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It Happened HereApril 22, 2015

It Happened Here

Thirty Years Ago


A county survey found a need for more transportation, including transportation for the handicapped, to be the main concern of Nashville area senior citizens.

Deaths: Christian Buhrmester, 81, of Nashville; Paul Richardson, 75, a native of Ashley; Robert Bowen, 58, of Belleville; Elise Doelling, 81, of Nashville; and Edward Soulsby, 70, of Marion.

Wedding: Kathy Ruppert and Bryan Sprehe.

Twenty-Five Years Ago


At the Johnson Farmland Auction in Du Bois tracts of land sold for more than $1,500 per acre.

Nashville High School Board of Education approved a $496,062 bid from United Thermal Industries of Marion for asbestos abatement.

Deaths: Linda Feitsam, 89, of New Memphis; Sister M. Fortunata Bauza, 87, in Bridgeton, MO; Lillian Gravot, 83, of Cahokia; Clarence Maschoff, 83, of Hoyleton; Ervin Skibinski, 58, of Richview; Edna Hohlt, 88, of Mascoutah; Anton Schoenherr, 86, of Lively Grove; Elton Hodel, 62 of Belleville; Corinne Kun, 77, of St Louis; Leona Baldridge, 53, of Nashville; Edward Hempfling, 59, of Belleville.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Terry Koelmel (Lynette Ahrens) of Centralia, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Terry Risley (Kathy Moore) of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Roethemeyer (Nathalie Neron) of Nashville, a son.

Twenty Years Ago


Washington County Board rejected a request by Pitchford Elevator to rezone 4.5 acres south of Nashville.

Wayne McAlister resigned as superintendent of Hoyleton School District 29.

Banana splits were 99 cents at Dairy Queen.

Deaths: Phil Jack, 78, of Beaucoup; Edward Kemnetz, 64, of Nashville, TN; Aldon Bultman, 71, of Okawville; Douglas Lang, 77, of Addieville; Leonard Keil, 74, of Red Bud; Louis Smelter, 90, of Nashville; LeEtta Lisenby, 85, of Mt. Vernon.

Wedding: Melinda Schmidt and Michael Brant.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Scott Rybolt (Julie Chwarzinski) of Malden, MO, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alexander (Angela Holzhauer) of Nashville, a daughter.

Fifteen Years Ago


Demetrius Rush of Mt. Vernon was sentenced to 22 years in prison for shooting deputy Ralph Jones.

Oakdale Grade School announced plans to have cheerleaders at next year’s basketball games.

The former Gutzler’s Donut Shop was demolished to make way for a widening of the intersection of 127 and 15.

McDaniel’s Furniture offered mattresses ranging from $90 for a twin to $565 for a king size.

Deaths: Daisy Rogers, 87, of Nashville; John Mitchell, 93, of Belleville; David Holder, 67, of Ashley; William Kuhlman, 91, of Ava; Agnes Johnson, 77, of Denver, CO; Harry Batterton, 79, of Hoyleton; Doris Remer, 76, of Gillespie.

Wedding: Janet Inkeler and Michael Kumm.

Births: Walter and Coleen (Klasing) Geralds of Okawville, a son, Ken and Krista McHughes of Sparta, a son; Corey and Angela (Rueter) Zapp of Hoyleton, a son; Bernard and Leona (Szopinski) Wroblewski of Radom, a daughter, John and Carol (Skala) Newcomb of Ashley, a daughter; Kevin and Monya Kay (Ashbrook) Bauza of Oakdale, a son.

Ten Years Ago


Hoyleton Grade School’s astronomy program, part of Supt. Louis Obernuefemann’s Education Beyond The Classroom Window, received a $2,500 grant from National Science Teachers Association.

Washington County Board granted Peabody Coal a special use permit for a mine-mouth power plant in Lively Grove Township.

Dennis Cook was named the first director of the new Community Center of Nashville.

A ribbon was cut marking the opening of The Movie Store, owned by Dennis and Pam Kellerman.

Petunias were $2.25 a dozen at Richview Greenhouse.

Births: Brandon and Christi Auld of Fairview Heights, a daughter; Marty and Kim Gutzler of Nashville, a daughter; Matthew and Angela Schilling of Freeburg, a son; Eric and Stephanie Eigenrauch of Las Vegas, NV, a son; Layne and Stephanie Michael of Nashville, a daughter.

Deaths: Lowell Reu, 59 of Nashville; Jack Valian, 89, of Okawville; Izell Giles 74, of St. Charles, MO; Marvin Little, 66, of Tilden; Mabel Lacey, 95, of Pensacola, FL; Elise Hearn, 88, of Little Rock, AR; Walter Skorch, 6\, of Du Bois; Russell White, 91, of Mt. Vernon.

Weddings: Brenda Heggemeier and Travis Tolliver.

Five Years Ago


Washington County Hospital said farewell to four longtime employees who were retiring: Melodie Wilkey, Erma Kwiatkowski, Carol Clark and Bernadine Stein, who together boasted a century-and-a-half of service at WCH.

The Nashville City Council set a binding precedent when they voted against an unnamed employee’s request for benefit protection leave through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Nearly 80% of Washington County residents had returned their census forms.

Sanjeev Baragia, CEO of GDB International which operates out of 500,000 square feet of warehouse space in Nashville expressed a willingness to work with local civic groups.

Births: Twins Elizabeth Ann and Evan Allen Bathon were born on April 30, to Justin and Jennifer Bathon, of Lexington, Ky.

Engagement: Tamara Setzekorn and Neal Raymond announced their plans to wed on May 22.

Deaths: Frank Jones, 61, of Waterloo, April 14; Lola Sikorski, 83, of Naperville, formerly of Garfield Ridge, Chicago, April 13; Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Jack, 86, of Beaucoup, April 17; Leonard Szramkowski, 91, of Radom, April 14; Leonard Konkel, 86, of Nashville, April 12; Ernestine Jenkel, 87, of Pinckneyville, April 17.

For More, Please Read The April 22, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News.

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