8-7-14 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Aug. 5, 2004

As meth labs continue to become a growing problem in society, Carver County now has an ordinance for cleaning up the waste from meth lab sites. Five other counties in the state have adopted similar ordinances and have recognized the property owner as being liable.

New Germany – Ronald Groenke, who grew up near New Germany, just published his second book, “Covered Calls and Naked Puts.” His first book, “The Money Tree,” was published in 2001 and sold more than 2,000 copies. He has been an active investor for 26 years, thus his book could help people find a new way to invest.

Everyone is invited to an Open House to honor Roger Wichelman. He has served as president of First National Bank of Waconia for 25 years. He will now serve as Chief Banking Officer with our holding company.

Mayer – Mayer now has a new water tower. The full completion date is slated for Aug. 31.

St. Bonifacius – Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday for Robert “Bob” Reichenberger, age 26. He was a 1996 graduate of Waconia High School.

Safari Island’s pool is the new home for the Waconia girls’ swim team starting this season. Chuck Charnstrom, the Wildcats’ new head coach, will be responsible for helping build up the program in its inaugural season at Safari Island.

A group of eight high school students from Waconia recently attended the Show Choir Camp of America at Heidelberg University in Ohio. They are: Lauren Krukowski, Kelsey Paulson, Ashley Iacona, Bethany Slice, Anna Hedstrom, Joe Morimoto, Kaley Peters and Katie Hedstrom.


25 Years Ago – Aug. 3, 1989

“It wasn’t exactly a plane crash — more like a hard landing,” said Waconian Wally Otto. Otto came down, unexpectedly in a cut Laketown Township alfalfa field Monday morning, when the engine on his ultra light plane quit. Wally escaped unhurt.

The final concert of the summer in Waconia’s City Square Park will be special music by the Ivan Kahle Band. The band has been in the music business for 43 years and treats listeners to everything from old-time to modern music.

Long time Waconia barber Alvin Kaufhold died. He was 66. He graduated from Waconia High School. He was a barber in Waconia for 45 years.

The Peterson house at Pine and Main Streets has been the subject for a young watercolorist this summer. Shawn Linton, 11, has been painting the two-story brick house and the catalpa trees which line the boulevard since spring when the trees were in bloom. A student of Jane Bodahl of Waconia, Shawn is nearing completion of his watercolor. Shawn is the son of Barb and Gene Linton of Waconia.

New doctors at Lakeview Clinic in Waconia are: Dr. Murali Srinvasan, Dr. Barbara Steadman, Dr. Samuel Deweese and Dr. Janet Bergeron.

The Waconia business community honored two of its own on Wednesday. Dave Bergmann accepted the Businessperson of the Year Award from Waconia Chamber of Commerce president Greg Sicheneder. Gabe Deluhery received the Achievement Award for retired business people. Bergmann is with Laketown Electric and Deluhery was the owner of the former Waconia Theatre.

Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Ehalt of St. Bonifacius announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori, to Chuck Gregory, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Gregory of Victoria. An October wedding is being planned.


50 Years Ago – Aug. 6, 1964

The St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild meets at the Parish School Hall in Waconia on Thursday afternoon. Members of the luncheon committee are: Mrs. Hubert Kelzer, Miss Lucille Kelzer, Mrs. Leon Kelzer, Mrs. Martha Kelzer, Mrs. Ray Kelzer, Mrs. Stanley Kelzer, Mrs. Sylvester Kelzer and Mrs. Thomas Kirsch.

St. Bonifacius – The Saint Boni Saints came through with an 8-6 victory over the Waconia Lakers Tuesday night. This eliminates Waconia from further participation in the Carver-Hennepin play-off series.

Cologne – The annual family pot luck picnic of the Benton Hilltoppers 4-H club was held on Sunday at Pierson Lake. The next meeting will be held at the Ed Brueggemeier home.

Harold Wagener and Allan Gongoll of Waconia, won free tickets each to the Twins vs. Boston baseball game in September at the Waconia Super Valu Store. Elmer Sudheimer and Carl Radtke of Cologne were also winners.

The newly created village of Burnsville is having difficulties with thieves who stole the electric organ and bench from the Grace Methodist Church. The Pastor is the Rev. Robert Obert Voll of Mound. Mrs. Voll was a nurse at the Waconia Hospital.

Waconia Motor Company: 1962 Ford 2 door Sedan, V8 engine and Auto. Trans. Black Beauty.–$1275. 1959 Nash Rambler 4 door Sedan, Radio and Standard Transmission–$775.


75 Years Ago – Aug. 3, 1939

This Saturday evening the weekly band concert will be played on Main Street at the corner of the Puroil Station, the Braunwarth Motor Co., Beattie’s Café and Jensen’s. Cash awards amounting to $35 will be distributed among seven persons present. The Waconia City Band will occupy the portable bandstand for this concert.

Announcing its 56th tournament, the Minnesota State Skat League opens play in two sessions Sunday to take place at the Paradise Nite Club at Lake Waconia. Three prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will go to the first three winners respectively. The entry fee for the two sessions is $3. Bridge and 500 will also be played. A full chicken dinner is on the menu. George Graff is president of the Minnesota Skat League. Otto Oswald is vice-president, Leo Neinz is treasurer and Jos. Scheuer of St. Paul is secretary.

Reports from the Waconia flour mills and the Waconia elevator indicate that a good grain crop is anticipated. Barley is running about 30 bushels to the acre. Oats are doing very well with an average of about 50 bushels per acre. A yield of 30 bushels of winter wheat was reported by Arthur Jaekel. Otto Zellman of Gotha , south of Cologne reported 76 ½ bushels of oats to the acre. Ed. C. Johnson, near Carver, reports about the same yield in oats.


100 Years Ago – Aug. 7, 1914

While August Hilk was making the first rounds cutting his wheat field he encountered a batch of poison ivy and is now nursing a badly swollen forearm. The burns also extend over both hands. He is under the care of a physician.

Ferd. Kuckuck brought in the finest specimen of bass caught here this season. The fish tipped the beam at a trifle less than six pounds, and caused quite a comment while on exhibition in town during the afternoon.

July was near a record for dry weather, according to the Weather Bureau in Minneapolis. The rainfall was .63 inches in the whole month. The one year when it was drier was in 1894, when the rainfall was only .20 inches. The highest temperature this July was 96 degrees.

The ladies of the village are arranging an ice cream social which will take place in the public park on Friday evening. The proceeds of the evening will be utilized in purchasing tables which will be placed in the park.

A farmer near here sold $140.25 worth of strawberries from a quarter of an acre besides 100 quarts he used at home.