It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
Tillie Heggemeier sold the Nashville Flower Shop to Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Held.
Dr. Longwell of Joliet rented the G.H. Beckmeyer residence on East Main Street and expected to open an office there.
A box of Super X shells was $1 and Christmas tree light sets were three for $1 at Paul’s Hardware in Nashville.
Robert Spear, 19, of Ashley died of a gunshot wound he received while target shooting with his brother, Jerry, south of Ashley.
An unidentified 65-year-old tramp committed suicide by hanging with a shoestring at the Allen Padfield house in Nashville.
Other deaths: Elza Cohlmeyer, 71, of Richview; and Louise Weichert, 66, of Addieville.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
The Style Shop in Nashville was conducting a quitting business sale with 200 dresses for 97 cents each.
You could buy a 42-inch streamlined sled for 98 cents at Richard Windler’s Gamble Store in Nashville.
Deaths: Mary Rueter, 93, a native of Nashville; Henry Pruehsner, 69, of Nashville; Mrs. Theodore Kugler, 68, of Okawville; Mary Catherine Clemmons, 81, of Nashville; and August Toensing, 60, of Okawville.
Seventy Years Ago
Lambert Krzyzanoski, 17, of Beaucoup received injuries to his left hand when his shotgun discharged while hunting.
Dr. Otto Brandhorst of St. Louis was named to the medical advisory staff of the atomic bomb project in Los Alamos, NM.
Flour was $1.82 for a 25-pound bag and apple butter was 29 cents for a 28-ounce jar.
Deaths: Esther Harre, 19, of New Minden; William Carson, 92, of Oakdale; George Meyer, 88, of Centralia; and Elizabeth Becker, 77, a former Hoyleton resident.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Cost of a penny postcard was doubled to two cents.
Burglars struck the Woodside General Store in Oakdale and stole two revolvers, a carbide light, flashlights, batteries, radios and quite a few pairs of overalls.
Deaths: Margaret Kirchhoefer, 76, of Nashville; Homer Beard, 61, formerly of Nashville; Mary Cruse of Fulton, MO; Mary Patricia Korte, 1 month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Korte of Nashville; Fred Mueller, 67, of Mascoutah; and J.J. Broadus of Harlingen, TX, killed in a place crash.
Sixty Years Ago
Power lines were downed in Nashville, Okawville, Hoyleton and New Minden following an ice storm.
“Bus Stop” with Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray was featured at the State Theatre.
Ernie Deering’s garage in DuBois was robbed of an accordion, tires, batteries, electric drills, cigarettes and money.
An abandoned house owned by Albert Skurat in DuBois was destroyed by fire.
Jeanette Jankowski of Radom was one of 16 candidates for queen of the annual Southern Illinois University Military Ball.
Local grocery prices included hams for 59 cents a pound and turkey for 69 cents a pound.
Deaths: Mary Kerr, 81, of Oakdale; Louise Keller, 87, of St. Louis; Mrs. Fred Ziegler, 86, of Reddick, FL; Fred Schnitker, 67, of Hoyleton; and J.L. Hyrup, 72, of St. Louis.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Edward Wulf of Addieville lost four fingers on his right hand while picking corn.
Pickles were 39 cents a quart and olives were 49 cents a can at Eigenrauch’s Tom Boy Market.
Deaths: Henry Nagel, 66, of Nashville; William “Fred” Hagebusch, 74, of St. Louis; Karl Odenwald, 72, of St. Louis; Irene Pulke, 64, of Pinckneyville; and Pauline Stegman of Neche, ND.
Fifty Years Ago
County funeral directors expressed a desire to discontinue ambulance service.
Reuter Variety Store in Nashville closed its doors after 31 years in business.
Burglars hit Joe’s Service Station in DuBois and the Okawville Farmers Elevator.
The Richview State Bank moved to its new building in Irvington.
Deaths: Elmer Nobe of Venedy; Charles “Collie” Borgman, 71, of Okawville; George Purdy, 82, of Nashville; Earl Woodrome, 74, formerly of Ashley; William Blase, 67, of Hamel; Leslie Brueggemann, 61, a native of Plum Hill; Louis Woker, 87, of Hoyleton; Frazier Newkirk, 70, of Carlyle; Gus Fark, 68, formerly of Hoyleton; Adolph Mines, 75, of Sparta; and Frances Nowicki, 73, of Ashley.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Lloyd Karmeier announced he would not be a candidate for re-election as state’s attorney.
City trash pickup for residents in Nashville was scheduled to begin in January.
Washington County hunters killed 80 deer during the six-day season.
A large window was blown out at Ashley Grade School causing the cancellation of classes.
Mary Przygoda won the DAR Citizenship Award at Ashley High School.
Eleanora Carson of Oakdale took the seat of her late husband on the Washington County Board of Supervisors.
Deaths: Raymond Kringer, 65, of Ashley; Louis Fleischmann, 80, of Nashville; Ida Lilienkamp, 84, of Nashville; Lola Felts, 69, a native of Tamaroa; Martin Selle, 72, of Centralia; Mary Luechtefeld, 81, of Lively Grove; Mildred Ulrey, 47, a native of Richview; Samuel Lemmon, 88, of Tamaroa; John Wittenberg, 76, a native of Richview; and Ruby McDonald, 47, of Pinckneyville.
Forty Years Ago
In the second half of the deer season, hunters checked in 190 deer.
The Nashville Bicentenial Committee buried a time capsule in back of the Bicentenial Monument on the Washington County courthouse lawn to be opened in 100 years.
Freddie Smith, a custodian of NCHS since March of 1967, was honored upon his retirement.
Deaths: Otis Diedrich, 68, of Nashville; Louise Conaway, 87, of Nashville; Lydia Collmeyer, 83, of Nashville; Martin Maschhoff, 57, of Hoyleton; Henry Boeker, 70, of Ferrin; and Maude Smith, 96, of Centralia.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schneider attended the IAA Annual Farm Bureau meeting in St. Louis to accept the Merit Award for the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee of Washington County.
The Happy Holiday Album was offered for $1.99 at Reinkensmeyer’s Store in Hoyleton.
Deaths: Walter Weeke, 75, and his sister, Laura Kampe, 79, both of Okawville; Leslie Klasing, 68, of Okawville; Joseph “Pete” Schubert, 77, of Woodson Terrace, MO; Florence Krietemeyer, 84, of Centralia; Emma Fox, 86, of Melbourne, FL; Marietta Willis, 77, formerly of Tamaroa; Leonard Loyd, 64, of Tamaroa; Helen Hassebrock, 62, of Okawville; Wilbert June, 66, of Portland, OR; Velma Haun, 74, of Du Quoin; Frank Majnerich, 69, of St. Louis; Harold Haun, 90, of McAllen, TX; Edwin Garlich, 75, of Jacksonville; Lorene Hess, 74, of Benton.
Weddings: Margaret White and Douglas Small; and Sondra Gilter and Dale Jones.
Thirty Years Ago
Howard Frederking was named a director of Farmers and Merchants National Bank in Nashville.
Jim Baldwin rolled a 652 series at the local bowling alley.
Deaths: Frank Paszkiewicz, 85, a resident of Posen; Edward Thomson, 85, of Ashley; Rosalia Gorski, 89, of Nashville; Edna Eigenrauch, 80, of Nashville; Martha Luczaj, 87, of Nashville; Herbert Jolliff, 84, of Centralia; Maryann Herbec, 51, of Eureka, MO; Alma Moeller, 96, formerly of Nashville; Harry Blakely, 76, of Tamaroa; Helen Westerfeld, 79, formerly of Hoyleton; and Gladys Ervin, 88, of Pinckneyville.
Weddings: Paula Pannier and Mark Heberer; Joy Caine and Ralph Shreeman; and Mauri Gerstenberger and Mark Mays.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Washington County was awarded $12,147 in federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.
The Washington County Hospital Board heard a report that indicated a $18,342 net income for the year-to-date, compared to $111,359 last year.
The Richview Board of Trustees was to hold a public hearing on the possibility of a zoning ordinance and annexation north of the village limits.
Nashville Public Library Board opened bids on renovation of the former VFW building ranging from $136,560 to $181,707.
Burglars took cash, cigarettes and beer from Stratmann’s IGA in Nashville. They entered through the roof, beat the safe open, took the core from the safe and exited through a wall.
Southern Illinois Congressman Glenn Poshard voted against the Clean Air Act and warned thousands of coal mining jobs would be put into danger by its passage.
The Washington County Homemakers Extension Association’s Operation Teddy Bear gathered 106 stuffed animals for distribution to children involved in traumatic situations.
Deaths: Kathryn Kryger, 82, of Ashley; Isa Kleeman, 84, formerly of Hoyleton; Walter Heseman, 76, of Rock Island; Isabelle Vetrano, 67, of Houston, TX; Thomas Mutz, 84, of Nashville; Marjorie Melvin, 58, and Gerald Melvin, 66, both of Tamaroa; Truman Brandt, 90, of Nashville; Donald Severs, 63, of Ashley; Dr. William Stackable, 67, of Centralia; and Mary Craig, 77, of Coulterville.
Wedding: Sandra Russell and Lawrence Steckel.
Births: Daniel and Patty May of Nashville, a daughter; Chris and Brenda Schildz of O’Fallon, MO, a daughter; David and Karen Wilke of Okawville, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Skorcz, a son; and Bryan and Bernadine Morton , a son.
Twenty Years Ago
Aaron Swinford sold his accounting business to Krehbiel and Associates.
A seven-day family pass was $425 plus $45 for each dependent on Nashville Golf Course.
Eric and Kim Brammeier of Venedy were finalists in the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Farmer competition.
Fire destroyed a building at Maschhoff Hog Farm near Posey, killing up to 2,700 pigs and causing $450,000 in damage.
Ribbons were cut to mark the openings of CARS (Clark Auto Repair Service) and Warren Auto Body.
Deaths: Craig Mellein, 41, of Nashville; Art Giacomo, 75, of Rice; Elda Ostendorf, 82, of Addieville; Elmer Hummert, 73, of St. Louis; Howard Graul, 81, of Belleville; and Anna Funk, 98, of Belleville.
Weddings: Kathleen Zibby and Kevin Draege; Leann Gumble and Ron Rybacki.
Births: Duane and Sara Green of Venedy, a son; Charles and Elizabeth Stein of Tamaroa, a son; Craig and Tine Boehne of Hoyleton, a son; Kenneth and DeeDee Peper of Richview, a daughter; and Jacob and Lori Hunsell of Ashley, a son.
Fifteen Years Ago
Steve Haertling was named Citizen of the Year by Nashville Chamber of Commerce.
Washington County Board members voted themselves into the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension plan.
NCHS Superintendent Ken Hill said reductions in personnel could be part of a plan to block the flow of red ink.
NCHS students Steven Winka, Justin Schnitker, Randy Langrehr and Ross Schomaker fixed a machine in the wood shop and saved the school a $1,000 repair bill.
Members of Washington County Fraternal Order of Police treated 24 youngsters to a Christmas shopping trip.
Burglars made off with over $5,000 in goods from a home in Oakdale and another in Ashley.
NAPA was advertising a Michael Waltrip remote control race car for $69.99.
Deaths: John Moore, 62, of Ashley; Elda Brinson, 80, of Edwardsville; Gary Neighbors, 60, of St. Libory; Catherine Gonzalez, 85, of Cottonwood, AZ; Eva Adams, 87, of Nashville; Melvin Brinkman, 75, of Addieville; Russell Raeber, 77, of St. Louis; Irma Turner, 83, of Nashville; and Margaret Pitchford, 103, of Nashville.
Births: Randy and Andrea Briles of Madison, AL, a son; Phillip and Holly Mansell of Centralia, a daughter; and Gunnery Sgt. and Mrs. Jeff Clark of Iwakuni, Japan, a son.
Ten Years Ago
Don Hawkins, retired NCHS teacher, coach, guidance counselor and administrator, was named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.
Kelly and Joyce Sheridan won first place in the Lions Club Christmas lighting contest.
George Nadolski, Beverly Schindelar, Sarah Boothman and Sara Ringenberg, all of Ashley, reported the theft of Christmas decorations.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill to increase the minimum wage by $1 to $7.50 per hour.
Births: Craig and Kelli Detering of Centralia, twins, a son and daughter; Allen and Allison Heaman of Oregon, a daughter; William Hardester Jr. and Anastasia Pranga, a son.
Deaths: Earl Smith, 93, of San Antoni, TX; Melissa Powers, 35, of Carlyle; Viles “Smokey” Schwankhaus, 88, of Okawville; Beverly “Nita” Koch, 52, of Carlyle; Harold Koelling, 84, of Irvington; and Randy Nagel, 58, of Nashville.
Five Years Ago
The Nashville City council annexed two 20-acres tracts of land located near GDB International into the city.
The Washington County Board approved an increase to the fee schedule for the Washington County Ambulance Service.
The Nashville District 49 Board of Education approved the sale of bonds for the construction of the Washington County Early Childhood Education Center.
Gordon and Shirley Clary of Plum Hill celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 16.
Deaths: Thomas Hale, 82, of Nashville, December 15; Freda Haggard, 98, of Pinckneyville, December 16; Marie Gilbert, 94, of Nashville, December 16.