8-8-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Aug. 7, 2003
Kaylee White, 4, had a special birthday party for her and her friends. They were given free hot air balloon rides. Kaylee is the daughter of Kevin and Stacey White.
The Twin Cities Marathon is approaching. Two local runners have raced in all 21 years of the event. They are Scott Knight and Tom Konrardy.
Minnesotans need to provide their Social Security number to purchase a Minnesota hunting or fishing license after Aug. 1.
SCHOOL NOTES: Mike Groschen of Waconia has been accepted into the welding program at Ridgewater College, Hutchinson for the 2003-04 school year. Bonnie Ingelin of St. Bonifacius was recognized for academic excellence at Concordia University, St. Paul. Erik Smestad of St. Bonifacius and Matt Wagener of Waconia will be attending Gustavus Adolphus college this fall.
PATRIOT FORUM: What is your favorite fair food? “Cheese curds.”-Matt Turek-Waconia. “Ostrich burgers.”-Cody Edlund-Waconia. “I’ll go with the milk!”-Bill Diers-Waconia. “Everything at the all you can drink milk stand.”-Justin Dorg-Waconia.
Waconia Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep- Congratulations to our Cabin Fever Gift Certificate & Fishing Pole Winners! George Shirk, Rosemary Hardy, Scott Smith, Dillon Rolf, Donald Rolf, Sheri Falls, Jennifer Schei and John Schei.
Shannon and Wendy Sweeny of Waconia announce the birth of their sons Reese and Daniel.

25 Years Ago – Aug. 4, 1988
A swamp fire near Goose Lake on County Road 30 between Mayer and Waconia brought five area fire departments out, in 100 plus blistering hot weather, on Sunday to battle what proved to be an impossibly difficult fire to extinguish. The fire is believed to have started from sparks from a passing train.
Waconia Ridgeview Hospital celebrated its 25th anniversary. It was 25 years ago when 28 adults and two newborn infants were transferred from Waconia Community Hospital on Elm Street to the new 45-bed, 14-bassinet hospital on Maple Street near Highway 5.
New Germany – The New Germany Fire Department was called to the Roman and Jan Sinnen farm early Saturday afternoon for a brush fire, and were recalled to the scene on Sunday morning when the fire rekindled.
Happy 25th Anniversary Merrill and Patty! Love Pat, Tony & Catherine.
Karla Eveslage of Waconia who will be a senior this fall at Hamline University has been selected to be the president of the Student Health Advisory Committee.
Memorials have been established to remember those who have left us. The memory of Dennis Segner and Willy Meuwissen is kept alive at the Waconia athletic field. Both died in accidents at a young age. The ticket booth at Mayer Lutheran High School has the name of the school’s founder on it. John E. Melchert Field was also named after him. The Lions Park in midtown St. Bonifacius is named to honor Don Logelin, owner of the St. Boni Farm Store who died of a heart attack.

50 Years Ago – Aug. 8, 1963
New Germany – The Commercial Club will sponsor a Street Dance, celebrating the black-topping of a major portion of the streets of the village. Music will be furnished by four bands sponsored by the Hedtke Bar, Harry’s Bar, Commercial Club and Hensel and Litfin Taverns.
The Island View Golf Course hosted an unusual tournament on Sunday. Jack York had the longest drive on No. 3 with a putter. Roy Dueber had the longest drive on No. 9 while blindfolded. Jean Midthun (Seib Johnson’s daughter) had the longest drive off No. 1 with one foot in a bucket. Aaron Hastings had the most balls in the lake off No. 5 tee (tied for this honor were Mryt Pherson and Wally Stahlke).
Cologne –Mrs. Anna Mohrbacher and family enjoyed a family gathering at the Hilary Siegle picnic grounds on Sunday.
Paul Gropper, a native of Perham, and his family moved to Waconia where Mr. Gropper has taken employment at the Waconia Patriot.
CITY MEAT MARKET: A.A. Mackenthun and Son –Ground Beef-2 lbs.for 89 cents. Fresh Head Lettuce – 2 for 29 cents. Red Potatoes – 10 lbs. for 35 cents.
Habergarten’s FAIRWAY FOODS: Seven Bells Coffee – 2 lb. tin for 99 cents. Chicken of the Sea Tuna – 3 cans for 89 cents. Cresthaven Ice Cream – 5 quart carton for $1.59.

75 Years Ago – Aug. 4, 1938
William Heinen was elected Commander of the Waconia Legion Post at the annual meeting Monday evening. He succeeds J. F. Eitzen who held the position last year.
Work was started on the new fairgrounds. A large caterpillar tractor and graders are at work leveling off the tract of land to be used for the fairgrounds. After the close of this year buildings will be moved to the new location.
Waconia’s Community Auction for August will be held this week Saturday. The sale includes: 2 Holstein bulls, 1 Brown Swiss, 2 Guernsey Cows, Sheep and Lambs, some pigs, Leghorn Pullets, some farm machinery and a full line of household furniture and furnishings.
The Chaska Girl Scouts, their parents and friends, will picnic on Paradise Island next Sunday. Everybody welcome. Otto J. Daak, caretaker of Paradise Isle.
Elaine R. Rademacher, the 20 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rademacher accidentally drowned in a well pit on their farm northwest of Waconia. The loss was a severe shock to the parents, relatives and friends.
Rainfall in the first six and one half months of this year exceeds the total for the entire year of 1937.
Cologne – Peter Guethling and Luella Splettstoesser of Waconia were callers here Saturday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Schepers and family were visitors at Waconia Friday evening.

100 Years Ago – Aug. 8, 1913
A collision between the gasoline launch “Emile” and belonging to Mons. Amblard collided Sunday night with one of the smaller launches, “Indian,” owned by the Waconia Boat Livery. The accident occurred at a point between the island and the Waconia shore. Neither of the boats carried lights which is largely responsible for the collision. The larger craft struck the “Indian” amidship tearing a large dent in the side, which allowed the boat to completely fill with water. The occupants, A. J. Phillippi, Frank Rauen and two lady friends scrambled into the Amblard boat, which was also quite badly damaged, but was able to run to the docks with the submerged “Indian.”
August and Julius Manteuffel have purchased the saloon business conducted by J.P. Krause at Cologne.
The cement walk in front of the L. W. Schwalbe blacksmith shop and the Radde wagon factory has been raised to grade, materially enhancing the properties.
A cycle was smashed to smithereens and its driver made several gyroscopic movements in the air when it collided with the carriage of a farmer.

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