3-6-14 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – March 4, 2004
Carver County is making plans for a big 150th anniversary celebration. The anniversary will be commemorated in a 28-page calendar with historical photos on 14 pages. The calendar will be ready for public distribution during the 2004 Carver County Fair. The sesquicentennial committee has applied for a $24,000 grant to help fund the activities.
Six people tossed in their hats for a District 110 School Board position. They are: Daniel Cook, Brent Davis, Rich Gove, Dan Bush, Doug Krukowski (a former school board candidate) and former board member Scott Jensen. Supt. Jerry Kjergaard said he expects the board will make a decision as to who will fill the seat at the next meeting.
State Farm agent Jeff Born of Waconia has been honored for his efforts in helping State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company honors in a recent J.D. Power and Association survey that ranks State Farm highest overall for customer satisfaction for auto collision repair.
Mayer – Carol Lindner was recognized by her employer Catholic Aid Association, for her outstanding work in sales.
Six Waconia Wildcat wrestlers will see action at the state level. They are: Ben Timm, Aaron Cook, Jared Duske, Jon Priess, Dan Hoernemann and Dan Pohl.
The Waconia Wildcat boys basketball team knocked off Glencoe-Silver Lake 49-48 due to senior Corey Erickson’s free throw, according to Coach Pat Hayes. He stressed the importance of individual defensive play and it worked. Juniors Eric Butteris and Jake Schieffer had outstanding games.
Cologne – The 90th birthday of Anne Schwartz will be celebrated at St. Bernard’s School on March 14.

25 Years Ago – March 2, 1989
Waconia won the District 17A girls basketball title on Friday downing Minnehaha Academy. The team players include: Michelle Hedtke, Julie Cebulla, Shauna Werner, Cindy Rademacher, Cynthia Buetow, Roxy Wagener, Tracy Johnson, Ranee Buetow, Anne Wiebe, Becky Johnson, Julie Siegle, Ann Johnson, Wendy Hamann and Melanie Steinborn. Waconia will play Eden Valley-Watkins for the region title.
PATRIOT FORUM: What do you think of Bush’s new administration after its first month in office? “I thought Bush was great even before he was in office.”-Keith McKinley-Waconia. “Barbara Bush is a big asset to the administration because she appeals to the common people and she brings credibility back into the administration.”-Nancy Johnson-Waconia. “I think I’m a little more optimistic than I was during the campaign. I think maybe he can do some the things he said he could do.”-Dick Erdmann-Waconia. “I guess he’s doing pretty good. He’s taking it slow, but it seems to be going as well as can be expected.”- Eric Hoese-Waconia.
BOWLING: Friday Night Mixers Top 3 Men: Ken Bluemeke, Ron Johansen and Dean Buetow. Top 3 Women: Penny Eastlund, Mavis Schuette and Aggie Bluemeke.
Cologne – Bobby Worm would like to announce the arrival of a baby brother, Thomas Gregory Worm. Parents are Greg and Brenda Worm.
The Carver County Fly Fishers Club meet monthly, all 10 to 15 of them. These local men meet and tie flies in their homes. Among members are: John Hinricksen, Bob Lundgren, Jim Lehmann, Bruce Grussing, Clare Palmquist, Keith Hanson, Tom Kullman, Dan Palmer, Dick Soderberg, Dick Molnau and Bob Ackerwold. All are avid fly fishermen, some for more than 20 years.

50 Years Ago – March 5, 1964
St. Joseph’s School basketball team came through the inter-school grade school tournament by winning the championship Thursday evening on the Waconia High School gym floor. Their opponents for this title were the St. Bonifacious squad. The St. Joe’s team included: Steve Huckenpoehler, Jimmy Weinzierl, Mike Whittaker, Mike Hoen, Danny Fasching, Randall Zehnder, Leon Erhard, Gary Wagener, Donald Miller, Danny Schletitzche, Thomas Moonen, Ronald Stenger, Ricky Plocher, Dean Happ, Steve Mock, Larry Plocher and Gary Gast. The cheerleaders were: Suzanne Kirsch, Susan Radde, Mary Northrop, Bonnie Ganzer and Virginia Hartmann.
New Germany – Mrs. Viron Roepke entertained a number of ladies at a Tupperware Party at her home. Demonstration was given by Mrs. Erwin Stender.
Cologne: Mrs. Wally Mohrbacher was in charge of the collections for the Heart Fund Drive in the village. She reports that she collected $56.75.
Michael Kenneth Kirsch was the name given to the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kirsch (Marie Storms) in baptism at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Sponsors were Neil Kirsch and Mrs. Paul Wickenhauser.
Mrs. Charles Kelzer won a boy’s bicycle at the open house of the new First National Bank of Waconia. Billy Danneywitz won a girl’s bicycle.
KOCH RAMBLER & IMPLEMENT: 1957 Plymouth 4 door Sedan V8 –Runs good – $195.00. “C” Allis Chalmers with cultivator – $250.00.

75 Years Ago – March 2, 1939
Waconia schools received three awards at the declamation contest held at Excelsior. Raymond Hasse received second place on his selection “Democracies and Dictatorship.” Ione Johnson was awarded third place on “The First Day at Kindergarten.” Adele Goetz also received third her selection being “Number 1627” in the dramatic division.
Orle Lenze and Willis Gramith were selected by coaches for the all-district basketball team. Gordon Radde was selected for the all-conference second team. This year’s Waconia high school cage team goes into district play with a perfect record, having won all scheduled conference games.
The Waconia Garden Club will hold its regular meeting at the Waconia High School next Wednesday. Arthur H. Ziemer will attend and present information on the care of potted plants. These meetings are open to everyone and urged to attend.
A young man did the commendable thing of bringing right to the newspaper office an auto license plate that he picked up on the road that hour. The next day Alvin Person was reading the paper and noticed the license number given in the notice. He didn’t know his number was lost off the back of his car, but that number looked familiar, so he went to see and sure enough it was his. What better service can be given that finding an article before one knows he has lost it!
Cologne – Bowling News: The “Ideal Hatchery” team took the leaders, “Harry’s Novelties” by taking a trio of games. “Ideal Hatchery” showed their stuff in bowling a high game of 882 and a high trio in which they toppled the pins for 2489. Milo Graff knocked down the wood for a 600 with a high game of 214.

100 Years Ago – March 6, 1914
Rev. Schneider, pastor of the German Lutheran Church here is holding church services at his church every Friday afternoon at 2:30. These services will be continued during the Lenten season.
This vicinity has been flooded by thousands of Sears-Roebuck catalogs. The rural carriers were loaded down with them Saturday last and Monday, while many were distributed about the village. Sears-Roebuck are always on the job and get the business because they advertise for it.
We have been informed that the great wrestling match will take place at Cologne next week Tuesday. The match will be between Hirsch, of New Germany, and Joe Rule of Minneapolis, for a purse of $50 and also a side bet of $50.
Alois Zrust last week Friday had the misfortune of falling on an icy walk and spraining his wrist. The injured member is doing nicely at this writing.
At the meeting of the Waconia village council free telephone service was granted to the city hall. Waconia will also get an electric fire and police alarm to be installed at once. The apparatus consists of two large electric gongs one of which will be placed in front of the hall and the other probably at the North Star Hotel corner on Main St. The bells can be heard for several blocks. The system has been tried out in other towns with considerable success.
Last week Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season and for 40 days, there is a pause in the sound of human festivity and in some sort of giving up the mere pleasures of life. This year Easter will fall on April 12.

  • Joni Schwartz

    The value of remembering is so crucial for community well-being and a sense of cultural identity. Keep the memories coming, Elise. And Happy Birthday to Elsie Machtemes – April 11th.