It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
Store owner George Borcherding, Deputy Sheriff Lester Guthrie and Charles Brammeier captured two burglars inside the Borcherding General Store in Oakdale.
Quail and pheasants were the prizes to be awarded in the crow killing contest sponsored by the State’s Department of Conservation.
Texas grapefruit were six for 25 cents and hamburger was two pounds for 25 cents at the local Kroger store.
Deaths: Ruth Stewart, 39, formerly of Nashville; Lottie Frances Harlan, six-month old daugher of John and Etta Harlan of Nashville; and Rev. C. Kirkham, former pastor of Plum Hill Church.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Ground was broken for a new post office in Nashville.
The Style Shop featured spring coats for $7.95.
A pocket of Prince Albert Velvet tobacco was 10 cents. Three bars of Lifebuoy soap were 19 cents.
Deaths: John Luessenheide, 63, of Stone Church; Christ Haake, 77, of Hoyleton; Laura Beam, 86, formerly of Nashville; Otto Ankershield, 66, formerly of Nashville; Ida Tubbsing, 67; and Mary Benson, 72, of Oakdale.
Seventy Years Ago
John Aydt of Dahlgren purchased the Muenter Brothers Mill in Nashville.
The City of Nashville voted to donate a “sufficient amount of land” to build a hospital contemplated by the Illinois Baptist State Association.
Voters in Okawville High School District approved buying the high school building from the Okawville Grade School District by a 10 to one margin. The price was $30,000. Voters also approved an additional $45,000 in bonds for improvements and additions.
Washington County servicemen discharged included: Sgt. Urban Hundelt; Pvt. Claude Vaughn; Joe Flauaus of the Navy; Aviation Cadet Amos Baldridge; T/5 Roy Pelker; T/5 Ralph Pelker; T/5 Henry Zach; Cpl. Claude Peper; Pvt. Norman Reinkensmeyer; Adam Kania of the Navy; T/5 Adolph Koelling; Master Sgt. Perry Stricker; Cpl. Pearl Stricker; and Pvt. Armen Tweady.
Deaths: James Heanes, 75, of Nashville; Viola Hahne, 52, of Nashville; Betty Lee Lichtenfels, 9, of Nashville; George Doelling of Mascoutah; Angeline Kruski, 6, of Posen; Anna Eigenrauch of Plum Hill Township; and Mike Banaszek, 23, of Okawville, who had been reported missing in England since March of 1945.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
State policemen raided a number of taverns and eating places in eastern Washington County and seized 28 slot machines. Washington County spots raided included Castellari’s and Terminal Hotel in Wamac, White’s Tavern, Smith’s Tavern, Greer’s Lunch Room, Overturf’s Cafe, Rich and Floyd’s Cafe, Triangle Inn and The Blue Moon Tavern in Ashley. A total of $2,675.72 was given to the county treasurer’s office from the amount found in the slots.
Du Pont floor varnish was $2.02 a quart at Hileman Furniture Store.
Twenty white leghorn hens and a ham were stolen from the Wilbur Fox farm east of Oakdale.
Deaths: Zeb Higgs, 77, of Nashville; Georgia McDowell, 83, of Nashville; Dr. Robert Jack, 88, of Mt. Vernon; Charles Baldwin, 70, of Nashville; John Brannum Jr., 21, formerly of Ashley; Augusta Weber, 80, of Darmstadt; and Henry Karmeier, 58, of Centralia.
Sixty Years Ago
Automatic signals were installed at the intersection of the M-I and L and N railroads near Nashville.
A total of 4.90 inches of rain fell in Washington County during the month of February.
Eight hundred feet of copper wire was stolen from the farm of Cora Forman, east of Nashville.
Emma Fulton received only bruises and shock when she was pinned under a falling tree as she was getting coal from her shed. The shed was demolished.
Three pounds of hamburger was 89 cents and grapefruit, 10 for 39 cents.
Deaths: Judge W.P. Green, 81, of Nashville; Louisa Schuette, 87, of New Minden; Peter Kozuszek, 68, of Posen; and John Engleman Jr., 45, of Mascoutah.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
A charter was issued to the Washington County National Organization.
Tornado-like winds destroyed a chimney and television antenna at the Herman Weihe home in Nashville and caused heavy damage in the Du Bois and Radom area where a roof was blown off a barn at the Paul Broviak farm and walls knocked out of a car shelter attached to it. A garage was also destroyed at the Otto Ellermeyer place.
The new post office in Hoyleton was dedicated.
The local theater featured “The Apartment” with Jack Lemon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurry.
You could buy a Poulan chain saw for $149.95 from Polczynski Garage in Du Bois.
Deaths: John Lehde, 86, of Beaucoup; Robert Forys, 88, of Radom; Clara Malawy, 59, of Posen; Lillie Schmidt, formerly of Nashville; Rev. J.W.A. Kinison, 72, former pastor of the Methodist churches in Nashville, Beaucoup, Liberty and Pleasant Grove; and Harry Sommer, 68, of Okawville.
Fifty Years Ago
The Village of Hoyleton voted to join the Hoyleton Fire Protection District.
The log farm house of Mary Gross, northwest of Du Bois, was destroyed by fire.
Deaths: Agnes Bogucki, 58, formerly of Nashville; George Stroh, 59, formerly of Nashville; Mary Tettke, 67, of Scheller; Clara Szczeblewski, 29, of Tamaroa; Ottie Jones, 74, a native of Nashville; and Allen Lynn Tooloose, 2 ½-month-old son of John and Alice Tooloose of Madison.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Lawrence Elliott became the superintendent of the Addieville and Johannisburg schools.
Dorothy Johnson and Lester Hill, recently married, were the new owners of Traveler’s Cafe in Du Bois.
Mrs. Carl Krughoff retired after eight years as clerk in the Washington County Treasurer’s office.
Staff Sgt. William Zimmer of Tamaroa received the Air Force Commendation Medal at Anderson AFB in Guam.
Deaths: Bertha Collmeyer, 82, of New Minden; Mary Ann Schnur, 68, of Mascoutah; Fred Finke, 87, of Venedy; Lester Hemphill, 64, of Fayetteville; Frank Torrens, 88, of Sparta; and Frances Springer, 24, of Oakdale.
Forty Years Ago
Amos Weeke, lineman for Tri-County Electric Cooperative, was promoted to lineman-foreman.
Charles Gorman, a foreman for Clarkson Division of National Mine Service Co., retired after 44 years and nine months of service with the company.
D. Fred Keim was transferred to the Nashville Post Office as supervisor of postal operations under Postmaster Joe Wojtowicz.
Deaths: Lydia Brink, 95, of Nashville; Orlie Hendricks, 78, of Nashville; Charlotte Jahnke, 72, of Nashville; Frank Bujewski, 88, of St. Louis; Gracie Palmer, 75, of Nashville; John Pfiel, 78, of Palatka, FL; Theodore Witges, 93, of Scheller; Elmer Toennies, 45, of Germantown; Mary Szczepanski of Radom; and Harry Williams of Nashville.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
The Nashville Teachers Association voted unanimously to authorize a strike if a contract settlement was not reached.
Candidates for Washington-Clinton County Dairy Princess were Lisa Rueter, Sherri Bartling and Linda Kalmer.
Moedahl Ford-Mercury Sales in Nashville advertised new Mercury Capris for $6,745.
John Schultze was named manager of Hogan-Pyatt Funeral Home in Ashley.
William Willis, 59, a native of Nashville, was killed in a traffic accident near Naples, FL.
Other Deaths: Albert Koch, 77, of Nashville; Frannie Jones, 77, a native of Nashville; Sylvia Blackburn, 76, of Nashville; Hulda Beckmann, 80, of Okawville; Ruby Stover, 71, of Okawville; and Charles Logan, 79, of Ashley.
Thirty Years Ago
Gasoline prices dropped to 93.9 cents per gallon, the lowest in a year.
Susie Fieber and Eric Pries were elected queen and king at Hoyleton Public School.
Nashville Realty Center opened an office in the former Eagle Realty space with Sharon Harre as the broker.
Deaths: Pauline Hassler, 89, of Nashville; Kermit Luebke, 57, of Okawville; Oscar Mamell, 77, of Radom; Pauline Wagner, 68, of Du Bois; Charles J. Liske, 81, a native of Washington County; Hilda Horstman, 78, of Hoyleton; Arthur Weihe, 86, of Okawville; Lillie House, 98, of Tamaroa; Alma Schierbecker, 80, of Homewood; and Grace Miller, 88, of Nashville.
Wedding: Maurya Moeller and Kenneth Leo Gill.
Births: Bill and Patricia Baker of Nashville, a son; Kevin and Michelle Heckert of Venedy, a son; Greg and Donna Schmale, twins, a son and a daughter; Lonnie and Suzanne Miller of Ashley, a daughter; Wayne and Laurie Albers of Venedy, a daughter; Troy and Paula Barger of Hoffman, a daughter; Rick and Cynthia Greten of Pinckneyville, a daughter; Kelly and Marian Willis of Addieville, a son.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Pauline Pratt of Ashley was recovering from a rare kidney transplant that involved the donation of the organ by her husband, John.
Former Okawville resident Doug Hemminghaus became a state trooper and was assigned to counties at the southern tip of the state.
Jerry Boner, the only executive director that the Washington County Vocational Workshop had known in its 17-year history, was preparing to leave for another job.
County unemployment skyrocketed to 11.7 percent in January, up from the 8.3 percent in December 1990.
The County Zoning Board of Appeals recommended approval of allowing 11.9 acres of land in Beaucoup Township to be used for a water distribution plant.
Ralph Habbe and Sons Excavating, Glen D. Snead, Inc. and Stiegman Bros. Construction, Inc. donated their time and equipment to demolish the bleachers, crow’s nest, backstop and dugouts at diamond No. 1 in Memorial Park.
Deaths: Zelah Brammeier, 87, of Okawville; Lillie Holt, 88, of Sturgis, KY; Burrice Beard, 86, of Fairview Heights; Daisey Lang, 94, of Nashville; Richard Gaddis, 1, Of Du Quoin; Naomi Holliday, 66, of Murphysboro; Jesse Bourland, 81, of Nashville; Walter Kastrup, 85, of St. Louis; Edward Porter, 51, of Pinckneyville; Anna Boehne, 87, of Hoyleton; Marvin Martin, 76,, of McHenry; Dora Kratzner, 95, of Centralia; and Kayla Lynn Busbey, 7 months, of Scheller.
Births: Robert and Michelle Davis of Nashville, a daughter; David and Janie Kizel of St. Peters, MO, a son; Don and Judy Pieszchalski of Du Bois, a son; Keith and Diann Meyer of Hoffman, a son; Jeff and Shawn Matecki of Ashley, a son; Wayne and Mimi Polczynski of Du Bois, a daughter; Daivd and Tammy Elbe of Belleville, a daughter; John and Betty Birchett of Nashville, a daughter; Thomas and Pamela Sabo of Du Bois, a daughter; Jerry and Sharon Boldt of Ashley, a son; and Mark and Jeri Hausemann of Alton, a daughter.
Twenty Years Ago
A Washington County woman was blinked out of $500 in a tree-trimming scam.
Windows were broken out of 10 vehicles in a single weekend.
Farmers and Merchants National Bank introduced a new ATM card the could be used at 174,000 locations worldwide.
Deaths: Edwin Kleeman, 87, of Nashville; Carl Ratajczyk, 84, of Tamaroa; Frank Kula, 86, of Ashley; Rowland Hoekper, 65, of New Minden; Millie Deering, 90, of St. Louis; William Strickland, 82, of Pinckneyville; James Lacey, 89, of Centralia; Elois Gregory, 60, of Addieville.
Births: Jeff and Sheri Going of Okawville, a daughter; Robert and Lisa Schaltenbrand of St. Joseph, MO, a daughter; Walter and Colleen Geralds of Okawville, a son; Carlton and Christine Hagene, a son; Troy and Sandy McCrary of Oakdale, a daughter; Micheal and Tracy Meier of Nashville, a son; Joel and Kelly Lambeth of Pinckneyville, a son; Kevin and Corrine Clark of Okawville, a son.
Fifteen Years Ago
Fire destroyed Albert Schorfheide’s A.J. Woodcraft Shop, taking with it many one-of-a-kind items garnered during his lifetime of collecting.
Washington County Board was preparing to act on a committee recommendation to terminate Gary Miller as ambulance administrator.
Nashville City Council authorized a $16,000 upgrade in natural gas lines.
The county’s jobless rate rose to 5.5 percent.
“Cast Away” with Tom Hanks was the feature at the State Theater.
Jennifer Tripp, former area resident, was the apparent victim of a homicide in Missouri. Her husband also committed suicide.
Other deaths: Janet Niermann, 70, of Nashville; Vernon Winte, 80, of Bermuda Dunes, CA; Heather Diedrich, 31, of Lake St. Louis; Cecilia Barciszewski, 87, of Du Bois; Lorene Kameier, 78, of New Minden; and Helen Petty, 89, of Pinckneyville.
Ten Years Ago
Jamie Windler won WCXO Radio’s first Super Karaoke Contest.
Steve and Pat Humphrey celebrated 30 years of Humphrey Photography.
Mark Couleas of Oakdale completed 20 years of service with the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The Lantern Pub in Ashley offered all-you-can-eat chicken for $5.95.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Heath Kinder of Collinsville, a son; Derek and Sarah Paszkiewicz of Chatham, a son.
Deaths: Emily Brinkman, 72, of New Minden; Floyd Bauza, 71, of Nashville; Isabel Kemper, 90, of Nashville; Jay Davidson, 94, of St. Louis; Arleen Everett, 66, of Campaign, Sr. Paula Lynch, 77, of Nashville.
Wedding: Casey Povolish and Eric Bochantin.
Five Years Ago
It was a tragic week for Washington County following the deaths of three young men. Nicholas Bledsoe, 19, of Okawville, and Justin Eldridge, 18, of Venedy, were killed after being electrocuted in a farming accident, while Dylan Boozer, 18, of Hoyleton, was killed as the result of an auto accident.
Paul Julino, a NASA engineer and uncle of Dawn Brooks of Nashville spoke to the fifth grade science classes at Nashville Middle School.
An expo was being planned at the Community Center to highlight local businesses.
The Nashville City Council welcomed new police officer Justin Mendenhall, and approved the purchase of a new squad car.
Births: Tyler Lilienkap was born Jan. 10 to Matthew and Kelly Liliankamp of Hoyleton; Wyatt Shew was born to Matt and Lynnette Shew of New Minden.
Deaths: In addition to Eldridge, Bledsoe and Boozer, deaths included Zona Chwascinski, 84, of Nashville, March 5; Regina Zyk, 86, of Nashville, March 1; Ella Spitze, 95, of Edwardsville, Feb. 23; William Aldag, 77, of rural Carlyle, Feb. 24; Eleanor Harpstrite, 82, of New Baden, March 2; Jerry Ezell, 81, of Troy, March 4.