11-21-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Nov. 20, 2003
Last week the Waconia City Council approved a measure that will allow three new street lights to be installed on Point Drive. For years that street was lit at night only by the lights of the homes. Point Drive is located on a peninsula that juts into Lake Waconia on Lakeview Terrace.
August was a miserable month for moisture, netting area farmers just a half inch in a month that normally produces four inches. Despite the parched conditions yields have turned out to be about average. Most years yields for soybeans are roughly 50-60 bushels per acre. This year results are about 30-40 bushels per acre.
Waconia resident Marvin Denzer finished the Ironman triathlon in Florida this month. He finished 243rd out of almost 2,000 athletes.
In only its second season the Waconia High School girls’ soccer team finished with an impressive 10-3-2, going undefeated against the conference champ, and reaching the semifinals of the section playoffs. Kristin Blegen, Courtney Dixon and Lindsey Rague were named to the all-conference team. Becky Solheim, Brittany Bammert, Ali Klason and Krista Polding earned all-conference honorable mention.
Mayer – The Mayer Lutheran High School Crusader girls’ basketball team returns six seniors and hopes to improve last year’s 24-5 overall record. The returning team members are Jenna Rolf, Kendra Honebrink, Laura Tewes, Christy Stuewe, Erin Bierstedt and Tara Marcsisak.
Cologne – Camille Lenzen from Zion Lutheran School and Jackie Rademacher from St. Bernard’s Catholic School won a local Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Runners up were Nicole Miller, Megan Wickenhauser, Sarah Miller and Anthony Bixby.

25 Years Ago – Nov. 17, 1988
The oldest lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia died. Services for Henry (Hank) Raether, 97, were Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Milan and Ruth Raether, and daughter and son-in-law Euna and Will Yetzer.
Color changes and logo design applications for the “new” Waconia water tower located in the fairgrounds are currently being reviewed by the Waconia City Council. Waconia resident Bob Mock heads a committee to explore the possibilities.
Merrill Lynch congratulates Donna Mason for her outstanding success in the realty business. Merrill Lynch Realty.
ON CAMPUS: The following Waconia area residents are enrolled this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. They are Deana Speak, majoring in mathematics, Sara Kunze and Lara Logelin, both majoring in hotel and restaurant management, and Andrea Lindner, majoring in art.
Brian Klatt, Mark DeLeeuw and Bill Wickenhauser received certificates as Qualified Circle Leaders at Nordic Track in Chaska.
St. Bonifacius- Ann Thurk, daughter of Gerald and Bonnie Thurk, is a member of the College of St. Benedict danceline. She is a junior majoring in management.
Alfred and Pat Kunze of Waconia will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Cologne Pavilion.

50 Years Ago – Nov. 21, 1963
The Waconia Lettermen’s Club will begin a fund raising drive. The W-Club will sell Sponge Packets that will be sold for one dollar. Included in the packet are four sponges, one large sponge car sponge, one household sponge and two dish sponges. These are excellent sponges and will not tear apart.
St. Bonifacius – A 1963 car stolen from Thurk Brothers garage early Thursday morning was found in Miles City, Mont. With the car were two 13-14 year old boys who had stolen the car at St. Boni. A stolen Pontiac was left at St. Boni by the two “punks.”
Mrs. John Vit won a RCA TV set at the Mackenthun Grand Opening Remodel. Charolette Trinka won Melmac dinnerware. A. J. Trainer received stainless steel flatwear. Mrs. Andy Eichesn won an electric egg cooker. Mrs. Fremont Radde received an electric coffee maker. Mrs. DeLloyd Herrmann Earl Lahr received waterless cooking sets.
The Waconia High School boys’ basketball team opens their season at home this Friday against the Golden Valley Vikings. Next week the Waconia Chiefs travel to St. Anthony for a conference basketball game.
The Waconia Future Farmers of America held is annual corn drive throughout the area last week and raised a total of $269.51 for the March of Dimes. Vern Bruhn, advisor to the local FFA expressed his appreciation to the following farmers who contributed their trucks for the corn drive: Hilbert Ziermann, Alfred Melchert, Ray Schmitt, the Gruenhagen Brothers, Victor Wabbe and Erland Loehrs.

75 Years Ago – Nov. 17, 1938
A nice string of bass and pike that would delight many a follower of the rod and reel were caught on Lake Waconia by Tony Peitz, John Seltz and Joseph Krusina.
Donald (Swede) Johnson, Eddie Weinzierl and Benny Maiser were named to the Valley Conference All-Star team football team. Russell Fischser and Orle Lentz were named as alternates.
Authorities cleared up a truck theft in quick order one night recently; and they didn’t needed bloodhounds to track down the missing merchandise. The truck that was stolen contained a box of skunk furs, from which was said “the odor is very noticeable.” The thief apparently agreed, for the truck was soon discovered a block from the place where it had been stolen. The furs were still in it.
Carl Coburn, hunter extraordinary, showed some of his friends how to get jackrabbits as well as how really powerful his kick is when he killed a real hefty Jack recently with the kick of his boot. The dog he had hunting with him started in pursuit of the rabbit and it ran right by Carl who quite deftly aimed a kick at the rabbit and caught him full in the head. The impact nearly set Carl down on the ground but Mr. Rabbit was cold dead when he hit the earth. How’s that for getting one to boot?
MATTSON’S: (formerly Goodman Bros. Store) Waconia: Red Cup Coffee – 17 cents a lb. 3 lbs. for 49 cents. Gold Dollar Flour – 49 lb. bag – $1.19. Men’s Work Socks-2 pair – 15 cents.

100 Years Ago – Nov. 21, 1902
Talk about multiplying according to the scriptures! The stork increased Waconia’s population in one day last week to the extent of three male children.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Uncle ‘Lige Bledsoe (colored) believed to have been the oldest man in the world, died in Harrodsburg, Ky., aged 133 years.
The Minneapolis and St. Louis railroad will sell tickets to bona fide landseekers at rate of one fare plus $2 to points in homeseekers’ territory in Minnesota and North Dakota on any Tuesday, good for 21 days.
Willie and Alfred Kuntz returned from the polar regions on Sunday night accompanied by four fat does and enormous appetites. They were unable to secure an antlered buck, a moose, a caribou or a silver fox. They tell us that the country they visited is a most desirable place to live. While there the boys attended an Indian christening, a dog feast and a snake dance — grand surprises introduced by the red men and women in honor of their visit. At the christening of the papoose Willie Kuntz — named by the Indians “Walking Bear” — was selected by the squaws as godmother, and Alfred Kuntz — Good Buffalo — godfather. After the christening the squaws immediately proceeded to borrow chew of tobacco from the godfather and godmother while the bucks contented themselves with sucking the hunting flasks dry. At least this is what Will and Alf told us.