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It Happened Here – June 15, 2016

It Happened Here

Eighty Years Ago


Wheat cutting began in scattered fields over the county.

Circulation of “The Nashville News” was put at 1,408 compared to 1,140 copies for the competing “Nashville Journal.”

J.D. Mann purchased a new Packard for use in his funeral work.

New Huskies breakfast food sold for two packages for 25 cents and fly ribbons were four for 10 cents at Washco Stores.

A total of $8,000 in premiums was to be awarded at the second annual Washington County Fair in Ashley.

Fred Boedeker, 60, originally of Stone Church, was killed when he fell 70 feet down an elevator shaft in the Wainwright Building in St. Louis.

Other deaths: Mary Osiek, 78, of Nashville; Dr. William A Buhrman, 39, a native of Nashville; Julius Frederking, former Nashville resident; Philip Espenschied; Ida Wagenhals, 72, of Nashville; Mrs. Henry Kockamohr Sr., 69, of Okawville; and Ida Marquard, 38, of Venedy.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


Numerous trees were downed along with electric and phone lines when high winds accompanied a heavy downpour in Nashville. C.A. Reeder's Chevrolet coach was badly damaged by a falling tree.

Warren Teel was appointed city marshal in Nashville. Paul Dahlke was appointed sewer plant operator. Charles Wilkey was appointed street overseer.

Lightening destroyed two barns, an automobile, farm implements and a quantity of feed on the Edward Tucker farm southwest of Richview. No fire department facilities were available.

John Haun was appointed superintendent of schools in Baylis.

Arthur Lehde received his diploma from the University of Illinois. His seeing eye dog, Peggy Lou, was the first to be admitted to the campus.

Deaths: Louis Zapp, 79, of Nashville; and Mrs. H.H. Young of Richview.

Seventy Years Ago


A new oil field was found on the Andrew Lamczyk farm in Bolo Township.

Self service was instituted at the Daniel Grocery Store.

Harold Absher was appointed superintendent of highways in Washington County.

Heavy infestations of the Hessian fly projected a poor wheat crop.

Chester and Lester Purcell of Salem opened a shoe repair shop in Arnold Schmale building on Main Street.

Area soldiers discharged included: Pvt. A. Lange Jr. of Nashville; Technician 2C Eugene Jacob Dries of Hoyleton; Fireman Bernard Carl Jankowski of Nashville; Sgt. John Malawy of Nashville; Aviation Metalsmith Ralph Boeschen of Venedy; Pharmacist Mate Louis Racherbaumer of Hoyleton; Capt. Oliver Meentemeyer of New Minden; Seaman Donal James Tucker of Ashley; and Carpenter's Mate Roy Joellenbeck of Hoyleton.

Deaths: J.W. Cohlmeyer, 52, a native of Nashville; Anna Weihe, formerly of New Minden; James Johnson, 58, of Scheller; and Sarah McCoy, 84, of Washington County.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


Irvington Township voters passed a $50,000 bond issue for roads.

Voters in Johannisburg Township voted to move Land Hill and Doelling schoolhouses 51-17.

Wholesale prices on food were 19 percent higher than they were one year ago.

Pre-colored oleo margarine was to be on sale in local stores for the first time since 1897.

The Washington County Fair scheduled a crochet contest.

Deaths: Ada Allen of Nashville; Mrs. George Carson, 54, of Beaucoup; Marie Hohman, 77, formerly of Nashville; and Charlie Rountree, formerly of Nashville.

Sixty Years Ago


Workmen began tearing down the old Nashville Grade School building.

The first load of new wheat was sold at Huegely Elevator for $1.95 a bushel. It tested at 56 pounds to the bushel with a moisture content of 21 percent.

Forrest Oates of Mt. Carmel was hired as the new principal at the Nashville Community High School.

Vernon Sprehe of Nashville, a senior at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, set an Ozark AAU record by winning the 100-yard dash in 9.8 seconds.

James Dean and Natalie Wood were starring in “Rebel Without a Cause,” at the Okawville Main Theatre.

Deaths: Kate Krughoff of Nashville; Frank Cohlmeyer, 78, of Nashville; Mrs. Louis Hake, 89, of Nashville; Edward Meyer, 73, of Addieville; Frank Wisnewski, 73, of Lively Grove; and Helen Helbig, 30, of Oakdale.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


A parade down Main Street marked that dedication of a new $7,000 light system at Nashville's Memorial Park.

Washington County farmers agreed to lower corn acreage by 24 percent as the result of a new federal feed grain program.

Jim Hunter took over a Jewel Tea route.

Lee Meier took over the former Harry Lane roadside market on West St. Louis Street in Nashville. The Lanes had operated the business for 30 years.

“Where the Boys Are” was the feature film at the Okawville theatre.

Deaths: Marie Krewinghaus, 75, of Okawville; Bertha Young of St. Louis; Herman Temme, 88, of Okawville; Katherine Borczek of St. Louis; and Peter Witges, 83, of Scheller.

Fifty Years Ago


Rose Habbe was nominated on the Republican ticket for county treasurer and Lee Hill of Okawville won the Democratic nomination for sheriff in the only races in the primary election.

Fire destroyed a storage shed on Adams Street behind Gewe Hardware.

Deaths: Ordel Hackstadt, 50, of Plum Hill; I. Leo Meyer, 86, of Centralia; Gertrude Richardson, 69, of Ashley; Walter Rennegarbe, 65, of Nashville; Fred Storck, 92, of Hoyleton; Amelia Elliott, 73, of Oakdale; Olive Boyle, 67; and Edward Liszewski of Nashville.

Forty-Five Years Ago


Rick Keller of Nashville was selected to the state high school all-star baseball team.

Robert Lane of Tower Hill was hired as superintendent of the Ashley Grade School.

Deaths: Elizabeth Engele, 95, of Nashville; Mary Grote, 85, of Hoyleton; Eleanora Seering, 85, formerly of Washington County; and John Duggan of St. Louis.

Forty Years Ago


Joan Jablonski, seven-year-old hearing impaired daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jablonski of Nashville, was awarded the Certificate of Merit for Highest Achievement in her class.

For the first time in Washington County, a female, Lana Taylor of Prairie City, was hired as the assistant Extension advisor for youth.

Deaths: Bertha McIlwain, 86, of Okawville; James Hagebusch, 22, of Fairview Heights; George Jones, 61, of Centralia; Mamie Pinckhard, 90, of Pinckneyville; Ida Stuckmeyer, 89, of Hoyleton; Herman Busekrus, 87, of Belleville; Angela Diecker, four months, of Coulterville; and Louise Herrmann, 73, of St. Louis.

Thirty-Five Years Ago


The Beaucoup Methodist Church, built in 1892, held its final service.

Complete census figures showed Washington County with a population of 15,472, a 12.3 percent gain in 10 years.

Judy and Charles Byers of Tilden took over management of Leonard's Roller Rick in Nashville.

Deaths: Joseph Pelker, 65, of Radom; Edna Moeller, 80, a native of Beaucoup Township; Paul Huge, 68, of Richview; Irl Hampleman, 88, of Tamaroa; and Otto Jasper, 91, a native of Stone Church.

Thirty Years Ago


The Magna road in Nashville was officially named Enterprise Avenue at the groundbreaking for the new auto parts plant.

Whole fryers were 49 cents a pound and bananas were 39 cents a pound.

Deaths: Kathy Gutzler, 25, of Nashville; Flossie “Pat” Woker, 66, of Columbus, OH; Edward Borowiak, 70, of Du Bois; Dorothy Fox, 61, of Nashville; Raymond “Butch” Walts Jr., 38, of Columbus, MS; Edward Brammeier, 88, of Oakdale; John “Jack” L. Wellinghoff, 86, of Belleville; Walter Lange, 70, of Okawville; Emil “Butch” Naliborski, 79, of Radom; Leona Reasons, 80, a native of Hoyleton; JoAnn Dalman, 46, of Nashville; and Marie Schumert, 76, a native of Olive Branch.

Twenty-Five Years Ago


Nashville News publisher Richard Tomaszewski returned from a trip to Russia, Poland and Czechoslovakia, sponsored by the People to People program, with a group of newspaper publishers from the United States.

A struggle between the Nashville City Council and the Washington County Board over controlling Enterprise Zone Board policy led the city to vote against providing the zoning group $2,000 in operating funds.

An abbreviated wheat harvest was producing low test weights and yields estimated at between 20 and 25 bushels per acre.

Orval and Isabelle Walker of Covington returned to the resort area of Schaeffer Lake, IN, where they had met 55 years earlier.

The ninth annual Heritage Days sponsored by the Heritage House Museum in Okawville ended with the homemade food completely depleted, the food stand sold out, and over 30 gallons of homemade ice cream consumed.

Deaths: Donald Bassen, 48, of Hoyleton; Hazel Adams, 68, of Lebanon; Muriel Schneider, 74, of Centralia; Lawrence Burzinski, 62, of Sayreville, NJ; and Oliver Milne, 79, of Dallas, TX.

Weddings: Mary Schaff ad Gregory Siegel; and Doris Thole and Wayne Lintker of St. Libory.

Births: David and Crystal Hickey of Lincoln, a daughter; Bryon and Brenda Juenger of Coulterville, a daughter; Edd and Karen Williams of Louisville, a son; and Patrick and Sheri Pedtke of Radom, a son.

Twenty Years Ago


Richview Village Board voted to absorb an increase in the village's water service from Centralia instead of passing it along to customers.

Lightening set fire to a shed at the Ed Paszkiewicz residence.

Father's Day gift suggestions at Lee's Variety included Old Spice after shave at $4.37 and a Snakelight for $24.99.

Deaths: Lawrence Peper, 79, of Richview; Sydney Kujawa, infant daughter of Karrie Hoffman and Anthony Kujawa; Alice Hoelscher, 77, of Addieville; Earl Brinkmann, 69, of Carlyle; and Harold Smith, 85, of Champaign.

Births: Chad and Paula Hackstadt of Okawville, a son; Kevin and Donna Hagen, a son; James and Brenda Kassen of Albers, triplets, a daughter and two sons; Mike and Tamara McKinnon of Hamburg, a son.

Fifteen Years Ago


Kyle Haslett, a 43-year-old Nashville police officer, died of an apparent heart attack while investigating a traffic accident.

A coroner's jury ruled that Cassandra Walker, 19, of Jenings, MO was the victim of a homicide. Her nude body was found along I-64 in March.

Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ in Hoyleton hired Kitteken Construction of Breese to build an addition between the sanctuary and the fellowship hall.

A 19-year-old Hoyleton youth was cited for unlawful consumption of alcohol after he was found asleep on the bench in front of the courthouse.

Father's Day gift suggestions at Lee's Variety included a rechargeable flashlight for $9.99 and en electric shaver for $46.99.

Deaths: Norma Harre, 75, of Nashville; Elmer Newcomb, 88, of Ashley; Sarah Bathon, 75, of Pinckneyville; Robert Meier Sr., 55, of St. Charles, MO; Everett Johnston, 61, of Sesser; veronica Konkel, 82, of Granite City.

Wedding: Crystal Lamczyk and John Bannister.

Births: Keith and Sherry Kraus of Louisville, KY, a daughter; Nathan and Stacy Bartling of Richview, a daughter; Drs. Paul and JoAnne Malcharek of Glen Carbon, a daughter; Tracy and Justin Maas of Irvington, a daughter; Jamie Pepple and Darin Upton of Mt. Vernon, a son; Joshua and Mandi Pokojski of Centralia, a son.

Ten Years Ago


One of the largest fires in the county's history destroyed an 18,000-square-foot section of a warehouse complex owned by NOTS on State Route 127. Equipment and 190 firefighters from 20 fire departments battled the blaze for 12 hours.

Dan Heck of Nashville earned the Postal Heroes Award when he pulled Cory Gurlack from the flames when an oil storage tank exploded on Oakdale Blacktop.

Memorial Park Pool opened two weeks late due to repairs.

The body of Selma Francis of Centralia was found in a pond near Richview. No foul play was suspected.

Other deaths: Paul Heseman, 92, of New Minden; Earl Michael, 76, of Hoyleton; Wanda Kitchen, 53,
of Belleville; Lawrence Bochantin, 84, of Fenton, MO; Samuel Stewart, 56, of Nashville; Leonard Lohmann, 71, of Perryville, MO.

Births: Mike Stolica and Angela Kiser of Okawville, a son; Greg and Dena
Hemminghaus of Wildood, MO, a son; Brent and Lynn Hemminghaus of Columbia,
a son; Jason and Monica Gould of Rochester, a daughter.

Wedding: Heather Guest and James Newcomb.

Five Years Ago


The NCHS School Board held a special meeting to discuss transportation bids for bus routes.

The Wyatt D. Eisenhauer Memorial Poker Run came through Nashville, stopping at Memorial Park for a ceremony.

Alan Blumhorst and the animals from Rainbow Ranch paid a visit to the residents of Friendship Manor.

Okawville native and 2006 OHS graduate Jeston Cade was selected to be part of a singing group by manager Johnny Wright.

Birth: Joseph Schomaker III was born on June 2 to JJ and Amber Schomaker of Nashville.

Engagements and Anniversary: Natalie Kaelin and Zach Hohman announced plans for an Aug. 13 wedding; Bridget Wilhelm and Jordan Brink also announced plans for an Aug. 13 wedding. Jenny Heimann and Dempsy Witte announced plans for a July 23 wedding; Charissa Lee and Alex Barsos announced plans for an Aug. 5 wedding; Raymond and JoAnn Holzhauer celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 1.

Deaths: Chad Trued, 36, of Irvington, June 8; Doris Prasuhn, June 11; Sally Moulton, 58, of Joplin, Mo., May 22; Anna Brinkmann, 86, of Carlyle, June 8; Dorothy Cunningham, 96, of Mobile, Ala., February 8.