6-12-14 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – June 10, 2004

The annual Lake Minnetonka Kennel Club dog show was held in Waconia last Friday-Sunday, with hundreds of dogs, and their owners, coming to town to demonstrate their skills, obedience, beauty and training. The show was held at the fairgrounds.

The Waconia Wildcats baseball team is still alive and well as it continues its push into postseason play. The Wildcats were two games away from state on Monday. In Waconia’s win over Hutchinson, senior Chris Bullis earned the win with six strike outs in 3 2/3 innings of relief for starter Koehler and has 92 strike outs this season.

Waconia senior Justin Reitsma will participate in the 2004 Minnesota State High School League All-Star Football game at Macalester College on June 26.

PATRIOT FORUM; What is your dad like? “He takes me fishing.”-Nathen Brennecke-Waconia. “He is smart and he likes to go fishing.”-Zachary Eder-Cologne. “He likes to fish and he likes watermelon.”-Kaylee Gabbert-Watertown.

The Weinzierl’s home on Lake Street sustained heavy damage when a storm water pipe backed up and caused water to flow down a hill toward their home, eventually pushing through a basement wall.

Waconia resident Sue Rague has been named one of McDonald’s top restaurant managers.

Mayer – The Lutheran High School Crusaders track team will have several students going on to state competition. They are: Christy Stuewe, Laura Tewes, JoAnna Winter, Amy Krueger, Kelsey Scheele, Zack Mueller, Lucas Mueller, David Christiansen, Andrew Schwanke and Chad Aurich.


25 Years Ago – June 8, 1989

One hundred and twenty-seven students will graduate on Sunday, June 11 at Waconia High School. Ceremonies will be at Meuwissen Field, weather permitting. Student speakers for the class of 1989 will be Jennifer Kellor, Greg Vialle and G. Patrick Daubert. Honor students for the class will include: Kristina Beck, Ryan Berger, G. Patrick Daubert, Elaine Foss, David Hilk, Tracy Johnson, Andrea Jurek, Jennifer Kellor, Brian Rademacher, Mark Schwendinger and Greg Vialle.

Plans are underway for Waconia Ridgeview Hospital Foundation’s fourth annual golf event at Island View Country Club. Dave Philp of Waconia and Ilona Hoggarth of Chaska are the general chair and golf chair, respectively.

The Waconia Fire Department was called to the Lovin’ Oven on First Street for a chimney fire that was quickly put out. Garett Gallus, Jenny Raether, Gina Hackenpoehler and Amy Call had all just reported for the 3 p.m. shift when they smelled smoke. Bakery owner Jan Zingsheim said most of the damage was to the rear of the bakery where there is storage.

Patty Ebert of Waconia was named in the director list at Hennenpin Technical Institute in Eden Prairie. She represents the child development assistant program. She is the daughter of Jim and Betty Ebert of Waconia.

Michelle Weiland has been named editor of the 1990 Waconia High School yearbook, the Chieftain. Vicki Vialle and Julie Volby will serve as assistant editors. All three will be seniors next year.

Cologne – The Cologne Hollanders baseball team surprised the Shakopee Indians with a win. It was a good clean game going 10 innings. John Salonek started on the mound. Chuck Schmitt started on the mound in the second after Salonek had arm trouble. Rick Hoen relieved Schmitt in the seventh.

Carl and Leona Stender will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at Kube’s Supper Club in Norwood.


50 Years Ago – June 11, 1964

St. Bonifacius –J. B. Connors’ Oil Company was given special recognition by Phillips Petroleum Company for outstanding accomplishment.

Clarence H. Ortlip, cashier of the First National Bank of Waconia, has been named Vice President of the banking institution in Waconia. Mr. Orlip succeeds the late Dr. A. L. Arnold to the position. George Klein remains president. Directors are: John Seltz, Marvin Mackenthun and Gabriel J. Deluhery.

This summer for a service fee of one dollar the Waconia Jaycees will fill your children’s sandboxes with sand. Allan Matthias is the project chairman.

The all new Dueber’s Ben Franklin Store in Waconia is opening today. The new store is one half block in length. This is one of seven Dueber’s Ben Franklin stores. It has one of the finest merchandise establishments around the area.

MACKENTHUN’S SUPER MARKET: Phone WH 5-2512. Large watermelon – 79 cents each. Pillsbury Cake Mix – 4 for $1.00. Heinz Ketchup –Regular Size – 5 at $1.00.

Richard Klaseus instructor of business classes at Waconia High School received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Mankato State College.

Mrs. Arnold Paal of 600 West Third Street has an unusual hobby. She collects match book covers from all of the 50 states as well as a number of other countries. She has been collecting for years and there are no duplicates. The recreation room of the Paal home has two walls covered with match book covers. Mrs. Paal invites anyone interested to come in and view her collection. She is thankful to all those who have assisted her with her hobby.


75 Years Ago- June 8, 1939

Mayer – You may get Walter Neuman angry but you can’t get his goat. For Walter has a young goat, about two months old, which is a rare sight. Perfectly formed, and full of pep, the kid has only three legs. He was born with one front leg, but he hops around with all the abandon of a normal goat. The goat has attracted a good deal of attention, and Mr. Neuman has turned down several offers for him.

With the closing of the schools for the summer, teachers from the high school are making their own plans for vacations. A few teachers will stay in Waconia. Louis Scheiber, Wallace Houg, Gilman Stenehjem, Marcella Bromen and Al Knutsen will be here. Al Knutsen will be in charge of the beach for the American Red Cross. Mr. Downing summer address will be Koester, Minn. Miss Jorgensen will be at Moorhead, Miss Fleming at Chisholm and Mr. Hamre will complete his Master’s degree at the University of North Dakota. Tollef Birkeland will again be at Rutger’s Lodge at Deerwood, Minn.

The worst wind in 27 years hit Carver County within 50 miles early Wednesday. It blew down barns, silos and trees. The silos on the Frank Peitz and Schneewind farms south of Waconia were destroyed.

Stan Radde, Waconia high school behemoth, kept on his winning streak in track, copping third place in the shot put event at the state high meet. Stan’s third place heave was a quarter of an inch short of 47 feet, and was good enough to win. The winning contestant had a heave of 50 feet.


100 Years Ago – June 12, 1914

Contractor Klatt and his crew of workmen have completed their work on the new town hall in Laketown.

Eighty-eight persons, all members of 13 families residing on the north side of the lake, enjoyed one of the biggest fish luncheons ever prepared in this vicinity. The choice grounds belonging to Herman Luebke were selected as the spot for the big doings. It is pleasant at any time to have these get-together outings. It creates harmony among the neighbors and you get to know one another better.

Victoria – Little Viola, the 5 year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Plocher, fell from the loft of the barn on the farm her father is operating Saturday last. The child was gathering eggs and in some known manner fell to the cement floor below the loft, striking on her head. The latest reports are that the child is doing nicely.

Two Ford machines were wrecked east of here last week. One was operated by a 12 year old boy.