6-5-14 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – June 3, 2004

Mayer – The banks of the Crow River could be the next site for a Carver County regional park. It was discussed at a recent Mayer council meeting by Marty Walsh, the director of Carver County Parks. Many reasons were given as to why it would be a suitable location.

Music in the Park begins this week on Thursday evening in Waconia. It will highlight Waconia’s own Lake Waconia Wind Ensemble.

Rural Waconian Gary Hittle, an architect, was busy this week at the Landscape Arboratum constructing a tree house maze for the public to observe.

The Waconia Wildcats girls’ golf team is heading for state competition. They defeated Hutchinson by one stroke for the Section 2AA championship. The Wildcats move on to their third state tournament in the last four years. Members of the 2004 team include: Kate Solheim, Jenny VanKirk, Keli Leivermann, Kerin Jetto, Becky Solheim and Lindsay Fischback. Their coach is Donna Moonen.

The Waconia High School class of 2004 participated in graduation ceremonies. An estimated 160 students took part in the event.

PATRIOT FORUM: Should Minnesota bars prohibit smoking.? “I think it’s a great idea.”-Randy Eder-Cologne. “No. that’s part of the fun.”-Gary Schmitt-Waconia. “I don’t think so.”-Russ Zipt-Waconia.

Charles Erickson of Waconia has been awarded the Bronze Star for his recent tour of duty in Afghanistan. The medal was given for exceptionally meritorious service in support of the war on terrorism. Charles and his wife Naomi are residents of Waconia.


25 Years Ago – June 1, 1989

Pilots and other citizens are hoping to site a small airport in Carver County. Hank Speak, president of the Waconia Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), has been appointed to a Metropolitan Council committee that is studying the need for a small airport near here.

Cologne – More than 24 bicyclists from Cologne raised more than $2,750 while riding in the Cologne Lions fourth annual Bike-A-Thon for Cystic Fibrosis on Saturday.

Mayer – Lutheran High School will graduate 66 seniors in ceremonies on Sunday. The LHS class of 1989 chose its motto as: Remember the past, live the present, seek the future, yet do it all in the name of the Lord.

The North Star Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation held its 2nd annual banquet at the Lakeside Ballroom. The evening grossed $80,000. A live auction was held by Stan Radde and his son Paul. Many prizes were donated by area merchants. Diane Raether of Waconia won a silver fox coat worth more than $1,900, which she won in a raffle. She also won a rifle.

Deedle Deedle Didle is 30! Love, all of us.

Julie Braunwarth, daughter of George and Carol Braunwarth, was awarded a Maurice Rothschild Scholarhip at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. Julie is a 1986 graduate of WHS.

NEIGHBORS: Pat Schmidt of Maple Grove is the new librarian at the St. Bonifacius Library. She attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She then taught fifth and sixth grades at an elementary school. She will be at the St. Boni Library on Mondays and Thursdays.


50 Years Ago – June 4, 1964

New Germany – Raechel Gutzmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Gutzmann, was crowned Carver County Dairy Princess. Attendants are: Virginia Chastek and Corliss Stuewe, both of Norwood Young America.

Walter Schwalbe has retired as janitor and bus driver for Independent School District 110 in Waconia. He was honored at a dinner at the North Star Dining Room on Tuesday evening by the faculty. He was presented with a fishing tackle box and a cash purse earlier by the student body of Southview. He began his services for the school in March of 1951.

The Waconia Lakers ball club slipped past the Chaska Cubs 3-2 on Memorial Day at the diamond in Waconia. Both Bill Preiss and Steve Schelitzche pitched beautiful games as they each struck out five with Schelitzche walking one and Preiss issuing four free passes.

Douglas Hedtke was given a Principals Award at the Waconia Southview Elementary awards night. It was presented by Principal, Mr. Gene Pitra and Student Council President, Debrorah Clarke.

Swimming lessons will be available for area youth this summer at Camp Manikiki on the north side of Lake Waconia. The fee for 14 lessons will be $3.50. This fee includes the bus ride from the Waconia Park and back. Mrs. Ann Bolduc will be the Red Cross approved Water Safety Instructor. We thank the Lion’s Club, Chamber of Commerce and the KC’s for their financial support.

Mary Jane Steinhagen has been named one of two top students in Mankato Good Counsel Academy’s graduating class. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Steinhagen. Before entering Good Counsel, Mary Jane attended St. Joseph’s Parochial School at Waconia.

Merrill Kirsch hooked a giant northern at Lake Waconia last Saturday. After a mighty struggle he landed a 17 pound 4 ounce fish.


75 Years Ago – June 1, 1939

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kunze are the new proprietors of Henke’s Café. Mae Burke, who has owned the restaurant for the past few months, has purchased a café at Winthrop. The many friends of the Kunze family wish them success in their new undertaking.

A Waverly man is in the Nagel Hospital here recovering from a compound fracture of the leg. He slipped on a wet culvert during the rain Thursday, as he was about to enter his car parked near Pollacks’s corner. He will be confined for some time.

Work on Waconia High School’s new $15,000 athletic field and playground started Wednesday, with nine WPA workers removing the foundation of the old fair buildings, and with trucks, scrapers and graders due to begin work soon. The football field will run north and south and the playground will parallel it. The dimensions of the two fields will be 374 by 400 feet. Eventually a baseball diamond will be built on the playground, and a skating rink will be built at the extreme northern end of the field.

Victoria – Eleven boys and girls, graduates of the St. Victoria School, will receive their diplomas at commencement exercises. The Class Roll: Leona S. Kelzer, Lois Koehnen, Leonard Krautbauer, Ann Rose Notermann, Marvin Robling, Edward Schneider, Jeanette Schneider, Leonette Schneider, Richard Wartman, Stanley Wellens and Cecilia Van Sloun.

Mr. Walter Schultz has installed a new heat regulated automatic oil burning oven in his bakery. The oven has a capacity of 120 loaves of bread. The new oven is about eight feet square. It is as decorative as the electric refrigerator or stove in your home. So, if the temperature outside gets too much for you these days, you might do well to stop in and cool off in the Schultz Bakery.


100 Years Ago – June 5, 1914

Dog Taxes Must Be Paid! The 1914 dog tags have arrived and are now due. If the dog owners of this village value their canines it is advisable that they pay the required taxes at once. For the love of Mike we cannot understand why there is such a flimsy argument by dog owners against this. Waconia has ample police protection and for dog fanciers there are mighty few of them in this town. Should one judge by the varied and assorted breeds they easily could be classed under the head of meat hounds. Mayor Weinzierl is absolutely correct in enforcing the village ordinances and we are of the opinion that one or two arrests would greatly help matters along.

At the council meeting Monday evening the council purchased two lots. The land is that adjoining the west boundary of the public cemetery and has a frontage of 44 feet. The property was purchased from Jacob Radde for the sum of $300.00.

The big shoe sale of the Krause Mercantile Co. will be continued for another week. They handle the famous Foote-Schulze footwear which is given satisfaction all over.

AUTO RUNS INTO COW! While John Guethling was returning from Cologne on the Waconia-Cologne road he ran into a cow being driven along the road between the Dahlman and Burau farms Saturday last. The cow was not injured, but the machine’s fenders were badly bent and the lamps were smashed. A cow on the road is one of the most troublesome of road obstructions these days.