7-3-14 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – July 1, 2004

The Waconia High School Marching Band captured the grand championship award at Alexandria’s Vikingland Band Festival.

SNAP Fitness is now open in Waconia at 120 Vine Street.

The Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict have announced that Sister Ann (Jessica) Machtemes is celebrating 50 years of her religious vocation. She currently serves in San Diego, California. She grew up in Waconia.

The fourth quarter honor roll at Trinity Lutheran School in Waconia has been released. The following students in the sixth grade were named to the “A” Honor roll: Maria Bening, Heidi Hilger, Jordan Hucky, Ryan Lane, Miranda Salden, and Justin Spurbeck.

Sonja Ellingson, 18, of Waconia, finished first in the Lake Waconia Triathlon with a time of 1:59:16 in the Female Individual Age Group 01-19. Kristin Pletsch of St. Bonifacius finished fourth in the Female Individual Age Group 20-24. Kristin is 22. She had a time of 1:50:41.

Governor Tim Pawlentry has signed a Certificate of Commendation in recognition of Ridgeview Home Health Services 20th anniversary of providing home care services to Ridgeview Medical Center communities.


25 Years Ago – June 29, 1989

If the recommendation of a planning committee is accepted, the Waconia District 110 School Board will ask voters for the funds to build a new high school in a bean field west of Waconia. The land, south of the city’s ball park, is owned by the school district and rented out for farming.

Sandy Gilbert of Waconia loves to perform. She will be seen this summer in “Anything Goes” on the stage of District 110. This will be her ninth appearance in as many years on the local stage.

Gayleen Royce has been hired by the Waconia Chamber of Commerce as its first full time chamber coordinator in cooperation with Waconia’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

The new movie theater at First and Olive has been going up in Waconia for several weeks. It is nearing completion. Owner Mike Mueller hopes to have it open by the end of summer.

Jeff Ziermann and Shawn Wagener were among championship winners at the national wrestling finals at LaCrosse, Wis. Zierman won in the 110 pound class and Shawn won in the 95 pound class.

LaVerne Rygh of Waconia and Jeanne Dahlin of Victoria were bridge tournament winners at the annual Waconia Ridgeview Hospital Foundation Golf Event held at Island View Golf Club.

Gail Berger of Waconia had a hole in one on hole number 16 at Island View Country Club. She used a five iron. It was a nice, straight shot of 126 yards. It was verified by her husband Bob Berger and Kermit and Ann Ohlsen.


50 Years Ago – July 2, 1964

Owen Anderson and Merlin Burandt today announced plans for a complete re-vamping of the front of the Waconia Ford Motor Company.

The Waconia Fire Department was called to the apartment of Jake Lindner in the Simon Building on First Street. A mattress was on fire. A day later a car Donald Klein was using while his was in for repair, was on fire in front of the Waconia Cleaners. The department was called. Damage in both cases was minor.

New Germany-Winners in the New Germany Kiddie Parade included Bobby and Dale Roepke, the Virgil Hedtke children and Sheila Roepke in the pets division.

Cologne – Norman Willems and Daniel Hoen arrived home on Saturday evening from St. Chaffe, Ark., after active duty in the army. The boys had been in service for three years and had overseas duty.

Mayer – Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stark announce the engagement of their daughter, Judith Ann to Mr. Joel Clausen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Clausen of Waconia. A spring wedding is being planned.

HABERGARTEN’S FAIRWAY FOODS: Cantaloupe 3 for 59 cents. Peters Skinless Weiners 3 lb. pkkg. – $1.59.

LINDER MOTOR, Inc. – 1963 Span American 14 ft. fiberglass boat, 40 HP motor and trailer. Less than 50 hrs. service: $1095.


75 Years Ago – June 29, 1939

Math. Cordell’s car went into the ditch near the Tony Korman farm south of Waconia last week Tuesday.

The largest assembly of Lutheran people to gather in Carver County in recent years is expected in Waconia next Sunday. Ten Missouri Synod congregations of the county together with hundreds of visitors from beyond the confines of Carver County will join in an open-air service in the city park to commemorate the immigration of the Lutheran Saxons into America a century ago. This synod has become the largest branch of the Church of true Lutheran Confessionalism in the United States.

Was Henry G. Neuman surprised Sunday afternoon as he noticed a large crowd and cars stopping at the bank building corner. As Hank neared the building where his barbershop is located, he noticed three large fish with a placard “Fresh Lake Trout for Sale Inquire Hank Neuman: attached to the basement railing. The three fish turned out to be carp.

Victoria – Victoria has a new and up-to-date restaurant which was opened in the village by Miss Theresa Schneider.

On Tuesday July 4th the Lakeside Pavilion will have a penny dance with Frank Eikkenbusch and his orchestra.


100 Years Ago – July 3, 1914

One of the wettest and gloomiest months which has been experienced for 31 months ended Tuesday night. Using the precipitation figure for the month as a basis of calculation, this has been the wettest month since October, 1911, and the wettest June since 1901. Precipitation for the month is 6.29 inches, which exceeds the normal by 1.88. The wettest June in the St. Paul records of the weather bureau was in 1874, when 11.07 inches of water was recorded.

“Butch” Radde, der grosser, is planning a big outing for next week Wednesday. A large number of milk fed spring chickens are being slaughtered and cured. Peter Weinzierl has procured a special recipe. We venture to say that the boullion will be a humdinger. Mr. Radde has invited the St. Boni bunch to come over and if there will be a shortage of amusement nor anything else we miss our guess. A glimpse at the list of provisions and bottled moisture indicates a glorious time.

There are honest hobos too. Last week the Justice of Peace fined a tramp $5.00 for being drunk. The stranger had no money and the judge dismissed him, telling him to send the money when he earned it. A few days ago the judge was surprised to receive an envelope containing a five dollar bill, with a few lines explaining that the money was to pay the fine.