It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
Work was scheduled to begin on the Okawville waterworks system.
H.H. Haun announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Washington County Coroner.
A proposed wage scale for Nashville’s sewerage job was approved by the government as follows: common labor, 40 cents per hour; reinforcing steel layers, 75 cents per hour; hod carriers, 60 cents per hour; caterpillar tractor operators, 50 cents per hour; and carpenters, 85 cents per hour.
Deaths: Cora Spencer, 71, of Nashville; Leonhardt Hiller, 32, of Granite City; Lousia Mann, 85, of East St. Louis; Michael Biallas, 61, of Ashley; Fred Witte Sr., 61, of Nashville; Margaret Pylinski, 21, of Nashville; Lucinda Carrick of Oakdale; and Mrs. Charles Mydler, 24, of DuBois.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
The new census showed DuBois was the most rapidly growing village in Washington County.
Approximately 80 people from Washington County attended the inauguration of Gov. Dwight Green.
Deaths: Caroline Pruehsner of Nashville; Alice Thomas of Nashville; Albert Mischke, formerly of Ashley; Mrs. Fred Gewe, 84, of Nashville; Jacob Stricker, 66, of Okawville; Charlotte Nehrt, 84, of Nashville; Mrs. F.J. Bruce, formerly of Nashville.
Seventy Years Ago
Betty Reidelberger, 15, became the second polio victim in Nashville.
The shoe factory in Nashville began the manufacture of play shoes with approximately 26 girls employed.
A trade between W.C. Meinert and L.G. Behrman was effected. Behrman became proprietor of the Frozen Foods and Locker Plant established by Meinert and the latter took over Behrman’s 215 acre farm north of Nashville.
County servicemen discharged were: Sgt. Ambrose Trost; Sgt. Joe Trost; Leonard Barkau; Hazel Stitely, WAVES; Earl Hammond, USN; T/5 Henry Kramper; Tech Sgt. Robert McCauley; Staff Sgt. Leonard Kroger; Sgt. Louis Totman; T/5 Raymond Kroll; T/5 Kenneth Dintelman; Cpl. Dayton Groennert; Clarence Mierikowski, USN; Cpl. Aloys Behrmann; Staff Sgt. Harry Hawn; Pvt. William Evilsizer; Sgt. Wallace Jaspering; Pvt. Virgil May; First Lt. Henry Jankowski; T/5 Louis Koehler; T/5 Alvin Craft; T/5 William Sandheinrich; Pvt. Elmer Engelman; Tech Sgt. Denton Coates; Pvt. John Schaeffer; Raymond Dean Beard, USN; and Staff Sgt. Omer Ruess.
Deaths: Ernst Heinrichsmeyer of New Minden; William Williamson Sr.; Louise Johnson of Hoyleton; Dixie Hough of Ashley; and Ed Tate of Richview.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Attorney Francis Maxwell was elected to the Illinois State Bar Association.
Campbell’s chicken noodle soup was on sale for two cans for 33 cents.
Twenty-six men from Washington County were inducted into the Army.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hixenbaugh Sr. of Irvington received word that their son, Pvt. Raymond Hixenbaugh, was missing in action in Korea.
Sylvester Wisnesky, 39, was accidentally shot and killed while coon hunting.
Other deaths: Clara Rixman of Nashville; Caroline Luecke, 83, of New Minden; Mrs. William Toedte, 72, of Nashville; Martha Meier, formerly of Nashville; and August Moehlmann, 76, formerly of New Minden.
Sixty Years Ago
Nashville won the Tri-County Conference tournament, defeating Mater Dei 66-37. Ashley bested Okawville for third place.
Local grocery prices included pork roast at 19 cents a pound; 16 rolls of toilet tissue for 89 cents; and White Coon coffee for 69 cents a pound.
Deaths: Mrs. H.H. House of Nashville; Lizzie Breuer of Hoyleton; Caroline Weihe, a native of New Minden; Ann Steinkamp of Johannisburg; Minnie Backs, a native of Okawville; and Walter Blumhorst, 48, of Okawville.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
The local theater featured Elvis Presley in “G. I. Blues.”
At the IGA 88 cents sale, you could buy two pounds of bacon for 88 cents or 25 pounds of potatoes for 88 cents.
Margaret Barczewski, formerly of Nashville, witnessed the elevation of the Rome Cardinal Joseph Ritter of St. Louis to the College of Cardinals.
Leonard Haertling was installed as teacher for Trinity Lutheran School intermediate grades by Rev. Arnold Wagner.
Deaths: Belle Carson, 71, of Oakdale; Ida Pries, 66, of Covington; Mrs. Dan Meyer. 85, of Centralia; Mrs. Victor Piasecki of Nashville; Clara Moehlmann of New Minden; and Theodore White, 92, of Oakdale.
Fifty Years Ago
Burglars entered the tavern owned by Art and Regina Luechtefeld and made off with over $111 cash and merchandise.
Vilas Schleifer was elected president of St. Paul United Church of Christ congregation at its annual meeting.
The median age of Washington County residents was 36.9 years as opposed to 38. 4 six years earlier.
Deaths: Frances Vernor, 67, of Wood River; John Rybacki, 49, of St. Louis; Fred Heidenreich, 89, of St. Louis; Cora Severs, 88, of Ashley; John Hackstadt, 84, of Plum Hill; Max Smith, 45, of Ashley; Emma Grefe, 72, of New Minden; Mathilda Behrman of Okawville; Francis Stroud of St. Louis; Arthur Rockamann, 71, of St. Louis; and Henry Gerling, 81, of New Memphis.
Forty-Five Years Ago
The New Year’s baby was born January 16, a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Myrion Settle of Richview.
Dr. Thomas Coy of Nashville attended the post-graduate course in pediatrics at Variety Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL.
The open heart surgery performed at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis on Donald Wacker of Richview was a complete success.
Wayne Maschhoff was one of eight producers in Illinois awarded the Superior Pork Producers Award and was also surprised with the All-American Award.
A 57-year-old DuBois native, John Reminger Jr., was named the new executive vice president of the Bank of Sesser.
Air Force Master Sgt. Franklin Kried, a Sesser native, received his third Air Medal.
Adolph Sprehe Sr., was appointed for the second year to be the chairman of the Washington County Heart Fund.
Dolores and Marion Riechman opened a ceramic gift shop in Irvington.
Mr. and Mrs. Rolla Menor, bottle collectors from Okawville, had a deluxe collection of Jim Beam bottles, one of the largest and most complete ever assembled.
Charles Lanham graduated with honors at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, and was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Army.
Deaths: Claude Garner, 67, of Nashville; George Nolte, 82, of Granite City; and Martha “Bertie” Rountree, 86, of Lawrenceville.
Forty Years Ago
Two houses in the 400 block of East St. Louis Street in Nashville were acquired by Holzhauer Auto Sales to be used as a used car lot.
Dairy Queen Brazier advertised its Wednesday night special of a ¼ pound big burger, fries and a 12-ounce shake for 99 cents.
Deaths: Dorothy Reuss, 57, of Nashville; Catherine Janowski, 69, of Radom; Paul Collmeyer, 61, of Creve Coeur, MO; Clara Collmeyer, 92, of St. Louis; Hedwig Crossland, 67, of Phoenix, AZ; Frank Trader, 68, of DuBois; Fred Klingenberg, 79, of Okawville; Ruth Dycus, 55, of Centralia; and Emily Ackerson, 82, of Stanford.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
Little progress was reported in negotiations between the Nashville Grade School District and the Nashville Education Association on a new contract.
Julie Unverfehrt of Hoyleton was crowned Little Egypt Pork Queen.
A Washington County Coroner’s Jury ruled the death of Margie Cole of Cahokia and accident. Cole was killed when her auto struck a trailer truck on Route 15 west of Nashville.
Deaths: Ella Harre, 80, of Nashville; Virgil Reimer, 74, of Ashley; Elsie Stucky, 86, formerly of Okawville; Elwood Decker, 66, of Nashville; William Rathert, 76, of Washington County; Arthur Spangler, 88, of Woodlawn; Olive Stelzriede of Richview; Ralph Shelton, 79, of Nashville; Gertrude Mumme, 82, of Fayetteville; J. Floyd Huntsman, 67, of St. Louis; Carl Heisler, 88, a native of Ashley; and Ida Schmidt, 87, of Centralia.
Weddings: Richelle Stiegman and Jeffrey Rennegarbe; Leslie Davidson and Mark Hoelscher; Mary Ann Tomaszewski and Robert Redshaw; Brenda Bierman and Jeffrey Malan; and Brenda Hays and Carl Huck.
Thirty Years Ago
Walter Oltman retired as rural mail carrier in Addieville after 29 years of service.
The temperature reached 69 degrees in Nashville capping a week with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s.
Okawville Board of Education proposed allowing eighth grade students to attend a half day of classes at Okawville High School.
Lloyd Karmeier of Nashville announced his candidacy for resident circuit judge of Washington County.
Deaths: Martha Prange, 70, of Nashville; Frances Lucey, 54, of Peru, South America; Thomas Jones, 88, a native of Nashville; Ralph Haake, 71, of Richview; Helen Milburn, 81, of Christopher; Linda Fischer, 80, of Fairview Heights; Harold Witkowski, 67, of Scheller; Theodora Kugler, 83, of Nashville; Emma Reinhardt, 87, a native of Hoyleton; and Emogene Alexander, 53, of Tilden.
Wedding: Cristina Cala and George Lowry.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Crask of Nashville and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Chwarcinski of Beaucoup were notified of the death of their nephew, Spec. Gary Crask, 21, of Springfield, killed when a bunker collapsed on the front line in Saudi Arabia.
A Washington County grandmother, Agnes Boehning, a major in the Air Force Reserves, was sent to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Persian Gulf War.
PFC Mark Przygoda, son of Robert and Loraine Przygoda, began serving with the Army as part of Operation Desert Shield.
Nashville City Council adopted a drug discipline policy for city employees, and was noncommittal on an Okawville Chamber of Commerce proposal to have three-foot wide strip of lad run between the communities as part of an enterprise zone.
Supervisor of Assessments Robert Spencer told township assessors that they needed to tighten up their assessment records or he would himself do the assessments on property in their area.
The death of Paul Barczewski, 30, of Nashville was ruled a homicide by the Washington County Coroner.
Details were sketchy on the charges against a Washington County man accused of attempting to run over a police officer in Mascoutah.
A liquidation sale, with items 50 to 70 percent off, was in its final days at Borowiak’s Department Store.
Dessie’s Shop in Okawville was having a liquidation sale.
Deaths: Carl Kaufman, 88, of Nashville; Evelyn Dodillet, 73, of Centralia; Leon Fairburn Jr., 33, of Mississippi; Norvin Garling, 54, of New Baden; Glifford Triefenback, 74, of Marissa; Emilie Brink of Waterloo; Elsie Fredette, 78, of Polson, MT; and Harry Favre, 87, of Freeburg.
Weddings: Lisa (Evans) Borowiak and Brad Rommelman; and Judy Bone and Timothy Dressler.
Births: David and Kelly Bergkoetter of St. Libory, a daughter; Eric and Kim Obermeier of Venedy, a son; Larry and Peggy Niederhofer of Richview, a son; Paul and Tammy Ryterski of Nashville, a son; and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Glazik of St. Louis, a son.
Twenty Years Ago
Nearly one-third of students at Oakdale Grade School were participating in a new breakfast program.
High winds damaged several buildings around Lively Grove, Addieville and Okawville.
Miss Okawville Fair Stacey Neuhaus was among 12 finalists chosen at the Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant.
Nashville Lawn and Garden offered a 16-inch chain saw for $349.95.
Deaths: Bernice Longwell, 77, of Nashville; Margaret Wright, 78, of Granite City; Elwin Hackstadt, 81, of Okawville; Cleo Reinhardt, 93, of Nashville; and Sophia Krzyzanowski, 90, of Nashville.
Weddings: Jessica Jack and Jeffrey Savage.
Fifteen Years Ago
Washington County Hospital Board discussed plans for a $2.6 million upgrade of the facility’s heating, air conditioning and ventilation system.
Twelve buyers purchased 74 parcels of land for over $150,000 at the county’s delinquent real estate tax sale.
Brad Small, president of Farmers and Merchants Bank, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Marisa Garlich, a native of the Philippines, became a U.S. Citizen.
The Hornettes were champions of the Carbondale Invitational Tournament, and the Hornets were 4th at the Nashville Invitational.
Britany Pelczynski’s 41 points against Waltonville broke the Ashley Grade School record set by her father, John.
Deaths: Bernice Reinhardt, 90, of Nashville; Calvin Mead, 21, of Nashville; Esther Kania, 65, of Nashville; Edna Pitman, 57, of Tamaroa; Gustave Utke, 93, of Stone Church; Mary Harper, 68, of Mt. Vernon; Beatrice Lewis, 84, of Jacksonville; Norma Kasten, 71, of Centralia; Robert Klostermann, 60, of Breese; Daniel Mathis, 71, of Pinckneyville; Allen Dressler, 82, of St. Libory; Idabelle Stricker, 85, of Okawville; Betty Markwardt, 71, of Harlinggen, TX; Arlena Juenger, 80, of Marissa; Bulr Easley, 80, of Salem; William Markowski, 73, of Mt. Vernon; Robert Hamiltn, 71, of Jamestown, NY.
Wedding: Stephanie York and Jeffrey Reuss.
Births: Michele and Bill Frymoyer of Arlington, VA, a daughter; Tony and Chris Prange of Nashville, a daughter,
Ten Years Ago
Alissa Marie Tyler, daughter of Jim and Tammy Tyler of Nashville, was the first baby born at Washington County Hospital in 2006.
The award for administrator of the year from RFMS, Inc. was named for Audrey Finke, administrator of Centralia Manor since 1989.
Nashville City Council voted to donate $12,000 to Washington County Senior Services to make up for state funding shortfalls.
With Jill Wolf as MVP, Okawville Lady Rockets claimed the Highland Invitational Title.
Boneless chuck roast was $2.49 a pound.
Births: Ryan and Renne Wittenauer of Mascoutah, a son; Billy and Beth Brehm of Pinckneyville, a daughter; Chris and Sharon Moehle of Sunrise Beach, MO, a daughter; Steve and Robin Kasbanb of Guam, a son.
Deaths: Edmund Barczewski; Gladys Borrenpohl, 77, of Addieville; Esther Mittendorf, 81, of Okawville; Judith Dewein, 63, of Swansea; Joseph Zielinski, 70, of Winfield, MO; Viola Hicks, 92, of Affton, MO; Anna Spotanski, 101, of Radom; and Gary Perjok, 57, of Richview.
Five Years Ago
Jessica Hasheider was named the new 911 coordinator for Washington County, taking over for Janet Weeke, who retired after 21 years on the job.
The NCHS Board approved the founding of a bass fishing club at the school, with the newly formed club allowed to participate in the IHSA tournament for fishing as of 2012.
The Nashville Moose lodge was on the verge of closing, with the club seeking donations to try to remain open.
Tayler Erlinger and Travis Schaeffer announced their plans for a March wedding; Kayla M. Ropos and Darren Eggemann, Jr. were wed on August 7, 2010; Augusta Bullock and Michael Maciura, Jr. announced their engagement.
Deaths: Frances Skorch, 94, of Scheller, January 22; Herman Christiansen, 80, of Kansas City, Mo., born in Skibby, Denmark, formerly serving as a parish pastor in Hoyleton, Jan. 21; James “Jim” Williams, 76, of Scottsville, Ky., Jan. 19.