It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
A northwest wind sent temperatures plunging 60 degrees overnight. The Okaw River and some of its tributaries overflowed after heavy rains.
All deeds for the land necessary to build the Black Diamond Trail from New Minden to Carlyle were signed and sent to the state highway department.
The Huegely Mill began operation with 10 men employed.
Harvey Zacheis, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Otta Zacheis of Cordes, died when he was accidentally struck by a stick while at play with a number of boys at school.
Other deaths: Mrs. W.K. Carson of Nashville; James Sanders, formerly of Nashville; Mrs. Frank Kruz of Posen; August Fischer, formerly of Nashville; Mrs. Henry Boeschen, formerly of Nashville; Justine Uphoff of Hoyleton; and Mrs. Louis Lietz of Okawville.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
A special election in Nashville Township was set on a $30,000 bond issue for improvement and construction of township roads.
W.J. Hohlt announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for state’s attorney.
Extensive damage to the peach crop was caused by severe cold which saw temperatures fall to 12 degrees below zero.
SSS Markets advertised pork sausage at three pounds for 25 cents; two, 20-ounce loaves of bread for 15 cents; and seven pounds of apples for 25 cents.
Kindergarten classes in Nashville were scheduled to begin with Miss Amelia Rixmann as the teacher.
Deaths: Mrs. Raymond Schnake of Richview; Louis Brammeier of Oakdale; William Carter; Fordyce Steinkamp, 27, of Venedy; Barney Liszewski Jr., 27, of Pilot Knob; and Mrs. Tom Klein.
Seventy Years Ago
James McClay of Oakdale was notified that his son, Sgt. Howard McClay, was missing in action in Europe.
Cpl. Vincent Kujawa of Ashley returned home after 20 months of overseas duty in the Army. He participated in the landing at Casablanca and the battles of Tunisia, Salerno, Sicily, the Cassino front and the Anzio beachhead.
Henry Stieg of St. Louis was informed that his son, Sgt. Paul Stieg, was missing in action in Europe.
Arthur Shubert was wounded in Luxembourg.
Deaths: Mrs. Homer Beard, 54, of Nashville; Philip Schuerer, 87, formerly of Nashville; Mrs. Fred Ledebur, 67, of Addieville; Helen Nolte Chaney, 33, of Centralia; and Mrs. Charles Rayhill, 83, of Mascoutah.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Candidates filed for county offices in the April election. On the Republican side they included Paul Johnson for county clerk; Albert Gorman, C. Fred Ostendorf, Edward W. Petri, Ted Keil and Harry Anderson for sheriff; and Martin Schaeffer for superintendent of schools.
A hermit named William Britton “Belleville Red” was found dead in his shack at Covington.
Other deaths: Rev. O.L. Bernthal, pastor of St. Peter Lutheran church in Hahlen; William Whompson of Ashley; Gustav Hanenberger, formerly of New Minden; and Charlotte Niemeier of Irvington.
Sixty Years Ago
Leonard Kruski, petty officer third class, earned a Congressional appointment at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
Alice Schorfheide was to go to India as part of the International Farm Youth Exchange Student Program.
Nashville defeated Okawville 74-49 to win the Tri-County basketball tournament. Okawville had only two losses in the season.
Deaths: Mrs. K.C. Schlegel; Herman Frieman of Tilden; Eugene Wayman, formerly of Richview; and Hugh Darrough.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Holzhauer’s Cities Service Station in Nashville was burglarized with cigarettes and several batteries stolen.
Gentlelman Jim Bradley, KXOK disc jockey, was to appear in Okawville at the March of Dime dance.
County Judge P.E. Green ordered a special election to decide whether or not to establish a hospital district in Washington County.
Myrene Carson of Oakdale won the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow award at Nashville Community High School.
Deaths: Fred Kolweier, Plum Hill Township supervisor; Harry Smith Sr. of Nashville; Louisa Zapp of Nashville; Mrs. Louis Weiss of Nashville; and Mrs. Martha Ratajczyk of Scheller.
Fifty Years Ago
Lyle Kirgan was elected cashier of Ashley State Bank.
Carl Reuter purchased a one-third interest in the firm of Moedahl Ford Sales, Inc.
Herb Meyer resigned as president of the Okawville Community Club, having served in that capacity for 25 years.
Deaths: Albert Bloch, 60; William Jasper, 83, of Stone Church; Ralph Sohn, 28, of Carlyle; Edward Tiberendt, 75, formerly of New Minden; Edward Wagner, 82, formerly of Nashville; Alma Koch, 52, of Venedy; Clara Schubert, 39, of Tamaroa; Clara Niemeier, 71, of Irvington; Herman Holle Sr., 78, of Hoffman; and Christ Heitkamp, 74, of Centralia.
Forty-Five Years Ago
John Cookson was appointed chief engineer of the Clarkson Division Engineering Department.
Frances Reidelberger was named managing editor of the Dowagiac, Michigan Daily News.
Bids were opened on an addition to the Washington County Hospital.
Elaine Freese and Robert Spencer were chosen to participate in the Illinois All-State Chorus in Peoria.
Deaths: Noah Newcomb, 82, of Ashley; Thomas Nickrent, 62, of Du Bois; Sadie Coats, 80, of Woodlawn; Harrell Wagner, 77, of Overland, MO; June Alexander, 17, of St. John; Marjorie Rohde, 55, of Oakdale; Candace Hart, 53, of Eldon, MO; Hattie Kamadulski, 74, of St. Louis; elmer Russell, 75, of Tampa, FL; Thomas Voyles, 83, of Mt. Vernon; Harry Brueggemann of Nashville; Murray Dodson, 67, of Carlyle; K.C. “Casey” Jones, 46, of Omaha, NS; and Kataryna Wisniewski, 81, of Tamaroa.
Forty Years Ago
Diane Brammeier of rural Oakdale was crowned Little Egypt Pork Queen.
Wesley Bartimus retired after 36 years in school administration.
Juniper Petroleum Corp. of Fairfield intended to drill on the Maggie Kubiak lease in Du Bois Township to 4,000 feet, the greatest depth reached in this county.
Senior Master Sgt. Paul Cruse was recognized for helping the Community College of the Air Force earn the Outstanding Unit Award.
Deaths: Thomas Wreath, 69, of Nashville; Joseph Dalman, 90, of Du Bois; Andrew Golonka, 84, of Redgranite, WI; Mabel Vernor, 79, of Wood River; Neil Quinn, 66, of Nashville; Rose Mortek, 84, of Nashville; Henry Vogelpohl, 62, of Dallas, TX; Carter Green, 75, of Ashley; Gustav Borrenpohl, 86, of Venedy; Charles Patton, 45, of Oakdale; Gertie Hassel, 82, of Nashville; Jean Starr, 63, of Okawville; Martin Heseman, 69, of Frontenac, MO; Emma Fulte, 75, of Sparta; Constance Steger, 95, of Oakland, CA; and Marie Romeo, 59, of St. Louis.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
Susan Zacheis of Oakdale, Miss Washington County, and Richelle Stiegman of Nashville, Miss Okawville Fair, were competing in the Miss Illinois County Fair Contest in Springfield.
Vernon Weeke was installed as president of Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville.
Members of Teamsters Local 21 went on strike against Valley Steel facilities, including those in Irvington.
Deaths: Scott Trickey Sr., 67, of New Minden; Samuel Cameron, 82, of Ashley; Dr. William Larson, 52, of Mascoutah; Agnes Kucharski, 97, of Nashville; Joseph Diecker, 58, of St. Libory; and Sister Josina Behrmann, 86, formerly of Lively Grove.
For More, Please Read The Jan. 28 Edition Of The Nashville News.