It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
Illinois Power Co. was renting electric ranges for $1.95 per month.
Local grocery prices had Quaker Oats for 19 cents and cake flour for 29 cents.
Deaths: Philip Becker, 52, formerly of Nashville; Anna Mangenalker, 84, of Plum Hill; W. Harvey Duff, 72, of Flora; and Fred Doeling, 71, of Stone Church.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
The average tax rate in Washington County was 39 cents per $100 assessed valuation, down from the 46 cents of the previous year.
A truckload of fish were placed in the Nashville reservoir. They consisted of about 5,000 crappie, blue gill, catfish and striped bass.
Deaths: Sylvia Reuter, 52, of Nashville; William Althoff of Nashville; William Opferman, formerly of Nashville; Harry Kelly, 42, a Nashville native; Estelle Rhein of St. Louis; Mrs. C.F. Gowdy, 60, formerly of Nashville; John Nolte, 66, a native of Covington; and Mary Oelze, 67, of Nashville.
Seventy Years Ago
The old canning factory in Richview was being torn down.
The Irvington Grain Elevator was purchased by Vernon Riechman and Alvin Schnitker.
Illinois Bell Telephone Co. proposed raising rural residential telephone rates 25 percent.
Daniel Food Stores advertised Christmas tree holders for 99 cents.
Deaths: William Reuter, 41, of New Minden; Louisa Brandt, 82, of Nashville; Elizabeth Hanke, formerly of Nashville; Mrs. Louis Lehman of Oakdale; Eugene Falkner, 56, a native of Irvington; and Ellen Hodges, 83, formerly of Nashville.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Gerhardt Sprehe suffered a broken leg, a shattered knee and a dislocated shoulder when he fell from a 14-foot ladder while cleaning St. John’s Church in New Minden.
Two pounds of bananas were 19 cents and 10 pounds of potatoes were 43 cents.
Pvt. Benedict Piasecki of Nashville was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for heroism in Korea.
Deaths: Henry Wehking, 86, of Hoyleton; Chris Wedemeyer, 77, of Campbell Hill; and Dr. William Dallas, 61, of Jefferson City, MO.
Sixty Years Ago
The Roeder Pharmacy in Okawville was sold to Harry Holt.
The Scott Drug Store in Nashville moved to a new location on Main Street.
Three pounds of ground beef were 95 cents and chicken fryers were 33 cents a pound.
Deaths: Helene Becker, 82, a native of Stone Church; Doris Dennis, 29, formerly of Beaucoup; Caroline Mueller, 69, of Okawville; Grover Wieland of Lockwood, MO; Ruth Hoepker, 50, of Addieville; and Carrie Brandt, a native of North Prairie.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Washington County hunters killed 22 deer during the first weekend of the season.
Washington County corn yields averaged 63 bushels per acre while average soybean yields were 23 bushels per acre. Wheat averaged 28 bushels per acre.
Archie Calloway, 54, received minor injuries when he was struck by a car east of Nashville.
A barn on the farm of George Sachtleben, north of New Minden, was destroyed by fire. Damage was estimated at $9,000.
H.J. Meyer of Okawville was honored for over 40 years of service to the banking industry.
Deaths: Anna Buretta, 85, of Ashley; Rose Walker of St. Louis; Kenneth Baldridge, 38, of Irvington; Anthony Judson Stern, three months, of Lively Grove; and Dorothy Stein, 42, of Okawville.
Fifty Years Ago
Thieves looted the Roy Armstrong Fruit Shed near Irvington.
Arvin Windler of New Minden was elected president of the local National Mine Service Co. Lodge of the International Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
The weekend special at the Topper Restaurant in Nashville was ribeye steak with french fries and salad for $1.50.
Deaths: Catherine Woloszyk, 101, a native of Washington County; Charles Seyler, 88, a native of Nashville; Armin Beckmeyer, 60, of Centralia; Caroline Obermeier, 80, of Okawville; Albert Buhrman, 81, a native of Nashville; Walter Martens, 75, of Woodlawn; Felix Bochantin, 78, of Du Bois; George Sugg, 74, of Pocahontas; and Edward Nehrkorn, 59, of Pinckneyville.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Rhonda Lichtenfels, Arlene Brune, Marla Heseman and Pam Auld were candidates for FHA queen.
Nelson’s advertised all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinners for $1.35.
Fire destroyed the Robert Hicks home in Oakdale.
Deaths: Gilbert Haun, 84, of Ashley; John Wilke, 89, a native of Okawville; Edward Westermeyer, 70, of Irvington; Frieda Hemminghaus, 50, of Hoffman; Della Wendell, 87, of Odin; Marie Sensmeier, 77, of Covington; Mike Kobus, 82, of Nashville; Frank Cosbey, 75, of Belleville; Thomas Gill, 62, of Pilot Knob Township; Walter Meyer, 80, a native of Nashville; Elisa Brueggemann, 90, of Johannisburg Township; Louis Fix, 93, a native of Washington County; Peter Haas, 83, of Belleville; and Wayman Bushong of Centralia.
Forty Years Ago
The lighting of the traditional Advent Wreath at Trinity Lutheran Church, Nashville marked their nineteenth anniversary.
Reinkensmeyer Store in Hoyleton advertised an 8-ounce package of cream cheese for 49 cents.
Mike Chwascinski of Ashley was named recipient of a $500 Moorman Manufacturing Co. scholastic standing.
Deaths: Mrs. Marion Leimkuehler of Springfield; Dorothy Groennert, 51, of Addieville; Justus Pfeil, 90, formerly of Nashville; Lewis Matlevish, 85, of Tamaroa; Ruth Townsend, 80, of Nashville; Pauline Rowold, 68, of Mascoutah; Jeffrey Eggert, 19, of St. Louis; Julius Thom, 80, of Lively Grove; Oscar Gutjahr, 83, formerly of Coulterville; Rose Radake, 60, formerly of Scheller; Anthony Zika, 57, of Belleville; Perthenia George, 56, of Tamaroa; Chantelle Thomure, 19-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Thomure of Oakdale.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
Wayne Kolweier joined Agricultural Chemicals Division of BASF-Wyandotte Corp.
Four players from the Hornet football team were named to the All-Southern Illinois Football Squad by the Courier and Press of Evansville, IN. They were Jerry Stanowski, Chris Kasten, Mike Bergmann and Tim Roethemyer.
Scotch Pine trees were $14.88 to $19.88 at Cousin Fred’s in Nashville.
The historic Calvin Ibendahl home, log cabin and one-room museum near Tamaroa held an open house.
Don and Alyca Foster of Springfield and the Roger David family or rural Richview presented a gospel concert at Olive Branch Lutheran Church.
Marine Pvt. Mark Broadway, son of Stanley and Ann Broadway of Hoyleton, completed Marine Corps recruit training.
Donald Schaeffer, 39, of Centralia and John Sligar, 50, of Wamac were killed in an auto-truck accident on Route 161.
Other deaths: Wilbert Karmeier, 73, of Nashville; Richard Bordewisch, 58, of Nashville; Ethel Lehde, 80, of Addieville; Emma Reinhardt, 84, of Okawville; Marcel Klasing, 57, of Okawville; Edward Meyer, 82, of Oakdale; Angie Stonum, 95, of Oakdale; Albert Maschhoff, 74, of Nashville; Willard Summers, 67, formerly of Ashley; Pearl Witzel, 68, of Centralia; Ludger Schilling III, 3 months, of New Athens; and Ray Peterson, 76, of Woodlawn.
Weddings: Nancy Shubert and Patrick Ganz; and Sheila Henseler and Danny McElvain.
Thirty Years Ago
The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9 percent, up slightly from the previous month.
Warren Stricker, Albert Dinkelman, Leroy Middendorf, Francis Maxwell and Erwin Ostendorf were honored for their years of service to Washington County.
Deaths: Theodore Gross Jr., 48, of DuBois; Clara Robertson, 86, of Smithton; Elsie Patton, 73, of Centralia; Hugo Schuetz, 81, of St. Louis; and Andrew Bury Jr., 62, of Southgate, MI.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
The Illinois Department of Transportation said traffic conditions in front of Little Nashville did not warrant a third lane to lessen congestion.
Irvington Mayor Gary “Mike” Garrison was circulating a petition to call a referendum on whether to allow the sale of packaged liquor in Irvington.
The State Theatre planned to experiment with holding a 10 p.m. late show to offer substance-free activities for youth.
Deaths: Edna Hale, 82, of Nashville; Lloyd Going, 42, of Damiansville; Carolyn Molitor, 47; Leo Zawaske, 81, of Ashley; Oscar Kroeger, 92, of Hoyleton; Ruth Campbell, 86, of Belleville; Emma Hubler, 90, of Woodson Terrace, MO; Roy Erb, 77, of New Athens; George Borchelt, 85, of Murphysboro; Celeste Pokorney, 85, of St. Louis; Leo Kitowski, 76, of St. Louis; and Hosea Harris Sr., 64, of Tamaroa.
Wedding: Lisabeth Hughes and Edward Iversen Jr.
Births: Deon and Debra Randoll of Pittsburg, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Scholebo of Pinckneyville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Klaybor of DuBois, a daughter.
Twenty Years Ago
The county’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, up fro 3.6 percent the year before.
Nashville FFA dairy judging team members Allen Buss, Chris Frederking, Blake Helbig and Martin Niedbalski, placed 12th in the nation.
Two teens from Flora were charged with stealing lollipops from Santa’a home in Nashville.
Nelson Wilkey was appointed to Richview Village Board to fill the unexpired term of Bill Gay, who resigned.
Deaths: Guy Kroener, 98, of Elkton; Loraine Averbeck, 75, of Addieville; Elmer Grote, 82, of Hoyleton; James Hamil, 82, of Ashley; Arthur Hake, 93, of Hoyleton; Florence Stephan, 75, of Belleville; Albert Zinck, 91, of Mascoutah; and Josephine Boelling, 65, of Coulterville.
Weddings: Charles Beckmeyer and Angela Cicchetti; and Jennifer Lueking and Eric Seaton.
Births: Michael and Janice Buss of Oakdale, a daughter; Michael and Pamela Brown, a daughter; Richard and Janet Creamer III of Colorado Springs, CO, a son.
Fifteen Years Ago
Larry Paszkiewicz was recognized for 30 years of service to U of I Extension Service, including nine years in Washington and Perry counties.
An Omaha, NE man, suspected of stealing gas from Ron’s One Stop in Okawville, was pursued by local deputies to the Jefferson County line was eventually arrested by state police in Indiana.
An 18-year-old NCHS student was expelled for having marijuana at school.
Deaths: Raymond Schuette, 83, of St. Libory; Albert Wesseln, 79, of Tamaroa; William Downs, 79, of Ashley; Selma Wernecke, 84, of Nashville; Dorothy Hall, 84, of Hoyleton; Sidney Luechtefeld, 88, of Lively Grove; and Thelma Cooper, 87, of Elk Grove, CA.
Births: John and Tori England of Woodlawn, twin sons; Douglas and Brittany Boecklen of Addieville, a daughter; and Joseph and Katie Wolters III, a son.
Ten Years Ago
About 100 people braved frigid temperatures to attend Christmas caroling on the courthouse square, sponsored by Washington County Ministerial Alliance.
November rainfall was 2.65 inches, nearly an inch below normal.
Brendan Killion, third grader at Okawville, won the first annual Christmas Card Design Contest at Washington County Hospital.
Seventy-six minors were arrested on alcohol charges at Addieville Community Club.
Gutzler’s Furniture offered a recliner sofa for $649.
Birth: Chad and Stephanie Gogolek of Addieville, a daughter.
Deaths: Armin Isringhaus, 87, of Okawville; Benedict Schabelski, 86, of St. Louis; Velma Ernst, 94, of Highland; Vera Doelling, 92, of Okawville; Kenya Ard, 42, of Conway, SC.
Wedding: Mindy Carpenter and Eugene Lamczyk.
Five Years Ago
The Nashville Chamber urged residents preparing for the holidays to “Shop Nashville First”, touting the area’s low sales tax and the fact that the money stays local.
Judge Dennis Hatch announced his resignation, effective November 30, 2012. Following the announcement, State’s Attorney Julie Kozuszek and former State’s Attorney Brian Trentman both announced that they would be running for the circuit judge’s seat, and Tom Speedie announced that he would be running for State’s Attorney because Kozuszek could not seek reelection to that position while running for judge.
The Washington County Historical Society announced that they would be conducting holiday tours of their house and museum over the upcoming weekend.
Bryan Maxwell, son of accused murderer Clay Maxwell, was sentenced to two years in prison for a violation of parole after he admitted to Judge Richard Aguirre that he had used drugs while on probation. Bryan Maxwell had also been charged with obstruction of justice related to the murder of Lauren Castellari, for allegedly removing carpeting and painting walls to conceal the homicide.
Birth: Bowen Meyer was born October 11 to Blake and Brandi Meyer of Nashville.
Death: Charlene Wilkey, 84, of Nashville, December 5.