It Happened Here – February 17, 2016

It Happened Here

Eighty Years Ago


Local grocery prices had Arbuckles Seven-Day Coffee for 25 cents a pound and Phillips spaghetti at 19 cents a can.

Wheat comprised 42 percent of the crops harvested n Washington County according to figures from the 1935 Federal Farm Census. There were 829 farm owners and 852 tenants in the county. Idle acres were put at 26,761 with 235,545 acres in crops. County farmers also grew 31,748 bushels of potatoes.

New Deal opponents were decrying a $35 million federal debt, the highest ever recorded.

Deaths: Cyrus Sawyer, 81, of Nashville; Lawrence Peithchmeyer, three month, of Okawville; John Voegele of Okawville; and A. Henderson Torrens, a native of Oakdale.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


Wilbert Sachtleben of New Minden was employed as a clerk at the First National Bank in Nashville.

Deaths: Samuel McCullough, 82, of Washington County; Caroline Fruend of Ferrrin; Carl Weihe, 73, of New Minden; and Mrs. Fred Ogrzewalla of Ashley.

Seventy Years Ago


Joyce Oltmann, English war bride of Pvt. Albert Oltmann of Addieville, was among 2,334 war brides and babies of American servicemen bound for this country.

The farm home tenanted by Otto Koch and family north of Venedy was destroyed by fire.

Washington County soldiers discharged were: T/5 Carlyle P. Aldridge; Master Sgt. Vincent Meinert; Master Sgt. Elmer Friemuth; T/5 Anton Rooneo; T/5 Ralph Foster; Signalman Third Class Julius B. Hassler; Sgt. Olin Hale; Pvt. Norbert Oltmann; T/5 Wilbert Finke; Pvt. James Teel; T/4 Elmer Brinkman; Pvt. Lawrence Mueller; Pvt. John Auld; Pvt. Theodore Krzyzanoski; and Alphonse Moss, USN.

Deaths: Henry Hesker, 81, of Nashville; Philip Erbe, 77, of Nashville; Caroline Klingenberg, 78, of Plum Hill; and Alice Dorsey, 30, formerly of Beaucoup.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


Leon Klamm, 45-year-old coal miner from Huegely Station, was found frozen to death in a stalled car one mile north of Venedy.

Other deaths: Mrs. Elmer Ayers, 70, of Nashville; Paul Hohman, boyhood resident of Nashville; Eillen Borchelt, 14, of Lenzburg; Mary Niedbalski, 75, of Bolo Township; Mrs. Fred Mittendorf, 59, of Okawville; and Frances Thron of Ashley.

Sixty Years Ago


Neill Valdes of Cuba began classes as an exchanged student at Nashville High School.

The Engleman and Company general merchandise store in Addieville was holding a going out of business sale. The store had been in operation for more than 70 years.

Deaths: Anna Pelka of Du Bois; Henrietta Siegman, 82; George Johnson, 58, of Nashville; Henry Juenger, 73, of Lenzburg; and Tony Barczewski, formerly of Du Bois.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


Burglars broke into the Gus Grefe store at the Covington Bridge and the Jim Koelling service station in New Minden.

A propane gas fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damage to the Nashville Gas Co., Inc.

Sylvester Sinn purchased the Gravel Hill School building at public auction.

Roman Gajewski of Scheller; Mary Cargan of Tamaroa; DeWitt Dawkins; Casper Musso, formerly of Du Bois; Herman Kuhlengelken, 69, of New Minden; Christ Becker, 88, of Addieville; D. Ray Anderson, 68, a native of Washington County; Ted Krueger, 70, a boyhood resident of Nashville; Gus Kurcharski, 72, of St. Louis; and Lucile Pennington, 51.

Fifty Years Ago


Attendance figures showed 99,608 people visited the Washington County Lake in 1965, a new record.

Sheriff Virgil May announced his candidacy for Washington County Clerk.

Philip Dillinger, 45, of Centralia, mail delivery truck driver, was found dead on the steps at the rear of the Okawville post office.

Other deaths: Catherine Rieger, 94, formerly of Nashville; Henry Moehlenkamp, 78, of Nashville; Frank Stewart, 69, formerly of Nashville; Mabel Backsmeier, 71, of Okawville; Charlotte Pomeroy, 79, of Okawville; Clarence Schnake, 61, formerly of Richview; Mary Marchwinski, 91, of Todds Mill; and Ralph Paul, 79, of Tilden.

Forty-Five Years Ago


The Sweetheart Queen at Nashville High School was Julie Swoboda and her escort was Wayne Kolweier.

The Kroger Company of St. Louis, through the local store, pledged $300 to the Washington County Hospital Fund.

Charles Buss of Addieville was elected president of the East St. Louis Chapter of the Illinois Association of Highway Engineers.

Rolla Rogers, a former Okawville resident, was named president of White Eagle International, Inc. of Erie, PA.

Deaths: Antoinette Heanes, 89, of Nashville; Irene Jacobs, 59, of Okawville; Rudolph Hoelsher, 79, of St. Louis; Mary Gregory, 25, of Mt. Vernon; Orel Clemmons, 82, of East St. Louis; Ida Rohde, 91, of Oakdale; Anna Ellerbusch, 91, of Sparta; Joseph Schubert, 69, of Tamaroa; and William Riechmann, 66, of Cincinnatie, OH.

Forty Years Ago


Melanie Heseman was crowned the 1976 Sweetheart Queen of NCHS.

The new Nashville Middle School was ready for occupancy.

Eleven young persons ranging in age from four to 18 and the driver, Henry Lowe, 60, were killed in a pickup truck-camper and train accident in Beckemeyer.

Other deaths: Robert Morrleghen, 13, and brother, Allen Moorleghen, 15, of Carlyle; Jessie Meyer, 75, of Nashville; Charles Smith, 75, of Sesser, and Lulu Kearney, 99, of Nashville.

Thirty-Five Years Ago


The Washington County Board disregarded its building committee recommendation and decided against purchasing the Hawn Building in Nashville for $97,500.

J&R Appliance of Nashville opened a store in Mt. Vernon.

Dr. Howard Hohman, a Nashville native, was named vice-president for development at the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, AL.

Stanley Brammeier was hired as policeman in Okawville.

Washington County’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent.

Deaths: Elwood Doelling, 50, of Nashville; Irene Howard, 90, of Ashley; Mabel Oelze, 90, a native of Okawville; Alma Kuhn, 57, of Okawville; Warren Gholson, 84, a native of Nashville; Ernst Michael, 92, of Hoyleton; Elda DeFend, 71, a native of Hahlen; Jesse Shook, 91, of Clarmin; Fredrick Barmett, 61, a native of Scheller; Ruth Kramer, 61, of Burbank, CA; and Theodore Wiese, 72, a native of Nashville.

Wedding: Connie Langston and Tim Lillienkamp.

Thirty Years Ago


Magna International, Inc. of Markham, Canada, announced plans to build a $44 million auto parts manufacturing plant in Nashville. As part of the deal, Nashville and Washington County were to create an enterprise zone. A total of $1.3 million in state funds were to be involved including a $600,000 grant to Nashville to extend utility lines to the plant site and another $750,000 grant to Magma for working capital. Magna also received $750,000 from the state for machinery and $650,000 for training workers.

A special committee of the Hoyleton Board of Education projected a serious deficit in the education fund ($35,000 to $40,000 in the current school year and $70,000 to $80,000 by the end of the next school year).

Deaths: Theodore Kociszewski, 72, of Du Bois; Helen Walker, 92, of Ashley; Alvine Nobe, 76, of Venedy; Lulu Helms, 86, of Venedy; Theresa Porter, 95, of Oakdale; Joan Mulikey, 41, a native of Radom; Frank Glenn, 77, formerly of Tamaroa; and Louise Piermann, 100, formerly of Nashville.

Wedding: Greta Geppert and Jeffrey Nolan.

Twenty-Five Years Ago


Nashville City Council voted to oppose extending the Washington County/Nashville Enterprise Zone along Interstate 64 to include Okawville.

Nashville Odd Fellows gave $500 to the Nashville Library Board for renovating the former VFW building on Elm Street.

The Washington County Arts Council said the loss of funding from the Southern Illinois Arts Council would handicap the local council, but would not kill it.

A group of travelers reenacting the march of Col. George Rogers Clark from Fort Kaskaskia to Fort Sackville, IN in 1779, camped out in Memorial Park in Nashville.

Ben Wesselammn was presented a plaque for 13 years of service as president of the Hoyleton Grade School Board.

Deaths: Mildred Melvina Claytor, 80, of Nashville; Walter Gallop, 69, of Affton, MO; Alvin Rueter, 83, of Mahomet; and August “Butch” Kahrhoff, 41, of Bowling Green, KY.

Birth: Brad and Deborah Barkau of Okawville, a son.

Twenty Years Ago


Aggravated arson charges were filed against a man and woman suspected of tossing a fire bomb into a mobile home in Irvington.

Deaths: Laverna Gewe, 83, of Nashville; Stephen Miller, 48, of Irvington; Ambrose Trost, 74, of Cahokia; Lillian Althoff, 88, of Okawville; Georgia Shurtz, 105, of Waltonville; Pearl Brinkmeyer, 88, of St. Jacob; Brenda Broadway, 50, of Dix; Harry Wisniewski, 68, of Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO; John Larocca, 90, of Du Quoin; Urva Schaefer, 82, of Okawville; Mildred Wreath, 77, of Ashley; Barbara Gebke, 28, of Albers; Antoinette Pillar, 62, of Florissant, MO; Joseph Voss, 80, of Breese.

Weddings: Gail Gajewski and Thomas Moore; Danelle Wesselmann and Erich Maschhoff.

Births: Andy and Karen Kirchner of Nashville, a daughter; Jeff and Jan Dolen of Okawville, a son; Tim and Gina Spenner of Nashville, a daughter; David and Shelly Niermann of Nashville, a daughter.

Fifteen Years Ago


Janet Weeke, 911 coordinator, outlined changes to the emergency system to deal with the growing number of cell phone users.

Crystal Rogier Meade, Nashville second grade teacher, earned the National Board Certification, the highest standard in the teaching profession.

Ralph Jones earned the Deputy of the Year Award from the Illinois Sheriff’s Association and medals of valor from various police organizations for his encounter with a thief in 1999 that resulted in a gunshot wound to the officer’s foot.

Deaths: Walter Klingenberg, 99, of Nashville; Norma Weihe, 80, of New Minden; Milton Backs, 74, of New Memphis; Frederick Schubert, 71, of Tamaroa; Edwin Luczaj, 78, of Oakdale; John Krawiecki, 90, of St. Louis; Mabel Brammeier, 83, of Nashville; William “Harley” Bard, 42, of Tamaroa; Helen Huge, 75, of Northglenn, CO; Catherine Ballard, 78, of Addieville; Doris McKinzie, 68, of Centralia.

Wedding: Rebecca Whitaker and Scott Doehring.

Birth: Christopher and Carla Holden of Plano, Texas, a daughter.

Ten Years Ago


Randy Newcomb of Richview returned from an agricultural tour of Brazil sponsored by Growmark.

Charles Hatch earned the Eagle Scout rank in Troop 127.

Nineteen mailboxes in the Oakdale/Coulterville area were vandalized.

Births: Barry and Jennifer Payne of Nashville, a daughter; Howard and Rebecca Davis of New Minden, a son; Dave and Brenda Kujawa of Ashley, a daughter.

Deaths: Maurine Twenhafel, 80, of Hoyleton; Ione Kaufman, 75, of Nashville; Clyde Hassebrock, 62, of St. Louis; Elnora Schambom, 84, of Okawville; Roland Aholt, 90, of Okawville; Elmer Huge, 90, of Nashville; Carolene Rockamann, 68, of Granite City; Cecelia Frost, 94, of St. Louis; Minnie Schmeidewind, 95, of Nashville; Ward Lawler, 88, or Normal; Vivian Brennan, 79, of St. Louis County.

Five Years Ago


Circuit Judge Dennis Hatch announced that he will extend his deadline to April for the county board to address his concerns regarding courthouse renevations.

The Nashville Middle School Jr. Hornets posed with the state trophy after winning their second straight title Friday at Rend Lake. Nashville defeated Norris City-Omaha 46-35 to win the title.

Police Officer still recovering from gunshot wounds. Lucas Roethlisberger is stil revocering from gunshot wounds he received last October while serving as a police officer in St. Louis.

The Nashville Hornettes capture 12th straight regional title with a 49-24 win over Pinckneyville.

Deaths: Alfred Unverfehrt, 81, of Okawville, February 8; Lena Carter, 92, formerly of Murphysboro, January 31; Elmer Toedte, 97, of Nashville, February 7; Edward Kania, 85, of DuBois, February 14; Scott Maynard, 28, of Waltonville; Alan Lekosky, 71, of Oakdale, February 11.

Births: Max Douglas Windler, born on February 1, to Brady and Leslie Windler; Aspen Joyce Fark, born on February 1, to Josh and Rebecca Fark; Harlow Celilia Kujawa, born on February 10, to Chris and Ranee Kujawa.