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It Happened HereDecember 16, 2015

It Happened Here

Eighty Years Ago


Former Circuit Judge Louis Bernreuter announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to Congress from the 22nd District.

H.A. Grabbe Construction was given a $33,000 contract for construction of the Okawville waterworks system.

By a 4-2 vote, the Nashville City Council rejected a petition to keep taverns open on Sunday. The council also set the liquor license fee at $175 down from $200.

A boxing match between Harold Habbe and Carl Schneider was scheduled between basketball games at the high school.

Two fatalities marred the weekend. Oliver Cox of Jacksonville drove his car into the side of a freight train near Ashley during a heavy fog. Emil Lammers of Stone Church died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Other deaths: Hattie Mansfield, mother of attorney H.H. House of Nashville; and Mrs. Henry Maschhoff of Hoyleton.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


Washington County Board of Supervisors closed the county farm.

Oakdale Township got its first producing oil well, bringing to four the number working in the county.

At the Style Shop, Christmas Gifts included Chinese handmade linen handkerchiefs for 25 cents each and carpet wrap for 25 cents a spool.

Joseph Allen of Irvington, the last Washington County survivor of the Civil War, died at the age of 92.

Leslie Nicholson, 50, of Nashville was killed in an auto accident on the Memphis Station curve.

Rose Pelczynski, 55, of DuBois Township died of rabbit fever.

Other deaths: Ida Klingenberg of Plum Hill; and Fred Bueggeman of Johannisberg.

Seventy Years Ago


A campaign was undertaken by the Washington County Board of Supervisors to enforce the midnight closing laws for county taverns.

Prices at the local grocery stores included Folger’s coffee at 36 cents for a one pound jar and pecans for 49 cents a pound.

Servicemen discharged were Sgt. Chester Tibbets; Pvt. Leo Stankowski; T/5 Wayne Markham; Willis Coulter, U.S. Navy; Virgil Lawhorn; Pvt. Max Kallas; Sgt. Robert Leturno; Cpl. Owen Thompson Jr.; T/5 Roy Setzekorn; T/5 Walter Taylor; Cpl. Orval Schwartzkopf; Walter Steinhauser, U.S. Navy; T/5 Bertis Du Bois; T/5 Alexander Rozycki; T/4 Raymond Nobe; Howard Huff, U.S. Navy; Sgt. Charles Rohlfing; Sgt. Walter Jankowski; Staff Sgt. Sylvester Naliborski; and Frederich Riechman, U.S. Navy.

Deaths: Mrs. William Meier of Nashville.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


Rev. Paul Siegel was installed as the new pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hahlen.

Washington County’s newly elected officers took over their posts. They were Paul Johnson, county clerk; Ted Lehde, treasurer; Albert Gorman, sheriff; and Joseph Maxwell, county judge. The latter was the first Democrat to hold office in Washington County in 12 years.

Luke Tomaszewski was slightly injured when a pellet gun discharged in his shoulder while he was rabbit hunting with Adam Borowiak.

The local theatre was showing “King Solomon’s Mines” and Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger.

William Boeschen of Stone Church was re-elected president of the Washington County Farm Bureau Board.

Deaths: Mrs. John Brethauer of Nashville; Edwin Miller of Oakdale; F.H. “Bert” Eastman of Nashville; Paul Musial of Pilot Knob Township; Leona Lehde, 37, of Addieville; Fred Schreiber of Okawville; O.R. Crow of Kirkwood, M.O.; Martin Paszkiewicz of DuBois; and Effie Walker of Marissa.

Sixty Years Ago


For the convenience of patrons, the Nashville Post Office was to be open for two hours on Sunday.

There were 11 active oil wells in DuBois and Bolo Townships.

Deaths: William Reidelberger of DuBois; and Mrs. John Streuter of Okawville.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


A barn on the Anthony Forys property south of Nashville was destroyed by fire with a loss of $3,000.

Thieves stole approximately $100 in Greyhound Bus Co. money from the Phillips 66 station in Nashville.

Rev. Paulin Dobkowski took over duties at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Posen.

A sycamore tree near Venedy measured more than five feet across and yielded 2,533 board feet of lumber.

Jimmy Aholt, a student at Okawville Community High School, made the third highest corn yield in his FFA section with an average of 134.5 bushel per acre.

George Sachtleben, 51, of New Minden received serious injuries in a tractor accident.

Deaths: Paul Rynski of Woodlawn; Joseph Lake of Lively Grove; Joanna Rynski of Woodlawn; Maude George of Nashville; Katie Steiner, formerly of Nashville; and Theresa Matlevish of Tamaroa.

Fifty Years Ago


Bob Wilkey and Harvey Bunker of NCHS’s football team were named to the All-Southwestern Egyptian Conferences first team.

Deaths: Roy Ochs, 69, of Okawville; Jame Gillelpie, 57, formerly of Nashville; Leo Alishishki, 59, formerly of Ashley; Lena Flure, 72, of Pinckneyville; and Ernest Maddox, 77, formerly of Nashville.

Forty-Five Years Ago


Oakdale State Bank observed the golden anniversary of its founding.

Terry Renken, 24, was promoted to Army Specialist Five while serving with the 369th Signal Battalion in Vung Tau, Vietnam.

Washington County Highway Department moved its offices from the courthouse to 720 West Adams St.

An old-fashioned Christmas display was featured at the Washington County Historical Museum in Nashville.

Deaths: Ottillie Fischer, 80, of Okawville; Pelagia Szatkowski, 93, of Radom; John Gasper, 61, of Williamsburg, M.O.; Norman Hake, 43, of Irvington; Ann Brun, 83, of Rockford; Harold Hardyman, 62, of Chicago; Jackson Tyree, 49, of Nashville; and Esther Little, 50, of Du Quoin.

Forty Years Ago


Beatty’s Economy Store in Nashville advertised a box of Russell Stover assorted chocolates for $2.95 a pound.

Paul Johnson organized a group of hand bell ringers using a two-octave set of bells.

Bruce Pomeroy, Mary Ann Steinkamp and Cindy Koeller, students at Okawville High School, were approved for membership in the National Honor Society.

Deaths: John Osiek, 84, of Nashville; Herman Wagner, 77, of Scheller; Martha Riechman, 94, of Richview; Elsie Hileman, 69, of Tamaroa; Millie Anderson, 88, of Nashville; Chris Eigenrauch, 89, of Okawville; Julie Cizick, 85, of Tamaroa; and Velma Lynch, 75, of Tamaroa.

Thirty-Five Years Ago


Washington County Board increased the hourly wages for highway employees and emergency medical technicians by 60 cents an hour.

Mayor Milton Holzhauer and Councilmen Paul Wilkey and Raymond Kolweier announced they would be candidates for re-election in Nashville.

Gary Barczewski of Nashville won the SAR good citizenship award while Lori Grote of Hoyleton, Rhonda Faye Kolweier of Nashville and Stephanie Skorch of Scheller were recipients of the DAR good citizenship award.

Annette Borrenpohl of Okawville was named Illinois Beef Queen.

Deaths: Lydia Eigenrauch, 81, of Nashville; Joseph Finke, 92, of Hoyleton; Frances Schoenherr, 76, of Lively Grove; Leona Imrisik, 57, of St. Louis; Sylvester Zielinski, 80, of Tamaroa; Frank Shark, 74, of Nashville; Willie Archie, 81, of Belleville; Vera Hake, 76, of Hoyleton; Martin Hummert, 87, of St. Libory; Edward Althoff, 80, formerly of Plum Hill; Peter Wesolowski, 73, a native of Scheller; Lucille Baudison, 69, a native of Washington County; Ethel Wright, 94, of Tamaroa; and Esther Ribbing, 66, of Granite City.

Weddings: Joyce Mozelewski and Scott Voellinger; Mary Ann Grote and Ronald Niedbalski; Nancy Shuberg and Kenneth Lancy; and Mary Bemis and David Lamczyk.

Thirty Years Ago


The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency established new guidelines which gave Nashville full capacity on its present sewer system.

Washington County Board was considering implementing a quarter cent sales tax.

Area students winning DAR good citizenship awards were: Cynthia Weiss of Nashville; Katy McKown of Pinckneyville; Jill Zmudzinski of Tamaroa; and Kimberly Koch of Venedy.

Fire destroyed the rural Nashville home of Josephine LaCicero.

Deaths: Linda Rowell, 31, of Ashley; Rosecoe Cook, 81, a native of Nashville; Virginia Crawford, 64, of Fairview Heights; Walter Koch, 81, a native of Johannisburg; Joe Surina, 79, of Sesser; Harry Sommer, 85, a native of Addieville; Ted Luba, 66, of Nashville; and Russel Fletcher, 68, of Mt. Vernon.

Weddings: Linda Ebert and Byron Briggs; and Carol Isringhaus and Robert Lohman.

Twenty-Five Years Ago


Nashville City Council was told by Councilman Lloyd Dinkelman that new Illinois Environmental Protection Agency guidelines would make it too expensive to stay in the landfill business.

Okawville Farmers Elevator distributed $80,000 in patronage checks. The net profit of $166,114 was the second highest in the 72-year history of the business.

A Mt. Vernon man was charged with first degree murder in the death of Paul Barciszewski of Nashville. His body was found with multiple gunshot wounds in a corn field in Ashley.

Other deaths: Hattie Bodlt, 85, of Woodlawn; Pearl Kraus, 81, of Belleville; Marian Hutchings, 66, of Nashville; William Kuekelhan, 65, of Franklin, N.C., a former Okawville resident; and Jerry Sarensen Sr., 75, of Murphysboro.

Weddings: Terri Francisco and Robert Malawy; Carolyn Ann Decker and Michael Dixon of Highland; Mary Jane Briggs and Allan Edwards: and Marian Willis and Dwight Rabe.

Births: Michael and Ruth Czerwonka of Hoyleton, a son; and Jimmie and Tammy Hill of Tamaroa, a son and daughter.

Twenty Years Ago


Temperatures plunged to one degree above zero and two inches of snow blanketed the ground.

New Christmas lights were glowing on the streets of Ashley.

Washington County hunters took 1,312 deer, up 141 from the year before.

The County Board was stunned to see the sheriff’s department’s expenses were $110,000 over budget.

Deaths: Ernest Kurczodyna, 70, of Nashville; Loretta Varel, 72, of Bartelso; Raymond Beckmeyer, 74, of Centralia; Clarence Albers, 68, of Warrenton, M.O.; Alfred Ostendorf, 95, of St. Louis; Thomas Loyd, 92, of Centralia.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Todd Hoepker of Apopka, F.L., a son; Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Harre of Nashville, a son.

Fifteen Years Ago


Deer hunters harvested 1,281 deer, the most in the previous five years.

By a 9-6 vote, Washington County Board approved a special use permit plant in Bolo Township.

Bill and Janet Windler and Glenn Brammeier were recognized for 30 years at 4-H leaders.

Deaths: Tillie Wojtowicz, 87, of Nashville; Gladys Pitchford, 94, of Belleville; Ella Vernon, 92, of Nashville; Evelyn Heflin, 81, of Carlyle; George Meentemeyer, 85, of Okawville; Lorraine Carr, 82, of Nashville; Kathryn George, 55, of Tamaroa; Robert Tweedy Sr., 72, of Okawville.

Births: Shana Holle and Kenny Kozuszek of Nashville, a daughter; Drs. Lexy and Chris Hoskin of Stone Mountain, G.A., a daughter.

Ten Years Ago


A memo from State’s Attorney Julie Kozuszek to the county board listed mild, lead-based paint, leaking roofs and light fixtures that fell from the ceiling at the courthouse.

Arson was suspected in fires that broke out in holiday decorations at four Nashville homes.

Hunters tagged 1,461 deer for the season, down about 50 from the previous year.

The season’s first snowfall blanketed the area with about three inches.

Sharon Jasper was set to retire after 33 years as secretary at Washington County Extension.

Birth: Tony and Randi Kay Alwardt, a son.

Deaths: Lawrence “Larnie” Weeke, 84, of Addieville; LaVon Schaeffer, 100, of Nashville; Melvin Schindelar, 85, of Nashville; August Restoff, 77, of Okawville; Robert Hagerty, 36, of Belleville; Walter Fark, 89, of Hoyleton; Selma Hoepker, 93, of Addieville.

Five Years Ago


Lois Bartling, of rural Nashville, won the Best of Show prize at the Belleville Gingerbread House Contest. She had previously won that top prize twice and won a first place in the Master’s Division.

Nashville-area girl scout, Joey Lane was recognized as the top seller of Girl Scout cookies in Service Unit 81 of the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois.

Elmer Toedte presented a donation for $25,000 to the Masonic Cemetery.

Weddings: Jessica Carson and Toby Schaeffer were wed on September 25, 2010. Ashlee Gill and Shane Street were wed on August 27, 2010.

Deaths: Robert Howe, 70, of Irvington, December 6; Margaret Patton, 85, of Nashville, December 11; Annabel Morgan, 88, of Okawville, December 11; Elizabeth Pruett, 87, of Mascoutah, December 12; Harry Brueggeman, 86, of Maryville, December 10.