12-5-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Dec. 4, 2003
Thanks to additional size and strength, the Waconia High School boys’ basketball team may have what it takes to be a contender in this season’s Wright County Conference. The seniors on the team include: Luke Wilhelm, Dillon Sletten, Brady Brink, Corey Erickson and David Deering.
Victoria – The hockey tradition begins at Holy Family High School. The team’s captains are seniors Ben Smothers and Tayler Meuwissen and junior Paul Anderson. Sophomores Nick Lano, Nick Matheson and Brandon Weinzierl will also provide leadership along with seniors Paul Kellogg and Chris Hudson.
PATRIOT FORUM: Who on your Christmas list is easy to shop for? “My cousin, Chelsea. I always draw her name. She’s nine years old.”-Sierra Burr-Waconia. “My cousin Megan. She’s seven years old.”-Marissa Reed –Mayer. “My cousin Mariah. She’s 14 years old. I know what she likes.”-Abby Kalenberg-Waconia. “My cousin Hannah.”-Emma Olson-Waconia.
Christopher Meyer, M.D. has joined the staff at Orthopaedic Consultants,P.A. in Waconia. Dr. Gary Wyard, Dr. Mark Friedland and Dr. Robert Barnett would like to welcome Dr. Meyer to their practice and to the community.

25 Years Ago – Dec. 1, 1988
They lined up to visit Santa Friday night in Waconia at Santa’s Post Office on Main St. Eric Michels was one of the first to climb on Santa’s lap and list his Christmas wishes. Santa helped light the tree at the park and then invited the youngsters to visit his post office.
Alice Tester finds life is great at 98! “Being 98 is pretty good so far,” she said as she sat in a wing backed chair in the two-bedroom apartment at Westview Acres which she shares with her sister Lydia Fischer, who is 94. What is her secret for a long life? “I didn’t over eat and, of course, I didn’t drink or smoke,” she said.
Waconian Gene Miller celebrated his 30th service anniversary with United Telephone. He is a construction and engineering supervisor at the headquarters in Chaska.
A Waconia High School graduate was among the runners in this year’s annual New York Marathon. Joy Johnson, 61, and now of San Jose, Calif., completed the 26.2 mile race in 4 hours and 21 minutes on Sunday. On her way home to California from New York, Joy stopped in Waconia and visited her mother, Mabel Kratzke.
PATRIOT FORUM: What color would you like the Waconia water tower by the fairgrounds to be painted? “Powder blue and white—my favorite colors. Besides the lake is that color. It goes with it.”-Frank Sicheneder-Waconia. “Pink, because I’m color blind.”-Herb Sauter. “Blue, I guess. It’s my favorite color.”-Jim Dupte-Waconia. “I’m a blue person. So blue.’-Dennis Michels-Waconia.
Mayer – The bridge club was hosted by Cathy Stifter.

50 Years Ago – Dec. 5, 1963
The Waconia “B” squad boys basketball players stomped St. Anthony 52-27. Waconia led throughout the game. Tom Stenger led his ball club in scoring with 13 points. It should be noted that Tom only played the second half. The “A” squad got trimmed by St. Anthony.
Cologne – Incumbents were all re-elected in the village elections. Those taking office are: Mayor Grover Knorr, Arthur Mohrbacher, Roger Swanson and Urban Fritz.
Henry Koehler motored to Mayer on Sunday afternoon and attended the Sheephead Tournament there. Mr. Koehler’s fine playing in the afternoon session won him first place in the tournament. In the evening both he and his wife won prizes.
The North Benton Homemakers met at the home of Rose Guethling. A lesson on making candy was given by Elaine and Joan Schmitz. Lunch was served by Dorothy Baldwin and Mildred Boelke.
YETZER’S: Handsome, Modern 7-Drawer Desk with a lock and key – $37.95. Throw Pillows- $1.49. Samsonite Monarch Folding Furniture 5-piece set – $29.85.

75 Years Ago – Dec. 1, 1938
The deer of northern Minnesota are said to shudder and run for cover at the very mention of the name “Waconia” and they know what they’re doing, for “Waconia” is just another way of spelling “hunter.” The Waconia Hunt Club, 20 strong, traveled to Hovland, Minn., this season and they returned with 20 deer, about three-quarters of them bucks.
Waconia high floormen will open the season here Friday night against the strong Cologne Hollanders quint in a practice game. The Hollanders have a seasoned aggregation, with such veterans as the Bahrs, Pertz Radde, the Effertz’s, Earl Braun, Wostrel and others back from the league leading 1938 team. This outfit went to the finals of the All-Nation basketball tournament last year, and should give the high school team a real chance to find out where they need strengthening.
The Waconia Patriot has been given a fine Christmas gift by its readers, in the form of 44 brand new subscribers added to the list since July.
The “House of Horrors” will be presented by the Waconia High School junior class. Janice Contrell is played by Marie Weinzierl. Her girl friend Chloe Clark is played by Virginia Lahr. Mrs. Schump is played by Lois Philippy. Frank Sicheneder is Herbie the Hipper. Wanda Wilde is played by Geraldine Giesen. Wilfred Plocher is Voriloff. Admission is 25 cents for adults, 20 cents for high school students and grade students 15 cents.
New Germany- New Germany voters will go to the polls Tuesday, but they will be slightly bewildered because the ballot is almost blank. Only one man filed for a village office. He is Henry Trittabaugh, who has filed as village assessor. The rest of the village fathers have decided the jobs are too arduous, or they have too many other things to do.

100 Years Ago – Dec. 5, 1902
Several timber wolves have of late been seen in the woods across the lake, but we have heard of none being captured. Frank Effertz, Willie Kuntz, Peter Weinzierl and others report that while hunting quail Sunday last they saw a pack of these lean and hungry animals in the distance and then climbed into a tree. They hardly think ‘tis safe to go into the woods on that side of the lake after dark.
W.J.KUNTZ: Immense Values: Boys Knee Pants – 25 cents. Men’ Fancy Imported Cashmere Suits -$16.00. A large line of fancy all wool and silk waist goods at 50 cents to $1.00 a yard.
John Bitzer, one of our best natured and most-up-to-date farmers, came in the Patriot for a chat on Monday. Geo. Bradley also gave us a pleasant call while here to attend the installation of the officers of Royal Neighbors camp.
Frank Peitz, who lived about two miles south of this village was found drowned in a well on his farm Tuesday afternoon. Coroner Halgren viewed the remains and declared death to be have been an accident. Mr. Peitz’s well had occasioned him considerable trouble from its failure to work. He slipped and fell in while trying to fix it.
Wittsack & Koch butchered 14 hogs on Monday to supply their customers with pork during the winter months.