By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – Aug. 21, 2003
Philip Grant is the new principal at St. Joe’s Catholic School.
With 12 straight days without rain and the last six days topping out at 90 degrees or above, locals are finding the best way to beat the heat is to head to the beach.
St. Bonifacius – The Church of St. Boniface and St. Mary of Czechocowa welcome a new pastor, Father Joseph Gallatin.
Three local young men have been awarded the honor of Eagle Scout. They are: Anthony Schilling, Kevin Krautbauer and David Deering.
Despite losing five players last year, the Waconia Wildcats volleyball team still has a solid core to work with in 2003. The team’s two seniors are Courtney Buesgens and Andrea Dalen.
Former Waconian Sophie Robinson died in Florida. She was preceded in death by husband Jerry Robinson. She is survived by son Ronald Robinson. She was a mail courier for the United Postal Service. She was 88.
Happy Sweet 16, Kimmy! Love Mom, Dad, Katie, Brian & Kris.
25 Years Ago – Aug. 18, 1988
Former teacher Norman A. Olson, better known as Tom, of Waconia died. He coached football, basketball and track at Waconia High School. He died less than a month from when he was to be inducted into the Wisconsin-Stout Hall of Fame, where he was a basketball standout, earning three letters in basketball. He was 81.
Rev. John Stehr and his wife Martha were selected as Carver County’s Outstanding Senior Citizens this year. The honor was announced at the Carver County Fair.
Lawns have curled up and turned brown, but the weeds have been thriving during this summer’s drought. The Waconia Chamber of Commerce is encouraging property owners to clean up those weeds. Helping the Chamber with the clean-up effort is Frank Sicheneder, who will be killing weeds in the downtown area for those who do not take care of it themselves.
Jennifer Zieroth of Waconia graduated from the University of Minnesota Technical College, Waseca with a major in animal health.
Five new teachers were hired by the Waconia School Board. Lori Amundson was hired as an elementary special education teacher. Michelle Laws was hired for a secondary school social studies position. Ann Rieke was hired for a handicapped teaching position. Lisa Sauer was hired as an elementary school teacher in music. Wendy Templin was hired as an elementary school teacher.
Summer takes local teachers out of the classroom into other jobs. Southview elementary teacher Ginger Messer works in the drapery department of a major department store. Darylne Brunsvold also from Southview Elementary School spends the summer learning. She does it for recertification. Waconia High School teachers Dick Wegehaupt, Robin Jacobs and Ken McDonald spend their summers seal coating. Lee Huls, a Southview physical education teacher, is now a photographer.
50 Years Ago –Aug. 22, 1963
St. Bonifacius – Audrey Schuler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schuler, graduated from the St. Cloud Hospital School of Nursing. She will be employed at Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis.
Cologne – The Klein Brothers, Gerald and Maurice, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Klein, had blue ribbon champion sheep at the Carver County Fair and will compete at the State Fair.
Sam Bierlein, 90, and Mrs. Louise Mathis, 95, attended the Zoar Moravian Church 100th anniversary service Sunday. Bierlein was baptized, confirmed and united in marriage in this church. Mrs. Mathis played the reed organ in the church many years ago.
A plat of 24 lots in Laketown on the Waconia-Chaska creek road and platted and owned by Raymond and Eugenia Schmitt has been approved by the county board. Four lots have been sold to Joseph Stacken, Kenneth Kirsch, James Brown and Edwin Kaelberer. The plat includes streets named after sons of Mr. and Mrs. Schmitt, Lennis Avenue, Gary Avenue and Charles Avenue. The area will be known as Schmittville.
The 1963-64 edition of the Chieftain Yearbook has arrived at the high school. Mr. Klaseus has once again done an outstanding job in getting the yearbook to press. The student staff was loyal and competent. They include: Sheila Geiger, Mary Hartmann, Patricia Vanderlinde, Corrine Machtemes, Regina Bollinger, Carol Kerber, Diane Lobitz, Betty Johnson and Ronald Hartmann. Mr. Gilbert Hartmann of Hartmann Studios was their faithful aide.
75 Years Ago-Aug. 18, 1938
When the Maple Creamery talks of service it’s no idle boast; they really mean service. Tuesday a customer in Sheffield, Iowa called the creamery here, wanting some ice cream mix in a hurry, as their supply had run out. The call came in at noon. Ten minutes later a supply of mix was loaded in an airplane and on the way to Sheffield, reaching there at 2:30 p.m., which is really rapid delivery. Erwin Stahlke, in his plane, made the trip to Iowa.
Waconia’s baseball season, is coming to a close. The team had a fairly successful season, under the direction of manager Ed. Wostrel, winning the majority of its games. The club is composed of local business men. Louis Schreiber is president.
Grasshoppers are getting a firmer foothold in the county than ever before, in spite of the publicity warning farmers of the danger of such an invasion. This is what happens if farmers don’t spread bait in their fields.
100 Years Ago – Aug. 22, 1913
Herman Lindenberg this week purchased a Ford car. Herman has already learned how to go along at a faster clip than the speed ordinances allow but if the authorities do get after him they certainly will have to “go some” as Herman can travel 60 miles per hour and then some.
The land near Waconia is at a premium and that was demonstrated this week when several of our nearby farmers refused $150.00 an acre for land. We are in the heart of the bumper crop region and land is for sale.
A steady downpour of rain Tuesday did wonders for the corn crop in this vicinity. Threshing is on in full blast. Wheat is running between 25 and 30 bushels to the acre.
HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE: A burglar was arrested in a store at Excelsior for robbing a till of $1.16 in pennies. He was sentenced to five years at Stillwater. A brewery and a saloon keeper at Montgomery are being sued by the widow of a man who died from drinking too much booze. Suit is brought for $7,500 damages. An automobile ran into a buggy near Lester Prairie. The buggy was badly damaged. Sixty old soaks have accumulated at the Willmar Jag Farm. Eleven cases of scarlet fever were found on the milk route of O. C. Erickson, Hopkins. A case of the disease was also found at the home of the milkman. He was arrested.
Five cars left Waconia on a sociability tour Sunday last. They left at nine o’clock in the morning. The weather being rather threatening shortened the schedule to Stillwater. Those making the tour in their cars were the families of Dr. H. R. Diessner, W. J. Kuntz, F. J. Effertz, W. P. Kusserow and Henry Bahr.