It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
Candidates for the 4th of July queen in Nashville were Iola Richards, Ada Marie Huelsman, Margaret Rinne, Dorothy Zerweck, Vivian Frank, Marjorie DeBoard, Mildred Lorenz, Betty Kalbfleisch, Charlyne Roper and Meredith Altmansberger.
Frank Glenn, former superintendent of Oakdale School, began a weekly newspaper know as the Flora Times.
Weed’s in New Minden advertised a cold Dutch lunch as its hot weather special.
Deaths: Minnie Steffen, 79, of Nashville; and Lawrence Laswell, 42, of Nashville.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Nashville voters defeated a proposal for a municipal light plant.
Chicken thieves were active southwest of Okawville.
The Washington County wheat loan rate was set at $1.05 a bushel.
Stanley Going, nine, of near Okawville suffered a fractured leg when he was crushed between a tractor and an earthen bank.
Deaths: Louis Brammeier, 53, of Plum Hill; Edward Schuetz, 65, of Venedy; R.J. Torrence, 90, formerly of Oakdale; William Hanfelder, 62, formerly of Stone Church; and Louise Brockemeier, 76, of Okawville.
Seventy Years Ago
The Du Bois Elevator, recently purchased by W.O. Fry and L.C. Jones of Ashley, was opened for business.
Judge Ralph Maxwell purchased the Will Troutt building in Nashville, which was occupied by the Kalbfleisch Drug Store.
Area soldiers discharged included: Coxswain 3C Wilford Huge of Nashville; Seaman 1C Roger Schmitt of Nashville; Sgt. Darrell Lietz of Okawville; Coxswain Henry Peeck of Nashville; Gunner’s Mate Roland Barkau; Staff Sgt. Alva Goodnight of Bentonville; Staff Sgt. Glenn Schnake of Richview; Shipfitter 3C Victor Harre of Nashville; Marine Staff Sgt. William Juengers of Centralia; Storekeeper Roy Carle of Oakdale; T/4 Howard Beckmeyer of Centralia; Pharmacist Mate Eugene Meentemeyer of New Minden; T/5 Mike Pedtke of Nashville; and Sgt. Everett Bohbrink of Addieville.
Deaths: Jacob May, 63, of Nashville; and Mrs. Oscar Smith, 79, of Beaucoup.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
The city garbage truck began picking up garbage twice a week.
Nashville’s 107 businesses collected tax on a total of $400,683.31 sales during March.
Deaths: Emma Crismon, formerly of Ashley; and Bertha Brandt, 64, of New Minden.
Sixty Years Ago
Oakdale State Bank announced interest rates on time deposits at two percent, compounded semi-annually.
Elmer Newcomb of Ashley broke both legs when he fell from a ladder at the Pitts Quarry where he was employed.
Deaths: John Martens, 83, of Okawville; Fred Sawyer, formerly of Nashville; Hazel Wessel, 55, of Pilot Knob Township; John Franklin, 73, formerly of Nashville; and Berry Wilson, formerly of Ashely.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Benjamin Zimmermann received his wings at graduation from the USAF Pilot School at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, TX.
By a vote of 4-3, Robert Ullom was removed as principal of NCHS. The position of assistant principal, held by Wilson Day, was abolished.
The Pitchford Store in Ashley was burglarized with the loss of cigarettes.
Films at the local theatre included “The House on Haunted Hill” with Vincent Price and “Flaming Star” with Elvis Presley.
Twin bags of potato chips were 59 cents and six loaves of bread were $1 at Kuhlman’s.
Deaths: Marion Kryger, 23, formerly of Ashley; Josephine Stroh, 69, formerly of Nashville; Frank Kozuszek, 80, of Nashville; Frank Riechmann, 67, formerly of Nashville; and Roy Copple, 58, of Irvington.
Fifty Years Ago
Lawrence Shultz delivered the first wheat reported in the new crop.
David Meyer was awarded the state farmer of 1966 award in southern Illinois.
Deaths: William Cunningham, 74, formerly of Nashville; Joseph Schrader, 44, of Carlyle; harry Brinkmeyer of St. Louis; Leo Weber, 63, a native of Lively Grove; Sophia Garnholz, 94, of Hoyleton Township; and Sophia Wolff, 83, of Okawville.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Lloyd Hackstadt, 14, of Addieville was accidentally shot in the arm.
Oley Bochantin was named postmaster in Du Bois.
Rick Keller of Nashville was chosen by the Oakland Athletics in the professional baseball draft.
Deaths: Louis Randell, 74, of Irvington; Ina Milliner, 52, of Mt. Vernon; Joseph Linkis, 71, of Tamaroa; Rachel Agg, 83, of Cumberland, MD; and Mary Heberer, 89, of Okawville.
Forty Years Ago
James Cornelius of New Baden drowned in the Washington County Lake while attempting to rescue a girl struggling in the water.
Twin bull calves weighing approximately 80 pounds each were born on the Leo Kujawa farm near Du Bois.
The market report showed soft wheat selling for $3.09 a bushel.
Tragedy struck the Carl Mauck family of Hoyleton when a fire took the lives of four immediate family members and two grandmothers. Timothy Mauck, 10, was the only survivor. Those dying were Carl Mauck, 33; Patricia, 33; Julie, 14; Amy Jo, 1; Naomi Mauck, 67 of Hudson; and Katherine Jackson, 67, of Bloomington.
Other deaths: Anna Schmidt, 56, of Nashville; Otto Kleinschmidt, 78, of Nashville; Hattie Troutt, 74, of Centralia; Omer Ferguson, 85, of Dixon; Ewald Toensing, 55, of Okawville; Luella Pertulsot, 82, formerly of Washington County; and John Rice, 57, of Mt. Vernon.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
Lloyd Decker delivered the first load of new wheat to the local elevator. The posted price was $3.38 a bushel.
Dean Boeschen was elected city attorney at the forty-sixth annual American Legion boys state.
A petition drive was underway to split West Washington County School District into a dual high school and grade school district.
An eight pack of 16-ounce Coca-Cola was $1.59 and a half gallon of milk was $1.89.
Ashley Police Chief Tom Latner withdrew a letter of resignation.
Deaths: Bertha Muenter, 84, of Hoyleton; Ella Storck, 87, of Addieville; Helen Stuehmeyer, 78, of Centralia; Frank Prange, 72, of Evansville, IN; Denton Flanagan, 61, of Woodlawn; Clara Weber, 87, of Irvington; and Leroy Lunte, 65, of St. Louis.
Weddings: Ruth Beckmeyer and Bobby Joe Branch; Janet Backs and Michael Bartlett; Kerry Ryterski and Mark Schubert; and Karen Haake and Gregory Guenther of St. Louis.
Thirty Years Ago
Albert Gilter retired as Nashville Police Chief after 25 years on the force, 20 as chief.
Cecil Logan resigned as Ashley City Alderman.
NCHS Board modified the dress code to allow thigh-high shorts to be worn by male and female students.
Wilfred Ferguson of Ashley was named chairman of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee.
A half gallon of ice cream was 99 cents and ground beef was $1.18 a pound.
Damage was estimated at $56,000 when a Washington County ambulance caught fire on I-64. No injuries were reported.
Three persons were slightly injured when fire destroyed the Robert Jannett Jr. home in rural Irvington.
Deaths: Sister Anna Marie McCloskey, 71, of Nashville; Lawrence Przygoda, 59, of St. Louis; Eileen Kenney, 71, of Nashville; Oscar Finke, 67, of Nashville; Lucian File, 57, of Smithton; Sylvester Castens, 66, of Steeleville; Frank Piechota, 71, formerly of Nashville; Augusta Mueller, 81, a native of Lively Grove Township; Irene Kloczak, 63, of Belleville; and Willadene Ault, 55, of Richview.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Washington County failed to make a claim against its insurance carrier for $8,395 worth of dive team equipment that was first discovered missing in 1988.
A refusal by the City of Nashville to appropriate funds for the continued operation of the Washington County/Nashville Enterprise Zone, coupled with the county’s failure to act on a similar measure, was due to leave the Enterprise Zone Board without money to pay an insurance premium coming due in July.
The Washington County Board accepted the resignation of Supervisor of Assessments Bob Spencer.
The Postal Service’s 200th anniversary celebration included an open house at the Radom Post Office, where Ann Naliborski had been postmaster for almost 48 years.
The former Merchants Hotel was demolished to make room for a proposed new Washington County Jail.
Deaths: Betty Kujawa, 52, of Ashley; Albert Zacheis, 89, of Oakdale; Lawrence Franklin, 83, of Olney; Fred Glauert, 97, of Belleville; Elmer Unverfehrt, 77, of Roanoke; Edward Schnitzmeyer, 95, of Centralia; Edwin Berry, 75, of Decatur; Adele Temme, 88, of Okawville; Richard Hulliung, 44, of Belleville; Frances Ragland, 81, of Sparta; Margery Beaird, 72, of Olney; Edna Haustein, 87, of St. Louis; Joseph Zamenski, 92, of Sesser; Ella Anderson, 88, of Tamaroa; and Flora Schutte, 72, of Pinckneyville.
Weddings: Debra Doelling and William Williams; Tina Doelling and John LaBusier Jr.
Births: Dean and Janet Wisely of Oakdale, a son; and Dennis and Terry Meyer of Nashville, a son.
Twenty Years Ago
In the wake of a rash vandalism, Ashley City Council discussed hiring a part-time police officer.
Radom residents were fighting to keep their Post Office open. Anna Naliborski, post mistress for 53 years, had plans to retire, and the present facility was attached to her home.
Ten teachers at Irvington Grade School planned to form a bargaining unit under the Illinois/National Education Association.
A forgotten rule requiring county board members to rise when they addressed the chairman was met with laughter when it turned up during a review of old ordinances.
Polka bands and a magician were part of Farmers and Merchants National Bank’s 90th anniversary celebration at Du Bois KC Hall.
Deaths: Delio Helbing, 82, of Oakdale; Ella Koch, 86, of Okawville; Grover Isringhaus, 68, of Okawville; Tekla Kenetski, 94, of Ashley; Anita Morgan, 29, of Venedy; Walter Janowski, 72, of St. Peters, MO; Catherine Polczynski, 82, of Nashville; John Quale Sr., 82, of Nashville; Helen Endres, 91, of Oakdale; Thadeus Grabowksi, 90, of Du Bois; and Mabel Owens, 82, of Pinckneyville.
Birth: Greg and Michelle Kuhl of Nashville, a daughter.
Fifteen Years Ago
Washington County Board heard a complaint from a neighbor about the Moose Lodge, which was planned for a site on Route 127, south of the city.
Jim Jenkins retired as superintendent of Irvington School District after 34 years in education.
Washington County Sheriff’s Dept. presented meritorious service medals to Peggy Ruhel, Harry Berger and deputy Harlon Livesay. Cheryl Nobe received an outstanding citizen award for assisting with a motor vehicle accident that injured three people.
Kroger placed second in customer service in a regional competition, and Pat Krawiecki won $1,000 in a drawing during a celebration for employees.
Deaths: Paul Snider Sr., 84, of Nashville; Rev. Harold Downs, 59, of Marissa; Howard Wessel, 71, of Centralia; Sylvester Frisch, 56, of Marissa; and Herbert Scharlemann, 73, of Hoffman.
Wedding: Jeanette Davis and Brian Cortner.
Births: Kevin and Kristen Schuette of Nashville, a son; Dale and Sandy Boczek of Du Bois, a daughter.
Ten Years Ago
Washington County Water Co. was set to extend water service to 150 homes in the Covington area in a $2.8 million project.
Sheriff John Foster said the county’s new drug task force made 10 arrests in 2005 and three so far in 2006.
The wheat harvest saw yields in the low to mid-60s.
Kim Wiley resigned as Okawville Jr./Sr. High School principal.
Births: Ryan and Becky Brinkmann of New Minden, a son; Shawn and Amy Knepp of Richview, a daughter; Chris “Shey” and Kellie Hutchings of Granite City, a son; and Greg and Jennifer Jansen, a daughter.
Deaths: Regina Lukasik, 88, of Radom; Wanda Geppert, 92, of Nashville; Bernice Belinski, 76, of Nashville; Blanche Wolff, 84, of Okawville; Rick Weihe, 49, of Hoyleton; and Louis Bierman, 71, of Centralia.
Five Years Ago
The Nashville Community High School Board meeting had over 50 citizens in attendance in support of the board seeking a local option for bus bids.
The Washington County Board’s building committee had not yet made a decision on whether the planned Judicial Center would have one or two stories.
Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post and NBC News visited The Nashville News and met with Dave and Travis Volz and Kim Torres.
Balloon sculptor Gilbert Adams, formerly of Nashville, entertained kids in the summer reading program at the Nashville Public Library.
Ava Habbe was born on May 19 to Jonathan and Lauren Habbe of Evansville, Ind.
Laura Koelling and Nicholas Miller were wed on January 16.
Deaths: Robert “Bob” Frazier, 84, of Radom, June 14; Helen Wiese, 92, of Carlyle, formerly of Nashville, June 20; Perley Toedte, of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of Nashville, June 20; Matha Bartoszkiewicz, 83, June 12; Marion Mittendorf, 82, of Okawville, June 14; Elda Sturman, 88, of Granite City, June 2