10-31-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Oct. 30, 2003
The Pledge of Allegiance is still being recited at most schools. Students at every grade level in District 110 recite it at least once a week. At the elementary and middle schools, students say it every day, according to Principals Chuck Anderson, Khuzana Devaan and Peter Gustafson. According to high school Principal Mark Fredericksen, no students have to recite the Pledge. “It’s totally up to them if they want to recite it,” he said.
PATRIOT FORUM: Not counting your parents, who is the best cook you know? “My sister. She’s 11.”-Eleanor Stepaniak-Waconia. “Probably me. I make a good fruit salad.”-Lauren Hilgers. “My grandma. She makes great cakes.”-Melanie Kleindl-Cologne. “Grandma. She makes the best chocolate chip cookies.”-Cameron Monon-St. Boni.
Congratulations to Alex Krukowski! He is the winner of a DVD player by signing up to receive e-statements from First National Bank. Susan Johnson, Marketing Director at First National Bank, presented Alex with the player.
Bill Hughs and Donna Hughes (Farrell) of Waconia announce the birth of their daughter Cassidy Mae. Welcoming home Cassidy are Nicolas and Morgan.
Waconia High School Wildcat swimmer freshman Leah Froehling was named all-conference in the 100-meter breaststroke. Sophomore Jenny Nelson was all-conference honorable mention for her work in the 200-meter individual medley.

25 Years Ago – Oct. 27, 1988
A new Lakeview Clinic broke ground this week. The new expansion is underway located on Highway 5. The project will begin this month and will be completed by May 1989. The Waconia office currently has an average of 350 patients coming through its doors on an average day. The facility is being increased in size to accommodate this volume of patients and to add exam rooms and to meet laboratory, x-ray and business office needs.
Commander John Foley of Waconia VFW Post 5462 presented John Devins and John Jacobson with a donation for the Waconia Ridgeview Hospital Foundation.
The classical broadway musical “West Side Story” will be staged Thursday and Friday Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 in the Waconia High School auditorium. Maria is played by Char Hoen. Tony is played by Brad Ess. Tony’s best friend Riff is played by Dan Miller. Maria’s brother Bernardo is played by Greg Vialle. Bernardo’s girl, Anita, is played by Connie Jenkins.
Former Waconian Kathleen Hall Jamieson is now a political analyst and will be appearing on CBS. She has appeared on the Today Show, Face the Nation, Good Morning America and several others. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School here and finished her school years at St. Benedicts in St. Cloud, Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. “I particularly remember the sixth grade teacher at St. Joe’s, Sister Antonella, and Sister Leonella, the seventh and eighth grade teacher. I also remember friends like Rosemary Meuwissen, Charlene Wessbecker, Tommy Weinzierl and Donald Lano. She is the daughter of Katherine and Wayne Hall of Waconia.

50 Years Ago- Oct. 31, 1963
Residents of Waconia City go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to elect officials of the city for the coming two and four year terms of office. Both aldermen of the First Ward, Fritz Bost and Edward Schneider declined to file for re-election. In the Second Ward Ben Maiser did not file. Peter G. Wemeier did not file to succeed himself as Treasurer either. But Mrs. Wilma Graff has filed for re-election of City Recorder. As of this writing The Patriot has learned that Gordon Felt, Robert Mock, Denver Baldwin and Marlin Born have expressed their willingness to enter as write-in candidates for aldermen of the First Ward. Justice of Peace Fremont Radde is unopposed in his bid for re-election of City Justice.
The Izaak Walton League meeting will be held at the Ikes Club on Lake Waconia on Tuesday evening. Excellent outdoor movies will be shown highlighted by a special premier showing of “Stan Yetzer” and “Dr. Perry Dungey” vs “The Moose.” Splettstoesser “Bull Moose” Bulyan will head the menu. Plan now to attend.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sicheneder rejoice over the arrival of a baby boy, their first child, born to them. He weighed in at 8 lbs. and 6 oz.
Winners of the jar of nickels at the Fritz Drug Store on Nickle Dickle Day were Mrs. Frank Condon and Mrs. Howard Hill who both guessed that the jar contained 375 nickels. The prize was the nickels in the jar which the ladies split.
The Needlework Guild will meet at the home of Mrs. Owen Anderson. New material for quilts and sewing and old blankets would be appreciated if anyone wishes to donate them.

75 Years Ago – Oct. 27, 1938
The Waconia German band Deutsche Kapelle will be one of the units in the parade which will be part of Chaska’s annual Halloween Festival next Sunday evening. The evening will open with a mammoth bonfire, a parade, children’s parties in three different locations where all children will receive a free gift and Larry Buhler, Minnesota football hero will make a personal appearance on the program which includes races, contests and games. Popular radio personality Cedric Adams will introduce the owners of the prize winning costumes.
Oswald Erhard brought a golden eagle to town Monday which he found on a highway near Tapper’s woods at Young America. The bird has a wing spread on 88 inches.
Ed. Lahr, Jerome and Tommy Lahr and Marvin Mackenthun while out hunting Sunday killed two geese and seven mallards.
These men head the three political parties in Carver County. C. H. Klein of the County Republican committee, Henry A. Stahlke of the County Farm-Labor Association and Elmer Kelm of the Democrataic Party.
St. Bonifacius – Approval has been secured from Washington for the improvement of the St. Boni Athletic Field. The project was approved by the WPA. When completed the baseball park and grandstand will be one of the finest in any community.
Cologne – Elmer Fritz was a business caller at Waconia Tuesday. F. W. Radde of Waconia was a caller here Monday.
WANT AD: 4-Room House on Lake St. For Sale—Located on a 55-foot frontage lot on Lake Street; hardwood floors; a bargain at $1,000 with easy terms.—E. H. Mock-Waconia.

100 Years Ago – Oct. 31, 1913
Laketown here will get a new school house. At a meeting Saturday last it was decided to erect a new school building for approximately $3,000. The building is to have all the modern facilities now being used in all schools. The building will be 36 x 38.
The school now being used is entirely too small. There are 33 pupils in the school which is too much for so small a building. Miss Mary Burfield of this village is teaching.
Tonight is Halloween. It is one of the relics of pagan times or medieval superstitions of love affairs, when spirits of the invisible world appear. We have observed that other spirits, a la bourbon and rye, also have the power of leaving the body — on one side of the street — and wandering through the realms of space between the gutter and the middle of the road. Anyhow, it is a night of fun and frolic of the harmless kind. As usual, if the ruffians go too far in their celebrations of the occasion, our vigilant marshal will be on hand. Have lots of fun boys, but don’t destroy the property of others.
Several cars of the regular M. & St. L. freight jumped the track east of here, delaying traffic about 12 hours on Tuesday of last week.