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It Happened HereJuly 29, 2015

It Happened Here

Eighty Years Ago


Dr. Lyle and Dr. Stanley Pero of Nashville passed the State Board of Dentistry exams.

Backs’ Department Store in Nashville advertised men’s black plain toe work shoes for $1.69 a pair.

More than 200 chickens were stolen from a flock owned by Charles Richardson near Pyramid.

Beef roast was 14 cents a pound and Lifebouy soap was four bars at 25 cents at the Kroger store.

Deaths: Louise Wernecke of Covington; Mrs. Henry Maschhoff of Nashville; Alice Livesay of Ashley; and Fred Lueking of Hoyleton.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


Nominees for the newly formed Okawville High School District Board of Education were: O.K. Moehle, H.J. Meyer, Harry Chesney of Plum Hill, John Groennert of Covington and Julius Going of Venedy.

For the third time since opening, Club Paramount was raided by county authorities and gambling devices were seized.

Deaths: Minnie Stegemiller of Nashville; Sarah Klene of Oakdale; Anna Schnake, formerly of Hoyleton; Bertha Koelling, a native of Addieville.

Seventy Years Ago


Nashville was placed under a rabies quarantine after 20 dogs and at least three people had been bitten.

Harry Gewe, Frederick Reuter and Byron House formed the Nashville Sandal Co. for the manufacture of footware.

Ashley, Nashville, Okawville and Hoyleton reached an agreement to place before the voters of the county a proposition to set the boundaries of the various high school districts.

County soldiers returning home from overseas were: Pvt. Wilbur Cruse of Nashville; Sgt. Norman Wiegmann, Sgt. Clifford Grieman and Staff Sgt. Norman Holle, all of Hoyleton; Lt. Marion Novak of Ashley; and Coxswain Third Class Lawrence Shubert of Oakdale.

C.R. Hileman became the sole owner of the Hahne-Hileman furniture and undertaking establishment, having purchased the interest of his late partner, E.R. Hahne.

Felix Dalman of Du Bois was killed when he was struck by a train on a bridge in Iowa.

Other deaths: Caroline Wiese, formerly of Nashville; Albert Seibert of Ashley; William Stroh of Elkton; and Mrs. Elmer Morgan of Du Bois.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


A truck broke away from its parking place and ran into the front of the Corner Tavern in Nashville, causing an estimated $1,000 damage.

The Baldridge Lumber Co. in Ashley was burglarized with the loss of nine cases of shotgun shells and two electric irons.

C.G. Burgess of Carbondale was appointed principal at Ashley Township High School.

Edward Sprehe, 50, of Posey was killed when his team and wagon were struck by a truck on Route 127, north of Posey.

Other deaths: Jacob Zapp of Beaucoup; Fred Hausschild of Nashville; Henry Meyer of Addieville; James Aspley, formerly of Nashville; Frances Kula Smentowski, formerly of Washington County; and Mrs. Fred Pruehsner of Nashville.

Sixty Years Ago


A speeding motorist forced a Nashville fire truck off the road as it was answering a call to Beaucoup, causing the truck to crash. A railroad boxcar on the L&N burned following the accident.

Edgar Fiedler resigned as manager of the Pecan Grove Dairy in Okawville after 20 years of service.

Louis Racherbaumer retired after 36 years as a rural mail carrier in Hoyleton,

Deaths: E.J. Brennecke of Nashville; Louis Schmidt of Stone Church; and Anna Hilderbrand of Nashville.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


Grapes were 19 cents a pound and strawberries were three 10-ounce cartons for 65 cents at the local IGA Food Market.

Eight swimmers represented Nashville in the Junior Olympic AAU meet at West Frankfort and captured five blue ribbons. Bill Evans, Julie Hale, Connie Lou Haege and Monica Schmitt won first in the 133-yard relay.

Carmett Blumenhorst of Okawville was killed when his truck was struck by a New Era Oil Transport truck on Route 15, west of Okawville.

Deaths: Peter Mode of Okawville; Sidney Hilderbrand of Wilmette; Anton Adams of Clarmin; Willard Lyons of El Paso, TX; and Steven Jackson of Irvington.

Fifty Years Ago


Allen Holzhauer, James Witte and Carl “Bud” Gill were among the local reservists who stood guard in the rotunda of the state capitol where the body of former Gov. Adllai Stevenson lay in state.

Deaths: Andrew Kozuszek, 52, of St. Louis; Fred Blumhorst, 69, of Venedy; Frank Vernor, 57, of Springfield; Minnie Williams, 88, of Ashley; Clara Lohrmann of Okawville; Cecil Dahncke, 67, formerly of Elkton; and Ivan Carr, 84, of Rice.

Forty-Five Years Ago


Lyle Hackstadt of Plum Hill won the cash prize and trophy at the Demolition Derby at the Washington County Fair.

A barn and 1,000 bushels of corn were destroyed in a fire at the Ray Harre farm.

Dick Ruggles was hurt in a fall when boards of a scaffolding broke. He was working on a bridge on the interstate highway north of Okawville.

Deaths: John Beckemeyer, 84, of New Minden; Olga Reichmann, 66, of Irvington; William “Acy” Gunter, 58, of McLeansboro; Bertha Heil, 84, of Marissa; and sister Casimir Gawronski, 89, former teacher at various schools.

Forty Years Ago


Kathryn Haier of Okawville was crowned Miss Washington County.

Irvin Peithman, who retired from the Souther Illinois University in Carbondale staff in 1973, received SIU-C’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.

Kroger advertised a 49-ounce box of Tide for $1.19 and whole fryers for 47 cents a pound.

Deaths: Norman Rehbein, 61, of Okawville; Paul Brink, 77, of Hoyleton; Jo Ann Evansco, 43, of Belleville; Renwick Smith Sr., 63, of Chester; Margaret Willis of St. Louis; and Elmer Rinne, 69, of St. Louis.

Thirty-Five Years Ago


Eight days in July had temperatures of 100 degrees or higher. Ten other days had temperatures in the upper 90’s.

Louis Steinkamp of Okawville was hired as Steelville High School basketball coach.

Kenneth Doelling opened a State Farm Insurance Agency in Okawville.

The Old Rock Inn, built in 1865, was torn down.

Fire destroyed a shed at the Nick Borowiak, Jr. farm west of Richview.

Deaths: George Kwiatkowski, 43, of Du Bois; Irene Steig, 68, of Coulterville; Carol Borchelt, 74, a native of Nashville, Travis William Schnitker, one-year old son of Dennis and Karen Schnitker of Hoyleton; Frank Waier Sr., 90, of Ashley; and Sophie Mines, 81, of Steelville.

Weddings: Teresa Piesazchalski and Donald Wisniewski; Laurie Ogilvie and Tom Bahre; and Debra Prasuhn and Michael Ray Reid.

Thirty Years Ago


Failing eyesight forced Dr. G. W. Schroeder, 53, of Belleville to retire. He is the son of former Nashville dentist, Dr. F.W. Schroeder.

Deaths: Alfred Mueller, 80, of Mascoutah; Henry Mueller, 72, of Swansea; Karen Schomaker, 24, of New Baden; Donna Bronke, 40, of Tamaroa; Oscar Knipp, 89, of New Memphis; Emma Brockmeyer, 95, of Okawville; Lorell Beckner, 62, of Okawville; Clarence Widenhoffer, 64, of Marissa; and Christopher Warren, infant son of Michael and Cathy (Rogers) Warren of Carlyle.

Weddings: Elizabeth Wilson and John Dudek; Linda Brammeier and Robert Odom; Jane Reidelberger and Dennis Fontana.

Twenty-Five Years Ago


Gladys Beek retired as bookkeeper and secretary at Nashville High School after 29 years of service. She served with four superintendents.

A thunderstorm took a portion of the roof off the Nashville Milling Co. building.

Deaths: Hulda Vogt, 91, of Nashville; Elizabeth Tate, 64, of West Frankfort; Theresia Ward, 97, of Bartelso; Hannah Schmidt, 80, of Okawville; August Grefe3, 82, of Covington; George Jolliff, 75, of Centralia; Archie Burlison, 77, of Carlyle; Christopher Barnes, 35, of Manchester, MO.

Wedding: Judith Sturdevant and Allan Seering.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Bryce Hill (Tammy Wilkerson) of Richview, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Geimer (Jayne Agnew) of New Minden, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hoban (Leann Kaska) of Ashley, twin sons; Hugh and Joanna Bundy of Ballwin, MO, quadruplets, three girls and a boy.

Twenty Years Ago


Washington County Rotary Club placed a large ad seeking new members.

Sheriff Jerry Borrenpohl used a school bus to transport teenage suspects to jail after breaking up a beer party on Oakdale Cemetery Road.

Children enrolled in Head Start, under the direction of Fern Turpin, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the federal program.

Deaths: Harriet Smith, 89, of Nashville; Harold Kottmeyer, 52, of Nashville; Kenneth Bernius, 52, of Belleville; Leander Mathews, 75, of Venedy; and Anthony Smalley, 82, of Ashley.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Cramer of Fairview Heights, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brown (Michelle Brinkmann) of Shiloh, a daughter; John and Kiara Lackey, a daughter; Terry Gardener and Tod Meadows, a daughter.

Fifteen Years Ago


An internal audit found no fault in the job performance of Washington County Hospital Administrator Mike Ellermann, but a letter signed by 18 physicians asked the board of directors to fire him.

Nashville Grade School District 49 set the wheels in motion on a state grant to pay for construction of a new primary school.

Steve Danner was named superintendent of Ashley Grade School.

A car stolen from Mann’s Auto Sales in Richview was found burned in Chicago, and another stolen from Thresia Landis of Addieville was recovered in Tennessee.

Ground chuck was 97 cents a pound and seedless grapes were 98 cents a pound at Krogers.

Deaths: Selma Shook, 72, of Belleville; Hilda Ceglinski, 94, of Ashley; Larry Nowak, 92, of Jackson, MO; Wilma Pruitt, 80, of Oakdale; Blake Kraus, infant son of Brent and Beth (Heckes) Kraus; Ray Zapp, 83, of Nashville; Leon Hails, 79, of Centralia.

Weddings: Teneil Kellerman and Bill Hall; Amy Forys and Jason Wesselman.

Births: Anthony Bury and Tasha Wilkey of Nashville, a daughter; Dennis and Pam Kellerman of Nashville, a son; Daniel and Carrie Bellair of Wichita, KS, a son; Bamby Gilter of Oakdale, a daughter; Paul and Shelley Brown of Shiloh, a son.

Ten Years Ago


Don Miller announced plans to retire as Nashville Grade School Superintendent.

Nearly 300 people gathered with Nashville Area Ministerial Alliance members to pray for Washington County Hospital.

Charlotte Schleifer was looking forward to her 107th birthday.

Lorraine Schleifer was closing her Lorraine’s Class and Casual store after 30 years in business.

Makenna Laurent, 19, was killed and Ryan Fark, 19, was seriously injured in a single vehicle accident on South Grand Road.

Other deaths: Beulah Borrenpohl, 79, of Okawville; Kenneth Willoughby, 57, of Woodlawn; Glenna Brand, 73, of Ocala, FL; Robert Kuhn, 78, of Okawville; Theresa Bejma, 75, of Tamaroa.

Births: Eric and Rebecca Kujawa of Glen Carbon, a son; Wade and Alissa Brickey of Neptune, NJ, a son; Robert and Stephanie (Cahill) Lathrup of Robinson, twin daughters; Lanny and Jada Diedrich of Ballwin, MO, a daughter.

Weddings: Keri Donaldson and Christopher Ziegler; Nellie Smith and Zachary Haverkos.

Five Years Ago


A five cent tax levy was required by Nashville Community High School to cover a long list of building improvements.

The village of Okawville would be receiving about $200,000 in grant funds to help cover the construction of a new water tower.

Following a public hearing, DuBois Township’s annexation into the Ashley Library District headed to the voters for the November 2 election.

Prairie State announced that costs for the construction of their power generating plant would be capped at $4-billion.

Births: Lila Reu Kleiner was born on July 12 to Mr. and Mrs. Shad Kleiner of Greenville. Madison Alice Buckley was born on July 16 to Philip and Kathy Buckley of Torrance, Calif.

Engagements, Weddings and Anniversaries: Allie Rae Haertling and Scott Edward Gibbs announced their plans to wed in the fall. Tamara Ann Bahre and Daniel Dennis Schnitker were wed on February 6. Rudolph A (Rudy) and JoAnn E. Sever celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on July 31.

Deaths: William Brehm, 73, of rural Ashley, July 15; Casimer Kroll, 91, of Nashville, July 22.

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