By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – July 24, 2003
The Waconia high School Marching Band concluded its season with an East Coast trip and a pair of parades back home in Minnesota. Boston and New York City were among the places visited. At home they performed at Litchfield and received Grand Champion at Maple Grove.
Waconia city administrator Susan Arntz is out on medical leave because of the birth of her second child in August. According to Mayor Don Johnson, city clerk Mary Johnson will be serving as interim city administrator until Arntz returns to work.
St. Bonifacius – Crown College is preparing for the upcoming fall sports season. Matt Darr will be the new athletic director.
PATRIOT FORUM: How far can you swim? “About a mile.”-Jerry May-Waconia. “To the island (on Lake Waconia)”-Brianna Wall-Waconia. “100 yards.”-Alicia Champagne-Waconia. “A bit more than the length of a football field.”-Amanda Sullivan-Waconia.
Dr. Eric Wentling will join Lakeview Clinic, Ltd. Aug. 1. He is a general pediatrician seeing newborns through 18 year olds. He especially interested in working with teens. He will be seeing patients at the Waconia and Chaska offices.
Road work east of town is ongoing. It is the new Main Street extension that connects Main Street to Highway 5, just east of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Delores M. “Ole” Radde died. She is survived by husband Fremont and daughter Susan Noble of Littleton, Colorado.
25 Years Ago – July 21, 1988
The Waconia District 110 School Board toughened the policy on attendance at a recent meeting where parents could talk about their concerns. The drug issue was also discussed. Listening to comments was five of the seven board members, Dave Grandy, Genie Dueber, Dan Steinhagen, Roger Sauerbrey and Frank Foss, as well as Supt. Allen Frazier.
Waconia students Jason Wolter and Lee Oakman won national recognition in Ohio recently. They won 3-Star Awards at the National FHA leadership meeting.
WACONIA STATE BANK: Looking for a home mortgage? Check with Lori Schmidt, loan processor, Carol Braunwarth, loan originator or Gerry Delaney, mortgage officer.
Six local students were among those named to the dean’s list at the College of St. Thomas this spring. They are: Julie M. Wickenhauser of Cologne, Robert Salonek of Mayer, Pamela Moonen of St. Bonifacius, and Kathleen Howe, Nichol Larson and Ann Mendiola, all of Waconia.
PATRIOT FORUM: When the humidity is high and it is 100 degrees in the shade, what is the best thirst quencher? “Lemonade with fresh lemon in it.”-Lydia Schmidt-New Germany. “Probably a cool glass of milk.”-Tom Maiser. “An ice cold beer.”-Carl Radde-Mayer.
The Chances R Saddle Club held its 15th annual horse show at the Carver County Fairgrounds. Katy Winter of Waconia was a high point winner in the intermediate division.
Tom Dols of Watertown has taken over the Wooden Shoe Store at 2 S. Elm St. in Waconia. Bob Otten, the previous owner, will work part time at the store below Main Street Shoes.
50 Years Ago – July 25, 1963
In a 16-team invitational tournament, George’s Bar of Waconia reached the championship finals. In quarterfinal and semifinal games George’s defeated LeSueur and Silver Lake. Mike Fitzgibbons stood out in pitching for George’s Bar. Lineup for the Waconia team was: Harold Kuntz, Fritz Bost, Darrel Wagener, Don McKee, Clayton Nelson, Gary Phillips, Bob Wyttenhove, Mike Fitzgibbons, Peter Lehrke, Lee Mingo, Dick Mingo, Bob Koehnen, Gordy Stender and Gary Moonen.
The Waconia Knights of Columbus Drum and Bugle Corp won first place in the famous Minnepolis Aquatennial Parade.
The annual county-wide Farmers Union Picnic is scheduled this year on July 28 at Wagener’s Resort on Lake Waconia.
At least 5,000 people attended the Open House of the new Waconia Ridgeview Hospital on Sunday. Another 1,500 people returned to their homes unable to find parking places. At the ceremonies Will Yetzer introduced several speakers. The honor of laying the first mortar went to Mayor Tony Wagener.
Cologne – Gregory Boyle received the appointment of mail carrier on rural route 1 out of the Cologne Post Office. Gerhard Engelen had been the carrier on this route for many years until his retirement. His substitute until Greg arrived was Mrs. Edwin Weinzierl.
75 Years Ago – July 21, 1938
William Lipp and Ben Buelow were re-elected members of the board of education of Independent School Dist. 44 for three-year terms. Thirty three votes were cast. Mr. Lipp received 33 votes and Mr. Buelow 32.
Diamondball is creating unusual interest in Waconia with the Waconia Creamery and Pioneer Telephone Co. teams tied for first place in league standings this week. Gamble Store and Interstate Power Co. follow behind.
Minnesota farmers are getting a break compared to those of most other states. Income is holding above the average, and in May actually topped a year ago. The recession has forced Minnesota farm income somewhat lower during the first months of 1938, but not so low as that of most other states.
The Waconia Band will play a concert at the West Union bandstand this week Friday evening. The West Union Band played at Waconia several weeks ago.
Instead of shooting fireworks as most girls of her age did, Mary Marilyn Miller, 11, counted cars on the Fourth of July from 9 a.m. straight through until 9 p.m. while on vacation at Detroit Lakes. At the junction of Highways 34 and 59 she counted 1,050 cars westbound, 785 eastbound, two teams of horses, and two or three bicycles.
100 Years Ago – July 25, 1913
At a meeting held in the City Hall Monday evening a club was organized that shall hereafter be “The Social Club of Waconia.” The membership is limited to only those whose characters and reputations are of the high-ideal kind. Represently there are only 15 members of the above desired kind but it should swell to tremendous proportions. The club officers are Frank Wessale, Dr. F. P. Hosterman, W. D. Diessner, J. O. Mock, Joseph Goodman, William Fischer, H.C.Kemski and A. J. Philippi. The club will give dances, socials and other entertainments to which only its members are admitted. We are positive this grand new institution will exist forever as its members are ever on alert to have a time of their lives.
While hauling a large amount of steel tiling on a barge to the Amblard property on the island the outfit upset dropping the culverts into 20 feet of water. After considerable labor the loss was recovered.
Cologne – The Wm. Kols saw mill was completely destroyed by fire. It is suspected that some hoboes who were camping near set fire to the place. No insurance.
A team belonging to Jos. Rademacher became frightened at the City Hall Tuesday forenoon. In the rig were Mr. and Mrs. Rademacher who tried their utmost to control the frantic animals but did not succeed until they were brought up against the Thos. Burfield fence. The rear axle was broken on the wagon.