7-18-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – July 17, 2003
A fishing tournament sponsored by the Minnesota Vikings’ Jack Brewer was held on Lake Waconia last week and included an autograph session.
Welcome Neighbor! New to the area? Call our local representative Darlene Roth.
Sports Briefs: WHS graduate Lisa Koehler showed off the Ringneck Tournament trophy her Rosemount Irish softball team won recently. Chris Leivermann and Josh Condon received first and second place medals in two separate Junior PGA tournaments recently.
The Waconia Mickey Mantle baseball team qualified to play in the 3A State Tournament. The team had a 8-2 regular season record. Team members are Kenny Sterner, Nick Lano, Joel Swift, Matt Wessale, Jake Stanton, Josh Ruiz, Matt Tegels, Kevin Bullis, Nate Eder, TJ Koehler, Justin Klingelhutz and Nick Matheson. Brian Klingelhutz is the coach and Dave Swift and Greg Tegels are assistant coaches.
Cologne –The Cologne Lions Club presented a donation of $3,000 to the Cologne Fire Department for helmets and breathing apparatus. Nick Joos received the check from Cologne Lions President Pat Herrmann.
New Germany – Abby Jo, infant daughter of Gordy and DeAnn Chmielewski was baptized Sunday. Her sponsors are Beth Roepke, Cory Chmieleski and Jill Rickett.

25 Years Ago – July 14, 1988
A location for a new theater in downtown Waconia is the top priority for a group of business owners and other interested parties discussing redevelopment in downtown Waconia.
Docks on Lake Waconia have been left high and dry as the lake has slowly receded in the hot, dry weather. The shoreline in some places has moved out 50 to 100 feet, leaving behind aquatic plants. Some property owners have given up docking their boats.
Street extension is allowing for highway development in Waconia. Cherry Street will be constructed south to Highway 5.
Karen Hellekson and Michelle Lafrenz of Waconia, graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
St. Bonifacius – Cynthia Thurk, daughter of Bonnie and Jerry Thurk, has been accepted for admission to the College of Saint Benedict. She is a member of the Waconia class of 1988. She has been awarded an music scholarship for her freshman year.
Waconian Dick Bartholow has a new hobby. He flies a hot air balloon called, “Serenity.” It can be seen in cold or warm weather floating across the countryside at 10 miles per hour. His family takes part. His son “Chip” is crew chief. His wife Diane is the photographer and daughter Jenny assists with on-ground errands. Some of Chip’s buddies, Pat Brose, Steve Jensen, Brett McNelly and Dave Kuntz ride in a Bronco chaser vehicle that allows communication to the balloon.

50 Years Ago – July 18, 1963
There will be an open house for the new Waconia Hospital on Sunday, July 21. The planning for the hospital began nine years ago. It was decided by many citizens that it would be built on the site of the John Fischer farm. Many local residents were committee members involved in the planning, including Will Yetzer, Cliff Gramith, Art Wagener, Werner Thom, G. J. Deluhery, Roy Dueber, John Klatt, Ken Larson, Marvin Mackenthun, Paul Reinitz, Tony Wagener and others including Ray Erhard, William Glaeser, Henry Lobitz and Dr. Sawaryn.
Waconia’s building boom is bigger than ever this year. Fifteen new homes are under construction. Among them are homes for the following families: LeRoy Kuntz, George Cook, Leon Haering, Robert Meyer, Alfred Harms, Rev. A. C. Waechter, Ralph Cloutier, Cliff Bergs, Wilmer Feltman and finished this spring a Medallion Home in Sunset Ridge, built by Ivar Johnson.
LaVonne Schultz, a member of the Silver Creek 4-H Club, will participate in the Farm Girls’ Camp at the 1963 State Fair.
Winners in the Junior Canoe Races held on Fourth of July were Rick Gramith and Ron Hartmann who canoed for Matson Drug Store. Winners in the Senior Division of the canoe races were Dr. Herb Strait and his sister marty Strait. They raced for Maggies Bar. Dan Steinhagen presented the trophies.
St. Bonifacius – George Klepperich and his 11 year old daughter, Georgis made a fine catch of Northerns at Whale Tale Lake, north of here. In one hour they caught six fine Northerns. They ranged from 1 ½ pounds to six pounds. They each caught three but Georgia got the thrill of reeling in all six.

75 Years Ago – July 14, 1938
Since the Waconia city well was repaired the bill for pumping water into the city water tank was $152.00 for one month instead of $389.00 which was the charge for one month’s pumping before the city well was repaired.
While Messrs. Mellgren and Olander of Dahlgren Township were driving to Waconia on the Cologne-Waconia road Thursday they noticed a deer at the Charles Louis farm south of Waconia. As the men watched the large deer, the animal went into a barley field on the Louis farm. Occasionally a deer or some other animal strays from its habitat in the northern part of the state to the virgin fields in this part of the state, as for instance the beaver that was killed at the Wartman farm near Victoria several weeks ago.
After serving as pastor of the Waconia and Zoar Moravian congregation for eight years, the Rev. E. H. Swavely resigned the pastorate. A farewell party was given the pastor and his family in the church parlors.
The Carver County Barbers Association held its annual picnic on Diessner’s Peninsula, enjoying themselves with their families by having a picnic dinner, playing ball, swimming and fishing. When playing ball Jerry Kirsch tried to make a home run and strained a muscle, which caused him to retire from the game. At present he is recuperating nicely.
Twelve carloads of milk powder made by the Waconia Creamery rolled out of this city over the M. & St. L. tracks this week.

100 Years Ago – July 18, 1913
Those people who are continually complaining of the high cost of living should consult the man who has reared a family of eight children on a $50 per month salary.
ORCHARD AND GARDEN NOTES: Currants are at their best now. This is a fruit that should be more often raised. It is easy to cultivate and if pruned occasionally gives good returns of fruit. It is time to make up lists of tulips and other bulbs that are to be planted in quantity this fall. Musk melons ought to be ripening soon. Seeds of perennials, such as hollyhock, columbine, larkspur, and foxglove may be sown now.
Tuesday noon the village was in total darkness and necessitated the use of the gaslights. A heavy rain storm, bordering on a cloud burst, overtaxed the sewerage system, flooding the sidewalks.
Victoria – The village of Victoria has organized a fire department. The new organization has purchased $600 worth of equipment. We have not learned who officers of the department are but if our old time friend, Math. Grausam, was not chosen chief they surely have made a mistake. Math is a fire fighter of the old school and was chief at Waconia for a number of years, therefore we know where of we speak.
The newly graveled road leading into the east end of town still remains in a dangerous condition. Someone is shirking his duties. It is a shame to spend so much money on a road and then leave it in a neglected condition. A few pennies spent now will save many a dollar in the future. The same applies to the state road leading on the northwest end of town towards Watertown.

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