12-19-13 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Dec. 18, 2003
The flu vaccine is all but exhausted in Waconia. According to Lakeview Clinic’s Dr. Scott Ellingson, this has been the most well publicized year for the flu, and at least locally, there have never been more flu shots administered. “We’ve ordered more doses this year than ever before and we have used them all up,” he said. Still, despite the reports nationally of extensive outbreaks, the Waconia area seems to have escaped relatively unscathed.
Three area fire departments responded to a blaze that erupted on the rear of Charlie and Julie Steinhagen’s farmhouse on Airport Road. Nobody was home at the time.
The winter of 2003 has not even arrived, yet this area has received more than 20 inches of snow. And to think the official start of winter is this Monday.
The new City Hall building, located one block west of the current City Hall, on Second Street, is proceeding on schedule. The city is hoping to conduct its first meeting of the year in its new space on Jan. 5. The senior apartment building, located to the rear, is almost complete.
Asana Wellness has opened a new store in Waconia. It is located in the new Waconia Square Building (former Mackenthun’s building) in downtown Waconia.
The Waconia High School gymnastics team opened its season. Head coach Stephanie Swenson noted the effort of senior captain Ali Klason, who led the team in scoring in all four events against Annandale.
The Waconia Wildcats girls basketball team beat Glencoe-Silver Lake. The scoring was evenly distributed throughout for the Wildcats, who were led by senior Cassie Wiliams’ 11 points. Senior Courtney Buesgens and junior Anna Philp each added eight points. Coach Tom Doyscher said he was pleased the team got its first conference win.

25 Years Ago – Dec. 15, 1988
Getting around is a lot easier these days for Candy Anderson of Waconia, thanks to a gift from the Waconia veteran’s organizations. Anderson received a new electric three wheeler made possible from a fund raiser sponsored by the Waconia American Legion and Waconia Auxiliary, the Waconia VFW and Auxiliary and the Waconia Amvets. Anderson has had cerebral palsy since birth.
An ice fisherman drove into open water early Tuesday morning on Lake Waconia. The Minneapolis man was able to exit his 1968 Chevy pickup as it sank and jump onto a floating slab of ice before falling in the water.
St. Bonifacius – The fate of the St. Bonifacius Library will be before the Hennepin County Board next Tuesday. Commissioners will be voting on a recommendation to close the library at the end of the year. St. Boni area youngsters took time during their catechism classes at St. Boniface to write letters to the county library board asking that their library be kept open. They also made posters to carry to the meeting.
Waconia High School students are taking to the airwaves. Announcers Cynthia Buetow and Steven Jensen are among those going on the air with Waco On the Lake, a news program being broadcast on cable TV from Waconia High School.

50 Years Ago – Dec. 19, 1963
An early report from Santa reassures the fact that our younger generation isn’t too much fazed by the electronic world in which we live today. The majority still request the old standards from Santa—such things as red wagons, tricycles, balls and gloves for the boys and dolls and such for the girls.
Mrs. Earl Sorensen, the Auxiliary president for the Waconia Veterans of Foreign Wars Post received an award from the members of the second district for having the auxiliary over 105 percent paid up. Mrs. Edwin Weinzierl was among the Past District Presidents honored at the meeting.
Bernadette Segner, a junior at The College of St. Catherine, is among five students elected to provisional membership in the Gamma Alpha chapter of Tri Beta, a national honor society in the field of biological science. Miss Segner is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Segner of Waconia.
CONNORS’ OIL CO. wishes area residents a Merry Christmas. Jim & Mavis Connors, Darrel Fink, Curley Koehler and Virginia Kunze.
The First National Bank moved to its new location this week. The law offices of Attorneys Wm. Glaeser and Paul Melchert and the accounting office of Alan Matthias were moved last week to the lower level of the building. The Waconia Dental Center is also located in the lower level. The old bank building will be razed in the near future.

75 Years Ago – Dec. 15, 1938
The annual Christmas program of Hydes Lake School, District 45 will be given on Friday evening. Miss Georgiana Dols is the teacher for the school.
Cologne – The Cologne bowling alleys, repaired and in first class condition, will be opened on Wednesday. The alleys are in the basement of the Cologne City Hall. Al Vojtisek and Willard Bongards are the co-managers.
Waconia cagers will make their first appearance in Minneapolis tomorrow, when they meet Minneapolis South at the Minneapolis armory. Buses from Waconia are being run from here to Minneapolis. Tickets can be obtained from Coach Knutsen. Admission is only 40 cents for two games. Waconia beat Minneapolis Roosevelt here last week.
Stores in Waconia will remain open until 9 p.m. every evening next week until Christmas.
Mrs. Gust Leivermann of Chaska is spending the week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Bahr and family.
In a town near here Peter Mackey was opening a package of donated toys, collected by the American Legion to be given to needy children as Christmas gifts and found a new type of contribution — a garter snake.
100 Years Ago – Dec. 19, 1902
The boys and girls cleared the snow from a considerable area of the lake surface last week and had a ripsnorting time every evening until their rink was again covered up by the weather man.
Anton Wessale has purchased the Kusserow property for a consideration of $950. The property is a bargain at that price and we congratulate Anton upon his purchase.
One evening this week we detected a bright little girl darning one of her mother’s discarded stockings to hang up as a receptacle for Christmas presents. Maybe she expects an automobile or parlor organ.
Lenz & Schutz have erected a neatly furnished and cozy room in the rear of their saloon for the accommodation of guests. This will prove a source of great comfort to visitors, especially in the summer time. Louis says there is nothing too good for their customers.
Services in the English language will be held at the Lutheran church on Sunday evening.
Play Crokinole, Archarena and all other parlor games at Frank Krause’s.
For the Christmas and New Year holiday season the Minneapolis & St. Louis railroad will sell round trip excursion tickets for continuous passage to any point within 200 miles of the station at a rate of a one way fare and a third.

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