2-27-14 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Feb. 26, 2004
Fish houses on Lake Waconia and other nearby lakes are slowly beginning their migration to dry land this weekend. This Sunday, Feb. 29 at midnight fish houses will be off the lake. Fish houses on the Minnesota/Iowa border were removed last Friday. Houses on the Canadian/Minnesota border do not need to be removed until March 31.
Mayer – Aging sidewalks along Main Street will be replaced when Highway 25 is repaired this summer.
Edina Realty welcomes the following great real estate agents who have recently joined the Waconia office: Karen Kahler, Melissa Luthens, Randy Schuetz and Jeffrey Sommers.
Angela Dimler of Waconia was named a sub-section Triple A Award winner at Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria. She is the daughter of Kathy and Drew Dimler.
The Waconia girls’ basketball team defeated Delano 55-32. Williams, Scheff, Rasmussen, VanKirk, Buesgens, Dalen, Brandenburg and Honebrink compiled the winning score.
Merrill L. Kirsch, 67, died. He was a 1954 graduate of Waconia High School. After attending the University of Minnesota and joining the army he enjoyed a 45 year career in the music business with J. L. Marsh.
Cologne – Brett and Amanda Baumann announce the birth of their son August Frederick. August was welcomed home by his brother Basil.

25 Years Ago – Feb. 23, 1989
The Waconia Lakettes high school danceline danced its way into a state championship in St. Paul. The girls defeated Crosby-Ironton by three points in the Class B finals. Members of the line include: Althea Goede, Jacki Roberts, Jennie Delin, Susie Kelzer, Katy Winter, Tina Dalbec, Sarah Johnson, Jill Gray, Kristi Harding, Lisa Jensen, Vicky Weinzierl, Julie Heagle, Danielle Koosman, Stacy Clauson, Debber Reichenberge, Dawn Dressel, Pam Johnson and Beth Rathzlaff. Seventeen schools in their class participated. They defeated a two-time state champion, according to Coach Dawn Swiers.
Four Waconia High School wrestlers took on regional competition as the season ended. They are Kelly Wagener at 125 lbs., Brad Ess at 145 lbs., Aaron Noeldner at 171 lbs., and Steve Mielke at 189 lbs.
Mayer – Lutheran High School Crusader wrestler, Jason “Bubba” Smith, a heavyweight, has advanced to state competition. He holds a 20-2 record for the year.
Nancy Emerson of Norwood is the new volunteer services coordinator for the Waconia Health Care Center. She began in January.
Carver County Holstein breeders were honored for 1988 efforts. Among junior members honored were Waconians Shelly Wagener, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wagener and David Hilk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Hilk. Carver County herd owners in the top 10 list included Keith Laumann, Duane Wickenhauser, Diane and Larry Dubbe, Paul Heuer, Jeanette and Dennis Schrupp, Bob Boltmann and Elaine and Mark Buessgens.
New Germany –Several piano students of Mrs. Howard Menth were selected to compete in a finals contest at Normandale Community College. They are: Dean Honebrink, Adam Jopp, Nona Lehrke, Kimberly Thomas, Jacki Schwarts, Anita Lehrke and Bridget Johnshoy.

50 Years Ago – Feb. 27, 1964
St. Bonifacius- James A. Rudnicki, is one of four men who, because of their 1963 selling feats, have been named officers of Chevrolet’s honorary retail organization in the two-state Minneapolis zone, according to the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors Corporation in Detroit.
The Waconia High School Chiefs wrestling grapplers are the Minnesota Valley Conference champions. Dennis Noeldner and Tom Rademacher took the championship in their weight class with Dan Theis taking runner-up in his weight class at the conference meet held at St. Anthony. Steve Bleedorn placed in the District and advanced to regional competition. “Coach Trinka and Schlumpberger are to be congratulated for the extra fine team they put out this year.” Signed: Your loyal fans.
Last Saturday afternoon, a car containing about $40 in groceries parked on Main Street. While the owner walked across to the bank for the open house, the groceries were stolen. Last Friday evening a car parked on Olive Street contained about $20 in groceries. This was also stolen while the owner attended to other business in town. The police officers say lock your car when you leave.
Some youths started out at the golf course east of town and in 42 seconds covered the distance to the city limits. Waconia policemen picked up the trail, clocked them at 62 miles per hour on city streets, stopped them, and issued tickets for appearance before Judge Radde on several charges on the one wild ride through town.
Cologne – Mrs. Lois Seegert of Waconia won the large ham which was given as the door prize at the Auxiliary Fish Fry at the Village Hall on Friday evening. They served approximately 250 dinners.

75 Years Ago – Feb. 23. 1939
Approximately 400 farmers from the local community gathered at the Waconia City Hall for an annual meeting. The president, Mr. Paul Thom presided. The annual statement as prepared by auditors from the department of agriculture shows that the Waconia creamery sales products amounted to $342,628.80 for the year.
As though not content with getting her season mixed up with thunder and lightning during a snow storm on the first of February Dame Nature decided to climax the whole affair by having the lightning kill two cows in a barn on a farm near here. The two cows killed were on opposite sides of the barn. A couple of other cows were stunned as was one horse.
St. Bonifacius – The Cleafon Club had a Valentine’s party at the home of Helen and Yolanda Hauwiller. At this party a scavenger hunt was planned by Myra Fink and Monica Logelin. Those that attended were: Constance Segner, Marie Ess, Marjorie Klein, Clifford Voith, Elmer Geyen, Richard Boll, Darrel Fink, Joe Geyen, Clarence Ess, Wilfred Vos and Helen, Yolanda, Myra and Moncia.
The Braunwarth Motor Company last week received a carload of Allis-Chalmers tractors which were unloaded at the local depot. Most of the tractors in this shipment have been sold for delivery to farms in this county.
The Bronco Busters super entertainers will be at the Manteuffel & Fahse place Saturday evening. Come hear these boys sing and entertain the crowd. You’ll enjoy their program.

100 Years Ago – Feb. 27, 1914
Will Waconia Get Street Cars? The commercial club had a meeting Wednesday night and the much talked about subject of electric street cars running a branch from St. Bonifacius to Waconia and then south to Cologne and on down to St. Peter was discussed. A company so far has cars running to points on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka and expect to reach Winsted, Watertown, Silver Lake and Hutchinson during the summer. We are watching with interest the developments and will inform readers.
According to the United States Census Reports, Minnesota produced in 1909 over 11,000 pounds of maple sugar and over 17,000 gallons of syrup. Many farms possess woodlots or groves which might produce. It should be remembered that an average tree produces from 10 to 20 gallons of sap in a fair season, and that this amount of sap will make about three pounds of sugar.
August Graff and Thos. F. Burfield were to St. Paul Tuesday where the gentlemen participated in the democratic doings held at that city. Many state and national democrats were present.
Ladies be careful with your attire! The wearing of split skirts shows very little judgment and entirely too much calf.
Frank Cosner had both feet so badly frozen that they had to be amputated. He was out on a boozefighting jamboree and crawled into a straw stack for the night.
John Fabel won eight dollars at the state skat tournament at Minneapolis. H. Engel of Waconia was elected one of the directors of the tournament.