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It Happened HereNovember 18, 2015

Eighty Years Ago


S.T. Gudgel and Zenas McElroy of Ashley and Brean Greer of Du Bois were arrested on a charge of maintaining slot machines.

Nashville City Council passed a plan for downtown streets which mandated parallel parking. 4.51 inches of rain fell on Nashville in two weeks.

The weekly market report showed wheat selling for 91 cents a bushel and ear corn at 55 cents a bushel.

Catherine Moore, 28, of East St. Louis, a native of Ashley, died of scarlet fever. Her young daughter was also ill with the disease.

Other deaths: Henry Schnute of Centralia, formerly of Hoyleton; and Mrs. Cliffie Blue Spencer of Du Bois.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


Thelma Kroener of Oakdale won the Washington County Spelling Match.

After a mild fall, temperatures in Nashville dropped to 13 degrees above zero.

Films at the local theater included “Moon Over Burma” with Dorothy LaMour and “The Big Stampede” with John Wayne.

Greyhound Bus Lines featured a one-way ticket to St. Louis for 80 cents and one-way ticket to Chicago for $4.80.

Deaths: John Stahler of Beaucoup; Oren E.W. Meyer, 19, of Stone Church; and Valentine Kinzel of Darmstadt.

Seventy Years Ago


Bandits blasted the safe at the Addieville post office and escaped with money and stamps worth $250.

Local grocery prices had cigarettes for $1.44 a carton and Heinz Cream of Tomato soup for 12 cents a can.

Country boys home from battlefronts included: Sgt. Clarence Brammeyer; Pvt. Theodore Zgonina; Sgt. Andrew Pierjok; Richard Elrich, USNR; Cpl. George Althoff; Pvt. Leonard Polczynski; Sgt. Elroy Barkau; Cpl. Clarence Moeller; Pvt. Edward Kamadulski; Sgt. Paul Wilke; T/5 Frank Sikorski; Pvt. Wilbur Cruse; Milton Zacheis, USNR; Pvt. Conrad Tomaszewski; Pvt. Junior Schorfheide; Sgt. Louis Bochantin; and Pvt. Stanley Glazik.

Joseph Kamadulski, 11, of Nashville died of tetanus.

A memorial service was held for Stanley Kasten, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kasten of Steeleville, who lost his life in the sinking of the USS Charleston in the Pacific in July of 1945.

Other deaths: Anna Rebstock, a native of Hoyleton; Lee Roy Jones of Richview; and Mrs. Stanley Skorczewski of Du Bois.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


Fire, believed to have been started by a defective fuse, severely damaged the Earl Suedmeyer house northwest of Nashville.

Donald Hatchett, 22, of Mt. Vernon was killed in an automobile accident near Irvington.

Other deaths: F.H. Niemeier of Irvington; Lt. Ernest Nowicki, 31, of Radom; William Rice of Coulterville; Martin Garling of Frogtown; John Sandheinrich Sr. of St. Libory; and Alva Jones of Rice.

Sixty Years Ago


Lester Campbell returned home from military service and assumed charge of the Nashville Memorial Company, which his father had purchased the previous July 1.

A new, six-room elementary school was dedicated in Okawville.

The Nashville News raised its price for a single copy from 3 cents to 5 cents. It was the first such raise in 21 years.

Deaths: Joseph Palek Sr. of Okawville; Rose Belle Henry, a native of Washington County; Gustav Rommelman of Hoyleton; and Mrs. Fred Edminston of Richview.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


Paul Lockwood was appointed rural mail carrier in Hoyleton.

Nashville’s September sales tax figures amounted to $1,827.77.

Washington County had the highest traffic fatality figures of any of the 16 counties in District 13 for the preceding month.

Backs Department Store in Nashville advertised leather hunting caps for $1.95 each and fleeced sweaters for $2.49 each.

Nancy Shields of Bluford was chosen queen of the Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting with Ruth Ann Schultz of Richview as the second-place winner.

W.C. Niermann purchased the Brethauer building on West Main Street.

Deaths: William Meinert of Nashville; Julius Nolting Sr. of Irvington; Marvin Joseph Baker, 18 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Baker of Radom; and George Garbs of Okawville.

Fifty Years Ago


Deaths: Ernest Ackerman, 64, of Du Bois; Rev. Frederick Weltge, 82, formerly of Plum Hill; Harry Rhine, 55, of Nashville; Benjamin Maschhoff, 57, of Arlington Heights; Gustav Hanke, 75, of Okawville; Frederick Jasper 92, of Nashville; Antoniette Ziarnek of Scheller; Everett Fuller, 48, of Irvington; and Agnes Horstman, 79, of Stanley, OH.

Forty-Five Years Ago


Leo Kolweier was honored for his 25 years of service as Okawville American Legion Post’s sergeant-at-arms.

Hookdale farmer, Maynard LeBegue, and his son rebuilt a modified Air Force tow tractor, adding several innovations to adapt it to farm use. It was originally used to move airplanes.

Deaths: Alma Mary Becker, 82, formerly of Nashville; Raymond McIlwain, 79, of Okawville; Glenn Skibinski, 60, of Richview; Joseph Hylla, 88, of Nashville; Mrs. Theodore Weeke, 81, of Venedy; Arnold Hoepker, 54, of Plum Hill; Arlene Grote, 52, of Granite City; John Gajewski, 92, of Ashley; Ed DeHart of O’Fallon; Charles Sperhe, 77, of Centralia; E.H. Niehaus, 69, of St. Jacob; Chris Daum Jr., 58, of Hoffman; and Richard Kramer, 39, of Belleville.

Forty Years Ago


Deitt Borrenpohl was crowned Homecoming Queen of Concordia Teachers College in River Forest.

Larry Lockenour was awarded the Agatha Hodgons Award as the outstanding graduate nurse anesthetist.

Deaths: Edith “Pearl” Wilson, 87, of Joliet; William Middendorf, 86, of Covington; Frieda Bogel, 60, of Chester; Frank Wehmer, 97, of Nashville; Theodore Fredericking, 70, of Venedy; Margaret Holtz, 76, of Radom; Dorothy Szczeblewski, 83, of Tamaroa; Frank Zotz, 76, of Lebanon; George Weilmuenster, 90, of Salem; Walter Ochap, 81, formerly of Du Bois; and Dolly Lietz of St. Louis.

Thirty-Five Years Ago


Fire destroyed the garage at St. Paul UCC parsonage. A 1960 Ford Fairmont was lost in the blaze.

Jammi Sutherland of Ashley won the Little Miss Princess Flame title at Ole King Cole Festival in West Frankfort.

Deaths Alvina Rueter, 91, of New Minden; Joe Martin, 40, of Scheller; Walter Thiele of Jennings, MO; Mabel Baldridge, 79, formerly of Ashley; Tommy Lang, 65, of Addieville; Romilda Schwengels, 65, of Nashville; and Ira Towns, 63, of Fairfield.

Weddings: Wanda Stieg and Richard Sigman; Donna Kryger and David Haertling; Debbie Hawkins and Michael Catner; and Deb Segelhorst and Craig Shubert.

Thirty Years Ago


Nancy Roethemeyer was elected president of Nashville District 49 Board of Education, her second four-year term.

A state study showed Washington County’s illiteracy index as one of the highest in the state.

William Pearcy announced he was a Republican candidate for resident circuit judge of Washington County.

James McClay was re-elected president of Nashville High School Board of Education.

Deaths: Joe Maxwell, 94, former Washington County judge, of Nashville; Rosalie Krewinghaus, 99, a native of Venedy; Julia Freckter, 76, of Bowling Green, MO; Edwin Jacob, 48, of Ft. Wayne, IN; Amanda Niermann, 90, of Hoyleton; Agatha Belter, 83, formerly of Radom; Mary Jane Lemmon, 99, a native of Du Bois; Louis Kehoe Sr., 68, of Radom; George Koeller Jr., 49, of St. Libory; Sylvester Kuberski, 86, of Du Bois; Iris Edie, 59, of Tamaroa; and Annamay Walter, 88, a native of New Minden.

Weddings: Karen Czajkowski and Jerry Warren.

Twenty-Five Years Ago


A revised plan for construction of four lanes along Route 51 from south of Centralia to just north of Interstate 64 satisfied Irvington Village Board President Mike Garrison but left Richview Village Board President Gerald Flick with concerns about the right of way for a water line from Centralia.

Nashville Mayor Paul Wilkey confirmed that he would not seek a third term in the April 1991 elections.

Washington County’s retail sales tax increased by 12.5 percent in 1988 over 1987, giving Washington County the fifth largest percentage increase in retail sales tax of all 102 Illinois counties in 1988.

Herman Parker, 50, of Columbia was hired as Superintendent of Hoyleton Grade School, replacing interim superintendent John Ingalls.

The Historical Society of Washington County received a $1,000 grant from Exxon-Monterery Coal Co. for recently installed air conditioning units.

Deaths: Alfred Luebke, 77, of Okawville; Sylvester Lamczyk, 58, of Du Bois; Ann Baxter, 72, of Houston, TX; and Pauline Hall, 74, of St. Louis.

Births: David and Jennifer Clary of Addieville, a son; Mr and Mrs. Steve McClay of Oakdale, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Belinksi of St. Charles, MO, twin boys; Senior Airman James and Dawn Carroll of Bitburg, Germany, a son; Steve and Lauri Eickmeyer of Hoyleton, a son; and Mr. and Mrs. Greg Brooks of Nashville, a son.

Twenty Years Ago


Mike Polczynski resigned from Washington County Board, citing increases travel demands for his job.

Thirty old beds from Washington County Hospital were donated to Latvia and Russia through the efforts of board member Norman Engele.

WWII veterans Bill Wilkey, Paul Wilkey, Vic Forys, Bertram Duecker and Paul Habbe shared some of their war-time experiences with the students at Trinity-St. John School.

Deaths: Juanita Keller, 73, of Nashville; Julius Hanke, 90, of Nashville; Carl Rhode, 75, of Nashville; Mildred Pair, 84, of Nashville; Dr. Fred Schroeder, 93, of Stuart, FL; Mark Lueke, 23, of St. Louis; Edward Kearney, 84, of Ullin; James Krawiecki, 39, of St. Louis; Travis Hylla, 18, of Blue Mound; Leona Barkau, 79, of St. Petersburg, FL; Georgianna Reuss, 72, of Smithton; David Gross, 58, of Bartelso; Laura Carter, 77, of Bangs, TX; Irene Dorris, 86, of Centralia; Lula Vollmer, 79, of O’Fallon; Neoma McManus, 90, of Nashville; Bill Downes, 74, of Centralia.

Wedding: Angela Straw and Larry Wojtowicz.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Alan Czajkowski of Ashley, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lintker of Venedy, a son; Mr. and Mrs. John Cronin of Venedy, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Paszkiewicz of Urbandale, IA, a daughter.

Fifteen Years Ago


Several books were donated to the Nashville Public Library in memory of the late Bert Meyer, a long-time library board member.

County board members got a raise of $5 per meeting for a total of $55.

Sales tax in Nashville totaled $81,992.

Fr. Joe Schrage, a Lively Grove native, was featured in the Belleville News Democrat as the firefighter priest for his work as a chaplain and fireman with Swansea Fire Dept.

Bud Light was $14.27 a case at All-Mart.

Deaths: Claude Peper, 78, of Richview; Hayden Pierce, infant son of Jesse and Deanna Pierce of Nashville; Frances Lehde, 88, of Nashville; Frederick Krus, 49, of Nashville; Mary Newell, 87, of Scheller; Mary Hatzel, 85, of Breese; Albert Cawi, 91, of Waterloo; Louis Aldag Sr., 88, of Centralia; John “Red” Erwin, 78, of Tamaroa; Floyd Habbe, 87, of Mt. Vernon; Florence Kasten, 92, of Hoyleton; Betty Baldwin, 65, of Nashville; Barbara Ross, 62, of Odin; Alice Fry.

Births: Joseph and Jamie Jones of Nashville, a son; Jerid and Paula Wendling of Tampa, FL, a daughter; Seth Shirley and Diane Woodside of Tamaroa, a daughter.

Ten Years Ago


Washington County Clerk Carol Heggemeier said her office was busier than ever with 127 felonies, 294 misdemeanors and a growing number of foreclosures so far that year.

Washington County Hospital Board authorized the sale of $750,000 in revenue bonds to offset continued financial loses averaging about $100,000 per month.

The Nashville mobile home of Dorothy Gwin was extensively damaged by a fire caused by a faulty furnace.

Births: Doug and Chris Bening, a daughter; Lauren Newcomb and Zach Bateman of Okawville, a daughter; Frank Bartolotta and Filippa Tullio of Nashville, a daughter; Matt and Denise Krohne of Okawville, a son.

Deaths: Eunice Kracht, 75, of Convington, Henry Flauaus, 89, of Jennings, MO; Oneta Tucker, 91, of Mt. Vernon; Hazel Bierman, 97, of Centralia; Celeste Lammers, 84, of St. Louis; Frances Dycus, 78, of Bonnie; Sgt. Kyle Wehrly, 28, of Galesburg, killed in Iraq; Mabel Berry, 87, of Carlyle; Helen Outten, 68, of Sparta.

Weddings: Robyn Kuhlengel and Tyler Engele; Shaina Hugo and Travis Diekemper.

Five Years Ago


Veterans Day in Nashville and Washington County took on new meaning in 2010 when residents lined the streets in honor of slain Marine SSGT Jordan Emrick who had been killed in action in Afghanistan.

The County Board approved a $5.9-million budget on a close vote, with $600,000 going from Prairie State into the county’s general fund.

The Nashville Public Library hosted a legal self-help center which aimed to assist low income people with conducting legal research.

Washington County Hospital held a chili cook-off for operating room team week. The winner was radiology tech Erin Kuhn who made Mexican chili.

Birth: Trent Twenhafel, born Nov. 1 to Todd and Cheryl Twenhafel, of New Minden.

Engagements and Anniversaries: Laura Koelling and Nicholas Miller announced plans to we on Jan. 16, 2011; Roy and Betty Brammeier of Nashville celebrated their 50th anniversary; Donald and Dylane McWilliams, of Mobile, Ala. celebrated 55 years of marriage.

Deaths: Staff Sergeant Jordan Emrick, 26, of Hoyleton, November 5; Barbara Morrison, 64, of Richview, November 7; Sylvester Ryterski, 83, of Nashville, November 11; Paul Moss, 83, of DeCordova, Texas, Nov. 3; Leota Thomson, 101, of Carbondale, formerly of Ashley, Nov. 12; Beverly Baum, 68, of Mascoutah, Nov. 11; Charles DeFend, 76, of Nashville, Nov. 12; Donald Chesnek, 87, of Mt. Vernon.

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