11-7-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Nov. 6, 2003
The Waconia High School Wildcats played in their first section championship game in 11 years. They faced the Glencoe Panthers.
The District 110 Foundation has given away an estimated $55,000 in scholarships and grants since its formation in 1996. Last year in 2002 $11,500 was awarded.
Snyders Drug Store opened in its new location off Highway 5 and County Road 32 in Waconia. It held a grand opening there this past Saturday. Mayor Don Johnson and city administrator Susan Arntz were present for some of the festivities.
Heavenly Patchwork Quilt Shop opened for business at 115 South Olive Street in the upper level of the Green Door. The owner is Kay Derner.
Mayer – The Lutheran High School volleyball team heads to state competition.
BOWLING: Men’s Wednesday “B” League: Top 3 Games-Van Schrupp-219, Vic Thonn-214 and Joel Hilgers-210. Thursday Night Women Top 3 Games: Mary Volkenant-169, Maidie Felton-162 and Esther Schultz-160.
Old Man Winter dropped some wet white stuff throughout Minnesota on Monday, leaving about 2 inches of heavy snow.
Florence Beneke died. She was 95. She is survived by daughter Sylvia and son Harvey and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by husband Rufus.
SPORTS BRIEFS: Alexanna Gluck and Callie Cina, both of Waconia, participated on the Classic Gymnastics Girls Team from Eden Prairie.

25 Years Ago – Nov. 3, 1988
Quick thinking and observant eyes of Waconian Ray Henke and Cindy and Jim Mase of the In Towne Marina saved the lives of Doug Albright of Waconia and his friend David Marquette of Mankato when their fishing boat capsized on Lake Waconia between the island and Lakeview Terrace. The men were treated for hypothermia. It was the second rescue mission of the day at In Towne. Earlier Jim Mase rescued two duck hunters from the island after their boat had blown over to the beach along County Road 30.
A car was pulled from Lake Waconia on Sunday according to the Carver County Sheriff’s report. The car was found abandoned about 75 yards into the lake near the railroad crossing on North Shore Road. The vehicle which was registered to a Mound man was impounded. No other information was available.
One group of local women have been playing “500” together for more than three decades — almost 32 to be exact! They are Ada Mackenthun, Marilyn Teubert, Inez Lueck, Betty Bailey, Elaine Haarstad, Gladys Nelson, Elaine Pijahn and Mabel Kunkel. “The Happy Eighters” as they are called proclaim Betty Bailey to be their highest scorer most often through the years. If one of them misses their monthly gathering subs Babs Wagener, Sharon Bohn, Verna Smith, Bobbie Elling or Ellie Stender help them out.
George Bush won by a landslide in a mock election at Waconia High School. Speaking for the Republican ticket was Ryan Berger, Patrick Daubert, Mike Tollefsrud and Christina Beck. Favoring the Democratic ticket was Jenny Kellor, Dana Bloom, Shelly Johnson and Matt Williams.

50 Years Ago – Nov. 7, 1963
Sam Niskanen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Niskanen of Waconia, was one of the winners in the VFW sponsored Halloween party last Thursday evening. He came as Paul Bunyan.
Members of the cast that will present “Time Out For Ginger” at Waconia High School are: Peggy Bean, Susan Mihelich, Nancy Weinzierl, Jon Logelin, Barbara Northrop, Denette Erickson, Scott Wilson, John Arnold, Tom Weinzierl and James Kaley.
The Waconia Cub Scouts held their monthly meeting at Southview Elementary School. Bobcat pins went to Fritz Bost, Chris Born, Mark Budahl, Michael Debner, Todd Gatz, Steven Gatz, Hank Hansen, Bobby Heitz, David Lahr, Jeff Rudloff and Phillip Short. Ricky Hedtke advanced to Bear rank and Billy Berge earned a silver arrow to the Wolf Badge. Mrs. Earl Gatz’s den had the greatest representation of parents. Other den mothers are Mrs. Bud Berge, Mrs. Merlin Gatz and Mrs. Shirley Heitz.
Mayer – The first annual Fall Festival of the Lutheran High School will be held at the school on Friday. Candidates for queen are: Dianne Quast, Susan Schmelke and Bonnie Schwartz. Candidates for king are Paul Raedeke, Rick Stehr and Ron Stehr.
Brook Peterson, Waconia High School principal, will be the guest speaker at the Parent-Teacher Association meeting at the Watertown Junior High School tonight. “The Impact of Modern Society on the Adolescent” will be the topic of Mr. Peterson’s talk.
At the noon hour Tuesday, a bread truck traveling north on the Cologne-Waconia Highway 284 started burning on the road a short distance sough of the John Willems farm. The load of bread and buns on the truck was scorched and toasted to a brown color.

75 Years Ago – Nov. 3, 1938
Mound’s football squad comes to Waconia Friday for the Waconia High School team’s final game. The grid contest will be played on the field south of the school. This has been Waconia’s second year in football and squad members have been victorious in a majority of their contests this year. Waconia trimmed Central, Chaska, Cokato and last Wednesday 18-0 over Shakopee. In the Shakopee game, the 18 points were scored by Donald Johnson, Benny Maiser and Orle Lentz.
A large vote is expected to be cast on Tuesday both locally and throughout the state. Winding up his vigorous and energetic campaign for governor, Harold E. Stassen will make his final broadcast to the voters of Minnesota at 11 p.m. Monday on WCCO. He will also speak over WTCN.
Cologne – Mrs. George Dill and son Kenneth of Waconia visited Wednesday with Mr. and Mrs. John Kocher and family.
While they last, a limited supply of large St. Dennis cups and saucers at only 5 cents each. MOCK”S.
Paul Palmer of Victoria called on friends here yesterday. Mr. Palmer is a candidate for the office of County Superintendent of Schools at next week’s Tuesday election. He is making an intensive campaign for the office which he seeks.

100 Years Ago – Nov. 7, 1902
Thursday, Nov. 27 has been selected by the president as Thanksgiving Day.
A street lamp is badly needed near the depot. Upon dark nights people with vehicles run great risk of being thrown into mud holes while traversing the heavy grade near the tracks.
Geo. Koch is bucking a tough proposition, or rather the proposition is bucking him. He is trying to domesticate a spasmodic mustang — a hybrid of the prairies. Last week he succeeded, with the assistance of Pete Weinzierl, Frank Effertz and other prominent citizens, in pushing this conundrum out of the stable. Mr. Koch mounted the mustang and coaxed it with the spurs to move on. But it failed to respond. So the men procured a rope attached to the animal, and with difficulty and muscular exertion it was drawn out. We are told that it will be shipped to Chaska and fed to a sausage machine.
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