It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
A transient admitted to entering the office of Dr. G. A. Green in the Hohman building and stealing several articles.
Machine operator at the Nashville PWA sewerage project went on strike for union recognition and a doubling of hourly wages to $1.50 per hour.
Wedd’s Tavern in New Minden installed a new mechanical instrument to furnish orchestra music for dancing.
Deaths: Mabel McKelvey, 34, formerly of Nashville; Fred Haake, 67, of Nashville; and Etta Eade, 62, formerly of Nashville.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
J.U. Spencer resigned as Washington County Treasurer. His son, Gerald, as appointed by the Board of Supervisors to fill the unexpired term.
A proposed gas pipeline from Texas to the east coast, which would have passed through Washington County, was abandoned. The Supply and Priorities Allocation Board in Washington, DC refused to grant the steel needed for building the pipeline.
Deaths: James Lamar, 67, of Nashville; and Anton Hubert, 92, of Lively Grove.
Seventy Years Ago
Vera Smith’s cafe in Irvington was robbed of cigarettes, cigars and candy bars along with $50 in cash.
William Hoffman, janitor of the Washington County Courthouse, was granted a $10 per month pay raise, to $100 per month.
Area soldiers discharged included: Sgt. George Small Jr. of Nashville; Chief Yeoman Anthony Wisniewski of Radom; T/4 Stanley Zienta of Ashley; Pvt. Paul Meredith of New Harmoney, IN; and Pvt. Leslie Hassebrock of Addieville.
Deaths: Dr. Sam McKelvey, 56, a native of Nashville; Fred Harre, 71, a life-long resident of Washington County; Oscar Whittenberg, 71, of Richview; and Bertie Martin, 68, formerly of Richview.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Wesley Weihe, a veteran of World War I, was elected commander of Nashville American Legion post.
Nashville City Council voted to raise water and sewer rates by 20 percent, increasing the minimum for new water connections from $2.60 to $3.12 per month.
Corn price supports were $1.58 and soybeans were at $2.46.
Deaths: John Beelman, 55, of St. Libory; Philip Stanick, 44, of Du Bois; Louisa Martens, 96, of Nashville; Mrs. Edwin Brinkmann, 45, of New Minden; Daisy Thurness, 72, of Irvington; Lizzie Boyd of Pilot Knob Township; Donnie Ward, 41, formerly of Nashville; Mary Nowicki, 69, of Ashley; Frances Szymanski, 58, of St. Louis; Emma Westermeyer, 50, of Hoyleton; and Ernest Campbell, a former Nashville resident.
Sixty Years Ago
Nashville City Council voted to begin adding fluoride to water supply.
The council also voted to raise gas rates by 17 percent.
A.F. Niemeier of Irvington retired after 22 years as the subscription person for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
Deaths: George Franck, 77, of Nashville; Clara Burnett, 81, a native of Nashville; William Becker, 91, formerly of Addieville; Emma Rixman, 74, of Irvington; Leola Jack, 87, of Mt. Vernon; Alvin Dodillet, 42, of Irvington; and Rudolph Kemper, 69, a native of Nashville.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
A three-judge panel approved a petition for an Ashley Sewer District. An election to organize the district was set for early October.
Russell Miller was named acting postmaster at Ashley; upon the retirement of Stuart Barrett.
Polish sausage was 59 cents a pound at Kuhlman’s IGA.
Deaths: Leland Riddle, 68, formerly of Ashley; Mrs. Henry Stellhorn; and George Rauch, 70, of Billings, MO.
Fifty Years Ago
Walter Moehle retired after 25 years with the FBI and opened a low office in Okawville.
A public meeting was scheduled in Hoyleton for residents of New Minden concerning the public water supply.
The City of Nashville announced plans to widen Huegely Street at its intersection with Route 127 at a cost of $1,031.25.
The Farmers Home Administration approved a $226,000 loan to the Village of Irvington to help develop a water system.
Nashville High School football cheerleaders were Marilyn Michael, Brenda Ladendecker, Connie Roethemeyer, Cindy Schmale and Margie Paszkiewicz.
Fire destroyed the old Corgan schoolhouse on the John Grabowski farm north of Tamaroa. Classes had not been held in the building for 21 years.
Okawville Wheat Festival Queen candidates were Linda Borrenpohl, Marcia Bening, Carol Ann Williams, Judy Krohne, Patricia Lillich of Okawville.
Deaths: Joseph Ceglinski, 91, of Ashley; Ida Brandt, 70, formerly of Nashville; and Barbara ann Trost, 81, of Addieville.
Forty-Five Years Ago
George Nadolski of Ashley exhibited the grand and senior champion heifer in the Milking Shorthorn class at the Du Quoin State Fair. Other big winners were Mrs. Fred Buhrman and Mildred Cramer.
Nashville firemen extinguished a grass fire at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
A new $690,000 addition to the Washington County Hospital was opened.
Glynn Shubert sold his nursery to Jerome Jenne of Breese.
Dawn Renee Engelmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Engelmann Jr., became the first baby born in the new wing of Washington County Hospital.
Rainfall in August amounted to only 1.04 inches.
Oscar Decker reported the largest apple crop in his 50 years of business.
A third camping area with 49 pads was opened at the Washington County Lake.
Ladies panty hose were 65 cents a pair at Lee’s.
Deaths: Mary Huff, 79, of Nashville; Catherine Clary, 35, of Nashville; Arthur Maschhoff, 77, a native of Hoyleton; and George Roznowski, 74, of Du Quoin.
Forty Years Ago
New teachers at Nashville Grade School were Peggy Jones, Nancy Green, Karen Buehler and John Keyes.
The Clinton-Washington County Regional Board of School Trustees voted to accept Oakdale district’s petition to detach from the West Washington County Unit District.
Lonnie Ruppert of Coulterville invented a manual compactor for aluminum cans for easy disposal, storage or recycling. The invention was being introduced to manufacturers.
Karen Buescher of Vincennes, IN, a native of Nashville, became laboratory instructor in chemistry and life science at Vincennes University.
Deaths: Edwin Junge, 76, of Nashville; Alvina Winte, 77, of Nashville; Marie Kraus, 76, of New Minden; Theodore “Jake” Erbe, 79, of Nashville; Ida Wellpott, 74, of Centralia; Ignatz Szperra, 73, of Du Bois; August Stellhorn, formerly of St. Louis; Betty Boone, 59, of Ashley; Guy McCollum, 86, of Ina; Marcella Kozielek, 89, of Du Bois; Eric Griffith, 87, of Greenville; Raymond “Shorty” Dintelman, 41, of Madison; Anton Shubert, 76, of Saunemin; Henry Meinert, 89, a native of Nashville; Clarence Wright, 26, of St. Louis; and Theresa Wood, 67, of St. Jacob.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
Washington County Board approved construction of a new bridge east of the Gus G. Unverfehrt Farm Supply in Irvington Township.
South-Town Furniture in Nashville, owned by Maryann Mode, closed after 26 years in business.
New teachers at NCHS were Susan Mittendorf, Michael Cochran and Collette Niermann.
Deaths: Russell Johnson, 67, of Nashville.
Weddings: Georgette Geppert and John Buckley; Bonnie Mill and James Phillips; Kendra Hackstadt and Jim Vanagas; Kelly Taylor and James Searby; and Cheryl Eigenrauch and Ronald Bettenhausen Jr.
Thirty Years Ago
Nashville awarded a $487,529 contract to Haier Plumbing and Heating of Okawville construction of a lift station, water and sewer lines to the proposed Nascote Industries plant.
Washington County and the City of Nashville were at odds over who should be hired to serve as co-administrator of the Enterprise Zone.
A tentative agreement was reached in an eight-day teacher strike which had kept schools in West Washington County District 10 from opening.
Dressed catfish were $1.99 a pound and iceberg lettuce was 58 cents each.
The corn harvest had begun in Washington County.
Deaths: Ralph Green, 97, formerly of Ashley; Esther Clayton, 79, formerly of Hoyleton; Theresa Rynski, 81, of Ashley; Leamon “Ted” Parker, 67, of Centralia; Thomas Dahncke, 75, of Oakdale; Amos Harmening, 79, of Nashville; Bryan Biggs, 16, of Centralia; and Waldo Hardin, 76, of Patoka.
Weddings: Kimberlee Wiese and Dale Droste; Angela Witges and James Kabat; Stephanie Skorch and Rick Dent; and Connie Cozart and Ed Bennett.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
School enrollment in Washington County increased by 73 students compared to the year before. There were 2,782 students enrolled in 7 public and 6 non-public schools in the county.
A road party at Huegely was seen as another example of why parents and friends of the community’s youth should meet to see what can be done to promote safer activities for the youth.
Washington County Board overruled opposition to a subdivision in an agricultural zoned district near Venedy Station.
A total of 21,810 1990 tax bills with a value of $7,028,147 were mailed by the county treasurer’s office.
The Nashville Firemen’s Association decided to raffle a 1952 Ford firetruck as a fundraiser.
Deaths: William Todd, 81, of Pinckneyville; Eula Cruse, 92, of Nashville; Olinda Weihe, 87, formerly of Nashville; Charles Millikin, 82, of Pinckneyville; Louise Aldag, 84, of Carlyle; Carvin Vogel, 79, of Chester; William Earth, 49, of Nashville; Lillie Shive, 76, of O’Fallon; and Minnie Grable, 98, of Cairo.
Weddings: Carla Cramer and Dwayne Kirgan; and Pauline Schmersahl and Troy Becker.
Twenty Years Ago
Utilities Superintendent Tom McFeron led city officials on a tour of the new water plant.
Morgantown Machine and Hydraulics moved into the former Niermann Implement Co. building on State Route 127.
Construction of a $1.7 million sewer project in New Minden was delayed until spring 1997.
Computer problems were blamed for delays in mailing real estate tax bills.
A 25-channel cordless phone was $69.99 at Haertling Radio Shack.
Joshua Moore, 16, of Ashley was killed in a head-on collision with a dump truck.
Other deaths: Margarete Hemminghaus, 85, of Okawville; Mary Lynch, 96, of Tamaroa; Isabelle Pasterski, 79, of Radom; Karley Flanagan, 2, of Vandalia; Jerry Ritchey, 61, of Nashville; Donald Schmeiderer Sr., 39, of Marissa; and LaVoy Dickey, 81, of Belleville.
Births: Mike and Joyce Czerniejewski of Scheller, a daughter; John and Marcia Kabat of Scheller, a daughter; Allan and Natalie Czerniejewski of Du Bois, a son; Keith and Diane Hagene of Pinckneyville, twin sons.
Weddings: Tamara Tomaszewski and Scott Baima; Neda Sanders and Dale Banach; and James Hettenhausen and Stacy Peek.
Fifteen Years Ago
On Tuesday, September 11, hijacked airliners slammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. Thousands were killed. The Nashville News printed a schedule of Red Cross blood donation sites as local people sought ways to help. It was reported that long lines formed at a blood drive being held in Okawville that day as word of the attack spread.
Young women vying for the Miss Okawville Fair title were Laura Krueger, Andrea Wilkey, Valerie Hackstadt, Linda Borowiak, Cheryl Borrenpohl, Krystle Behrman, Andrea Maschhoff, Rachel Boehler and Jennalyn Fark.
The wettest August in 20 years saw 4.55 inches of rainfall.
NCHS varsity football coach Bruce Reeder notched his 100th win to go along with 55 losses, making him the winningest coach in school history.
Deaths: Robert Elliott, 85, of Okawville; Marie Bathon, 77, of Coulterville; Barbara Nail, 49, of Centralia; Olinn Erb Sr., 80, of Darmstadt; Lyle Downen Jr., 77, of Tamaroa; Ralph Eckert, 80, of St. Charles, MO.
Births: Keith and Marla Oexeman of St. Louis, a son; Roberto and Amy Martinez of Arnold, MO, a son.
Ten Years Ago
Glen Schuetz of Venedy was among eight people honored as an outstanding Volunteer of the Year by the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources at the state fair.
New Minden Village President Candice Cross welcomed Kemps Korner, owned by Mike and Melissa Kemp, to the community.
An ambulance from Benton caught fire and was destroyed on Interstate 64, east of Nashville.
Births: Matthew and Stacey Steinkamp of O’Fallon, a son; Steve Hicks and Erica Sherman, a son.
Deaths: Stanley Stanowski, 80, of Nashville; Raymond Kallas, 83, of Pinckneyville; Ruthie Stewart, 47, of Hoyleton; Doris Jones, 78, of Coulterville; Eva “Cookie” Dunbar of Naples, FL.
Weddings: Cortney Koelling and John Denton; Melissa Pieszchalski and Josh Laker.
Five Years Ago
Nashville Lions Club members busied themselves by collecting donations from the area to send to the tornado relief efforts in Joplin, Mo.
NCHS students presented a mural in remembrance of 9/11 on the tenth anniversary of the attack.
Regions Bank recognized Kathy Dinkelman as community leader award winner for her work with Relay for Life.
A change of venue hearing was scheduled in the Clay Maxwell murder trial.
Stephanie Anderson and Aaron Klie announced their engagement, Mary Reidelberger and Jared Wilke announced their engagement, Orvil and Helen Pannier of Okawville celebrated 65 years of marriage, Charles and Joan Gutjahr celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Deaths: Homer Gargas, 53, of St. Louis, formerly of Ashley, Sept. 9; Evelyn Hicks, 94, of Nashville, Sept. 8; Verniece Kudelka, 89, of St. Louis, Aug. 31; William “Bill” Pearcy, 63, of Silverthorne, Colo., Sept. 6; Bernice Collmeyer, 92, of Williamsburg, Va., formerly of Hoyleton, June 30.