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It Happened HereMay 6, 2015

It Happened Here

Thirty-Five Years Ago


Barbara Hays, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmo Baldridge, was chosen to attend Illini Girls State.

Price of an in-county subscription to The Nashville News was increased to $7 per year.

Wedding: Deanne Prest and John Dill.

Deaths: Laura Rinne, 75. Of Nashville, Donald Richert, 67, of Belvidere; Theresa Leffner, 61, of St. Louis; Lydia Fark, 82, of Hoyleton; Frances “Bell” Siliven, 81, of Frederickstown, MO; Lillian Rudolph, 81, of Nashville; and Marion George Jr., 55, a native of Richview.

Thirty Years Ago


Stockholders of the State Theater in Nashville voted not to sell the theater.

Kevin Brink of rural Hoyleton was chosen to attend Premier Boys State.

A federal study proposed closing post offices in Radom, Richview, Du Bois, Hoyleton, Irvington, and Oakdale.

Deaths: Ted Janoski 69, of Nashville; Francis Williams, 63, of Centralia; Raymond Edmonds, 62, of Ashley; Albert Schnitzmeyer, 85, of rural Centralia; and Harry Pranga, 73, a native of Ashley.

Twenty-Five Years Ago


Property owners along Route 51 got their first look at two proposed routes for the four-lane, partially controlled route in Centralia.

The new drivers license facility in Nashville opened.

Don and Mary Rennegarbe became the new operators of the Original Springs Hotel and Bath House in Okawville.

The second day of the Gladys Harre estate sale brought $781,772.50. The first day total in April was $599,000.

Deaths: Helena Peeck, 97, of Nashville; Francis Schierbecker, 75 of Hoyleton; Rita Kassenborg, 76, of Hemet, CA; Billy McCandrew, 52, of Mt. Vernon; Gladys Brown, 85, formerly of Hoyleton; Hugo Pries, 68, of St. Louis, formerly of Hoyleton; Jenny Hearty, 26, of Oakdale; Edna Swinney, 73, of New Baden; Wanda Cameron, 63, of Ashley; Veda Ripperda, 56, of Beckemeyer; and Barbara Strake, 52, of Carlyle.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Joel Spenner (Becky Conner) of Hoyleton, a daughter; and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Alli (Lori Aydt) of Irvington, a daughter.

Twenty Years Ago


VFW Post 4082 marked its 50th Anniversary by recognizing charter members Bill Wilkey, Reinhold Maschhoff, Elmer Toedte, Paul Habbe and Perley Toedte.

Dick Ruggles, Dave Luechtefeld, and Deb Twenhafel were inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Ruggles, already a member as a coach, was inducted as an official. Luechtfeld, an inductee as a player, was inducted as a coach. Twenhafel was named a Friend of Basketball.

A Eureka Upright Vacuum was $69.99 at Kesel Hardware.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Mark Snead (Evie Wisely) of Nashville, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Michel Buss (Janice Kroll) of Oakdale, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Brian Puetz (Diane Boar) of Nashville, a daughter; Waynee and Sonja Jurkowski of Herculaneum, MO, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hamlin (Paulette Kabat) of Du Quoin, a son.

Deaths: Martin Anielak, 94, of Radom; Nick Stanick, 81, of Mt.Vernon; Leo Povolish, 80, of Coulterville; Edith Pick, 67, of Pinckneyville; Gladys Gewe, 85, of Springfield; Elizabeth Koelling, 81, of Irvington.

Weddings: Jennifer Fromme and David Roesener; Sandra Spenner and Allen Martin.

Fifteen Years Ago


Okawville School Board heard an inquiry from parents about offering girls volleyball.

The county’s unemployment rate stood at 4.2 percent.

Deputy Randy Kasban graduated from the Police Academy at Southwestern Illinois College.

Don Kraus succeeded 40-year veteran Dave Luechtefeld as boys varsity basketball coach at Okawville.

Bartelso Savings Bank offered 7.19 percent interest on a nine-month certificate of deposit.

Deaths: Linda Eigenrauch, 92, of Okawville; Freda Earheart, 87, of West Frankfort; Gerald Bathon, 37, of Pinckneyville; Anna Gomer, 95, of Richview.

Births: Mike and Melinda (Nadolski) Bock of Ashley, a daughter; Kevin and Tara (Giger) Wesselmann of Trenton, a daughter; Michael and Sandra (Leal) Giger of Champaign, a son.

Ten Years Ago


Washington County Farm Bureau conducted a meeting to discuss the methamphetamine plague and ways to stop illegal drug makers from stealing anhydrous ammonia, a key ingredient in the highly addictive drug.

The county’s jobless rate stood at 4.2 percent.

Winners of cars at the NCHS Principal Brad Weathers was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as coach at Carlyle High School, where he won a state championship. Darin Lee, boys coach, and Wayne Harre, girls coach, were named District 21 coaches of the Year.

Birth: Kathy and Charles Lister of Hoyleton, a daughter.

Deaths: Hubert Vogt, 84, of Nashville; Viola Harre, 95, of Nashville; Rev. John Lobos, 80, of New Athens; Beth Utke, 97, of Stone Church; Alwin “Major” Sprehe, 80, of Bowie, MD; Phillip Lincoln, 70, of Evansville, IN.

Wedding: Jessica Potter and Curtis Skiles.

Five Years Ago


The month of March helped to boost Washington County Hospital’s bottom line for the year.

Washington County Relay for Life for 2010 had a goal of $85,000.

Bonnie Phillips Kindergarten class visited Rainbow Ranch and got to see some animals, including an ostrich, a fallow deer and more.

A funnel cloud was spotted in the skies above Nashville during heavy rains.

The book “Venne In America” by Udo Thoerner detailed the history of German peoples from Venne, Germany, including those who moved to Okawville, Venedy, and Addieville.

Births: Trace Kirgan was born on March 24, to Kevin and Sarah Kirgan ; Miles Dinkelman was born April 29, to Martha and Todd Dinkelman of Boise, Idaho; Dylan Seaton was born on April 24, to eric and Jennifer Seaton of Ashland, Mo.

Deaths: Melba Hudspeth, 89, of Nashville, April 27; Bernice Beard, 68, of Patoka, born in Nashville, April 26.

For More, Please Read The May 6, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News.

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