9-5-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Sept. 4, 2003
It was the first time in more than two decades, and the first time at the current Waconia High School that a class exceeded 200 students in a class. This year’s freshman class has the distinction of achieving that mark.
The sanctuary of Faith Lutheran Church will be demolished and replaced by a new sanctuary.
PATRIOT FORUM: What are you most looking forward to this school year? “Playing football.”-Colby Young. “Seeing my friends.”-Stefanie Gray – St. Boni. “Getting together with people I don’t see all summer.”-Heather Nelson-Waconia. “Being with my friends and learning new things.”-Jacob Nelson-Waconia.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the discovery of Eurasian watermilfoil in four new lakes so far this summer, all within 120 miles of the Twin Cities. Locally, Burandt Lake is among the four. The others are Sand Lake in Pine County, Little Birch Lake in Todd County and Indian Lake in Wright County.
Barbara Wehle, a 1982 honor graduate of Waconia High School, was promoted to sergeant major this year. In June she graduated from the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy in Texas at the top of her academic class of almost 600 soldiers as well as achieving the Ironperson Award by scoring higher than any other soldier on her Army physical fitness test.
ON CAMPUS: Julie Ann Kelzer of Waconia has been accepted into the liberal arts program at Ridgewater College, Hutchinson. Matthew Masurka of St. Bonifacius was named to the dean’s list for spring semester at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Pat Foley, head coach of the Waconia High School football team, had no complaints after the home opener to the football season. The Wildcats dominated Mound 40-0.

25 Years Ago – Sept. 1, 1988
Prominent Waconia resident and former Carver County district judge Arlo Haering died. He was 85. He was a member of the Waconia Moravian Church, where he served several positions, the Waconia Lions Club, Waconia Masonic Lodge 326, Minneapolis Shriners and other organizations.
New Germany – St. Mark-St. John Lutheran School begins full-day kindergarten this year.
Stop in and say Hi! to Rich Thurk…25 years at Jack and Jill! Congratulations!
Waconian Helen Wolff was presented with a recognition award for completing 10 years of employment with Curt Carlson, one of the country’s wealthiest entrepreneurs and most remembered in this area for his hard work in the Gold Bond Stamp Company in Plymouth. At the gala event in which Curt presented the award were well known guests, Gov. Rudy Perpich, Carl Pohlad of the Minnesota Twins and entertainer Bob Hope.
The Waconia High School girls tennis team is off to a tremendous start. In singles play No. 1 Brenda Schulz exhibited a strong serve to dispense with her opponent 6-4, 6-0. No. 3 Kristina Beck in her first year of singles overpowered her opponent 6-0, 6-4. In doubles Ann Johnson/Char Hoen defeated Belle Plaine opponents 6-0, 6-2. No. 2 Elaine Foss and Jenny Kellor dominated their match 6-2, 6-2.
Cologne – Congratulations to Inn Town’s women’s softball team for winning the championship at Stiftungsfest this past weekend.

50 Years Ago – Sept. 5, 1963
CITY MEAT MARKET: Sweet Peas- 10 cents a can. Green Beans – 3 for 49 cents. Oranges – 29 cents a dozen.
The Waconia FFA won at the Minnesota State Fair. Don Hilgers received three first awards in his Farm Mechanics entries. The Dairy Judging team of Wm. Gruenhagen, Eugene Kes and Stan Wolter placed 6th in a field of 50 schools. Stan Wolter was 2nd high individual and Eugene Kes was 12th. Lowell Demm placed in the Spotted Poland China hog show with a January boar and a February gilt.
Victoria – Victoria Public School, Independent District No. 109 started on Tuesday with Mrs. LeJulsrud in charge of kindergarten, Mrs. Henry Lobitz of Waconia grades 1 and 2, Mrs. Robert Sandberg, grades 3 and 4 and Mrs. Eloise Radedtke as principal and grades 5 and 6.
The Waconia Lions Club will resume its regular schedule of meetings after summer. The first meeting of the fall and winter schedule will be held at the high school. Ladies of the Waconia churches will serve the dinner. Lion George Lehmkuhl is the program chairman for this meeting. He has secured Dr. Nicols with a talk on “The Art of Listening.”

75 Years Ago- Sept. 1, 1938
The East Union Swedish Lutheran Church observed its 80th anniversary Sunday. One thousand people attended the celebration. The Rev. Richard Johnson, pastor of the West Union church presided at the afternoon program.
Royal E. Greengo entered six exhibits in the potato division at the Hopkins fair and received five first premium awards. At the fair in Waconia Mr. Greengo entered 12 exhibits in the potato class and won 12 first premiums. He will exhibit potatoes grown in Waconia at the state fair.
Walter Burandt and son and daughter got a good string of bass out of Lake Waconia.
A Siamese twin cucumber wearing a band initialed ring was a freak vegetable found by a local resident a week ago. The cucumber was large in size and perfectly formed. On the bottom of it was a smaller specimen of the vegetable. While pulling carrots a Mrs. Pierson was surprised to see another specimen attached to it.
St. Bonifacius – Mr. and Mrs. John Wickenhauser and Leonard Tellers of Cologne visited with Mr. and Mrs. Anton Segner on Sunday.

100 Years Ago – Sept. 5, 1913
The Frank Huckenpoehler family were shocked last week Friday when they found the lifeless body of their youngest son, George, in the stock tank on their farm in Laketown.
Threshing operations were halted Tuesday and Wednesday on account of the incessant rains. The dampness of the weather also prevented many from attending the state fair.
Next Monday will be the opening day of school and we earnestly and sincerely advise all parents who have children of the required school age to hustle them along to the place where they belong, school. They will never regret it and you will never have reason to feel sorry that you didn’t give your children the right start in life—namely give them a good education.
Oscar Flood drove up from his summer home at Spring Park in his motor car. He was accompanied by his wife and a number of friends. After viewing the island and natural beauties of Waconia they returned to Lake Minnetonka.
A number of local sports are shining up their guns preparatory to the opening of the hunting season next Sunday. Several parties intend to leave for Stewart Saturday night to be on the battle grounds before day break.
Two young ladies accompanied by a bunch of practically total strangers raided a melon patch here Monday evening. Anybody who will “stoop” so low as to steal melons ought to be taken to the place where such people belong.
A big automobile containing joy riders went over a bank east of here. The machine tipped over on its side. A number of “empties” near the wreck were the only evidence of hilarity. The “dead ones” were not claimed by the parties spilled, however.

  • joni schwartz

    Dearest Elsie – What a terrific memory you have — nothing wrong with your brain. Keep going girl!