By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – July 31, 2003
Waconian Adam Weiland was seen putting the finishing touches on the gazebo roof at the Richie Wagener Community Playground. The gazebo will be used by picnickers and folks wanting to enjoy a view of Lake Waconia.
The Waconia-West Carver Rotary Club named a new president, Scott Timm. The gavel was passed from previous president Laura Anderson-Laubignat.
Brittany Willborg signed a letter of intent to golf with the Minnesota Gophers this fall at Waconia High School. School principal Mark Fredricksen, WHS girls’ golf coach Donna Moonen and WHS athletic director Jeff Jeska were present at the signing.
Three Waconia youngsters discovered an innovative way to beat the summer heat on Monday. With a sprinkler positioned beneath their backyard trampoline, Makenah Tippits, Blake Willems and Morgan Schultz jumped to their hearts content while remaining totally cool in the process.
The cost of health care rose by 16 percent per person in 2002 for Minnesotans with private health insurance, according to a report by the Minnesota Department of Health.
25 Years Ago – July 28, 1988
Victoria – A former Trinity Lutheran School teacher was killed in a two-car accident in Victoria. He was Richard A. Frederick, 41, now an executive with Victoria State Bank. Besides teaching at Trinity Lutheran in Waconia, he also coached girls and boys’ basketball and football at the school.
A rare chick hatched at the Carver Park Reserve. The first Osprey chick to hatch in the metro area in the past 100 years poked its’ head out of a nest this summer. Osprey are fish eating birds of prey, with a distinctive black mask across a white face and a wing span of up to six feet, according to Judy Voight Englund, a Hennepin Parks wildlife specialist.
The Waconia Alumni Association held its 31st reunion at Island View Country Club. Member of the Class of 1963 attending after 25 years were Mavis Groenke Erbel, Larry Dressen, Judy Stark Clasen, Judy Plocher Kaaua and Richard Sauerbrey. The 50th Golden Anniversary Class of 1938 was represented by: Russell Fischer, Ruben “Tommy” Lahr, Beatrice Maiser Seltz, Lucille Mellgren Braun, Bernadette Schelitzche, Rosella “Sally” Wagener Krautbauer, Inez Johnson Plocher, Mildred Diethelm Pribyl and Andrew Scheuble.
Jason Dukes, Shawn Wagener and Jeff Ziermann wrestled at the Minnesota North Star games at St. Cloud last month. Shawn and Jeff placed third in competition. Jason took a first and Jeff a second in freestyle at a tournament in Rochester.
50 Years Ago – Aug. 1, 1963
The Waconia Ridgeview Hospital began service to the public on Saturday. The first baby to be born in the new hospital was Mark Molnau. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Molnau (Pauline Wagener) of Waconia. Mark is also the grandson of the mayor of Waconia.
Mrs. Ben Osterfeld was awarded a “Dream Weekend” for two by Mrs. Tom Boylan, President of the Waconia Hospital Auxiliary. The fund raising event Mrs. Osterfeld won will have her stay at the Inn Towne Motel in Minneapolis. We are glad you won Lil and Ben. Have fun!
It was announced by Dr. John Clarke and Dr. Charles Bean, of the Lakeview Clinic, that Dr. Jon Wempner will join their group as of Aug. 1.
St. Bonifacius – The old public school building located here was vandalized according to Marvin Maas, St. Boni constable. Maas reported that the damage to the building would perhaps reach an estimated $500.
Young people of the Waconia Moravian Church left Sunday by bus for Camp Immormindo, the Bible Camp at Alexandria. Attending were: Scott Larson, Sheila Yetzer, Leigh Ann Larson, Mark Braun, Donald Wachholz, Hollie Coyle, LeaAnn Laufenburger, Peggy Bean and Mitch White. Mr. Don Lien drove the bus.
Cologne – Mr. and Mrs. Delta Daggett of Frazee called on Al Sauter last Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. James Harriman (Donna Stahlke) were married last month at the Waconia Moravian Church. The reception was held at the St. Paul House at Shakopee. Attendants were Mrs. Calvin Schwalbe and Lee Stensland.
75 Years Ago – July 28, 1938
Tickets for the Waconia Fair were placed on sale at the following businesses: Wemeier Store, Kelzer & Wellens Hardware Store, S & S Hardware, Hennings Store, Diessner Drug Store, Habergarten & Co. Store, First National Bank, Tester Drug Store and E. L. Store.
Cologne – Mrs. George Winkler and children and Mrs. Gilbert Nellen of Bongards called on friends here Friday evening.
Threshing machines are humming in this vicinity again. Threshing was started, near Gotha south of here, on the Harry Rolf farm on Saturday noon and on the Otto Zellman and Ed. Melchert farms on Monday.
CHECKING UP ON SPORTS: The St. Boni fans are making preparations to celebrate the winning of the Crow River League bunting. We are still confident that the pennant for 1938 will be hoisted over the Waconia city hall when the championship series ends. Sep Kunze turned in one of his best games of the year Sunday taking a couple of beautiful one-handed stops and doing wonders with the stick. At the plate Pertz Radde kept right up with Sep, each of these boys getting three blows.
Local students of the Waconia School will be happy to know that Paul Hamre, superintendent of the Waconia School, is recovering from an operation submitted to during the last week. Mr. Hamre is a patient of the Nagel hospital here.
STRAYED TO MY FARM—Several hogs Saturday last. Owner may have same by paying for this notice, proving property and paying for the feed and care of the hogs. William A. Klatt, Route One, Waconia.
100 Years Ago – Aug. 1, 1913
Some mean cowardly scamp scattered several pounds of large tacks along all the roads leading to the Glencoe auto garage.
A number of has been ball players after searching their attics and other places for oldtime gloves and other baseball paraphernalia have decided to play the regular Waconia team on the 17th of this month. Among the has been lineup will be seen: Dick Mock, formerly catcher of the Waconia team in 1902 when they won 22 out of 24 games played. There will be a real Indian pitching, LaClair by name, amateur champion pitcher whose parents at one time were residents of what is now called Coney Island, Pat Wagner, Ed. Radde, Bill Scharmer, C. Radde, H. Braun, Harrigan, Paul Radde, W. Grausam, W. Kusserow, Philip Radde and there are about 10 more. In order to induce the has-beens Gus Braun, Sid. Holmes and others will have charge of a refreshment stand set up at third base and every has been reaching third base will receive a glass of the ‘refresher” served a la mode.
Some nut has sent us a notice that the world will come to an end next week. He based his prediction on the planets and some historical data. He is absolutely certain about his date and tips us off as a favor. Great guns, and we are expecting a political appointment.
Harvesting is in full blast. The quality of the grain is excellent. Corn is looking good and the prospects for a bumper crop are splendid.