It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
The Ashley Milk Company was awarded the contract to furnish all of the City of St. Louis institutions with milk.
Zenas Reuter of Oakdale opened a new variety store in Nashville on Main Street directly across from the post office.
Beckemeyer’s advertised men’s blue work shirts for 39 cents and children’s coats for $4.95.
The State Theatre was showing Will Rogers in “Doubting Thomas.”
Deaths: Catherine Bieser, of Nashville; Anna (Hongsermeier) Friemuth, of Irvington; Mrs. Fred Hohlt, of Okawville; John Nadler of Okawville; Emma Jane Snyder of Nashville; and William Pleniter of Irvington.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Local grocery prices included potatoes for 18 cents a peck (15 pounds) and head cheese for 1 ½ cents a pound.
Several cases of a sleeping sickness among horses were reported in the county.
John A. Newcomb, 74, of Ashley was killed when his automobile was struck by an L and N passenger train at the East Railroad Street crossing in Ashley.
Other deaths: Fred C. Meier of Okawville; Anton Problys of Nashville; and Mrs. William C. Rixmann of Hoyleton.
Seventy Years Ago
A 47-year-old electrician from Centralia was burned on the face and hands when an explosion set off a fire at the Pan-American Candy Company in Ashley. Damage to the plant was estimated at $17,100.
Joseph B. Campbell was elected president of the Illinois Press Association.
Farmland in Washington County was selling for between $50 and $110 per acre.
Washington County boys home from the battlefronts were: Private Elmer Krietmeyer; T/5 Lavern Dick; Corporal Neil Farber; Staff Sergeant Albert Tieleman; Sergeant Melvin Liske; Private John Chwarczinski; Staff Sergeant Elmo Borchelt; and T/4 Willard Meyer.
Deaths: Lois Brink, formerly of Irvington; the baby of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Paszkiewicz of Nashville; and Daisy Ranft of Pinckneyville, sister of Erburn Krupp of Hoyleton.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Robert N. Smith bought the C. Russell Hileman ambulance service and funeral home.
Cheerleaders for the basketball season at NCHS were: Joyce Berry, Margie Gewe, Lorna Junge, Pat Miller, Betty Murasky and Joan Spencer.
Corporal Clifford Daniels, son of Rose Dintelman of Marissa, was reported wounded in action while in Korea.
Earl Cook and Charles Mayer were recalled to active military duty.
Donald Martens, 17, of Okawville was killed in an automobile accident on a country road two miles south of Okawville,
Other deaths: Walter Louis Dueker of North Prairie; Etta May Wheeless of Nashville; Hattie Barczewski of Ashley; and Edith (Chapman) Taylor of DuBois.
Sixty Years Ago
Reverend Alfred Buls accepted a call to fill the pastorate at Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville.
Fred Heirose, 70, of rural Plum Hill was swindled out of $600 by two men posing as telephone repairmen.
All Nashville retail stores announced they would be open on Wednesday during November and December.
Eph Small, formerly associated with his brother, Bob, in the Shoe Mart, bought a half interest in a shoe store at Princeton.
Ronald Reagan was starring in “Tennessee’s Partner” at the local theater.
Deaths: Sara Taylor of Nashville; Cora Huegely of Nashville; Robert Mulholland of Lively Grove; and Cornelius Jim Rhine, a native of Washington County.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Reverend Willard Mueller was installed as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoyleton.
Mrs. Ed Schmitt suffered a broken right arm in a fall from a ladder at her home.
Nashville Memorial Company celebrated its 90th anniversary in business.
At the local IGA store you could buy two 46-ounce cans of Hi-C orange drink for 63 cents and facial tissues for 23 cents.
Deaths: William Winters of Okawville; Beth Althoff of Nashville; and J. Fred Cameron of Richview.
Fifty Years Ago
Deaths: Pat Todd, 65, of St. Louis; Sophie Barczewski, 50, of Richview; Dr. Charles Emerson Gillespie, 60, formerly of Lively Grove; O.C.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Candidates for 1970 Homecoming queen at Nashville High School were: Judy Campbell, Julie Swoboda and Debbie Willis.
The Okawville Lions Club celebrated its 40th anniversary at the American Legion Home in Okawville.
Art Lehder of Beaucoup had a prize-winning nine pound, 12 ounce blue catfish entry in the Class A Division of the Kentucky Lake Fall Fest Fishing Derby.
Deaths: Wilfred Peithmann, 66, formerly of Nashville; Anna Tomaszewski, 63, of Radom; Lillian Helbig, 46, Oakdale; Earl Barnett, 63, of Ashley; Thaddeus Stanley Sielinski, 72, of Tamaroa; and Floyd Charles Chronister, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Chronister of New Minden.
Forty Years Ago
Mary Droste was crowned the 1975 Homecoming queen by her escort Tom Schroeder.
Wetterau, Inc. announced its opening of Stratmann’s IGA Foodliner in Nashville, owned and operated by Richard Stratmann.
Nancy Gwin of Nashville was notified that her biography had been approved for publication in the ninth annual edition of “Who’s Who Among American High School Students” for the 1974-75 academic year.
The baby derby, part of an October Pork Month promotion sponsored by the Washington County Farmers Committee, was won by Bianca Junge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Junge of Nashville.
Deaths: Orville Skibinski, 67, of Richview; Carl Markwardt, 70, of Tulsa, OK; Emma Newcomb, 82, of Richview; John Kula, 78, of Ashley; Mildred McGown, 63, of Dearborn, MI; Mary Naliborski, 78, of Tamaroa; Emma Melton, 86, of St. Charles, MO; Reverend Thomas Davis, 71, of Centralia; and Prudence Ziarnek, 71, of LaPorte, IN.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
Jake Povolish, formerly of Nashville, was named manager of the Kroger store in Du Quion.
Nashville High School’s boys Cross Country team of Marty Weltge, Todd Twenhafel, Tom Reuter, Tim Aydt, Danny Barnett, Kevin Aller and Matt Brown won the conference championship.
Deaths: Louise M. Keyler, 91, of Nashville; Julius M. Tomaszewski, 62, of Nashville; John Bassen, 97, of Hoyleton; Charles Fudge Sr., 54, of Collinsville; Edward N. Sterns, 76, of Oakdale; Margaret A. Rosen, 82, of Germantown; Adeline Ranfeld, 81, of Victor, Iowa; Edna Gaffner, 80, a native of New Minden; Louis C. Mydler, 65, a native of DuBois; and Jessie Ramsey, 58, of Biloxi, MS.
Thirty Years Ago
Joyce Czerniejewski was crowned Homecoming queen at NCHS.
Administrators of NCHS announced the use of State Police dogs trained for drug detection on school property.
Nation Mine Service Company announced it would move its Redbird chain manufacturing operation from Nashville to New Philadelphia, Ohio.
Washington County was designated a labor surplus area due to high unemployment rates for the last two years.
Deaths: Charles C. Stephens, 70, of Ashley; Edward C. Nowicki, 71, of Radom; Lester Going, 59, of Okawville; Herman F Fredericking, 88, a native of Nashville; Carrie McKinney, 77, of Saratoga Springs, CA; Lelia Kampe, 85, of Okawville; Freda M. Johnson, of Sparta; Mary C. Briggs, 92, of Caldwell, OH; Gertie Murry, 82, of Tamaroa; Susan Rolf Gaebe, 64, a native of Addieville; and Emma W. Meyer, 82, a native of Okawville.
Weddings: Denise Mary Czerniejewski and Jeffrey Scott Evans, both of Ashley; Brenda Povolish of Nashville and Craig Spenner of New Minden; and Elizabeth Ann Patton of Sparta and Richard Scott Beckley or rural Nashville.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Barb Mill was named 1990 Business and Professional Women’s Woman of the Year.
The Washington County Hospital purchased a Computed Tomography x-ray system, known as a ‘CAT’ scan, for $521,000. The hospital had used a mobile service since 1985.
Okawville Lions Club celebrated the 60th anniversary of the club.
Deaths: Luella Brandt, 90, of Nashville; Emma Draege, 86, of Nashville; Edna Winfree of Nashville; Edith McCowen, 84, of Waltonville; Revis Hankins, 64, of Centralia; Karen Sanders, 47, of Freeburg, formerly of St. Libory; Charles Bahre, 64, of Coulterville; Donald Kuczka, 45, of Crestwood, MO; Arleen Fry, 83, a former Nashville resident; Leo Kellerman Sr., 83, of Pinckneyville.
Weddings: Kathleen Kasban of Radom and Gary Castic of Arnold, MO.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. John Jablonski (Rhonda Quisenberry) of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Burcham ( Sheila Grathwohl) of Centralia, twin daughters; Mr. and Mrs. Doug Althoff (Jill Weeke), a daughter.
Twenty Years Ago
Nashville City Council again went on record as opposing construction of a grain elevator by Pitchford Elevator Co. on St. Route 127, south of Nashville.
Nashville District 49 discussed the merits of renovating the third floor of the Primary School of building an addition to the Middle School.
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Bednarz on the Historical Society Scarecrow Contest.
Charles Parker began work as a crime victim advocate with the state’s attorney office.
Pinckneyville was chosen as the site for a medium security prison.
Deaths: Shirley Birschkus, 68, of Addieville; Barbara Lockwood, 53, of Texico; Stella Koby, 85, of Granite City; Herman Hirsch, 83, of Tamaroa; Delores Kitchen, 65, of St. Louis.
Weddings: Celeste Banks and Brent Rueter; Susan Niedbalski and Cory Schwartzkopf; Linda Whitlock and Gary Schindelar; Joni Hollingsworth and Robert Kroeger.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Eric Brammeier of Stone Church, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Dan May of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Guest of Addieville, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Ken Brink of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Doug Novak of Radom, a son; Mr. and Mrs. William Barnes of Kent, Washington, a daughter.
Fifteen Years Ago
Illinois Department of Transportation said a traffic count at St. Route 127 and Enterprise Avenue proved the need for a stoplight at that intersection.
Okawville District 10 School Board discussed adding agriculture classes to the high school curriculum.
About 300 people got a look at the new gym floor during an open house at Ashley Grade School.
Citizens detained two juveniles who were driving four-wheelers recklessly on Cordes Road. The youths were turned over to a sheriff’s deputy and eventually released to their parents.
Girolamo’s Pizzeria offered a large, two-topping pizza for $7.95.
Births: Bob and Joni Kroeger of Nashville, a daughter; Steve and Valerie Zgonina, a daughter, Mike and Julie Tiemann of Woodlawn, a daughter.
Deaths: William Coats, 82, of Coulterville; Evan “Jim” Thomas, 76, of Coulterville; Violet Hunt, 83, of Nashville; Carol Lynch, 64, of Coulterville; Ronald Chandler, 20, of Marine; Mabel Sachteleben, 87, of Plum Hill.
Wedding: Jill Dickey and Everett Prest.
Ten Years Ago
The Farm Service Agency in Nashville got a reprieve when Congress stepped back from a consolidation plan.
A better-than-expected corn harvest and carryover stock forced Clover Leaf Grain in Hoyleton to store about 200,000 bushels of corn on the ground, something that had not happened in at least 35 years.
NCHS cross country star Charlie Hatch claimed his fourth consecutive regional title.
Soybeans were priced at $5.31 a bushel and corn as $1.75.
Births: Jim and Stacey Hettenhausen, a daughter; Jeremy and Jennifer Miller of Nashville, a son; Brandon and Jessica Prenger of Ozark, MO, a son; Bob Ganz and Megan Finke of Germantown, a son.
Deaths: Esther Boester, 90, of Covington; Helen Severs, 80, of Ashley; William Garnholz, 67, of Centralia.
Five Years Ago
Nashville District 49 School Board member Kevin Rench was accepted to the School Board Leadership Academy put on by the Illinois Association of School Boards.
Happy Days Preschool students were visited by paramedics Kevin and Doug of the Washington County Ambulance Service.
With an election approaching, the top races on the local ballot were for the annexation of DuBois Township into the Ashley Library District and for the office of County Sheriff where incumbent Charlie Parker was being challenged by Harry Berger.
Tom Ganz, running for reelection as County Clerk, and Ronda Groennert, running for reelection as county treasurer, faced no oposition in the race.
A fire broke out at the Maschhoff Feed Mill located on State Route 127 near State Route 161. The fire was believed to have been caused by an electrical malfunction due to a storm.
Births: Hutson Michael Hudgens was born on October 24 to Michael and Camille Hudgens of O’Fallon; Emery Elsie Schoenberg was born on September 16 to Craig and Natasha Schoenberg of Hoyleton.
Engagements, Weddings and Anniversaries: Jill Brammeier and Dannon Harreannounced plans for a November wedding; Kerri Meng and Neil Lange were wed on May 29; Courtney Linder and Lucas Roethlisberger were wed on September 4; Kenneth and Joyce (Harmening) Boester celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 29.
Deaths: Robert Templeton, 76, of Pinckneyville, October 25; Peggy Walden, 79, of Norris City, October 23.