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It Happened HereApril 29, 2015

Forty Years Ago


A windstorm passed through Washington County, leaving a 36-mile path of damage.

Jane Zapp, 18, of Okawville won the title of Dairy Princess for the third consecutive year.

Deaths: William Brune, 80, of Nashville; Lester Williamson, 62, of Nashville; Lena Psyzka, 74, of Scheller; Gustav Beckemeyer, 84, of Nashville; Leslie Paul, 75, of Ashley; and Lawrence Gradey, 71, of Marissa.

Thirty-Five Years Ago


Carmen Draege of Ashley, Roger Koelling of Hoyleton, Roger Stricker of Okawville, Irene Going of Okawville, Clem Oberhofer of Ashley and Louis Fortmeyer of Irvington were chosen as Washington County delegates to the State Republican Convention.

Deaths: Conrad Tomazewski, 67, of Radom; Franz Stahmer, 79, of Hoyleton; Leola Pijut, 81, a native of Beaucoup; Issac Reynolds, 57, of Ashley; Fred Beckman, 98, of Cordes; and Joe Bellew, 76, formerly of Nashville.

Sheryl Shopinski was crowned queen at the annual Ashley Grade School Carnival.

Wedding: Sharon Brammeier of Okawville and Aaron Haege of Nashville.

Thirty Years Ago


The West Washington County School Board awarded a $45,000 contract to H and H Electric of Mt. Vernon and a $32,000 contract to Ady Insulation of heat and water pipes.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Haertling purchased the Hawn building on West St. Louis Street in Nashville from Washington County for $40,000. The County had purchased the building four years earlier for $85,000.

Nashville High School Board accepted a bid of approximately $94,000 for thermal replacement windows.

Ashley hired Charles Schubach as a full-time police officer.

Lawrence Weeke retired as cheif of Addieville Fire Protection District after 20 years of service.

Michelle Russell was crowned queen of annual Ashley Grade School Carnival.

Deaths; Phillip Stahler, 99, formerly of Nashville; George N. Herb, 82, of Lenzburg; Berthel Semon, 66, of Hurst; Loyd J. Wetzel, 49, a native of Beaucoup; Anna Kaufman, 84, a native of Posen; Stanley Shaw, 66, formerly of Du Bois; and Sulathia Stephens, 79, of Belleville.

Wedding: Dorothea Borenpohl and Wilbert Tielemann

Twenty-Five Years Ago


Nashville City Council approved a 30 cents per hour raise for City employees.

Rob Hawkins of Nashville was chosen as Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) award winner.

Wedding: Cheryl Waller and Glen Sachtleben.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Heckert (Lori Rennegarbe) of Venedy, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Rick Reidleberger (Barbara Chwasczinski) of Tamora, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Rick Patton (Jeanne Winterberger) of St. Louis, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Dressel (Janice Rednour) of Marissa, a daughter Mr. and Mrs. Craig Wilder (Lori Williams) of Nashville, a daughter.

Storage tanks were replaced at Clark’s Amoco Service Station at the Route 15/127 intersection in Nashville.

Deaths: Homer Mittendorf, 73, of Addieville; Jay Johns Sr. , 69, of Venedy; Delta Bailey, 81, of Ashley; Raymond Geppert Sr., 48, of Nashville; Harold McKinstry, 75, of Pinckneyville; Ethie Stephens, 98, formerly an Ashley resident; Milton Cameron, 54, of Ashley; Rebecca Michael, 86, of Ashley; Harry Wehking, 89, of Benton; Rev. Gustave Smith, 93, of Mt. Vernon.

Twenty Years Ago


The possibility of lighting the baseball field at Nashville High School was under discussion.

Davis Jasper was appointed to fill the mayor’s post in Okawville following the resignation of Dale Beimfohr.

David May was among military volunteers helping with the clean up after the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

More than 75 people signed up for library cards during the first week the new Okawville Village Library was open.

Geraniums were four for $1.95 at Richview Greenhouse.

Deaths: Stanley Povolish, 93 of Nashville; Maryann Kroll, 63, of Nashville; Elaine O’Guin, 70, of St. Louis; Mildred Snider, 68, of Nashville; George Kleibocker, 62, of Arcola; Vera Walker, 73, of Nashville.

Weddings: Staci Holland and Scott Liske; Eve Jacob and David Unverfehrt.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Unverfehrt (Lori Renth) of Okawville, a daughter; Chad Bullock and Augusta Williams, a daughter.

Fifteen Years Ago


Lacey Baldwin was selected to be a St. Louis Rams Cheerleader.

Nashville City Council voted to appeal a recent court decision allowing police officers to live outside the city limits.

Ashley Grade School was set to spend $70,000 on a new gym floor.

Pamela Neuhaus ran into Hoyleton Market for five minutes and when she returned her auto had been stolen.

Mission to Mars was the feature at the State Theatre.

Deaths: Myrl Schnake, 80, of Richview; James Hill, 75, of Pinckneyville; Howard Brink, 83, of Irvington; Theresa Mayer, 72, of Cahokia; Virginia Hoover, 93, of Chicago; John Chlopecki Jr., 80, of Hanover Park.

Births: Becky Troutt of Centralia and Rob Sexe of Mt. Vernon, a son; Michael and Tracy (Shelby) Marlow of Waterloo, a son; Joe and Kim (Hodapp) Goff of Point Mugu, California, a daughter.

Ten Years Ago


Sam Jack stepped down as chairman of Washington County Hospital Board.

Councilman Author Beek Jr. and Wesley Hampton, 37-year city employee, were recognized by Nashville City Council upon their retirement.

Frank Bartolotta opened a motocross race track south of Nashville.

Washington County Historical Soceity members got a look at World War II General George S. Patton’s uniform at their annual meeting.

Megan Steward was crowned queen at the Ashley Grade School coronation.

Births: Paul and Beth Welta of Nashville, a son; Jeffery and Miranda (Schubach) of Addieville, a daughter.

Lisa Walker, 33, of Ashley was killed in an auto accident.

Other deaths: Alberta Cordes, 85, of Aviston; Frieda Rudert, 94, of Cincinnati, OH.

Wedding: Traci Angel and Jason Morrison.

Five Years Ago


Nashville Community High School Superintendent Wendy Davis told the school board that the state owes NCHS over $400,000 at their April meeting.

Members of area fire departments and protection districts, along with Washington County Ambulance Service members attended a farm/ag rescue class hosted by the Addieville fire Department.

Kerri Huge started work as the Nashville Chamber of Commerce assistant director.

Glynn and Marge Shubert, of Watson, formerly of Nashville attended the National Wild Turkey Federation Conference in Nashville, Tenn., and were recognized for their conservation work.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency cited Okawville for a number of violations it alleged occurred at the village compost site.

Birth: Ava Ann Neitzel was born on Jan. 27, to Roger and Debra (Rokicki) Neitzel, of Escondido, Calif.

Weddings and Engagements: Bridget Miller and Joshua Blatt were married on October 24; Lindsey Henry and Ryan Hamilton announced their engagement.

Deaths: Ralph Unverfehrt, 85, of Hoyleton, April 25; Dorothy Baumer, April 22; Arthur Beek, Jr., 86, of Nashville, April 21; Charles Kreher, 60, Fredricksburg, Texas, formerly of Oakdale, April 16; Bernice Beard, 68, of Patoka, a native of Nashville, April 26; Dianne Swartz, 62, of St. Louis, April 15; Audrey Pestka, 80, of Radom, April 21; Sr. Mary Bonczek, 92, April 13.

For More, Please Read The April 29, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News.

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