9-26-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Sept. 25, 2003
Homecoming royalty at Waconia High School were selected last week. They are Ben Smothers, Justin Reitsma, Patrick Timmers, Eli Pieper, Matt Polding, Nick Hentges, Suzie Harvat, Kaylee Rasmussen, Jen Bostic, Courtney Bongard, Jenna Ely and Shayanne Roth.
The Bob and Brenda Dressen family has been selected as the area’s Outstanding Conservationists of the Year. They have been working with the SWCD since 1997, when they constructed an agriculture waste storage structure to correct a feedlot runoff problem. They also installed fencing adjacent to Goose Lake to keep cattle out of Goose Lake. The Dressens operate a dairy farm near Mayer and Waconia.
With its fourth straight victory under its belt football in Waconia is a good thing right now. The Wildcats football team is rated first so far this season in Wright County Conference play.
Ken and Clare Schmitt will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 3. Their children will host an open house at the Lakeside Ballroom.
Mayer – The Mayer Lutheran volleyball team keeps on winning. The Crusaders hosted the Waconia Wildcats and Jordan and beat them both. Against Waconia Kelsey Scheele led the team with 12 kills. Christy Stuewe was able to serve 15 points for the team. Others recognized are: Pam Feltmann, Carley Heckmann and Katie Lane.

25 Years Ago – Sept. 22, 1988
The first phase of Waconia’s downtown redevelopment is about to begin. Groundbreaking for the new Waconia Cleaners building on First Street between Vine and Maple is planned for today. Ken and Ione Raether, the owners of the cleaners, hope to move their business by November. They will move from their present site just west of the southwest corner of First and Olive to the new site between Marsden Drug and NAPA Auto Parts. That corner building will be demolished to make room for a new theater to be operated by Bob and Mike Muller.
Water pressure dropped dangerously low in Waconia Sunday night following a hit and run accident. An estimated 300,000 gallons of water was drained from Waconia’s water towers after someone crashed into a fire hydrant on County Road 10 near the Waconia High School. Repairs were completed by Monday morning.
Waconia residents can expect a door-to-door sales person in the next few weeks. William Bennett has received a permit to sell aerial photographs of the Waconia area door-to-door.
Winners in the soap box derby held on Nickle Day were: Katie Hittle, Charlie Young, Loni Diethelm, K.C. Koch, Chrissy Diethlem and Eric Pieper.
Doug and Joyce Johnson of Waconia are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary at the Cologne Pavilion on Sept. 30.
This week’s featured linemen for the Waconia Chiefs football team are Todd Karels, Jason Theis and Dan Precht.

50 Years Ago – Sept. 26, 1963
The University High School Golden Gophers shut out the Waconia Chiefs by the score of 12-0 Friday, while at the same time the Chiefs dominated most of the game. The Back of the Week was Ron Logelin and Lineman of the Week was Greg Erhard.
Mayer – The auditorium of the Lutheran High School was filled with persons from all parts of the county Sunday at the induction service of five teachers who became members of the high school faculty. They are: Mrs. Don Supple, Mr. Erlin Schroeder, Miss JoAnn Hoppe, Mr. Gerald Heimlich and Mr. Leonhardt Gerbhardt. The faculty at Lutheran High comprises of 10 teachers.
Cologne – The Cologne Crusaders held their first fall meeting Friday night. The new officers are Debra Hoen, Susan Arnst, Gail Mohrbacher, May Jo Willems, Stephen Knight, James Paul, and Karen Jacques. Thank you to Mrs. Tony Zweber, the past leader. Mrs. Dennis Hron is the general leader. Mrs. Albert Paul, Mrs. Robert Arnst and Mrs. Roland Hron will be project leaders.
Rodney Riebe and Virginia Hartmann returned to Mankato State College to resume their studies for the next year. Classes began yesterday at the college.

75 Years Ago – Sept. 22, 1938
Waconia High School will have an exceptionally fine band this year, with about 85 members reporting for practice. The band has become one of the outstanding attractions of the high school, under the energetic leadership of Gilman Stenehjem, who has done a fine job with the youthful musicians.
There’s no sharp, high bark of delight every time the door opens and the “boss” comes in, no quick scurrying jump into a lap when the “boss” settles down to read the evening paper, for Brimsel, the 5-year-old French poodle, will bark no more. He was hit by a truck Saturday night, and Charles Uecker, his owner, lost an important part out of his life. For Brimsel was Charley’s constant companion for five years. He was small, but he held a world of affection in his heart, the affection of a dog for a loving master. His owner still reaches unconsciously to pat a small, fuzzy head, then he remembers — Brimsel is dead. Only those who have lost a dog pal can sympathize.
FARM HINTS: Root crops such as carrots, beets, rutabagas, parsnips and turnips should be stored for winter in unheated cellars where the air is moist and cool. Boxes containing moist sand or tight containers are good places to store these vegetables. Coating with a then layer of parafin helps to preserve root vegetables.

100 Years Ago –Sept. 26, 1913
Never deprive your family of a good local paper. Your wife and children do not go away from home to learn the news as you do and the home paper serves to relieve the lonely hours while you are absent.
Yesterday at the German Lutheran Church here occurred an event in which hereafter “two souls shall beat as one.” The participants in this “knot tying event” were Miss Minnie Thun, a young respected lady, residing with her parents southeast of this village and Mr. William Foster, a progressive farmer residing hereabouts. Rev. Schneider pronounced the solemn words which made them man and wife.
Elsie Hartman ran in front of a moving passenger train near here. The cow catcher picked her up and prevented her from being ground to pieces under the wheels. No bones were broken and the child suffered only from the shock.
St. Bonifacius – John Logelin fell from the loft of a barn at the Wm. Krenke farm and sustained a fractured shoulder blade and two broken ribs.
Don’t laugh at the ribbons on the backs of men’s hats. Remember there was a time when they wore tights and sashes on the street.
F. G. Lemke is considering an offer of $180 per acre for his beautiful farm on the lake shore. The offer was made by a party residing in Nobles County.
Andrew Schraan this week sold his house located on First Street to Chas. Fahse for $4,500.