1-16-14 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Jan. 15, 2004
THE GAMES THEY PLAY- The increased fees that have been instituted for participation in extra-curricular activities at Waconia High School have not done much to slow participation so far. For the fall of 2003, there were an estimated 474 kids participating in sports in grades 7-12. Football is currently the big draw. The second most popular fall sport was cross country. Other growing sports are boys and girls soccer and girls swimming.
Mayer – Housing growth continues, with more than 140 new homes in the last two years. City Clerk Lois Maetzold estimates Mayer’s population at 875 to 900. New residents have moved to Mayer from at least 25 different communities, including Chanhassen, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Champlin, Burnsville, Excelsior, Eden Prairie, Savage and Bloomington. Five new homes were purchased by people who previously lived in Minnetonka.
Waconia High School wrestlers beat three powerhouse teams recently and are in second place in Wright County Conference play, according to Coach Kelly Wagener. Jon Priess became just the 10th Waconia wrestler to reach 100 career wins, and is the second Wildcat this season to achieve it. Aaron Cook reached 100 wins in the Christmas tournament.
Cologne – A 90th birthday gathering honoring twin brother and sister, Earl Lemke and Pearl Lemke Maden, will be held at the Cologne Community Center on Sunday, Jan. 25.
OUTDOOR NEWS: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people who are feeding deer to think twice before doing so. Bringing individuals into close contact increases the chance for the spread of disease. In addition, the concentration of deer in relatively small areas resulting in feeding puts increased pressure on vegetation in the immediate vicinity.

25 Years Ago – Jan. 12, 1989
This year’s New Year’s baby took its time at Waconia Ridgeview Hospital. The first baby of the new year was Jessica born to Nancy Miller and Todd Hoffman of Rockford.
St. Bonifacius- Chou Vang and Tang Yang found Tom Thumb to be a convenience store and a whole lot more Wednesday when their baby was born in the parking lot at the St. Bonifacius store. The couple had attempted to get to Waconia Ridgeview Hospital, but the baby did not wait. Both the St. Boni Fire Department and the ambulance were called. It was another successful delivery for paradmedic David Boyd and his partner, Steve Koch. Boyd, who is now known as “The Storkman,” has delivered two babies in the back of the ambulance and one in a home since he came to work for Waconia Ambulance.
Cologne – The new Cologne City Council met for the first time under the leadership of Mayor Peg Boyle with the new city council members Joel Lally, Harold Schroeder and Allen Storms in attendance. Fran Vetscher is the only returning council member.
ON CAMPUS: Kris Wendorf of New Germany and Cheryl VanHorn and Kristene Johnson of Waconia were among students at North Dakota State University on the dean’s list.
Frank Klepperich has been an over the road truck driver for 25 years. His driving record on the road is commendable. He has never had an accident that was his fault, nor has he ever experienced a jackknife or been hung up under a bridge because of low clearance. He has never had a speeding citation and has received numerous driving awards from the American Truckers Association.
The Waconia Chiefs boys basketball team was defeated by the Howard Lake-Waverly Lakers by a close score 56-53 but several Waconia cagers turned in double digit points. Ryan Berger led with 23, followed by David Harms and Todd Bailey.

50 Years Ago – Jan. 16, 1964
Mrs. Perry Dungey of Waconia and Frank Murray of Chaska, have been named co-chairmen of the 1964 Cancer Crusade in Carver County.
St. Joseph Catholic School defeated the Public School 30-13 in a wild, low scoring basketball game. Both teams used a pressing defense, which caused many mistakes. High man for St. Joseph’s was Wagener with 11 points. High man for the Public School was Brian Melcher with 7 points.
Mayer – Two burglaries were committed here on Wednesday night. Victims of the burglaries were the Mayer branch of the Bongards Creamery and the Mayer Feed Mill. A Coronado transistor and $27.50 was taken from the creamery and a Sylvania transistor and $12 were removed from the vending machine at the mill. An investigation is underway.
Laurie Ann Johnson was received into the Waconia Moravian Church by the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Rev. Lewis performed the service. Laurie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Johnson and a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Anderson.
Waconia Chiefs grapplers Tom Rademacher and Dennis Noeldner both won their wrestling matches against Orono. Waconia received a 30-15 victory.

75 Years Ago – Jan. 12, 1939
Mrs. Joseph Hilgers and son Jimmy celebrated their birthday’s Saturday evening. Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hilgers and daughers Dorothy and Margaret, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vanderlinde and son., Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hilgers and family of St. Bonifcious, Mr., and Mrs. Lawrence Gast and sons, Sylvester Hilgers and Veronica Widmer, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Borka and family, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hilgers and Mr. and Mrs. Ted. Zabel and family.
Last Sunday evening Miss Grace Schneider was severely burned about the hands and arms when she poured kerosene into the parlor furnace.
WANT ADS: A Special Price on washing oil and repairing harnesses during the month of January, Lahr Harness Shop, Waconia. Sweet Corn Silage For Sale: $2.75 per ton delivered Waconia and vicinity—Lester Felmlee.
Joseph Robling and Florian Segner of St. Bonifacius were visitors at the Ed. Lahr home Friday evening.
The University of Minnesota Concert Band will present a series of radio concerts on Mondays over the radio station WLB (760 kilocycles). Ralph Peltz, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Peltz, plays the clarinet in the band.

100 Years Ago – Jan. 16, 1914
Lynn Harrison, 14 years of age, who lives on a farm in Carver County, just east of Waconia, is the champion corn raiser of Minnesota. He grew 133.91 bushels of corn from an acre. It was measured directly from the field and 100.4 bushels after it had been dried. Lynn’s success is the result of a “try, try again” spirit. Last year he entered the first ever acre-yield contest and his efforts proved unsuccessful. Last spring he entered the contest again. He planted his corn on the same acre he had planted the year before. Every effort was made to keep it free from weeds and to keep it cultivated properly. The second place winner was Edna Grace Ryter of Stewartville. Harrison and the second place winner were among 1,400 boys and girls from across the state who entered the contest.
The first time this winter the mercury touched the zero mark and not being satisfied at normal went 10 notches below Monday morning and many were the frost bitten ears, noses and fingers. The cold spell, however, has moderated.
We would like to publish the names of the two smoke house inspectors who called at the Fred Fahse farm house last week Wednesday. We refrain from doing so at this time. An alarm set for just those kind of individuals frightened them away. Freddie tells us that if anyone in Waconia is seen limping around on one pedal extremity it will not be rheumatism nor the gout, but the injuries received from being caught in a bear trap.