It Happened Here – March 2, 2016

It Happened Here

Eighty-Years Ago


Richard Patton of near Oakdale won first prize of $15 for his poster displayed at the Illinois State Farmer’s Institute in Belleville.

Coal production figures for Washington County for 1935 showed Clarkson Coal Co. in Nashville produced 76,948 tons with 197 days worked and 102 employees. Du Bois Coal Co. mined 8,143 tons with 64 days worked and 42 employees. Venedy Coal Co. produced 4,600 tons with 196 days worked and eight employees. The county total was an increase of 58,000 tons over the previous year.

The only county-wide race in April primary was for the nomination for coroner on the Republican ticket where George Green, H.E. Haun and William Stein were running.

“A Night at the Opera” featuring the Marx Brothers was playing at the State Theatre in Nashville.

Deaths: Henry Reinkensmeier, 77, of Covington; Louis Albrecht of Worden; Frances Mary Stephens, 85, of Washington County; and J. Henry Fricke of Hoyleton.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


Deaths: Mrs. Henry Huck, 76, of Nashville; Dr. Thomas Burgess, 73, a native of Nashville; Hugh C. Adams, 86, formerly of Nashville; Ignatz Jankowski, 87, of Bolo Township; Sophie Bender, 71, of Washington County; Louis Blumhorst, 79, of Mascoutah; and George Luebbers, 56, of Fayetteville.

Seventy Years Ago


In a special election in Oakdale Township, voters approved a $20,000 bond issue for road improvements, 80-18.

Niekrenz Bakery advertised lemon, chocolate or pumpkin pie for 30 cents and apple coffee cake for 20 cents.

A one-pound jar of Manhattan coffee was 33 cents.

Kellogg’s All-Bran sold for 13 cents a box.

Deaths: Carrie Schleifer, 75, of Nashville; Mrs. Edward Grote, 71, of Nashville; James Bowers, 72, of Bellingham, WA; John Huelskoetter, 71, of Venedy; T.E. McCullough, 82, of Irvington; mrs. Julius Hake of North Prairie; Abigail Neuhaus, formerly of Nashville; Fred Holzhauer, 63, of Centralia; S.C. Garrison Jr., 54, of Du Bois; Mrs. Morris Wright, 69, of Nashville; and Marie Hoeinghaus, 86, of Addieville.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


A new church building was scheduled to be dedicated at Stone Church.

Deaths: Mabel Haake, 33, of Nashville; Mary Lutz, 87, formerly of Nashville; Mrs. Charles Baldwin, 58, of Nashville; Rev. E.F. Koestering of New Minden; Edward Hussman of St. Louis; Mary Krawiecki of St. Louis; Ben Bergkoetter Sr. of St. Libory; and Margaret Nelson of East St. Louis.

Sixty Years Ago


The cost of drilling for oil in 1955 averaged $24.30 a foot for exploratory holes.

A total of 233 retail businesses in Washington County had grossed $16,506,000 during 1955 according to the census figures.

Glenn Brammeier bought the Dairy Whip from Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Nagel.

George Small Jr. and Edward Meinert Jr. announced plans to build a drive-in and soft drink fountain on East Main Street.

Deaths: Ollie Gill, 81, formerly of Nashville; Ida Busse of St. Louis; Zeno Stoops, 74, of Okawville; Martha Forys, 75, of Radom; Louise Backs, formerly of Okawville; John Sanders, 75, of Addieville; Edgar Martin, 86, of Nashville; August Temme, 68, of Okawville; Henry Backs, 87, of Okawville; Robert McKinstry, 76, of Rice; and Emil Naliborski of Radom.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


Burglars stole $30 in a break-in at the Irvington elevator.

Dedication ceremonies for the new Hoyleton Post Office were scheduled.

A barn tenanted by Wallace Stieg and family west of New Minden was destroyed by fire. Twenty-one sheep and 21 lambs inside perished.

Ashley won the high school basketball district championship with a 60-55 victory over Waltonville.

Deaths: Frank Eigenrauch, 86, of Addieville; William Charnewski, 75, of Convington; James Hughes, 66, of Okawville; and Edward Leon Beard Jr., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Beard of Carlyle.

Fifty Years Ago


A small turnout of voters in Plum Hill, Covington and Beaucoup townships approved higher road taxes at specials elections.

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Gogolek bought the News Agency in Nashville from Mr. and Mrs. Howard Reeves.

Leo Barczewski purchased Ralph’s Service Station from Ralph Roethemeyer. Arnold Marquard was employed there.

Deaths: Ara Leona Davis, 77, of Nashville; Sophia Theresa Sensel, 85, of Ashley; Mrs. William Farmer, 85, of Pinckneyville; Pearl Dlubala, 68, of Posen; and Edward Sands of Ashley.

Forty-Five Years Ago


Michael Myers of Nashville was interviewed on KMOX-TV about Lt. William Calley, who was on trail for civilian kills in South Vietnam.

Larry Maschhoff was appointed chairman of the Nashville Business Canvass of the Heart Fund Drive.

Washington County residents purchased a total of $305,572 in Series E and H U.S. Savings bonds in 1970.

Fr. Emil Maziarz, who at one time served as assistant to Monsignor Joseph Ceranski at St. Charles and later as parish priest in Posen, returned to Du Bois as pastor at St. Charles Catholic Church.

Virginia Kinzel of Addieville was named 1971 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow at Okawville High School.

WAC Claudia Crouch of Okawville was promoted to specialist five in Washington DC where she as serving at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Gerald Suchomski of Todds Mill, a president’s scholar at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, recorded a perfect 5.0 grade point average.

Deaths: Ferdinand Harre, 91, of Nashville; Laura Zapp, 82, of Nashville; Bertha Beek, 87, of Nashville; Bryan Hubler, 74, a native of Rice; Fred Rennegarbe, 86, of Okawville; Carl Heidsiek, 89, of Hoyleton; Clara Rohfing, 84, formerly of Nashville; Louis Musielak, 68, of Nashville; and John Bergkoetter of Nashville.

Forty Years Ago


Charles Swain, lineman-foreman for Tri-County Electric, retired after over 37 years of service with the cooperative.

William Huffstutler, manager of Stratman’s IGA, and Marion Williamson, employee of Reaban’s, were chosen as employer of the year and employee of the year by the Future Business Leaders.

Ted’s Newsstand in Nashville announced it was to become a Radio Shack Authorized Sales Center.

Deaths: August Schneider, 89, of Covington; Olga Warntjen, 74, of Addieville; Sister Leonina Wisniewska, 73, of Pacific, MO; Ida Graham, 76, of Rantoul; George Shubert, 69, of Rapid City, SD; Charles Ostendorf, 83, of Mascoutah; Stella Whittenburg, 99, of Richview; Robert Froscoe, 78, of Tilden; Kathryn Hensen of Oxnard, CA; Bertha McDougal, 64, of Sparta; Frances Hayes, 79, of Carbondale; and Walter Meyer, 74, of Okwaville.

Thirty-Five Years Ago


A group of citizens formed a committee to erect a cover over the concrete dance floor at Memorial Park in Nashville.

Edward Conklin, 17, of Du Quoin hung himself in the Washington County Jail. Conklin was a prisoner from Perry County and had been arrested on charges of theft, unlawful use of a weapon, having no drivers license and having no firearm owners identification card.

Laura Chapman, 17, of Pinckneyville and William Woodside, 18, of Coulterville were found burned to death in a car south of the Perry County Fairgrounds in Pinckneyville.

Other deaths: DeLores Murphy, 62, of Irvington; Tony Someiski, 88, of Ashley; Edward Wisniewski, 80, a native of Du Bois; Amelia Bernet, 78, of Allison Park, PA; and Arthur John Wesis, 77, of DeLand, FL.

Thirty Years Ago


West Washington County Board of Education voted to have eighth grade students attend classes at the Okawville High School.

Thomas Brouster, 41, of Brentwood, MO, was named chief executive officer, president and chairman of Eagle Bancorporation.

Amy Bowers was crowned Sweetheart Queen at the annual FFA-FHA Sweetheart dance at NCHS.

Dena Schulte of Nashville was crowned Kaskaskia College Homecoming Queen.

Jamie Stallings was crowned Sweetheart Queen at Okawville Community High School.

Deaths: Lawrence Schmersahl, 61, of Lively Grove; Mary Rybacki, 48, a native of Todds Mill; Alma Schierbecker, 80, of Homewood; Hulda Mound, 90, formerly of Nashville; Dee Schlueter of Centralia; Christine Bergmann, 98, of Venedy; Raymond Luechterfeld, 73, a native of Lively Grove; Vernie Dietz, 71, a native of Okawville; Rudolph Roethlisberger, 49, of Marissa; David Fitzgerrell, 50, of Ina; Irma Carpenter, 94, a native of Nashville; and Viola Kahler, 72, of Grand Forks, ND.

Weddings: Peggy Paszkiewicz and David Harris; and Shirley Rowell and Donald Burhmester.

Twenty-Five Years Ago


Don Hawkins resigned as the boy’s varsity basketball coach at NCHS after four seasons, with a 69-36 record.

Nashville City Council authorized Mayor Paul Wilkey to apply for a $1,015,825 loan to upgrade the city’s sewer treatment plant.

The Okawville Board approved paying Police Chief Roy Glasscock for 14 unused vacation days at a rate based on a salary schedule of $22,971.62 per year and agreed to pay a $646.80 uniform bill, with the stipulation that there be no further clothing allowance for the next 20 months.

Gas Mart lowered the price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline to $1.089. Gas was selling for under 90 cents in St. Louis.

The Nashville Grade School District 49 said its financial condition was improving, but remained on the Illinois Board of Education’s Financial Watch List.

James Bain was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the shooting death of Paul Barczewski, whose body was found last November.

Deaths: Roland Joellenbeck, 59, of Okawville; John Sullivan, 83, of Pinckneyville; Chelsea Lynn Poe, an infant, of Du Quoin; Charles Hayden, 67, of Hoyleton; Betty Cohlmeyer; and Eula Pitchford, 84, of New Minden.

Wedding: Kelly Hinson and Boyd Stiegman.

Births: Alan and Kathleen Frederking of Venedy, a son; Gary and Ruth Ann Richards of Nashville, a son; Harrison Jr. and Robin Rhine of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Gene Unverfehrt of Manchester, MO, a daughter; Cory and Paula Dintelman of Nashville, a son; George and Sandra Hansen of rural Ashley, a daughter; and Ronnie and Alisa Theinpont of San Antonio, TX, a daughter.

Twenty Years Ago


The City of Nashville was awarded a $1.5 million grant and a $3.5 million loan to connect its water line to the Kaskaskia River.

Turkey breasts were 97 cents a pound and chuck roast was $1.49 at Kroger.

Deaths: Frieda Friemann, 97, of Oakdale; Nick Schaefer, 19, of Red Bud; Marion Engelmann, 72, of St. Peters, MO; Clarence Hulsey, 38 days old, of Richview; Edwin Lange, 77, of Irvington; Bob Johnson, 67, of St. Libory; Jeanne Kerstine, 82, of Florissant, MO; Fay Poorman, 91, of Woodlawn; and Appolonia Armbruster, 82, of Smithton.

Wedding: Elizabeth Szopinski and Allen Kwiatkowski.

Births: Matthew and Michelle Brown of Longmont, CO, a daughter; Kenneth and Kendra Foster of Alpharetta, GA, a daughter; Thomas and Michelle Keller of Bath, ME, a daughter; and Mike and Julie Oligschlaeger of St. Louis, a son.

Fifteen Years Ago


Washington County Zoning Board of Appeals recommended approval for a residential subdivision on 12 acres owned by Kevin Bauza in Pilot Knob Township.

Oakdale Grade School was preparing for over $80,000 in renovations to restrooms and the school’s electrical system.

The Hornettes fell to Stockton 47-34 in the quarterfinals of the state tournament, ending a 25-5 season.

A K-9 dog from Perry County was used to nab two car theft suspects who fled from Little Nashville.

Deaths; Howard Oltmann, 69, of O’Fallon; Ethel Qualls, 80, of Tamaroa; Norman Struckmeyer, 84, of Nashville; Harold Habbe, 80, of Tampa FL; Thersea Schaltenbran, 87, of Belleville; Violet Chapman, 86, of Pinckneyville; Edward Backs, 91, of Pleasant Hill; Robert Essen, 61, of Greenville.

Wedding: Christie Roethemeier and Matthew Gajewski.

Births: Brad and Julie Overton of Coal City, a son; Rick and Tina Smith of Hoyleton, a daughter; Misty Pigg and Bernard Baum of Richview, a son; Bobby and Stephanie Hamman of Orlando, FL, a son; Dr. and Mrs. Walter Jankowski of Edwardsville, a son; Bart and Cindy Picard of Belleville, a son; Ron Kujawa of Du Quoin and Amy Hicks of Nashville, a daugher.

Ten Years Ago


Okawville Lady Rockets under coach Kathy Lanter took second place in the Class A state tournament, falling to Hillsboro 44-43 in the finals.

Chuck Fairbanks was hired as principal of Nashville Grade School, succeeding Brent O’Daniell, who was set to become superintendent when Don Miller retired.

Prairie State Energy Campus agreed to pay Washington County $1 million annually for 10 years and West Washington County School District $24 million over 20 years.

Annie Borowiak was crowned queen and Greg Guest was basketball captain of the NMS coronation.

Births: Keith and Erin Kurwicki of Nashville, a son; Neil and Darlene Klasing, a son; Ryan and Tanya Stelzriede of Aurora, CO, a daughter; Richard and Cheryl Barker of Warrensbuarg, MO, a daughter; and Craig Smelter and Nicole Howard of Musphysboro, a daughter.

Deaths: Alberta Schuette, 89, of New Minden; Arnold Klingenberg, 81, of Nashville; Thomas Piotrowski Sr., 83, of St. Louis; Wanda Gines, 71, of St. Louis; Mona Spengler, 89, of O’Fallon; Leonard Kult, 78, of Belleville; Robert Fewell, 53, of Belleville; Janette Nash, 63, of Bonne Terre, MO; Kenneth Hood, 69, of Oakdale; Fae Newcomb, 92, of Centralia; Naomi Agner of West Hills, CA; Anna Freimuth, 103, of Centralia; and Debbie Brake, 51, of Richview.

Five Years Ago


The Hornettes Basketball squad finished fourth in the state.

The NCHS Board heard a request from Greg Niedzwiecki who represented a group seeking to have soccer brought on as a sport at the school.

A powerful storm slammed the area, causing damage, particularly in Okawville and New Minden.

Governor Pat Quinn appointed WCH President and CEO Nancy Newby to the state’s health information board.

Birth: Jaden Charles Hopfinger was born to Greg and Melissa Hopfinger of Nashville on December 17, 2010.

Engagements, Weddings and Anniversaries: Andrew Pfeiffer and Janelle Kuhn announced their plans to wed on June 25; Jill Brammeier and Dannon Harre were wed on Nov. 27, 2010; Bob “Clyde” and Evone Collard of Nashville celebrated their 40th anniversary.

Deaths: Leslie Ostendorf, 94, of Addieville, Feb. 28; Robert Hargan, 75, of Nashville, Feb. 22; Norma Boester, 89, of Covington, Feb. 26; Charlene Jenkins, 77, of Addieville, Feb. 27; Harlin Lunte, 67, of Nashville, Feb. 25; Arthur Wagner, 75, of Scheller, Feb. 25; Carol Strohl, 76, of Okawville, Feb. 24.