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It Happened HereDecember 14, 2016

Twenty-Five Years Ago


Brad Meyer was selected by Nashville Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year.

State Rep. Terry Deering (D-DuBois) began his re-election campaign in the new 116th District.

Petition filing was underway for the 1992 Primary. Republican State’s Attorney Bill Pearcy and Republican Circuit Clerk Harry Reinhardt were the first two county-wide candidates to file.

The death by gunshot would of Larry Mann, 30, of Richview was being investigated.

Deaths: Elmer “Johnny” Garrison, 88, of Ashley; Richard Hughes, 55, of Belleville; Helen Nikrant, 90, of Nashville; Thaddeus Zgonina, 79, of Radom; Omer Doelling, 80, of Okawville; William Lemen, 88, of Christopher; Clifford Conway, 87, of Winter Park, FL; Emma Badgett, 91, of Centralia; Wesley Wakefield, 87, of Mascoutah; Dr. Frederick Moeller, 83, of St. Louis; James Shew, 69, of Benton;Carolyn Molitor, 47, of St. Louis; and Raymond Bultmann, 70, of Jefferson City, MO.

Weddings: Dianne Sachtleben and Russell Helbig; Michelle King and Bill Hirschfeld; Loretta Wilcox and Donald Schmidt; and Heather Hughes and Clinton Kasten.

Births: Michael and Sherrie Borowiak of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. David Harris of Belleville, a son; Kenneth and Carla Roupe of Woodland Hills, CA, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. John Buckley of CA, a daughter; Dr. Ralph and Cathy Chapman of Pinckneyville, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Shaw of Sparta, a daughter; and Alexander and Janet DeMeo of Oakdale, a son.

Twenty Years Ago


Amos Rixman was inducted in the National Gas and Steam Hall of Fame.

Erma Kwiatkowski, LPN, and Jim Weber, radiographer, were honored for 30 years of service at Washington County Hospital.

Ken Williams, Nashville Jaycees president, made $1,100 in holiday donations to Colonial Plaza, Washington County Vocational Workshop and Friendship Manor.

Hallmark personalized Christmas ornaments were $7.99 at The Flower Shop.

Deaths: Mabel Johnson, 89, of Nashville; French McClay, 95, of Garden City, MI; Stanley Pestka, 69, of Lebanon; Theophil Ziarnek, 90, of LaPorte, IN; Eleanor Zelasko, 69, of DuBois; Rose Skurat, 60, of Centralia; Claude Moore, 87, of Tamaroa; Erma Krueger, 96, of Chester; Irvin Nuernberger, 85, of Edwardsville; Raymond Poninski, 76, of Bedford, TX; John Poninski Jr., 73, of Pinckneyville.

Wedding: Robyn Reu and John Graham.

Births: Greg and Joy Bretsch of Energy, a daughter; Harrison “Butch” and Robin Rhine of Nashville, a son; Ross and Stacie Schultze of Salem, a daughter; and Aaron and Lisa Baum of Nashville, a daughter.

Fifteen Years Ago


Cost of a single-person pass at Nashville Municipal Golf Course rose $50 to $475. The number of passes sold had fallen 30 percent in the previous three years.

Local hunters took 1,320 deer, including 528 in the second season.

Lari Dierks was third runner-up in the Miss National Preteen Princess competition in Florida.

Brad Meyer, Hornet radio broadcaster, and Bob Bogle, coach of the 1978 state champion Hornet team, were named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

John Shelton, 85, and his wife, Frances, 74, of Mt. Vernon were killed by a pickup truck while crossing North Mill Street.

Other deaths: Elvira Spangenberg, 62, of Nashville; Kaneth Borowiak, 95, of Nashville; David Suedmeyer, 62; Randall Prusacki, 53, of Du Quoin; Henry Mayer, 78, of Cahokia; Carroll Dintelman, 90, of Cottonwood, AZ; Vernon Weihe, 75, of Centralia; Helen Kitowski, 79, of Union, MO; Gladys Mathis, 72, of Pinckneyville; and Roger Clayton, 79, of Springfield.

Wedding: Heather McCall and Gary Rieth Jr.

Births: Terry and Traci Pelczynski of Richview, a son; Stacey and Mathew Steinkamp of Cahokia, a daughter; Mike and Janel Mueller of Belleville, a daughter; David and Amy Meyer of Shobonier, a son; Allan Cox and Alison Hammer of Ashley, a son; and Dale and Neda Banach of Scheller, a son.

Ten Years Ago


Washington County Courthouse was closed by extremely high carbon monoxide levels and all employees were to be tested for exposure to the dangerous gas.

Krystal Stein won the Southern Idol singing contest in Carbondale, claiming $1,200 and a trip to Las Vegas.

Nashville City Council voted to rezone the old landfill grounds to M-1 manufacturing.

Deer hunters took 1,511 deer, 50 more than the previous year.

Semi boneless hams were $1.49 a pound and bread was $1 per loaf.

Birth: Jessica Cameron and Brian Camp of Roodhouse, a daughter.

Deaths: Michael Dublo, 85, of St. Louis; Anne Cholewa, 92, of Elgin; Melvin Neuhaus, 87, of Hoyleton; Margaret Zielinski, 92; Richard Patton, 84, of Oakdale; Larry Phelps, 55, of Richview; Paul Gajewski, 92, of Scheller; and Anna Jarrett, 86, of DuBois.

Five Years Ago


Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny and retired pitcher Kirk Rueter teamed up for a benefit for local children Sydney and Zach Brinkmann, a brother and sister with Fanconi Anemia.

The chimneys were removed from Campagna Funeral Home with a crane,

Washington County Hospitals progress in implementing Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems was some of the fastest in the nation.

Dan Emge announced his candidacy to become the resident circuit judge for Washington County.

Births: Kinsey Maschhoff was born on November 2 to Justin and Barrie Maschhoff of Belleville. Noah Wonch was born on November 21 to Garrett Wonch of Fort Hood, Texas, and Paige Oltmann of Nashville.

Deaths: Norma Jasper, 78, of Venedy, December 6; Amelia Woodside, 82, of New Athens, formerly of Pinckneyville, December 8; Hilda Gibson, 89, of Richview, December 7; Dennis Kellerman, 61, of Pinckneyville, December 10; Raymond Zelasko, 89, of Centralia, formerly of Tamaroa, December 7.

It Happened Here

Eighty Years Ago


Authorities believed they had solved a $100 burglary of the Louis Bassen merchandise store in Hoyleton and the theft of a Model T Ford belonging to Leo Mamell of Nashville, with the arrest of a 45-year-old transient near Centralia.

August Hohman was rehired as janitor of the Washington County Courthouse at a salary of $50 per month.

A prisoner in the Washington County Jail, awaiting trail on a charge of setting fire to the Clarmin schoolhouse, started a fire in the jail.

Walter Haake purchased the Hasemeier grocery store in Nashville.

Nashville was selected for the first time to host an IHSA District Basketball Tournament in February.

Christmas cherry chocolates were 25 cents a pound at the Kroger Store.

Deaths: Edgar Prosser, 71, of Richview; Philip Rieger, 77, of Nashville; Adolph Schmidt, 69, of Nashville; George Schmidt, 88, of Okawville, a veteran of the Civil War; William Laney, 87, a native of Washington County; Mrs. Henry Lueker, 62, of Bethel; Alfred Zacheis, 33, of Addieville; Leanna Rembe, 75, of Lincoln; and Howard Lee Huff, 24-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Huff of Oakdale.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


The News listed local boys believed to be stationed at Pearl Harbor following the Japanese surprise attack on the island base, and the subsequent declaration of war Preliminary reports indicated all Washington County servicemen were well.

The Murray Restaurant in Irvington was burglarized with the loss of $100 worth of cigarettes and candy.

Roy Cook purchased the Nashville Transfer Co.

Pork chops were 22 cents a pound.

Deaths: Otto Willis, 52, of Nashville; Mrs. Chris Keyler, 72, of Nashville; Ernest Herzog Sr., 92, of Washington County; Casper Grajek, 97, of Posen; Lena Flachmeyer, 89; and Rev. B.H. Leesman, former pastor of St. Paul Evangelical Church in Nashville.

Seventy Years Ago


Six members of the George Daum family were injured when the buggy in which they were riding was struck by an auto driven by Circuit Judge Ralph Maxwell west of New Minden.

William Hoffman was rehired as janitor at the courthouse at a monthly salary of $100.

Ruth Nagel escaped injury when the car she was driving struck and killed a stray mule near Ashley.

Henry Hogshead, 83, of Nashville escaped injury when he ran his car into a MI passenger train at the west Nashville crossing.

Nashville won the Tri-County Conference basketball tournament at Ashley, defeating Carlyle and Sandoval.

Deaths: George Grattendick, 71, of Covington Township; Dr. G.R. Hays, 76, of Marissa; Fred Schmulbach, 48, a native of DuBois; Arthur Kurghoff, 66, of Nashville; Agnes Bogucky, 86, of Posen; Steve Rozycki, 53, a native of Washington County; Catherine Kellerman, 63, of Perry County; Henry Kleiboeker, 73, of Hoffman; and Walter Pelka, 69, of DuBois.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


State Policeman Wesley “Buck” Jones wounded a robbery suspect from St. Louis with the suspect’s own gun when the suspect attempted to elude police in downtown Nashville.

A $40,000 fire destroyed Mellein’s tavern and dance hall near Venedy. Cause of the blaze was unknown.

The Bolo Township voting precinct was changed from the schoolhouse to the town hall.

Five persons were injured when an ambulance from Okawville was struck by a car near the intersection of Routes 158 and 161 in Belleville.

The grain elevator, MI depot and lumber yard in Oakdale were burglarized. The loss was two candy bars, 20 cents and 18 three-cent stamps.

V.G. Reeves purchased the Leo Sherman tavern in DuBois.

Deaths: Gerhardt Mann, 61, of Belleville; Anton Bednarkiewicz of Todd’s Mill; Msgt. Ray Propes of Irvington; and Sandra Kay Daum, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Daum of Covington.

Sixty Years Ago


A meeting was held to organize a Nashville chapter of the Knights of Columbus.

Claude Garner was elected president of the Washington County Democratic Club.

Smoked hams were 39 cents a pound and pork sausage was four pounds for a dollar at local grocery stores.

Downtown Nashville merchants were giving away two, 25-pound turkeys as a Christmas shopping promotion.

Deaths: W.L. Ragland, 79, formerly of Nashville; Mrs. Fred Ziegler of Reddick, FL; George Vuichard, 73, of Coulterville; James McGowan of Quincy; and Mary Witkowski, 63, of Scheller.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


Don Johnson joined the Nashville law firm of Hohlt, House and DeMoss.

A set of dominoes was 49 cents at Lee’s 5 cents to $1 Store.

Betty Crocker cake mixes were three for 89 cents and Hi-C drink was selling at three, 46-ounce cans for $1.

Deaths: Jacob Schuetz, 80, of Venedy; William Hassebrock, 68, of Okawville; Roy Hunter, 58, of Rice; Dorothy Young, 55, of Mt. Vernon; and Leslie Voelkel, 26, of Ashley, killed in a traffic accident.

Fifty Years Ago


Only 16 deer were killed in Washington County during the two weekend season.

The average corn yield in Washington County was 44 bushels per acre, down from the 59 bushels from a year earlier.

Unseasonably mild weather was reported in the county as the mercury hit 69 and 70 degrees.

Spare ribs were 65 cents a pound and salad dressing was 39 cents a quart.

Robert Spenner, 27, of Irvington was killed in a traffic accident in Centralia.

Other deaths: August Kern, 64, of Burlingame, CA; Clara McNally, 86, of Detroit, MI; Gladys Fehrmann, 60, of Centralia; Fred Bauer, 75, of Tamaroa; John Elsesser, 61, of Sterling; Emma Lunte, 82, of Addieville; Almeda Ratts, 80, of Irvington; James Graham, 64, of Jacksonville; Vernon Lee Turner, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Turner; and Louise Norton, 47, a native of Addieville.

Forty-Five Years Ago


Harlin Lunte received injuries when he fell from a bulk milk truck in O’Fallon.

Earl Borgman, 18, of Okawville was apprehended by village police officer Alvin Lichtenfels. Borgman had been a fugitive for two weeks after eluding Washington and Clinton county authorities.

Rev. Donald Storck was named director of the Hoyleton Children’s Home.

Pam Auld was crowned sweetheart queen at the annual FFA and FHA dance.

Mr. and Mrs. John Kornegger were found dead in their home from gas fumes caused by a clogged flue.

Other deaths: Stuart Carson, 66, of Oakdale; Victoria Piglowski, 71, of Nashville; Effrie Lewis, 76, of Nashville; Richard Ellerbusch, 68, of New Minden; George Massmann, 82, of Washington County; Agnes Kryger, 87, of Ashley; Clarence Spreen, 61, formerly of Okawville; Earl Mueller, 68, of St. Louis; and Charles Evilsizer, 74, a native of DuBois.

Forty Years Ago


Washington County Farm Bureau marked its golden anniversary.

Carrie Luke and Edward Peithmann celebrated their 100th birthdays at Friendship Manor Nursing Home.

Kroger advertised bananas for 16 cents a pound.

Deaths: Ruth Townsend, 80, of California; Charles Johnpeter, 81, of Carlyle; Walter Waligorski, 65, of East St. Louis; Earl Thomas, 72, of Richview; James Lauber, 54, of South Amboy, NJ; Helen Forshey, 54, of North Miami Beach, FL; and Henry Theisman, 69, former mayor of St. Libory.

Thirty-Five Years Ago


Republican petitions filled for county office were Albert Dinkelman and Adrian Baum, sheriff; Virgil May, county clerk; Irene Going, treasurer.

The movie “9 to 5” was showing at the State Theatre in Nashville.

Terry Palek, son of Mr. and Mrs. Palek of Nashville was awarded the SAR Good Citizenship Award.

Deaths: Virgil Englemann, 54, of Albers; Mildred Gaebe, 78, of St. Louis; Russell Broadwater, 78; Edna Coates, 82, of Coulterville; Joseph Averbeck, 63, of Marissa; John Horstmeyer, 77, of Okawville; Albert Weeke, 73, of Addieville; Rolland McClay, 71, formerly of Oakdale; Edna Lake, 60, of New Athens; Joseph Kozuszek, 73, of St. Louis.

Thirty Years Ago


A film crew from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs was in Nashville for two days working on a film about quality of life in Illinois.

Hoyleton School Board agreed to meet with Nashville representatives for discussion about consolidation.

The minimum water rate in Nashville was increased to $6 for the first 2,000 gallons.

Deaths: Henrietta Lueke, 78, of Ashley; Harl Henley, 85, of Ashley; Douglas Pelker, 26, of Du Quoin; Esther Springer, 80, formerly of Okawville; Jason Heiman, 17, of Sesser, killed in a car accident; Stanley Andrews, 72, of St. Louis; Rodney Anderson, 36, of Denver, IA; and Clifford Sloat, 66, formerly of Centralia.

Births: Gary and Doris Sauerhage of Mascoutah, a daughter; Chris and Marcia Sherman of Mt. Vernon, a daughter; Mark and Janet Winkeler of Carlyle, a daughter; and Michael and Sherry Hooper of Lexington, KY, a son.