7-24-14 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – July 24, 2004

An appreciation ceremony will be held honoring Duella and the late Arlo Hasse for the many Native American artifacts they have contributed to the Carver County Historical Society museum in Waconia.

So far this summer the weather has not cooperated much with outdoor enthusiasts, but this week the heat index surpassed 100 degrees. Chris Cousin, 11, was seen sitting outside Frost & Steam enjoying a cup of ice cream.

Roger Wichelman was promoted to chief banking officer for Klein Financial, Inc. Wichelman has been with First National Bank of Waconia for 34 years. Gary Radel has also been promoted to the president of the First National Bank of Waconia. He has been employed with the Klein group for 29 years.

Old World Tapestry and Select Imports is now open at 44 West First Street in Waconia. The owner is Marilyn Maiser.

Weinzierl Jewelry was honored for a century of service to Waconia by the Minnesota Jewelers Association.

Victoria – Jude Boulianne has been hired as Holy Family’s new hockey coach. He was an assistant coach for the Fire last season and facility coordinator at the Victoria Ice Arena (the Fire’s home ice).

Jeff Kast is the new president of the Waconia Rotary Club. Past president Scott Timm handed the gavel over to him at a recent meeting. The current 48 member club’s motto is “Service Above Self.”


25 Years Ago – July 20, 1989

Eurasian water milfoil has been found in Lake Waconia. A small area was discovered last week on part of Cemetery Reef off the southeast tip of Coney Island. The plants have been removed and the area is being inspected regularly for regrowth. Volunteers used scuba equipment to remove the weeds. Volunteers are needed to patrol the accesses on the lake, inform people of the problem and clean equipment coming in and out of the lake. Volunteers may contact Judy Hawkins.

Carver County’s population has grown during the 1980s. It is now the fifth fastest growing county in the state.

Happy 18th B-day JUNGLE Billy Bob! July 24th. Love, Stacy Lisa, Kristi, Jodi & Shelly.

ON CAMPUS: Sarah Wiegert, daughter of Ms. Karen Wiegert, Waconia, has been named to the dean’s list at Concordia College. Kevin Grote graduated from Bemidji State University. Scott Wakefield graduated from Brown Institute, Minneapolis. Todd Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, Mayer has been named to the dean’s list at Concordia College.

St. Bonifacius – Andy Weinzierl is the new commander of the James Weinzierl Post 597 American Legion.


50 Years Ago – July 23, 1964

Marvin Straus, Waconia, continues to make progress in his recovery from severe injuries which he suffered when he came in contact with a high voltage wire atop the J. R. Clark Manufacturing Company in Mound. Mr. Straus is 40 years old and a native of Waconia.

Seven big fish were caught by John Weinzierl, Daniel Hartmann and Larry Hartmann on Lake Waconia Saturday morning. The fish weighed 22 1/4 pounds.

Robert (Bob) Leivermann, a native of Waconia city, graduate of the Mohler Barber School has opened in the barber business in Waconia. He is located in the newly constructed shop adjacent to the Gust Leivermann home, his parents, located just east of the Waconia Super Valu Store. Bob is married and has three small sons.

Mayer – Mary Ann Ertl, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Ertl, attended the national convention of Future Homemakers of America held in Chicago. During the meeting Mary Ann served as Minnesota State Committee Officer.

The Waconia Knights of Columbus Drum and Bugle Corps, representing the local businesses of Waconia combated 104 degree temperatures Saturday in the state’s largest parade, the Minneapolis Aquatennial.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Occasionally you get a boy that has all the physical requirements. He can run, field, throw and hit with power. Pieper’s North Star team has such a player in Robert Laufenburger. He had a field day against Fritz Drug Store.

Judith Ann Molnua of Chaska became the bride of Curtis Koch of Waconia in June.


75 Years Ago – July 20, 1939

A new bridge northwest of here at Maple was completed last week. E. F. Stahlke was the first motorist to cross the new bridge over the Great Northern railroad tracks.

The new water wheel is being added today for the benefit of swimmers at Johnson’s beach. The water wheel is being constructed by the National Youth Administration with the approval of the city.

Cologne – The Community Club and Fire Department held their annual picnic at Lake Waconia Sunday.

GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS! Calling All Shaplies! Enroll now for the MISS MINNESOTA Beauty Contest to be held at the Excelsior Amusement Park on Sunday, Aug. 6. Represent your community. Don’t miss this golden opportunity!

Snails cause swimmers itch. If swimmers itch bothers you after a vacation dip, blame the snails, says the Minnesota State Medical Association’s Committee on Public Health Education. The best protection is to wipe vigorously with a towel as soon as you come out of the water.

RED RASPBERRIES FOR SALE: Come and pick your own for $1.00 a crate. Roy Greengo, Waconia. Telephone 118.


100 Years Ago – July 24, 1914

A band of gypsies “touched” an old soldier on the road near here for his pay roll of money amounting to $52.00. The band was later rounded up and brought to Excelsior where several of them were fined $10.00 each and ordered to leave town. The money was recovered.

Two special trains will leave Waconia on Saturday for Watertown, South Dakota. The round trip fare will be $2.50. The Ringling Bros. Circus is the attraction.

There is a new attachment out for automobiles in the form of a music box. When the car is running at 20 miles an hour the instrument plays, “Home, Sweet, Home.” When the automobile is going faster the tune changes to “Nearer My God To Thee.”

This week W. G. Stahlke sold his interest in the livery business to his partner, Wm. Willemschen. The deal had been brewing for several days and came to a final close Tuesday forenoon.