9-12-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Sept. 11, 2003
This summer has been dry, with parched conditions leaving landscape brown, scorched and burned. There was plenty of rainfall at the start of the growing season, according to Mayer farmer Tom Luebke. “But July was really tough and we saw a dramatic reduction in moisture.” The last measurable rainfall was in mid July and even that did not provide much for thirsty lawns. Last week there were no fish in the creek that connects Burandt’s Lake and Lake Waconia. All that remains is a trail of bone dry rocks and flaky mud.
Led by strong team play the Waconia Wildcats girls soccer team remains unbeaten after three games. Coach Tom Erickson recognizes girls Cortney Dixon, Krista Polding, Kari Luce, Becky Solheim, Nicole Sampson, Brittany Bammert, Ali Klason and Kirsten Blegen, Cassi Row, and Danielle Chinander.
BOWLING: Wednesday Night Men “B” League: Top three games – Mel Thomas-210, Mike Weinzierl-202 and Keith Peters-193.
The Waconia Wildcat varsity swimming team traveled to Becker in its first conference meet of the year. In the 100 yard fly, Phylicia Short finished second with a time of 1:13:25, only .16 off first place.
Hey Motorhead, Happy 16th on the 15th, Love, Mom, Dad and Johanna!

25 Years Ago – Sept. 8, 1988
Carver County is growing faster than the metro area according to the Metropolitan Council. Waconia’s population has risen 716 since the official census was done in 1980. The growth is expected to continue.
Five generations of a family from Waconia gathered for a group picture. They include great-great grandmother Christine Hartmann, great grandmother Marge (Hartmann) Stenglein, daughter Michelle Niffer, daughter Ashely and grandmother Jean (Stenglein) Koike.
The 1988 varsity and junior varsity roster for the Waconia volleyball team includes: Julie Volby, Andrea Segner, Jenny Boll, Sarah Vanderlinde, Tracy Johnson, Vici Moonen, Melanie Steinborn, Donna Storms, Jennifer Medin, Susie Peitz, Kim Scheuble, Rachel Petrusk, Krista Baumann, Cynthis Buetow, Beth Mendiola and Ranee Buetow. The team managers are Amy Wagener and Jeannie Heyer. The head coach is RayeAnn Hoffman. Assistant coach is Connie Manuel.
PATRIOT FORUM: Now that the generation that lived through the 60s is entering politics, how do you think that is going to affect peoples’ views of candidates and issues? “Their views will be more liberal and widespread. I feel they will be more for peace rather than defense. I also feel they will be more people oriented.-Mary Gorman-Waconia. “They are mellowing out and becoming more conservative as they mature.”-Cathy Lammers-Waconia. “I think their liberal view of the 60s will be much more conservative now; because as you age you become more conservative.”-Doug Ohlsen-Waconia.

50 Years Ago – Sept. 12, 1963
Emmett Schmitz this week opened an Auto Repair Shop in the new Biersdorf Radiator Shop across from the Fasching Body Shop in Waconia. Mr. Schmitz had been affiliated with the Carver County Oil Company in Waconia since 1949 and was a mechanic at Shakopee for three years prior.
Cologne –Zion Lutheran Christian Day School in Benton has an enrollment of 81 pupils. Miss Tresemer teaches the first two grades. Mr. Palmer teaches three grades. Mr. Stolz teaches three grades. Mr. Stolz is also principal.
Dolores Elling will have a Grand Opening of her Waconia Sewing Center at her Alteration Shop on Main Street in Waconia.
The Southview Elementary School PTA held its organizational meeting. Don Berg will be president. Mrs. Henry Hansen will be vice president. Mrs. Marlin Born will be secretary and Kenneth Raether will be Treasurer. Other committee chairmen include: Mrs. Elizabeth Melcher, Mrs. Ivar Johnson, Mrs. Phyllis Barth and Mr. Pitra.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wren (Gloria Schreiner) were united in Holy Matrimony in July at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waconia.
The Pleasant Valley 4-H Club held its monthly meeting at the home of Edgar Lindner. The meeting was called to order by President Ronald H. Flag.

75 Years Ago – Sept. 8, 1938
Hilary Reintz purchased the Graff Recreation Parlors Thursday. The parlor contains four pool tables two of which are Snooker tables. Hilary formerly worked at the Mackenthun Meat Market for a number of years.
Roy Greengo won a coveted potato award by making a clean sweep in the southern section at the state fair by placing first in all 10 varieties on 10 entries. The potatoes which Mr. Greengo exhibited at the state fair were grown on land near the west shore of Lake Waconia.
Pearl and Ade, well known radio entertainers, will present a program at this Saturday’s drawing. The program will take place in front of the Interstate Power Company building.
Hilner Rudloff of near Mayer exhibited a Belgian 2-year-old in 4-H competition at the state fair. Dorothy Schmitz of near Bongards exhibited Holstein cattle in the 4-H division.
St. Bonifacius – The St. Bonifacius Catholic School opened on Tuesday.

100 Years Ago –Sept. 12, 1913
The public school here opened Monday. Iver Iverson is in charge as principal. Miss VanRhe is in charge of the grammar room while Miss Swanland is teaching the classes in the intermediate room and the primary room is conducted by Miss Daniels. The staff is entirely new this year. Each of the teachers come to Waconia highly recommended by responsible people who know of their efficiency. There is no doubt that Waconia has as good, if not a better corps of teachers this year than any to be found in the state.
Eilers Uncle Tom’s Cabin show which exhibited under a tent here Tuesday evening drew a large audience. The production was well staged and the actors were far above average of such organization traveling through the country. The feature of the company is their band of 10 pieces, each man an expert with his instrument. Their music was excellent. Several vaudeville stunts sprinkled through the play were good.
An airship being constructed by Henry Braun and Pat Muenchow is almost ready to operate. The affair is quite a conglomeration of wheels, eccentrics, gear wheels, belts, levers, etc., and will require three men to operate. The ship will operate under its own power furnished by a gasoline engine mounted on the frame work. A large revolving contrivance will extend high in the air and will bear the advertisements of Waconia business men.
The enrollment of the Catholic School is 90 boys and 88 girls with a possibility of more being added later in the season.
Mrs. John Zeman and child were to Victoria several days of this week to visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Steinberger.
The hog cholera epidemic has prevented the running of hunting dogs in fields thus prolonging the lives of many prairie chickens. A recess of several years would not be bad for hunters as well as the chickens.

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