the Presidents Fitness Test.

A sprinkling ban is now enforced in Waconia from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Watering lawns, flowers, gardens or anything outdoors using municipal water is prohibited during those hours. The ban will be in effect until the water usage would decrease to a safe level. If the situation does not improve the ban could be extended to a complete ban, according to Public Works Supervisor Randy Sorensen.

Music in the Park will be a weekend event this summer in Waconia, thanks to the Waconia Chamber of Commerce.

Cologne – Eighteen cars in a railroad derailment occurred about one quarter of a mile east of Cologne late Monday morning. No injuries were reported. Sparks form derailment caused a small fire in the dry grass south of the track.

Mayer – Long-awaited apartments designed especially for the elderly is now open. An open house was conducted on Sunday. Among those attending were: caretaker Elmer Loehrs, Mayor Milfred Dalchow, caretaker Alsilvia Loehrs, City Clerk Lois Maetzold, co-owner Stan Helt, Manager Lois Nussbaum and co-owners Todd Hendricks and Jerry Hendricks.

Jim and Betty Ebert invite friends and neighbors to join them at the Cologne Pavilion on June 19 to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.


50 Years Ago – June 13, 1963

Volunteers are needed at Waconia’s new hospital site to lay sod. The sod will be delivered to the site and all that is required of the volunteers is to do the laying. Volunteers are needed two weekends Saturday and Sunday. All persons interested in giving a helping hand are asked to leave their names with the City Clerk at the city hall or with mayor Tony Wagener.

A total of 58 students have registered for the special summer school sessions at Waconia High School. The six-week courses are offered in several areas of achievement and have been sanctioned by the State Department of Education. Leon A Budahl, chairman of the English department and instructor during the summer sessions stated that District 110 have an opportunity available to them that is offered in very few school systems within the state. “Only a handful offers them.”

St. Bonifacius- Wilmer Luedtke has been appointed to the membership of the school board of Independent 110, Waconia. Mr. Leudtke was named to fill the unexpired team of the late Erwin Zieroth. Mr. Luedtke formerly served on the school board at St. Bonifacius before that area was consolidated into the Waconia district.

The Waconia Community Hospital will be remodeled into the Nightengale Nursing Home. Construction will begin immediately. Officers of the Nightengale board are A. A. Segner, president, Ervin Honebrink, vine president, Fritz Bost, secretary, Charles Gramith, treasurer, and board of directors Irwin Splettstoesser, Joe Schecher and John Guettler.

The Minnesota Valley Conference held its annual track meet at Mound. Waconia Chief Dan Eckhardt received first in the broad jump with a 20-3.


75 Years Ago – June 9, 1938

Ten pupils of the Waconia Trinity Lutheran School had a perfect attendance record during the 1937-38 school years, not being absent or tardy during the entire school. They are Myra Vollrath, Lorraine Wachholz, Karl Klatt, Delite Splettstoesser, Dallas Vollrath, Ramona Splettstoesser, Euna Raether, Doris Lobitx, Wilma Klatt and Esther Gust.

Ed Yetzer was re-elected Chief of the Waconia Fire Department for the coming year.

Walter Johnson and Jerome Lahr caught fish on Lake Waconia that would please many fishermen. They hauled in two pikes that tipped the scales at 12 pounds.

Victoria – Russell Schmid should be a man who never is late for an appointment when he grows up. Russel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Schmid, was given a special award at the St. Victoria graduation exercises Sunday evening for perfect attendance during his eight years in grade school.

The Waconia baseball team trimmed Delano 8 to 5. Joe (Sep) Kunze, the local first sacker, had a .500 day at the plate by blasting a home run and a double. Alfred Wagener, our hard working receiver, made life miserable for the rivals by hitting a three-bagger and a single.

A surprise birthday party was held at the meeting of the Legion Auxiliary for Mrs. Lenz Radde, the oldest member of the auxiliary. She received congratulations and many fine presents on the occasion of her 80th birthday. In Mrs. Radde’s honor Elaine Bartlett, the youngest member of the auxiliary gave a special birthday verse.

Mosquitoes, no respecters of the dignity of graduation ceremonies were present in full force at Waconia’s commencement exercises. “I Hear the Bees A’hummin,” could well have had a word changed, and it would have made sense.


100 Years Ago – June 13, 1913

A man will spend an hour in a saloon telling the barkeeper all about the Rights of Man, Freedom and Personal Liberty. And when he gets through indignation he will eat a handful of coffee beans so his wife won’t know he has been drinking beer. And why all this rumpus because T.D. refuse to admit he was drunk? Did you ever in your life see a man who would admit he was drunk? No, sir. One of our Personal Liberties is the privilege of drinking and never being drunk. The fool sidewalk may jump up and hit you in the face, but we are not drunk No, sir.

Our attention has been called to the fact that the St. Antonius Verein of this village donated the sum of $10 toward the Dayton and Omaha flood and cyclone suffers fund.

As a place for one to spend the heated summer months, few spots in the country can be compared with Waconia. The expense of an outing is very small. The train service is all that could be expected and the fare is only $1 for the round trip from Minneapolis and $1.25 from St. Paul. Hotel accommodations are adequate and the rates reasonable. This season promises to be better than any previous and as a prospective George Weinzierl had added a large number of new boats and other equipment to his fleet of boats.