7-10-14 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – July 8, 2004

A new church is taking shape. Faith Lutheran Church is adding on to its current facility. A new sanctuary will seat 500. The new facility will also have a nursery area, large gathering space and administrative offices.

JOIN ME! As I celebrate my 60th birthday at the KC Park on Sunday July 11th. I am Ozzie! And I am 60!

New Germany- The Minnesota Trapshooters Association will induct Roman Sinnen 76, into its Hall of Fame. Sinnen, who has participated in competitions since 1986, is a 10 time All-State team member with his first honor coming in 1970.

Olivia Boll was crowned Miss Minnesota High School Rodeo Queen. She is the daughter of Matt and Becky Boll of Waconia. In 1985 Olivia’s mother was crowned Rodeo Queen. Olivia will be a junior at Waconia High School this fall.

Waconia’s Jim Berg won the strong-arm competition at the 5th annual Tim Orth Foundation Baseball Jamboree in Bird Island, Minn. He threw a baseball 330 feet from center field toward home plate, just 32 feet short of the event record of 362 feet by the St. Louis Cardinal’s Brady Toops, five years ago.

Emily Cook, Kaitlin Cook, Jimmy Froehling, Leah Froehling and Shana Froehling competed in the 17th annual Crow River Classic Swim Meet.


25 Years Ago – July 6, 1989

A grease fire destroyed the kitchen at Island View Country Club. Waconia firefighters chopped through the roof to get at the fire which started with a fryer. The golf course remains open as the kitchen is repaired.

Jackie Roberts of Waconia will be in the first class of Minnesota’s new arts school in Golden Valley. As a sophomore at Waconia High School, Jackie heard about the new Minnesota arts school through Mark Torberg, her English teacher. Jackie is the daughter of David and Shirley Roberts of Waconia and Diane Richards of Brooklyn Park.

Keith Anderson will be joining the Waconia Patriot as a reporter. Anderson and his wife, Diana, and their children, Laura and Krista, will be moving to Waconia.

There are new owners at the helm at Waconia State Bank. Larry Herman is the new president and Gale Hoese is the new chairman of the board. William Glaeser will continue as a consultant for the Waconia bank.

Cologne –Katherine Lemke, daughter of Celeste and Dennis Lemke, will visit France this summer as part of a 4-H exchange program.

Leona Ditsch and Kate Schindler of Waconia have been busy cutting quilt squares and sewing them together for the Veteran’s Home in St. Paul. Schindler is chairperson of veterans affairs and rehabilitation for the Waconia American Legion Auxiliary.

PEOPLE’S FORUM: Of your material possessions, which is the most prized, possession? “I have a Peppermint plant that is from my husband’s grandmother. It’s threatening to take over my garden.”-Mary Norman-Waconia. “A penny I found. It’s an Indian head dated 1903. And my grandfather’s old Swiss watch. He’s dead now, but I keep it in remembrance of him.”-Steve Rademacher-New Germany. “My wife.”- Dick Giesinger.


50 Years Ago – July 9, 1964

Dennis Laufenburger qualified for the State Jaycee Golf Tournament to be played in Virginia, Minn. Dennis placed second at Hutchinson, after a sudden death playoff that included another Waconia boy, Greg Gramith.

There is a little bit of Hawaii in Waconia. That is what Mrs. Anna Rudloff has in her flower garden. It is a strange and exotic passion flower and Hawaiian hibiscus plant. It adds an interesting note to her flower bed.

The Waconia Jaycees, The Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce and the Fire Department contributed toward the purchase of jerseys for Summer T Ball and Pee Wee League players. Paul Whittaker, Doug Otto, Floyd Plocher, Joseph Wagener andPaul Stenglein were among the first to receive their uniforms.

The Misses Kay Yetzer, Leann Burau and Jackie Becklund left Monday morning for a three week vacation on the West Coast. They went by Scenic Greyhound. While in California the girls will be staying with their aunts and families.

Cologne- The Cologne Fire Department was called to the Mercel Vos farm place. Mr. Vos smelled smoke. The fire was caused by spontaneous combustion in the hay. Fortunately due to the early discovery, the barn was not damaged.

Exceeding the speed limit does not shorten the route, except to the cemetery.


75 Years Ago-July 6, 1939

Although it is very hot, the campers at Camp Manakiki on the north side of the lake are enjoying themselves immensely doing such things as swimming in the year old pool, riding on the ponies, going on overnight trips on bicycles and many other such interesting vacation events. Last Sunday more than 100 Waconia persons also enjoyed the privilege of swimming in the pool.

The State Mid-summer Skat Tournament will be held at the Paradise Nite Club, one mile east of Waconia in August. Three hundred devotees of skat are expected to attend.

The dance committee for the 1939 fair at Waconia purchased a Ford car from the Braunwarth Motor Co. last week. This car, a two-door sedan with 85-horsepower motor, will be given away as the grand prize at the dance at the Waconia fair grounds on Saturday night, August 19. Tickets are being sold at 25 cents.

Mrs. William Gwin of St. Bonifacius is a patient at the Nagel Hospital here.

A drunken driver was jailed by Sheriff Thul late Monday afternoon. The man, who was not a resident of Carver County, was picked up near Mayer.

Miss Evelyn Steinhagen is employed at the Nagel Hospital.


100 Years Ago – July 10, 1914

Florence Reil is nursing a badly bruised index finger as a result of having the digit caught in the chain of a roller awning on the front of the Patriot office.

On July 22nd the Minneapolis Grocer’s Association will hold its annual picnic on the Lakeside Picnic Grounds. The association has a large membership and it is said that several trains will be needed to transport the crowds to our beautiful city.

A son of H. Terwedo is suffering from an attack of blood poisoning as a result of stepping on a rusty nail. He is doing nicely under the care of a physician.

A potato growing and chicken raising contest for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18 years is being conducted.

On the evening of the Fourth Albert Graff met with an accident which cost him one of the wheels of his buggy. A farmer’s team became unmanageable and wrenched the wheel off of the buggy. No one was injured.

Mayer –Albert Vogus, who has been working at St. Bonifacius, visited with his sister, Mrs. Fred Foter Tuesday last.

Wednesday the Waconia Sorghum Mills installed a new 125-horse power boiler to replace one of a smaller capacity. The new one weighs about 10 ton and was loaded on a large wagon and in that manner was transported to the factory from the local train station.