By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – June 26, 2003
Milltronics owner and president Tim Rashleger met with President George Bush, along with two of his Waconia employees last Thursday prior to the president’s speech on tax relief. Rashleger described the president as being personable and somebody he could identify with. The Waconia Milltronics owner talked with President Bush about trade and jobs.
St. Bonifacius – The City Council recently approved a measure that will allow bars there to remain open until 2 a.m. if they so desire.
Happy 30th birthday to our “big sister” Mel. Love: Kaydee and Morgan.
The Grand Marshal of the Lake Waconia Band Festival this year was Lisa Sauer. This was the fifth year of the festival.
The Waconia High School 2003 track Hall of Fame inductees are Alex Krukowski, Philip Litfin, Kerstin Palm and Sonja Ellingson.
Six-year varsity golfer Brittany Willborg and five-year veteran Emily VanKirk finished their Wildcat careers at the State tournament.
Mayer – The Lutheran High School Crusader softball and baseball teams announced their All-Conference selection. They are Jon Schwartz and Jared Duske named All-Conference for the boys; and Stephen Krause Honorable Mention. For the girls Angela Heuer and Carissa Dreier filled the two All-Conference spots, while Cara Schroeder was named Honorable Mention.
25 Years Ago – June 23, 1988
Area farmers and residents are talking drought this season. The heat continues. Corn is rolling up its leaves to conserve moisture and grain suffering. Farmers have already seen their first crop of alfalfa fall short, reaching only about six inches in height when it usually is 14 to 18 inches tall. The continued drought could be critical to the city of Waconia’s water supply. Nearly 1 million gallons of water were pumped Sunday. That means the city went through its towers three times Sunday. One pump ran for 24 hours. “If it gets any lower, we will have to go with a total ban on outdoor watering,” Public Works Superintendent Randy Sorensen said.
New stop signs sprang up, almost overnight at three Waconia intersections. The new stop signs include two at Vine and Main Streets (the Ford garage), making that corner a four-way stop. Three have been installed at Maple and Lake Streets and a stop sign has been installed northbound on Elm Street at Lake Street.
“Town and Country Day” was celebrated at the Waconia city park Saturday. Area residents Wayne Mortensen, John Devins and Dr. Ralph Molnau were among those who tried their best in a cow-milking contest. The friendly competition was won by Leon Frantz of Waconia. The Harmonaires entertained the crowd. Carver County Dairy princesses Lois Plekkenpol, Cherie Schrupp and Julie Klaustermeier helped serve lunch.
PATRIOT FORUM: The American dream is … “to be tan, make lots of money and have lots of clothes.”-Jill Gray-Waconia; “to finish school and to own and operate your own business.”-Bob Lamkin-Waconia; “to have health, happiness, freedom and a red Porsch.”-Elaine Foss-Waconia; “to live in a free environment where your kids can be raised to be what they want to be.”-Beth Mendiola-Waconia.
50 Years Ago – June 27, 1963
Bob Matson, local druggist and member of Island View Country Club shattered the old course record of 34, by shooting a blistering 33 on Island View’s long rolling and beautiful 37 par layout. He birdied 5 out of the nine holes — four of them in a row (6-7-8-9). His record breaking round required only 11 putts. Congratulations Bob on a tremendous accomplishment.
Cologne – COLOGNE GETS WORLD-WIDE PUBLICITY: “I extend greetings from Cologne, Minnesota, Cologne, New Jersey, and even Cologne, Texas,” said President Kennedy Sunday night as he extended greetings to the people of Cologne, Germany, when he arrived in that city, to confer with West German government leaders.
The management of the Paradise Ballroom has booked the Grand Ole Opry to appear at the ballroom on July 5. This is the first time the famous Opry is appearing in person in this area. With the company will be the famous Marvin Rainwater and Judy Thomas and also the Bobby Hankins Blue Boys.
Charlotte Mary Allmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymound Allmann married Charles Wendell Bock of Minneapolis at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Rev. Father Joseph Kauer officiated.
The couple will honeymoon in Europe. The bride is a lifetime resident of Waconia and a graduate of Waconia High School and the Grace Downs Modeling School of New York.
75 Years Ago – June 23, 1938
The hootchi-kootchi dancers might have been good, but they didn’t start the fire at the carnival here last week. It all started when someone riding on a ferris wheel threw a cigarette into a treetop.
Soon the flames broke out, threatening the continued existence of the carnival wagons and tents, parked nearby, to say nothing of the danger to the grass skirts and the Lakeside Club pavilion property. The Waconia fire department was called and soon had the fire out.
A 23 hit barrage sunk Chaska Sunday, in the worst trimming the Sugar city team has ever taken from Waconia. The score was 19 to 2. Trow pitched fine ball for Waconia. He set down 13 Chaska batsmen by way of the strikeout route. The victory moves Waconia into third place in the 1938 league race. Mayer is first, with St. Boni a close second.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Erhard and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Graff were Minneapolis visitors Thursday.
SAVE SAVE! On Gambles Quality Paints. Barn paint as low as 98 cents per gallon; House paint as low as $1.79 per gallon. Gamble Store Agency, Waconia.
100 Years Ago – June 27, 1913
People tired of the “rush and push” of the city are beginning to come to their favorite recreation and fishing grounds, Coney Island and Clearwater Lake. And people like the crops in this vicinity. The crops received a drenching on Tuesday last and as a result everything again looks prosperous.
A state hotel inspector was in town Wednesday and measured the tablecloths, napkins, bed sheets and otherwise sniffed around the local hostelries but outside of a hearty welcome to our village he found nothing to complain of and made out his report and charged up a day’s salary to the taxpayers of the state.
The telephone and mail box should form a part of the equipment of every rural school. They would bring the parents and the outside world into closer touch with both teacher and pupil, and help solve many of the rural teacher’s problems. In case of illness or severe storm the teacher might know in advance of the absence of the pupil. In case of sudden need the pupil might be more readily summoned home from school. Many progressive schools take daily newspapers and one or more farm journals. All should do so. A mail box would bring information to the teacher’s desk instead of her boarding place or in the home of one of the directors. These conveniences cost very little. Few investments will pay larger dividends in the education of your boys and girls.
STRAYED—A heifer, six months old, black and white to my farm in Laketown. Has been at my place for two weeks. Owner can have same by proving property, paying feed and also paying for this notice. Joe Krautbauer, Waconia.