4-3-14 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – April 1, 2004
Daylight Savings Time Begins April 4. Spring your clocks ahead!
Cologne – Becky Rademacher, daughter of Robert and Cheryl Rademacher is a candidate for Carver County Dairy Princess. She is sponsored by First National Bank of Waconia, Kenzoil and the Waconia Farm Supply.
Waconia High School senior Corey Erickson was named Wright County Conference All-Conference for basketball. Senior Luke Wilhelm, earned All-Conference Honorable Mention.
The Waconia High School girls softball players are ready to play. The seniors are Tegan Lingbeck, Cortney Bongard, Amanda Clemensen and Rachel Mowry. Others seeing action this season will be Kate Groschen, Kellie Hoen, Martha Lemke, Tracy Kelder, Katie Morimoto, Megan Sipper and Elsey Engelen.
The Waconia High School baseball team has set sights on state competition, according to Coach Grundhofer. The senior members include: Jim Berg, Ben Smothers, Brant Douville, Jeff Crest, Chris Bullis, Andy Bongard and Patrick Timmers. “These guys are very competitive and will work hard to win,” Grundhofer commented.
Seven Waconia Wildcat wrestlers earned All-Conference status. They are: Jared Duske, Jon Priess, Joe Nord, Ben Timm, Dan Pohl, Josh Artmann and Dan Hoernemann. Chris Bullis, Aaron Cook and Joey Larson received Honorable Mention.
Ali Klason, a senior Waconia High School gymnastic, achiever received All-Conference.
New Germnay – Happy Birthday wishes to Donna Menth and LaVerna Venske.
Jay and Jaime (ZumBerge) Dalchow of Waconia announce the birth of their daughter, Abby Ranae.

25 Years Ago – March 30, 1989
Easter bunnies were out in force in Waconia on Saturday for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at City Square Park. Three friends dressed as fuzzy rabbits were Girl Scouts Megan Hedegard, Stacey Leen and Laura Richardson. They helped pass out prizes to the hundreds of kids who came to hunt eggs in the still snow covered park.
Water, water, everywhere! As temperatures soared into the 70s Monday most of the snow melted but it didn’t disappear.
Bill Koppi, 20, a 1987 Waconia High School graduate, is starting the college baseball season at Mankato State University. He is playing outfield. He is the son of Joe and Mary Kay Koppi of Waconia.
The Minnesota State Tae Kwon Do championships were held recently at Fridley. Lisa Read of Waconia took second place honors in sparring.
Mayer – Strong newcomers and returning girls will help build the Lutheran High School track team, according to coaches Dean Aurich, in his eighth year with the boy’s team and Lynn Panning, in her first year with the girls team. Returning to the boys team are seniors Bryan Dammann, Andy Cook, Ross Dressel, Mark Schwichtenberg, Mike Cohrs, Jim Helgren and Matt Schimmel. Returning senior girls are Michelle Stuewe, Krista Schwecke, Angie Swanson and Karla Neff.
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Wolff of Waconia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

50 Years Ago – April 2, 1964
The Waconia Chamber of Commerce Easter Ham Drawing was held on Good Friday. Nearly 80,000 tickets were deposited in the containers at the Waconia City Hall. There were so many, the tickets had to be placed on the city hall floor. Sandy Menzel and Arthur Laufenburger drew 30 names from various areas of the tickets on the floor. Some of the winners included: Fred Bartels of Cologne, Gilbert VanEyll of Waconia, Pat Mock of Waconia, Gerald Schendel of St. Bonifacius and Robert Schwichtenberg of Waconia.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the VFW auxiliary was held on Saturday despite the very cold weather. Silver eggs were found by Steven Hilk, Judy Willams, Susan Devins, Joyce Geyen, Cathy Laumann and Thomas Peura.
Victoria – William “Bill” Braunworth, International Dealer, is observing his 40th anniversary in Victoria this week. Braunworth is offering free nuts to area patrons as an example of how “nutty” prices will be during this event. This 71 year old started out in the business in 1923. It is the second oldest International Harvester dealer in Minnesota. His son, Lloyd and Tom Schneider, the latter parts manager have joined in the operation
Eight girls from the junior class at Waconia High School sponsored a drive for funds with which to purchase a TV set for their classmate who was injured in a tractor accident last November. The young man is Richard (Dickie) Weiland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Weiland of St. Bonifaciuis. The TV set and wheelchair were presented to Dickie on Saturday afternoon. The girls involved are: Jan Schneider of St. Boni, Linda Ess of St. Boni, Sue Kuntz of Waconia, Ginni Hansen of Waconia, Dorothy Leubke of Waconia, Gloria Weinzierl of St. Boni, Pauline Reinitz of Waconia and Mary Scheuble of Waconia.
Dennis Fahse of Waconia won first prize of $10 in the Schafskopf tournament at Young America. Albert Neumann of Waconia won $3.50.

75 Years Ago – March 30, 1939
A local girls basketball team composed of the following: Annelda Meuwissen, Norma Engelen, Betty Effertz, Geraldine Engelen, Mary Ann Hesse, Marcelian Haasken and Margie Weinzierl motored to Victoria Thursday evening where they played a game against a girl’s team of that village. When the smoke of battle cleared the local team was on the short end of a 23 to 12 score.
You drivers of Model A’s may think you know all about the breed, but take it from Louie Weterkamp, you ain’t seen nothin’ until a rear wheel (off your own Ford) starts beating your time. Then, says Louie look out. It happened at sundown one evening recently. All of a sudden, Bang! and the afterdeck of the Ford gave a sharp list to Starboard. He looked out of the window just in time to see the rear wheel go past, take the ditch, spin across a barbed wire fence and stop in the field. The car remained unhurt and after Louie fixed the runaway part he drove on home.
Bongards – Mavis and Curtis Truwe spent Saturday afternoon with Darlene and LaVonne Stender.
Mrs. Mike Nellen, and Sybilla Nellen were brief callers at the F. W. Hedtke home Saturday evening.
WACONIA FLOUR MILLS: Maiser Brothers, Prop.-Waconia. Clearwater Chick Mash 100 pounds – $2.25. Clearwater Flour 100 Pounds – $2.40.
Cologne – The Mid-County Co-op Association will build a new bulk and service station at Cologne, near the Wirtz Log Cabin Inn west of Cologne on Trunk Highway 212 within the corporate village limits. The station will be located near the railroad tracks for unloading gasoline and oils direct from the tank cars to the station bulk tanks.

100 Years Ago – April 3, 1914
Miss Lillian Osterfeld has been engaged as housekeeper at the Amblard Club house for the season. Mons. Amblard was here Monday to make the necessary arrangements for opening his buildings in the village and on the island.
Governor Eberhart has thrown his hat into the ring. In a statement issued from the Governor’s office, the Executive announces that he is a candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
Thomas Burfield and W. J. Kuntz were to Minneapolis Tuesday as delegates for the Democratic Convention. They endorsed Hammond for Governor. August Graff accompanied the gentlemen.
There will be no English services at the City Hall on Sunday it being Palm Sunday. The Waconia friends will attend the Confirmation services at the Zoar Church. Some young people of Waconia are members of the class which will be confirmed on that day. Holy communion will be held at the church on Good Friday, April 10.
A new linoleum floor was laid at the Farmers State Bank rooms.
State examinations took place at the local public school last week Thursday and Friday.
A movement has been launched in Washington D.C. for the “Prevention of Easter Hats.” The members would pledge themselves not to wear the season’s hats and new clothing until after Easter Sunday. The real meaning of Easter is often lost sight of because of the craze for new and fashionable clothing and hats, they say.