6-19-14 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – June 17, 2004

The Waconia High School Marching Band will be one of the featured bands at this Saturday’s Lake Waconia Band Festival. It and 13 other bands will march down Main Street. Waconia’s band is 175 members strong this season, making it one of the largest in the state.

Now showing at the Waconia Theatre: Shrek 2, Harry Potter, Garfield, Around the World in 80 Days, The Chronicles of Riddick and The Stepford Wives.

St. Bonifacius – Bradley’s Collision, Inc. has introduced Travis Schurmann as an auto body technician with top honors in his field of work. He will be attending a national competition in Kansas City. Travis has been employed for Bradley’s for the past five years. The business is relocating to Mayer in the fall.

Doug Ohlsen, president of the Waconia Lions Club, presented a check for $5,000 to Ridgeview Medical paramedic, Randy Deters. It will be used for LIFE (Lions Investment For Emergencies).

Waconia Wildcat junior Joey Hiben placed third at state competition at Blaine. He scored a 14.89 in the 110 meter hurdles.

The Waconia Wildcats baseball team will return to state competition. Waconia has six players hitting over .400. Brant Douville led the Wildcats with a .476 average. Chris Bullis has a .442.

Waconia’s Bob Leivermann will be inducted into the Waconia Baseball Wall of Fame. This is the fifth year the Waconia Baseball Association has inducted a member. Other members include: Richie Wagener, Bob Wyttenhove, Hubie Kelzer and Dick Mingo.


25 Years Ago – June 15, 1989

Emily Streeter of Waconia caught a 1 lb. 2 oz. crappie on Friday on Reds Reef. The 7 year old was fishing with a crappie minnow and a yellow/green jib when she pulled in her prize catch.

Candy Monroe, Donna Schlumpberger and Babs Wagener are planning for Waconia Ridgeview Hospital Foundation’s annual contract bridge event to be held at Island View Country Club.

Donna Brown has been selected as a member of the 1989 Minnesota Viking Cheerleading Squad. She is the daughter of Jim and Sharon Brown of Waconia.

Waconia Junior and Senior High School faculty honored students for the month. Those being recognized for displaying classroom behaviors that make the school a place to learn are: Erin Fogerty, Jessica Houg, Heidi Thompson, Brian Dueber, Beth Mendiola and Ranee Buetow.

Waconia High School track coaches selected top athletes for the month of May. They are: Greg Vialle, Dana Bloom and Jason Fisk.

Karla Eveslage, daughter of Gerald and Jane Eveslage, graduated from Hamline University majoring in psychology and management.

Cologne – Happy 10th anniversary to Kevin and Paulette Hawkenson. Also happy anniversary to Gordon and Harriet Tellers.


50 Years Ago – June 18, 1964

Four local young ladies are graduating from Abbott Hospital School of Nursing. They are Carol Rauschendorfer, Lois Pofahl, Patricia Ryan and Susan Kusserow. They are all graduates of Waconia High School.

The Rev. James Dittmer of Wisconsin will be officially installed as Pastor of the Waconia Moravian Church on Sunday, June 28.

Earl Heinen won a blanket at the grand opening of the new Dueber’s Ben Franklin Store last weekend. Mrs. Bob Schwichtenberg won a panda bear. Mrs. Stanley Kelzer won a $5.00 certificate.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hartmann left Monday for a few days vacation in Duluth and with Mr. and Mrs. Tollef Birkland at their Bay Lake Resort near Deerwood.

Waconia Volunteer Firemen attended the state convention at Brainerd. Delegates from Waconia were Norval Schmandtke, Charles Machtemes, William Karjala and Tony Bauer, accompanied by their wives.

Mayer- Mr. and Mrs. Art Gilbertson of Waconia were Friday afternoon and supper guests at the James Tesch home.

MATSON DRUG; Main Street Waconia: Remember Father’s Day: Timex Watches -$9.95. New Instimatic Cameras -$14.88. Zippo and Ronson Lighters.

Miss Carol Graff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Graff, was among members of the graduating class at the University of Minnesota. She has accepted a position as a music supervisor for next year in the Osseo School system.


75 Years Ago – June 15, 1939

Victoria -While our Crow River league team faces Watertown Sunday, the Victoria Hexagon league team managed by George Yetzer will come to Waconia to face the Waconia team in the Hexagon circuit. Al Knutsen is managing the Waconia nine in the new league, and the boys assure fans a good ball game.

Three Hopkins men appeared before Judge T. H. Smeets Tuesday evening and pled guilty to a battery and assault charge in the degree when they struck and beat Horace Kunze Saturday evening while he was going to his home. The three men were brought to Judge Smeets’ court by Sheriff George Thul, and were fined $30 and costs amounting to $22.94.

More than 80 guests were entertained at the August Melchert home in honor of their daughter Esther’s graduation from Waconia High School and also in honor of the birthday anniversary of Mr. Melchert.

We will not be undersold on quality wall paper and paints. Standard Barn Paint very special-$1.25 a gallon. Wallpaper 6 cents a roll-Hartman’s Paint and Wall Paper Store, Waconia.

PEARL & ADE: Entertainers and Radio Artists are coming to Waconia. See and hear them at POLLACK’S PLACE. Saturday evening.

In the terrific windstorm that passed through this section early Wednesday morning, the Aug. Zabel barn was blown down, the Hoeft and Gongoll barn was moved six inches from the foundation and various smaller buildings were blown down and machinery damaged.


100 Years Ago – June 19, 1914

During the performance at the Kelly Shows at the ball grounds Monday evening, a tier of seats collapsed and dropped about 100 spectators to the ground several feet below. The seats were filled mostly with women and children, many of whom received painful scratches and bruises about their persons. Mrs. Chas. Fahse, Sr., seemed to fare the worst. Her injuries are confined to the lower part of the body and although no bones were broken, the hurts are quite painful.

Next Sunday will be the first picnic of the season on the beautiful lakeside grounds. A ball game between Young America and Waconia will be a feature. There will be dancing all afternoon and evening in the largest dancing pavilion in the state. The music for this will be furnished by the best orchestra obtainable—The Troubadour Orchestra of Waconia. A most cordial welcome is extended to one and all to have a good time at Waconia, the city on the beautiful shores of Clearwater Lake.

It pays to have two pocketbooks, especially when one is empty. A robber entered the M. & St. L. depot and held up the agent. He took $22.85 from the drawer and demanded the agent to hand over his pocket book. The agent had two pocket books, one empty and the other had $7.82 in it. The robber took the empty book handed to him and departed in the night.

Tuesday afternoon occurred the funeral of Mrs. Antonia Zbytovsky, one of the pioneer settlers of this county. The last rites were held in the Zoar Moravian Church. She emigrated to America with her husband and five children, Josephine, Joseph, John, Anna and Francis.