It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
Thirty-six seniors were scheduled to graduate from Nashville High School.
Leslie Hogshead was severely burned when a cigarette lighter ignited gasoline he was pouring into the tank of Rev. W.C. Steinman’s auto in his garage at Venedy.
Washington County had 2,265 farms in 1935 with the average size of 136.2 acres. Farm value for the county, including land and buildings, was estimated at $13,717,000.
Men’s summer wash pants were priced at $1 at Back’s.
Deaths: James Parks, 75, of Nashville; and Lydia Aldag, 55, of Irvington.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Two 74-foot high storage bins were added to the Huegely Elevator.
James Zinck hurled a no-hitter and the local baseball club defeated Vandalia 7-0.
Deaths: Charles May, 70, of Nashville; and Hannah Hohman.
Local grocery prices included two bunches of California carrots for 9 cents and ground pork for 20 cents a pound.
Seventy Years Ago
Gene Newman, 15, of Richview hitchhiked to Mexico in six days with only one dollar in his pocket.
Area soldiers discharged included: Pvt. Theodore Nobe of Venedy; Radioman Marvin Cohlmeyer of Richview; Fireman Robert Thompson of Oakdale; Major Orin Hertz of Nashville; Gunner’s Mate Raymond Anielak of Ashley; Motor Machinist Ted Kurwicki of Nashville; Harry Stephens of Bedford, IN; T/5 Stanley Russell of Long Island, NY; Sgt. Leo Dlubala of Nashville; Pvt. Stanley Novak of Radom; T/4 Bernard Smith of Nashville; Coxswain Raymond Pruehsner of Nashville; Yeoman Fred Schorfheide of Nashville; Pharmacist Mate Fred Palmer Beckman of Nashville; Msgt. Herbert Ruehl of Okawville; and SSgt. Nelson Pries of Hoyleton.
Sylvester Piasecki, 22, of Nashville was killed when a truck driven by his brother overturned west of Route 127.
Other deaths: Louis Kurtz, 67, of Nashville; Minnie Rohde, 67, of Bellflower; Mollie Reed, 74, of Richview; and J. Paul Carter, 70, of Nashville.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Lawrence Pflasterer was bitten by a rabid dog in Clarmin. The dog was destroyed.
Vernon Sprehe won the 100-yard dash, the 200-year dash and John Hines took first in the broad jump for Nashville High School at the Carbondale District track and field meet.
Deaths: William Snead, 85, of Nashville; Mary McMaster, 88, of Nashville; and Dr. Earl Fuller, 67, of Morris Plains, NJ.
Sixty Years Ago
Wesley Weihe was confirmed as postmaster in Nashville.
Bert Nehrt purchased the Nashville Cleaners from Charles Brinner.
The Rixman Telephone Co. of Hoyleton was purchased bu the Okawville Commercial Telephone Co.
Ashley City Council voted 3-2 to impose a one half cent city sales tax.
Charles Huegely was elected president of the Tri-County Bankers Federation.
Lemons were 29 cents a dozen and five cans of tuna sold for 98 cents at the Daniel Food Store.
Deaths: Mrs. Paul Vise, wife of former Methodist pastor in Nashville; and Alex Piotrowski, 68, of Radom.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Crops received major damage as parts of Washington County were struck by a hail storm, the second in a week.
The Main Theatre in Okawville was showing “Ocean’s Eleven” with Frank Sinatra and Angie Dickinson.
Deaths: Elizabeth Dittle, 83, of Centralia; Anna Roethemeyer, 75, a native of Plum Hill; Mrs. Henry Kasten, 57, formerly of Hoyleton; Edward Ford, 71, of New Baden; Ella Maschhoff, 52, of Hoyleton; Gustav Hohman, 78, of Irvington; and Leo Juenger, 37, of Lenzburg.
Fifty Years Ago
Haege Construction Co. started on the addition of another wing to the Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Nashville.
An alfalfa weevil had invaded Washington County in alarming numbers.
The Nashville Hornets defeated Coulterville 8-2 to win the district high school baseball playoffs.
Deaths: Emma Schlueter, 84, of Nashville; Anne Sommer, 63, of St. Libory; Dietrich Heggemeier, 91, formerly of Washington County; Winton Donoghue, 55, of Du Quoin; William Hodde, 73, of Okawville; August Recker, 82, of Johannisburg; Norma Westerfeld, 56, of Centralia; and James Collier, 79, of Rock Island.
Forty-Five Years Ago
The price of a first class stamp was raised from 6 to 8 cents.
Maude Rolhfing retired after 43 years of teaching in Washington County schools.
Larry Garlich was appointed full-time police officer at Ashley.
Deaths: Theodore Grzegorek, 76, of Nashville; Harmon Fisher, 83, of Tamaroa; Emma Schuette, 79, of Centralia; Fred Steinkamp, 73, a native of Washington County; and Raymond Sempson, 66, of Okawville.
Forty Years Ago
Coach Roger Hake’s baseball Hornets were district champions winning 10 of their last 14 starts.
Rev. Donal Strock, administrator of Hoyleton Children’s Home, resigned.
Kroger advertised tickets for Six Flags for $6 each with a minimum purchase of $50.
Deaths: Otto Middendorf, 91, of Nashville; Emilie Ostendorf, 81, of Mascoutah; Dorothy Shelton, 61, of Ashley; Mrs. Robert Pair, 65, of Du Quoin; Albert Sachtleben, 81, of St. Louis; and Elmer Meyer, 78, of Carlyle.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
Construction began on a pavilion at Memorial Park in Nashville.
Deaths: Arthur Karmeier, 66, of New Minden; Ray Coulter, 55, of Woodlawn; Joseph Belinski, 59, of Nashville; Patricia Beatty of Nashville; and Dean Hammock, 80, of Pinckneyville.
Michael Shelton, 20, of Okawville was injured when a battery exploded.
Vernon Holtz, 63, of Coulterville was released from the Randolph County jail pending formal charges of possession of harmful material.
Weddings: Sylvia Lange and Dennis Kleiboeker; Kathleen Sherman and Timothy Ferguson: Neva Lehde-White and James Fulton; and Diane Woker and Michael Hurt.
Thirty Years Ago
The Washington County Vocational Workshop was awarded the contract to stock shelves at the Scott Air Force Base Commissary.
Du Bois Village Trustees were approached by a firm which wanted to convert old tires into electricity at a site in the village.
Gov. Jim Thompson came to Nashville to officially designate it as an enterprise zone.
The Village of Venedy filed a suit in Washington County Circuit Court against Keith Martin claiming Martin damaged a Village-owned pecan tree.
Deaths: Kurtiss Lintker, 23, of Marissa; Neil Prosise, 62, of Irvington; Martha Wisneski, 66, of St. Louis; and Ella Koelling, 77, of New Minden.
Wedding: Mindy Erskin and Gary May.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Stiegman Brothers Construction Co. of Nashville was the low bidder at $96,830, for the conversion of the Washington County Hospital east wing into a long term care facility.
Eleven Washington County establishments were checked by state police for illegal liquor sales to minors. Arrests were made at one business each in Nashville, Ashley and Okawville.
The Optimist Club of Nashville received its charter, club banner, bell and gavel at a banquet ceremony at the Derrick Restaurant.
The Washington County Board voted to block a proposed expansion of the Washington County/Nashville Enterprise Zone boundaries.
Pork steak was 99 cents a pound, a pound of bacon was $1.79, while a 16 ounce can of pork and beans was 39 cents.
The body of Raymond Risely, 76, of rural Waltonville was found in his mobile home, a victim of multiple stab wounds.
Other deaths: Orville Poirot, 73, of Nashville; Keith Wilkey, 78, of Coatsburg; Roy Dunn, 58, of Irvington; Lucille Lowe, 75, of Hoyleton; Bertie Heape, 84, of Tamaroa; William McCune, 84, of Pinckneyville; Frank “Bud” Bury Jr., 34, of Madison; Bertha Bartoszkiewicz, 67, of Affton, MO; Paul Ibendahl, 68, of Greenwood, IN; Roy Hails, 68, of Cravat; Roy Dempsey, 88, of Central City; and R.J. Jent, 76, of Johnson City.
Wedding: Rhonda Harre and Gary Mueller.
Births: Hank and Pamela Schnake of Richview, a daughter; Joseph and Linda Pranga of Ashley, a son; Paul and Kelly DeLoria of Centralia, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Lehde of Addieville, a daughter; Eugene and Audrey Ostendorf of Okawville, a son; Donnie and Dawn Opp of Pinckneyville, a son.
Twenty Years Ago
All-day kindergarten and special education classes were approved at Irvington Grade School.
The need for a pediatrician, OB/GYN and a female physician were among responses in a survey by Washington County Hospital.
Pork steaks were $1.20 a pound and five ears of sweet corn were 99 cents a Kroger.
Deaths: T. Sigfred Pettersen, 90, of Nashville; Leora Hueffmann, 79, of Belleville; Herbert Lake, 76, of Lively Grove; Merritt Kirkpatrick, 62, of Nashville; Ila Maragni, 75, of Waltonville; Karah Karl, 83, of Mt. Vernon; Katherine Jannett, 71, of Hoffman; Leslie Trinkle, 74, of Kinmundy; and Jerry Beeler, 62, of Sacramento, CA.
Norman Hassler retired after nearly 20 years as a jailer and dispatcher at Washington County Sheriff’s Dept.
Jennifer Boeker won $1,000 as one of 13 district winners in the Rural Community Bankers essay contest.
Weddings: Tammy Pinski and Christopher Jahnke; Alice Czerniejewski and Joel Erwin.
Birth: Richard and Janine Blais Jr. of Paragould, AR, a son.
Fifteen Years Ago
Mark Styninger was named administrator of Washington County Ambulance Service.
The County Board reversed an earlier decision and voted to ban smoking in all county buildings.
Ken Sodko, Richview village president, was named to the Southern Illinois Mayors Association Board of Trustees.
Melissa Combs earned the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts.
Mike Barczewski, Bolo Township road commissioner, resigned after 42 years on the job.
Washington County Relay for Life raised over $50,000 to fight cancer.
Circuit Judge Lloyd Karmeier was sworn into practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Burglars made off with over $6,000 in jewelry from a home west of Centralia.
Pork chops were $1.49 a pound at Kroger.
Deaths: Sharon Kellerman, 60, of Nashville; Mary Gay, 54, of Richview; Edward Price, 91, of Ashley; Esther Friedrichsmeyer, 91, of Lees Summit, MO; Edwin Clouse, 69, of Okawville; Irma Williams, 71, of Sandoval; Wanda Craig, 75, of Pinckneyville.
Births: Chris and Shanin Hagene of Nashville, a son; Jeff and Kim Harre of Nashville, a son; Aaron and Andrea Epplin of Nashville, a daughter.
Ten Years Ago
Nashville Middle School boys track team under coach Ed Breuchard captured the SIJHSAA Class S state championship.
Washington County Rely for Life raised nearly $80,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Council woman Linda Schultz recalled how she designed the Nashville city flag 30 years before as the U.S. was celebrating it’s 200th birthday.
Culpepper & Merriweather Circus performed two shows, sponsored by Nashville Chamber of Commerce.
Meier Chevrolet Buick offered a new Chevy Impala for $19,499.
Births: Andrew and Lindsey Schnitker of Mt. Vernon, a son; W. Michael and Elizabeth Ceglinski of Paducah, KY, a son; Brent Grapperhaus and Tracy Menson, a son.
Deaths: Ruth Barr, 80, of Nashville; JoAnn Lockhart, 76, of Nashville; Rose Meier, 93, of Carlyle; Richard Barbee Sr., 79, of Fairview Heights; Kyle James Barbee, four-month-old son of Richard and Cory Barbee III; Clarence Sandheinrich, 80, of St. Libory; Reva Coultas, 96, of Ashley; and Joseph Tucker, 62, of Candler, FL.
Weddings: Yvette Deering and Charles Peterson; Robert Robertson and Linda Rheinecker.
Five Years Ago
After a wet, wet April, farmers began planting almost two weeks into May. Even more rain over the weekend slowed even that late progress.
Washington County Relay for Life was a major success, raising $88,000, with several teams raising $5,000 to $10,000 on their own.
The county board continued discussions of courthouse repairs and renovations at their meeting. Replacement storm windows were recommended by the building committee.
Birth: Sadie Popejoy was born on May 10 to Darren and Tricia Popejoy.
Engagement: Kelli Williamson and Dustin Prasuhm announced plans for a June wedding.
Deaths: Jeremy Davis, 25, of Camby, Ind., formerly of Nashville, May 14; Leona Michalski, 96, of Centralia, May 10; Gertrude Pierjok, 89, of Ashley, May 16; Angela Liszewski, 80, of Winter Springs, Fla., April 12; Barbara Dintelmann, 47, of Nashville, May 16; Freida Emrick, 88, of Nashville, formerly of Hoyleton, May 12.