By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – Jan. 1, 2004
Christmas Eve was a beautiful day thanks to Jack Frost the night before. The landscape was painted a crusted white. Temperatures climbed into the low 40s.
PATRIOT FORUM: What would you like to learn in 2004? “I’d like to learn to drive, but probably can’t for a few years.”-Emma Skerik-Waconia. “I’d like to learn how to be a faster runner.”-Katie McMahon-Waconia. “I want to learn algebra.”-Robert LaRose-Waconia. “More (harder) math.”-Kendall Meuwissen-Waconia.
Mayer – Four soldiers of the Zion School community will receive packages from students of Zion Lutheran School. The four are: Kari Ann Uecker, daughter of Barry and Peggy Uecker of Mayer, Gerhardt Buckentin, son of Wally and Sharon Buckentin of Mayer, 1st Lt. Timothy Malberg, son of Lowell and Diane Malbert of Watertown and Ryan Kohls, son of Loren and Susan Kohls of rural Delano.
Starting in January all volunteer blood donors will be required to present identification before donating at a blood donation center or drive. This mandate is implemented by the American Red Cross.
ON CAMPUS: Jenna Kunkel of Waconia graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire during winter commencement exercises. She is majoring in art. Joshua Peterson of St.Bonifacius has been accepted as at student for admission at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Peterson is a senior at Waconia High School.
Warm weather conditions drove cautious fish house owners to drag their shacks close to shore on Lake Waconia. Colder temps return on Monday, allowing houses to be moved back onto the lake.
The Waconia Wildcats boys basketball team has started the season 3-0. Junior Jake Schieffer, the Wildcat 6’8’’ center, is averaging 24 points per game and is shooting 61 percent from the floor and 69 percent from three point range, according to his coach Pat Hayes. Against Holy Family, he scored 14 points. Others helping contribute points were C. Erickson with 28 points, Wilhelm with 12, Hiben with 4, Brink with 3, Deering with 2, A. Erickson with 2, Peters with 2 and Schrupp with 2.
25 Years Ago – Dec. 29, 1988
Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Yancey and Charles Borchart are engaged. A February wedding is being planned. Beth is a 1982 graduate of Minnetonka High School and Charles is a 1981 graduate of Waconia High School.
PATIOT FORUM: What do you feel was one of the greatest accomplishments the United States has demonstrated to the world this past year? “Its efforts towards peace.”-Norma Christianson-Waconia. “The elimination of a whole class of intermediate range nuclear weapons by the signing of the INF Treaty; and also the landslide victory of George Bush.”-Jim Devins-Waconia. “The way the Americans and the Russians started to work together toward nuclear disarmament. I think it is something everyone is excited about and it could be progressive.”-Steve Eiden-Waconia. “Better relations with the Soviet Union.”-Vickie Christoffer-Waconia.
Ellise Brelje, Realty World-Streeter-Andrus, sales associate, received the Gold Earners Award for her sales production. Brelje is a full time real estate specialist serving Carver County.
Cologne – Kilian Heger was named an outstanding conservation farmer by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Nancy Gast won a $100 savings bond at the open house of the Waconia State Bank. Henry Kamann won $50 in Waconia Bucks. Commemorative coins were won by Sharon Bare, Gilbert Sudheimer, Clark Machtemes, Geri Dreier, Gary Burau, Sharon Kahle and Geraldine Poppler.
50 Years Ago – Jan. 2, 1964
Loren Zieroth received the Waconia Jaycee and Lions Club Award for the Outstanding Young Farmer of the area. James Russell, chairman of the Jaycee and Lions Award Committee presented the award at the Jaycee/Lions Club Christmas party held at the Paradise Ballroom.
Cologne – Allan Ische, the 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Ische, was the first pediatric patient to enjoy a ride in the new little ranch wagon donated by the Waconia Hospital Auxiliary. The wagon is designed to transport “little patients” to X-ray and the laboratory in comfort and style. His ride was chauffeured by Mrs. Merrill Love, R.N. Director of Nurses.
Joining the First National Bank Insurance Department as a full time insurance agent is Mr. Norman Boehmke. He was born and raised in the Waconia area. He and his family are presently constructing a home in Sunset Ridge which they will occupy upon completion.
Norval Schmandtke was re-elected Chief of the Waconia Fire Department. Ray Doyle was elected Ass’t. Chief. Earl Lahr was elected Chief Engineer. Roy Wessbecker was elected Ass’t. Engineer and Ron Machtemes was elected Secy.-Treasurer.
Mayer – Among prize winners at the Dalchow Christmas Tree Lot were Earl Rehbein of Mayer, who won a flocked tree and Tony Kaniess of Waconia, who won a turkey.
Born to: Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Burandt, Waconia, nee Stender, a baby boy on Thursday, Dec. 26.
75 Years Ago – Dec. 29, 1938
Cologne – The Cologne Hollanders, in their first eight games of the season, have compiled the amazing scoring average of 50 points a game. And to top it off, Pertz Radde has accounted for one-third of the total points himself, with a scoring total of 133 points. Other team members are: Armand Bahr, Harvey Radde, Franklin Bahr, Raymong Effertz, William Effertz, Al Vojtisek, Ed. Effertz and Willard Bongard, manager of the team.
Approximately 25 years ago A. G. Wahl contracted to dig a draining ditch near here and he filled his contract completely. However, it was a losing deal for him and he was forced to move his heavy and awkward equipment together with a load of debts to a more distant place. As far as is known nothing has been heard from Mr. Wahl until he recently appeared to insert an advertisement in the newspaper listing the names of those to whom he had become indebted a quarter century ago, urging that these persons or their heirs acquaint him of their present addresses that he might liquidate his debts.
THE 1939 FORD V-8 CARS ARE HERE: The deluxe Ford Sedan and the Ford V-8 Tudor Sedan. The car is fully streamlined with a low radiator grille in bright metal and wide spaced headlamps. The deluxe cars are powered with the 85 horsepower engine, the Ford V-8 with the 85 or 60 horsepower engine. Both cars have hydraulic brakes. The Ford V-8 is available in three color options.
100 Years Ago – Jan. 2, 1914
This week Tuesday at two o’clock p.m. was solemnized a pretty home wedding when Miss Ida Voigt, was united in holy wedlock with Fred. W. Scheubele of this village. The ceremony took place at the home of the bride south of town. Mr. and Mrs. Scheubele will make their home in the village of Waconia. We join their many friends in the hearty congratulations which are being so freely extended.
What 1913 BROUGHT TO THE WORLD: Really the year 1913 in Washington has been a happy and rather fortunate one for the world in general. It was not marked by any great catastrophe, such as the San Francisco earthquake or the Titanic disaster; it saw the end of the wars in the Balkans, it witnessed the inauguration of a Democratic president in the United States, followed by genuine tariff reduction without financial panic. Everything seems to have gone the way of the Democrats. In Panama great developments have taken place. The canal is now almost completed, so far as a trans-continental waterway is concerned, although not yet prepared for the passage of steamers from ocean to ocean. The year 1913 saw the first aeroplane flight over the Panama Canal. In the world of sports the United States still stands supreme. America was recognized with medals and trophies from Kin Gustave of Sweden that they won in games at Stockholm in 1912.