It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
William Kleinschmidt Sr., retired from his poultry and produce business after 15 years.
Two men were jailed overnight in Nashville after engaging in fisticuffs and a general disturbance at the St. Ann Catholic Church ice cream social.
Dr. Wallace Kasten of Mascoutah opened a dental office in Ashley.
Oscar Decker was selling cucumbers for $1 a bushel.
“Little Lord Fauntleroy” with Eddie Bartholemew was featured at the State Theatre.
Deaths: Samuel T. Carson, 62, of Five Mile Prairie; John Edward Paul, 72, brother of Lizzie Paul and former Nashville resident; and Emma M. Dodillet, 69, of near Centralia.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Ted Brammeier, 36, of Oakdale was stomped and gored by a bull.
The mercury dipped to 58 degrees breaking a 25-day heat wave during which the temperature had risen to above 90 degrees each day.
Sixty-wseven Washington County farmers filed tax protests with the board of review, claiming farmland assessed at 51 percent of value was unequal to 36 precent assessments on city dwellers’ property.
Grace Haun, Jocille Ackerman, Irene Finke and Virginia Seyler were candidates for Lion Homecoming Queen.
Hahne and Hileman had inner-spring mattresses from $8.95.
Charles Shanks, 59, was killed in an automobile accident near Bonnie.
Other deaths: Florence Maschhoff, 32, of Hoyleton; Martin Geppert, 71, of Pilot Knob Township; Ed Sawyer, former Washington County resident; and Fred Pries, 54, of Hoyleton.
Seventy Years Ago
Residents of Nashville were evacuated from their homes and traffic on all sides of the city was marooned as flood waters resulted from heavy rains. Water was within one foot of the top of the bridge banister on Highway 15, railroad traffic was stopped and the gas pumps at DeFend’s garage were under two feet of water.
Washington County reported its third polio case of the year. The victim was Fern Heggemeier, nine-year-old daughter or Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Heggemeier of Plum Hill.
A seven-ounce bag of Fischer’s tobacco was 25 cents.
Area soldiers discharged included: Pvt. Leo Buss of Oakdale; Staff Sgt. Donald McKinney of Tilden; Pvt. John Sturman of Nashville; T/5 Sylvester Leffner of Ashley; T/4 James Johnson of Ashley; Seaman Elmer McLean of Oakdale; Aviation Radioman James Baldwin of Nashville; Hospital Apprentice Calvin Ibendahl of Oakdale; Carpenters Mate Leroy Ostendorf of Okawville; T/5 Vernon Heolscher of Centralia; Fireman Ralph Meier of Okawville; Seaman Albert Dickey of Marissa; T/5 Ralph Jahnke of St. Louis; Water Tender Charles Mierkowski of Du Bois; and Seaman Armin Isringhaus of Okawville.
Deaths: Edward McCormick, 77, of Nashville; Walter Snead, 67, of Collinsville; Mrs. Tom Gholson of Oklahoma City, OK; and Emma Miller.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Jean Reidelberger of Nashville married the grandson of the Shah of Iran, Prince Farough, and was living near Tehran.
The number of rural post office routes in Ashley was reduced from four to three.
Small’s Shell Service Station in Nashville celebrated its twentieth anniversary and remodeling.
Deaths: Henry Rather, 76, of Plum Hill; Guy Pearce, 74, formerly of Ashley; and Richard Klauke of Okawville.
Sixty Years Ago
The liquor license of the South End Tavern in Okawville was suspended after a brawl at the establishment.
Sirloin steak was 69 cents a pound and pork roast was 33 cents a pound at Daniel Food Stores.
Deaths: Charlie Wolff of Stone Church; Otto Schmidt, 79, of Nashville; Magdalen Wisniewski, 63, of Ashley; Stanley Forys, 57, a native of Jefferson County; Evelyn Renderer, formerly of Nashville; and Mary Smugala, a native of Posen.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Rosemary Clooney and Nelson Eddy highlighted the entertainment at the Du Quoin State Fair.
Deaths: Harold Meyers, 62, a native of Nashville; Levie Chapman, 62, formerly of Pinckneyville; and Clarence Lancaster, 64, of Ashley.
Fifty Years Ago
Jerry King purchased the Robert N. Smith funeral home in Nashville.
Nancy Poirot of Beaucoup was chosen Illinois State Pork Queen in Springfield.
Local grocery prices had three 46-ounce cans of Hi-C fruit drink for $1 and sweet corn was 55 cents a dozen.
Deaths: Zella Cook, 73, a native of Beaucoup; Louise Beckmeyer, 66, of Irvington; Emma Heggemeier, 72, of Nashville; Nancy Piper, 92, of Oakdale; Dena Paschal, 81, formerly of Nashville; and George Snyder, 82.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Joyce Pyatt was hired as the new U of I Cooperative Extension Service Advisor for home economics in Washington County.
Deaths: Rose Deering, 60, of Radom; Emil Brinkman, 80, of Carlyle; and Henry Stotz, 83, a former Pinckneyville resident.
Forty Years Ago
George Rice took over the Western Auto Store, which he purchased from Don Roethemeyer. The original owner was T.L. Brandt when the store opened in 1935.
Oliver Hale, a former district manager for Illinois Grain Corp., was appointed to the newly created position of member company operations directors for FS Services, Inc.
David Wilkey became the new director of admissions at MacMurray College.
Deaths: John Moeller, 87, of Marion; Derek Shane Meyer, 4, of Coulterville; and Oscar Krietemeyer, 74, of Hammond.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
Candidates for Miss Okawville Fair were Mearion Gunter, Jean Simonton, Louise Szopinski, June Spenner, Rhonda Quisenberry, Denise Meyer, Kathy Bening and Mona Haier.
Two weeks after they ran away from home, twins John and Mark Simonto, 15, of Okawville were found unharmed in Wisconsin.
Dr. Pepper was $1.29 for eight, 16-ounce bottles and pork steak was $1.29 a pound.
John Ratcliff, 41, of Addieville was found dead in his wrecked automobile on Route 15, west of Nashville.
Other deaths: Garnett Hemminghaus, 81, of Addieville; Ida Finke, 86, a native of Hoyleton; Sigmund Cherney, 65, of Chicago; Charles Schaeffer, 90, of Nashville; Gerald Kowalski, 22, of Scheller; Richard Qualls, 62, of Ashley; George Allison, 89, of Centralia; and Rose Schabelski, 91, a native of Du Bois.
Weddings: Brenda Kabat and Gary Chesnek; and Shirley Segelhorst and Donald Eldridge.
Thirty Years Ago
Thomas S. Dahnke was named grand marshal of the Oakdale parade.
Washington County had taken orders for 1,200 tons of hay from Bartow County, GA, which had been hit hard by drought.
The Washington County Board agreed to purchase a new telephone system for the courthouse at a cost of $22,865.
Deaths: Noah Kornegger, 89, a native of Ashley; George Kraus, 79, of Marissa; Viola Nesbitt, 92, of Nashville; Wilfred Campbell, 57, a native of Oakdale; Joseph Wesolak, 76, of Scheller; Walter Barczewski, 84, of St. Louis; and Marie Twenhafel, 83, a native of Hoyleton.
Weddings: Janet Schmidt and Kevin Seyler; Rose Ann Stieg and Phillip Brake; Rhonda Fugate and Allan Dahncke; Glenda Frederking and Ron Recker; and Patricia Elias and Edward Schwartzkopf.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Little Nashville was the backdrop for the taping of a pilot of a prospective 30-minute weekly comedy for TV revolving around a truck stop.
A new city works building was under construction at the corner of North Kaskaskia and Second Streets to be used by the City of Nashville.
Nashville received a $1.5 million grant from the United States Economic Development Administration to help finance a new water treatment plant to replace one built in 1935. The project was estimated to cost more than $4 million.
Deaths: Adalia Moeller, 87, of Nashville; Eunice Smith, 71, of Nashville; Stella Grabowski, 79, of Du Bois; Kathryn Junge, 94, of Nashville; Stanley Rosenberger, 85, of Woodlawn; Robert Roethisberger, 24, of Marissa; John Shreeman, 70, of Perryville, MO; and Beulah Briesacher, 96, of Ashley.
Wedding: Amy Hoepker and Dean Dascotte.
Birth: Clayton and Amy Tiberend of Virginia Beach, a daughter.
Twenty Years Ago
Gary Zimmermann resigned as Nashville city clerk after 16 years in that post.
Alan Josten took first in the 12-state Midwest Regional Garbage Truck Rodeo.
An article written by 93-year-old Grover Brinkman and published in The Nashville News was reprinted in the Congressional Record at the request of Sen. Paul Simon.
Rapco, Ltd., was paying 30 cents per pound for aluminum cans.
Deaths: Esther Steinkamp, 70, of Okawville; James Walker, 77, of Mt. Vernon; Willis Groennert, 83, of Nashville; Michael Brehm, 39, of Tamaroa; Roy Guymon II, 27, of Royalton; Minnie Del Pietro, 92, of Nashville; Matthew Mannen, 18, of Bonnie; and Leah McPherson, 86, of Mt. Vernon.
Fifteen Years Ago
Nascote Industries won its seventh consecutive GM Worldwide Supplier of the Year Award.
The senior citizens nutrition site in Radom was to be closed due to an 11 percent cut in government funding.
Thieves made off with over $80,000 in farm machinery from Diedrich Implements over the course of a few weeks.
Two 19-year-olds were arrested in connection with 18 flag thefts in the city.
Tom Kirchner, president of NOTS, announced the purchase of the NAPA store in Nashville and the opening of a truck service center north of town.
The Steve and Carol Kessler family of Hoyleton was honored for its conservation practices at the SWCD Summer Conference in Springfield.
Deaths: David Suchomski, 75, of Pinckneyville; Alex Lukasik, 86, of Ashley; Randy Bochantin, 58, of Tamaroa; Hilda Brueggemann, 91, of Nashville; Catherine Bergkoetter, 88, of St. Libory; and Howard Beckmeyer, 78, of Irvington.
Weddings: Jessica Zmudzinski and Michael Martin; Shana Holle and Kenneth Kozuszek; Derrick Rybacki and Angela Brooks; and Elizabeth Simonton and Brent Lehde.
Births: Lance and Carrie Paszkiewicz of Nashville, a son; Mark and Michelle Riechmann of Okawville, a son; James and Andrew Howe of Irvington, a daughter.
Ten Years Ago
NOTS donated over 1,500 boxes of crackers to BCMW and area churches.
A going-out-of-business sale was underway at Hoyleton Market.
T-bone steaks were $6.99 a pound and chicken breasts were $2.49 a pound.
Birth: Martin and Randie Skorch of Scheller, a daughter.
Deaths: Donald Degnan, 64, of Nashville; Rick Kraus, 81, of Hoffman; and Geraldine Reinacher, 79, of Belleville.
Five Years Ago
Linda Rosenthal of Nashville worked to find unmarked and forgotten graves of soldiers from the War of 1812.
The polling places for Hoyleton Precinct 2 and Irvington Precinct 2 were both moved to new locations.
Birth: Cashton Edward Glaenzer was born on June 15 to Jason and Stacey Glaenzer of Waterloo.
Engagement and Anniversary: Stephanie Niedbalski and Justin Schnitker announced their engagement; Theodore and Blondine Liszewski celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary; Tom and LaDonna Rapp celebrated 40 years of marriage.
Deaths: Charlotte Marchello, 54, of Greenville, August 14; Bernice Martin, 89, of St. Louis, August 2; Lorene Greten, 91, of Nashville, August 15; Albert “Doc” Brown, 105, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, August 14; Willard Wiechert, 80, of Steeleville, August 10; Helen Martens, 94, of Venedy, August 14; Arvie Schuette, 81, of Newport News, Va., August 8; Trenna Grabowski, 66, of DuBois, August 9; Walter May, 82, of Nashville, August 9.