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It Happened Here – January 4, 2017

It Happened Here

Eighty Years Ago


Kleinschmidt Poultry and Egg Co. in Nashville was willing to buy 20 to 60-pound Shoat hogs.

Gustav Schorfheide, 36, of Nashville died of injuries he received when he was kicked by a mule.

Frank Knoiski, 53, of Clarmin was killed when struck by an Illinois Central passenger train near the Jones mine at Tilden.

Other deaths: Mrs. Frank Kern, 56, a native of Hoyleton; John Meier, 53, of Addieville; Henry E. Doelling, 62, of Okawville; Agnes Kamadulski, 75, of Pilot Knob Township; Mary Finke, 61, of Beaucoup; Louisa Horstman, 67, of New Minden; George Hermann, 72, of Nashville; and Oscar Fields, a former Nashville miller.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


Automobile tire rationing began due to the cutoff of crude rubber by the Japanese in the Far East.

Charles Roper’s residence was named the winner in the Christmas lighting contest for the second year in a row.

J. E. Dennis, 35, of Hoyleton was killed in an auto accident in Wamac.

Other deaths: Fred Gerling, 98, of Hoyleton; Henry Maschhoff, 81, of Nashville; Karl Randoll, 58, of Venedy Township; Pauline Hussman of St. Louis; John Sherwood, 74, former Nashville resident; Richard Fred Smith, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Smith; Richard Bower, 69, of Irvington; and Charles Landers, 74, of Filmore.

Seventy Years Ago


The Charles Roper residence won the annual Christmas lighting contest in Nashville.

John Surmeier, 41, of near St. Libory, was killed when he was caught by the belt operating the circular saw.

Other deaths: Fred Lorberg, 67, of Nashville; Ben Gaebe, 56, of Addieville; Ernest Johnson of Los Angeles, CA; William Buchmueller of St. Louis; Barbara Wedel, 88, of Nashville; Henry Juenger, 69, a native of Biddleborn; Cecilia Kalas, 19, of Radom; Mary Hettenhausen, 62, of Plum Hill Township; and Ninabelle Hindman, 20, a native of Oakdale.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


The steeple at St. Paul Church in Nashville gave way, causing quite a fall of bricks.

Arnold Marquard of Nashville opened a new Gamble Store in Pinckneyville.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Beckmeyer of Richview had the first Washington County baby of the new year, on Jan. 1, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

Deaths: Frank Witt, 51, of Nashville; George Voelkel, 76, of Nashville; John Przygoda, 77, of Du Bois; Ollie Sproul, 78, of Richview; and Henry Christenson of Maywood.

Sixty Years Ago


Brother Frank Wagner of Du Bois was ordained a deacon at the Oblate Fathers Seminary.

Local grocery prices included three heads of lettuce for 57 cents and two pounds of pork sausage for 57 cents.

Deaths: Wayne Schaeffer, 24, of Nashville; Harry Thompson, 74, formerly of Nashville; Caroline Wilke, 82, of Addieville; Harry Lammers of Okawville; Myrtle Lampe, 70, of Irvington; and Oscar Riddle, 81, formerly of Ashley.

Fifty -Five Years Ago


Edwin Boeschen retired after a number of years as an employee of the First National Bank in Nashville.

Vernon Oeltjen, 37, drowned in the Kaskaskia River near New Memphis.

Other deaths: Edward Meinert, 69, of Nashville; George Mierkowski, 72, of Nashville; Ann Coulter, 91, of Oakdale; Elizabeth Schneider, 91, of St. Louis; Hiram Evilsizer, 69, a native of Nashville; John Pelker, 89, of Clawson, MI; Harold Harmening of Covington Township; Robert Smith, 81, of Pinckneyville; Edward Lynn Schmollinger, 19 months, of Greenville; Reba Dodillet, 78, a native of Nashville; Sally Day, 90, of Ashley; John Jay Meyer, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Meyer of Stone Church; and Emily Rice, formerly of Du Bois.

Fifty Years Ago


Roger Lee Rhine was the first baby born at the Washington County Hospital in the new year.

Washington County Conservation Area reported 120,235 visitors during the last year with 4,500 campers.

Sean Connery as James Bond in “Thunderball” was the feature at the State Theater.

Deaths: William Joellenbeck, 77, of Okawville; Anton Wroblewski, 85, of Radom; Laura Poirot, 85, a native of Nashville; Harold Struever, a native of Nashville; Neil McCarrey, 63, a native of Irvington; Glen Teel, 70, of Ashley; and Celesta Bentley, 59, a native of Washington County.

Forty-Five Years Ago


About 130 tires and 45 batteries were taken in a burglary of the Washington County Service Co. warehouse.

Thomas Cahill won first place in the Ashley Christmas lighting contest.

The weekend special at Reaban’s was six hamburgers or five cheeseburgers for $1.

The Nashville Apparel Factory Outlet advertised its grand opening sale.

Deaths: Caroline Schrieber, 83, a native of Covington Township; Lena Luebberstedt, 91, formerly of Oakdale; Vina Poston, 70, of Centralia; Edward Boyer, 52, of Homewood; Josephine Gossman, 83, of Pinckneyville; Leo Musielak, 62, a native of Washington County; Carrie Strate, 72, a native of Hoyleton; Arthur Fleischman, 78, of Centralia; and Fred Harper of Bunker Hill.

Forty Years Ago


William Auld, Oakdale chairman of the Washington County ASC Committee, was elected president of the Illinois Association of Farmer-elected Committeemen.

Vogel Elevator in Posey observed its fiftieth year of operation under the same family name.

Deaths: Donald Smith, 65, of Nashville; Ben Voss, 71, of Nashville; Marie Jezewiak, 92, of Radom; Casimier Pierjok, 67, of Nashville; Aloys Ziarnek, 76, of Scheller; and Emma Middlesworth, 98, of Chester.

Thirty-Five Years Ago


A new DUI law went into effect on Jan. 1 in Illinois, replacing the Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) law.

The Nashville Hornets advanced to the finals at the Mater Dei Holiday Tournament.

Deaths: Henry Sensel, 99, of Ashley; Clarence Norris, 79, of Du Quoin; Walter Luebke, 82, of Okawville; Sarah “Sadie” Greenwood, 88, born in Washington County; Kenneth Meyer, 59, area farmer; John Voss, 85, of New Memphis; and Arthur Kempa, formerly of Nashville.

Thirty Years Ago


Eric Campagna, Richard Pacey, Randy Dunnavan and John Schultze were to take over ownership of the Pyatt Funeral Home in Nashville, Ashley, Centralia and Hoyleton.

Randy Malick, 23, of Nashville, died in a car-train accident near Du Quoin.

Other deaths: Charlotte “Lottie” Bergmann, 94; Benny Dintelman, 58, of Steeleville; Viola File, 78, of Addieville; Nellie Luebke, 86, of Okawville; Charles Shook, 79, of Clarmin; Oscar Nierman, 84, of Centralia; Leo Liszewski, 72, of Nashville; Ellen Kelley, 44, of Glendale, AZ; Mary McNail, 90, of Ashley; Charles Groves, 78, of Richview; Raymond Ellerbusch, 75, of Florissant, MO; Warren Teel, 75, of Nashville; Priscilla Stratmann, 75, of Millstadt; Lydia Middendorf, 90, of St. Louis; and Eula Cook, 87, of Tamaroa.

Twenty-Five Years Ago


Wanda Goodner, president of Farmers and Merchants National Bank, presented a check for $2,000 to Stanley Renth, president of New Minden Community Club, and $1,000 to Father Al Jerome of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Posen.

Washington County Conservation Area received $25,000 in state funds for watershed and situation improvements.

Katie Ann Landers won a huge Christmas stocking from Save-A-Lot grocery store.

King Management received a variance from the Nashville Zoning Board of Appeals for parking and a 20’ x 32’ addition to its building on State Route 127.

Mike Hoyt placed first in the Irvington Christmas decorating contest.

Deaths: Eunice Vance, 79, of Nashville; Letha Woolbright, 82, of Overland, MO; Donald Adams, 72, of Patoka; Lillie Porter, 94, of Nashville; Franklin Helbig, 73, of Nashville; George Wesseln, 79, of Tamaroa; Bruno Wesseln, 74, of Tamaroa; and Joey Whipple, four, of Salem.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Pete Bednarz of Nashville, a son; Spec. and Mrs. Kevin Chwascinski of Ft. Sill, OK, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Curtis of Ashley, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Brad Harre of Nashville, a son by adoption; and Mr. and Mrs. Brian Kurwicki of Edwardsville, a daughter.

Twenty Years Ago


Washington County Sheriff’s Dept. offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for shooting at a house on Marissa Road.

Dr. Larry Best, veterinarian at Nashville Animal Clinic, purchased a clinic in his hometown of Fairfield.

Washington County Hospital began requiring pre-employment drug screenings for jobseekers.

Nashville Jaycees delivered toys, clothing and food to needy families.

Tough new DUI laws were to take effect with the new year aimed at detering repeat offenders.

“Dear God” was the feature at the State Theater.

Deaths: Ted Kruski, 90, of Nashville; Grace Bourbon, 61, of Okawville; Delbert Rueter, 58, of Hoyleton; Frank Mantych, 87, of Belleville; LeRoy Heggemeier, 77, of Nashville; Bernice Padberg, 70, of Salem; Leo Lamczyk, 90, of Nashville; William Fewell, 71, of Lufkin, Texas; Kenneth Niermann, 56, of Centralia; June Gajewski, 57, of Brandon, Mississippi; and Irene Juenger, 84, of West Frankfort.

Weddings: Crista Brown and Joseph Cantlow; and James Absher and Danri Dakang.

Fifteen Years Ago


The Village of Radom sought court authorization to demolish some unsafe buildings on East Main Street.

Lively Grove Township received a $20,000 state grant to help purchase a new truck and snowplow.

Farmers and Merchants National Bank donated $1,500 to Boy Scout Troop 127 and $1,000 to Du Bois Chamber of Commerce.

Sewing Solutions was closing after 15 years in business.

A Nashville woman was bilked out of $650 in a roof repair scam.

The Hornettes under coach Wayne Harre defeated Granite City to capture the Lebanon/Nashville Holiday Tournament crown.

Deaths: Ralph Dalman, 61, of Nashville; Marilyn Spenner, 71, of Hoyleton; Arthur Ball, 76, of Okawville; Violette Fisher, 84, of Tamaroa; Wendell Riechman, 88, of Richview; Anthony Funk, 36, of Centralia; Freda Duensing, 98, of Chesterfield, MO; and Franklin Farr, 82, of Okawville.

Wedding: Stephanie Randoll and Micah Michael.

Births: James and Jody (Farmer) Haltenhoff of Ashley, a daughter; Eric and Kathleen (Aubuchon) Spencer of Nashville, a daughter; and Randy and Rhonda Schwartz of Irvington, a son.

Ten Years Ago


The Hornets won the Mater Dei Holiday Tournament for the first time since 1997 by downing North Lawndale 44-35.

Abbygail Lee Posey, daughter of Brad Posey and Lynn Peppers of Nashville, was the first baby born at Washington County Hospital in the new year.

Farmers and Merchants National Bank offered a home equity loan at 5.9 percent interest.

Births: Eric and Rebecca Kujawa of Glen Carbon, a daughter; Capt. Daniel and Adrienne Wiesner of McGuire Air Force Base, NY, a daughter.

Deaths: Clara Reinhardt, 100, of Nashville; Grace Baldwin, 100, of St. Charles, MO; Harold Birchard, 53, of Addieville. David Haselhorst, 56, of O’Fallon; Lavera Wolf, 84, of Okawville; Goldie Furgerson, 79, of Altamonte Springs, FL.

Wedding: Mandi Kinder and Josh Povolish.

Five Years Ago


21.1-percent of the total population of Washington County received payments from Social Security, compared to just five-percent of Illinois’ population and five-and-a-half-percent of the national population.

The St. Ann’s Catholic Youth Ministry visited KMOV 4 News and met chief meteorologist Steve Templeton.

Ed and Laura Paszkiewicz celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary; Dempsey Witte and Jenny Heimann were wed on July 23, 2011.

Deaths: Walter Rooneo, 85, of Nashville, December 29, 2011; Robert Stevenson, 86, of Nashville, December 29, 2011; Henry Brinkmann, 94, of New Minden; Lillie Caroline Emma Ohlemeyer, 87, of Centralia, formerly of Irvington, December 30, 2011.