1-23-14 Down Memory Lane

10 Years Ago – Jan. 22, 2004
The District 110 School Board voted to begin the school year next fall before Labor Day. Also five coaches were given approval for fall sports by Activities Director Jeff Jeska. They include boys’ soccer coach, Josh Hutchcraft, girls’ soccer coach Tom Erickson, cross country coach Clark Machtemes, volleyball coach Jim Lee and football coach Pat Foley.
Three winters of rather mild temperatures and lackluster snowfall has tamed our souls. But Monday morning at the intersection of Highways 284 and 5 in Waconia the temperature was 8 below zero at 8 a.m. But, if you have lived here for a long time perhaps you remember the day the thermometer dropped to -43 degrees below zero. That occurred on Jan. 30, 1951. More recently, on Feb. 2, 1996 the temperature here was -37 degrees below zero. The snowiest winter in recent history was in 1983-84 when there was 98. 6 inches of snow. The wimpiest winter recorded was in 1930-31 when there was 14.2 inches of snow.
ON CAMPUS: Lindsey J. Mellgren, daughter of Joanne and Gary Mellgren of Waconia has received recognition on the dean’s list at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Marshall Scott Everhart of Waconia has been named to the dean’s list Hamline University’s College of Liberal Arts. Brian Hobbs of Waconia has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Iowa.
WESTVIEW ACRES: As Roy Dueber says, “There are no weather worries. And Westview Acres has a caring and competent staff and effective services to make this the fine living facility it is. It can be your next home too.”

25 Years Ago – Jan. 19, 1989
Hundreds of anglers, young and old turned out for the annual fishing contest of Lake Waconia sponsored by the Waconia Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations. The biggest fish caught was an 8 lb. 6 oz. northern caught by John Morgan and the biggest pan fish was a 7 oz. crappie caught by Dale Buckentine.
PAUL BROWN’S PONTIAC-GMC TRUCK, INC. – 1986 Olds 98 -$8,000. 1984 Buick Century – $4,300.
Southview Elementary School fourth grade teacher Kathy Oliphant helped her students create a Minneapolis Metrodome out plastic tarps and two-inch clear tape hooked to a fan and made their own dome in their science class. Some of the students explored the inside of the “Waconia Dome.” Among them were Beth Murch, Lindsay Dahl, Adam Posselt, Billy Worm, Kenny Kelly, Beth Brockpahler, Rayn Roseland and Seimer Olson.
Waconia’s Tracy Johnson was named Athlete of the Week on KARE (Channel 11) for her 17.1 point average and her 30 point game against Watertown-Mayer in basketball. She was also one of two area athletes featured as a Metro Athlete of the Week in the Star Tribune.
Now Open! THE SHORTCUT –Waconia. Nancy Thom and Pam Buehler.
Winners in the St. Joseph School Free-throw Contest were: Gary Klein, Molly Bailey, Tom Gerding, Cindy Hagel, Rose Schug, Julie Wirtz, Amanda Oswall, Jason Zehnder, Darryl Rademacher and Chris McPadden.
A new agronomist has joined Waconia Farm Supply. He is Joel Kidrowski of Cologne. He previously worked as a fertilizer manager for Mid-County Coop in Cologne.

50 Years Ago – Jan. 23, 1964
The Carver County 4-H Federation elected officers recently. The new officers are: President- Shirley Lenzen of Mayer Riverside, Vice President-Jeff Agrell of Minnewashta Pioneers, Secretary-Charleen Wessbecker of Waconia Wonder Workers, Treasurer-Diane Lano of Lakeland Hustlers and Song Leader-Susan Feltmann of the Bongards Busy Beavers.
Cologne – Mr. and Mrs. Roy Arnst are the proud parents of a husky 12 lb. 4 oz. son who was born on Jan. 17. Pvt. Robert Joos is now stationed at Camp Carlson, Colorado where he advanced infantry training.
Patricia Arlene Ward became the bride of Alfred Allen Kuntz, Jr. were married in November. The couple are at home at 416 South Olive, St. Waconia.
Denver Baldwin, owner of the Waconia Surge Service is expanding. “I guess farmers are giving their cows the “urge to surge,” he remarked.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune said Saturday that Lake Waconia “suddenly broke loose” and that lots of pound to pound and a quarter crappies are being caught on silver wigglers. The grubs have been better than minnows.
The Sugar City 4-H members gathered at the Marvin Hasse home. Gayle and Crae Degler gave a report on the visit to Rolling Acres Retarded Children’s Home. Linda Kerber gave a reading “A Thought When You Snack.” The lamb and pig projects were carried out. Ron Wrase, Reporter.
Can you remember the fall of 1939 when Indian summer lasted till Dec. 19 and fishermen with summer clothes dotted Lake Waconia on Sunday, Dec. 17?

75 Years Ago – Jan. 19, 1939
Serious traffic violations were responsible for 1,466 revocations of drivers licenses in 1938 in Minnesota. It was the greatest number for a single year since the drivers license unit was created in 1934, according to reports of the Safety Engineer of the Minnesota Highway Department. Intoxication behind the wheel and reckless driving accounted for most of them. Only 17 women lost their drivers licenses during the year or l.6 percent of the total. The age bracket suffering the greatest loss of driving privileges was from 26 to 35.
Sunday afternoon a local skating meet will be held at the Waconia skating rink. Entrants are to report to Margie Lindner before noon on Saturday. Any age person can enter. The winners will move on to the county meet at Chaska the following week. The winners at the county meet will move on to the five-county meet at Winthrop.
Cologne – The annual firemen’s dance will be held at the Cologne hall Sunday evening. Members of the dance committee are “King” Wirtz, G. Meuwissen and John Guettler. The Six Fat Dutchmen of New Ulm will furnish the dance music.
Fifteen years ago the depot agent at Madelia sold a ticket to a young woman who was headed for Minneapolis. In his haste he forgot to give her change from a $10 bill. Recently a local newspaper wrote of the history of the event and the agent read it. “By cracky,” he said. It was that woman whose change he had. He mailed five dollars to her, who died three years ago. The family gave the change to her sister. And now the depot agent’s conscience is clear.

100 Years Ago – Jan. 23, 1914
Mayer – Rev. Schneider of Waconia held English services in the Lutheran church here last Sunday evening.
A peculiar fish-duck-frog-lizard-crocodile-shaped bird or animal was captured in a small body of water near here. We know a fellow who saw green turkeys wearing red straw hats. But then, there are so many different brands on the market and the effects are so widely different.
John Roufs was over from Cologne Wednesday for a friendly call on old-time friends here. John was on his way to Victoria, where he had several horse deals on the go. Mr. Rouf had a good 1913. In the last two weeks he sold seven Percheron teams which averaged $600 per team. Messer Roufs and his partner Pfleghaar are hustlers and are numbered among the most progressive business men of our sister city, Cologne.
St. Bonifacius –The gas rate here has been reduced from $1.00 per 100 feet to 85 cents.
One of Franz Borchard’s boys had the misfortune of splitting his tongue while skating Saturday last, which required several stitches by Dr. Emmerson.
Word has reached here that Mr. and Mrs. Mons. Emile Amblard will arrive in America about Feb. 15. They have been on a lengthy journey to France and other European countries. No doubt we will see them coming to Waconia and the island soon.