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It Happened Here – January 18, 2017

It Happened Here

Eighty Years Ago


The school boards took under consideration several measures aimed at stopping the spread of influenza in the area. Included was the fumigation of classrooms and authority of teachers to send obviously infected children home. Oren Brandis purchased the Nashville Memorial Company.

Approval was given for an $8,250 Nashville street improvement project by the WPA.

Grape Nuts Flakes were two for 19 cents and Jell-O was three for 16 cents at Haake’s Grocery.

Deaths: Zygmund Kitowski, 64, of Nashville; Albert Drummond, 45, formerly of Nashville; Henry Frickenschmidt, 77, formerly of Okawville; James Boyd, 75, formerly of Nashville; Charlotte Hagemeier, 82, formerly of Plum Hill; and Louis Stein, 50, formerly of Nashville.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


Theodore Harre announced he would be a candidate for the Republican nomination for Washington County Treasurer.

A dormitory at St. Michael’s School in Radom was destroyed by fire. Twenty-one children escaped injury. Damage was estimated at $5,000.

F. M. Gilkerson announced the establishment of a shoe factory in Okawville.

Florida oranges were 15 cents a dozen and yearling lambs legs were 20 cents a pound.

Deaths: Mrs. E. A. Hake, 53, of Nashville; and Joe Pulliam, 50, formerly of Nashville.

Seventy Years Ago


The Clark Cafe in Nashville was sold to Kathryn Stonum.

In special performances to segregated audiences (male and female) at the Main Theatre in Okawville, Hygienic Productions sponsored “Mom and Dad.” In addition, radio commentator Elliot Forbes was on stage to duscuss “Secrets of Sensible Sex.”

Walter Kastrup was elected president of Nashville Chamber of Commerce.

Deaths: James Lilienkamp, 28, formerly of Nashville; Helen Liszewski, 36, of Radom; Mrs. Will Karr of Metropolis; Emma Middleton, 75, of Edgemont; Rev. Carl Berger, 71, of Stone Church; Eleanore Eberley, 33, of St. Louis; Anna Schaeferle, 75, of Lively Grove Township; Kathrina Rodefeld, 82, of Sandoval; Dora Heil, 68, a native of Biddleborn; Margaret O’Bryan of East St. Louis; and Mary Wilson, 23, of East St. Louis.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


A petition was filed by a group of residents in Addieville seeking to detach a portion of the school district there and annex it to Okawville.

The Louisville and Nashville Railroad proposed to discontinue two passenger trains between St. Louis, Missouri, and Evansville, Indiana. The two trains ran daily through Nashville.

Deaths: J. C. Meier, 64, of Nashville; Dan Piglowski, 48, of Nashville; Richard Beadle, 76, of Irvington; and Anna Gutzler, 91, a native of Washington County.

Sixty Years Ago


Defective wiring was the cause of a fire which started in the basement at the Bill Seyler restaurant.

Fire caused approximately $1,000 damage at the home of Charles Bochantin, south of Nashville. A defective flue was blamed.

Deaths: Mike Liske, 68, of Richview; Tony Jankowski, 80, of Nashville; Edwin Holtgrewe, 63, of Okawville; Myron Grattendick, 60, a native of Covington Township; Edwin Stelzer of Venedy; John Neville Sr., 86, of Tamaroa; Fred Farmer, 67, formerly of Centralia; and Emilie Mottert, 73, formerly of Hoyleton.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


Philip Neuhaus resigned as Nashville street boss and Mayor Driskill appointed Arthur Decker to replace him.

Dorothy Haake won the Nashville High School Betty Crocker Search for the American Homemaker of Tomorrow contest.

Deaths: Lena Hoppe, 72, of Nashville; Elizabeth Ruess, 80, of Nashville; Lillian Lattner; Frieda Creel, 63, of Ashley; Walter Smolley, 51, of Woodlawn; Emma Krone, 72, of Okawville; Mathilda Thiell, 71, a native of Pilot Knob Township; Daisy Whitescarver, 80, formerly of Nashville; Joseph Kubiak of Ashley; and Henry Luebke, 77, of Johannisburg.

Fifty Years Ago


The Blue Moon Tavern near Ashley was destroyed by fire. The loss was estimated at $15,000.

The L&N Railroad petitioned the Illinois Commerce Commission to close depots in Okawville, Addieville and Dahlgren.

Deaths: Henry Osiek, 81, of Nashville; William Rabenort, 89, of Nashville; Edna Arnsmeyer, 84, of Nashville; Arch Campbell, 74, formerly of Nashville and Ashley; and Otto Krueger, formerly of Nashville.

Forty-Five Years Ago


The Washington County Board of Supervisors adopted the merit system for employees of the sheriff’s department.

A record number of voters, 9,000, had registered in Washington County.

Sandy Dolphus of Beaucoup rolled a record 722 series at the Nashville Lanes.

Bread cost 89 cents for four loaves and pork roast was 59 cents a pound.

Fern Jasper, 38, of Johannisburg was killed in a car-truck accident at Route 460 and Venedy Road.

Other deaths: Nellie Auld, 82, of Oakdale; Richard Seyler, 59, formerly of Nashville; Anton Albers, 80, a native of Lively Grove; Dr. John Podwojski, 94, of St. Louis; Martha Eda Garlich, infant daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jim Garlich of Cary, NC; Clarence Bochantin, 46, a native of Du Bois; Albert Reimenschneider of New Haven, IN; and Josephine Dunne, a native of Ashley.

Forty Years Ago


Fire destroyed the Community Building in Irvington.

Seven inches of snow crippled much of Washington County. The new snow was added to five inches already on the ground. Temperatures hovered near zero.

Charles Kania, 48, of Du Bois was killed when a tractor he was driving overturned, pinning him underneath.

Other deaths: James Gill Sr., 65, of Pilot Knob Township; Ewald Brinkmann, 66, of Stone Church; Nola Meyer, 44, a native of Venedy Township; John Maddaleno, 76, of West Frankfort; Amy Kinison, 91, a native of St. Clair County; and Walter Rixman, 64, A Native Of Oakdale.

Thirty-Five Years Ago


Clayton Ibendahl of Nashville was named “Horseman of the Year” by the Illinois Western Horse Show and Racing Association.

Harry Himbury of Nashville retired after 33 1/2 years with the Postal Service.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Haake of Carbondale was destroyed by fire.

Deaths: Thomas Latner, 41, of Ashley; Alma Rohlfing, 75, of Nashville; Lorene Twenhafel, 55, of Gorham; Raymond Marts, 76, of Fenton, MO; Marie Kehrer, 85, of New Baden; Florence Phillips, 73, of St. Louis; Hulda Koch, 91, of Addieville; Emma Ostendorf, 82, formerly of Okawville; and Bernice Love, 75, of Arlington, TX.

Thirty Years Ago


Larry Maschhoff was honored as Nashville Citizen of the Year.

The City of Nashville received a $2,067 grant from the Southern Illinois Tourism Council to print promotional brochures.

Deaths: Anna Borowiak, 85, of Ashley; Michael Kujawa, 81, of Ashley; Anna Stelmaszewski, 83, of Sesser; Dora Kuekelhand, 83, of Okawville; Lillian Rixmann, 92, of Hoyleton; Irene Alcorn, 86, of Centralia; and Margaret Willmont, 86, of Belleville.

Wedding: Sara Bening and David Lamb.

Twenty-Five Years Ago


Nashville Municipal Golf Course Board Chairman Tom Dahncke presented a check for $7,500 to Jim Hale, president of the Nashville Public Library Board, as part of a three-year commitment to the library’s building fund.

Bob Eade was elected president of Washington County Fair Association, replacing Dan Heggemeier.

Cheryl Schubach, water bill clerk in Ashley, resigned.

The undefeated Okawville Rockets were ranked second in the Class A Associated Press poll.

Deaths: Evelyn Haake, 72, of Centralia; William Sorgmann, 77, of Tamaroa; Helen Bigham, 57, of Pinckneyville; Vernon Thole, 25, of Carlyle; Paul Reinhardt, 93, of Fairfield, IA; Clifford Hampleman, 82, of Tamaroa; and Stuart Snustad, 39, of Tamaroa.

Wedding: Lana Carrick of and SM/SGT Robert Weiss.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Randy Ruggles (Cheryl Krueger) of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Rabe (Marian Gunter) of Addieville, a son; and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Busbey (Debbie Linze) of Scheller, a son.

Twenty Years Ago


John Schubert left his administrative post at Washington County Hospital to become CEO of Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

Dues for Nashville Chamber of Commerce were $50 for individuals, $75 for retail/service, and $100 for manufacturing, industry and out of town.

Gene Driskill was honored as Citizen of the Year by Nashville Chamber of Commerce.

A ribbon was cut to mark the re-opening of the remodeled Traveler’s restaurant in Du Bois, owned by Ray and Pat Stanowski.

The first snow storm of the year dumped six inches on this area.

Deaths: Frances Novak, 81, of Ashley; Lenora Davidson, 82, of Ashley; Edna Mathews, 73, of Addieville; Dorothy Hunt, 59, of Henderson, KY; Norman Steneck, 86, of Addieville; Adam Schauwecker, 82, of Highland; Anna Finney, 84, of Pinckneyville; Mary Cannady, 80, of Mascoutah; Andrew McBrian, 21, of Bonnie; Ralph Przygoda, 74, of Pinckneyville; Florence Haar, 62, of New Baden; Alberto Rivera, 76, of Fairmont City; Andrew Aarns, 68, of Trenton; Ellena Lingle, 91, of Dongola; and Calvin Darnell, 71, of Waltonville.

Weddings: Kira Brickey and Neil Budde; and Amber Zimmerman and Brett Detering.

Births: Paul and Vicki (Magee) Kroener of Oakdale, a daughter; Mark and Michelle (Krus) Riechmann of Okawville, a son; and Gordon and Christine (Plunkett) Smith of Carmel, IN, a daughter.

Fifteen Years Ago


Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ in Hoyleton was planning to dedicate its new multi-purpose facility.

The delinquent real estate tax sale garnered over $66,000 on the sale of 87 parcels.

Construction was set to begin on the Nashville Moose Lodge south of the city.

Sheriff John Foster hit a deer while driving a squad car on State Route 177.

Deaths: Evelyn Witte, 81, of New Minden; Catherine Ropos, 81, of Belleville; Doris Roberson, 77, of Okawville; Anna Jezewak, 90, of St. Louis; Donald Williams, 67, of Richview; David Flota, 63, of Mt. Vernon; and Helen Queen, 88, of Kenosha, WI.

Births: Robert and Jessica Evans of Richview, a daughter; Ronnie and Jennifer Szabelski of Nashville, a son; Steve and Mary Fanelli of Bloomington, a son; and Steve and Tina Horvath of Jacksonville, FL, a son.

Ten Years Ago


Okawville Board of Education discussed the possibility of closing Johannisburg Grade School in light of continued declines in enrollment.

Ashley Fire Dept. responded to 175 calls in 2006, including 15 fire calls.

A 24-pack of Pepsi was $4.99.

Births: Brian and Kristin Drake of Palatine, a son; Clinton and Stefanie (Pries) Bauza of Nashville, a daughter; Mick and Lori (Unverfehrt) Portell of Imperial, MO, a daughter.

Deaths: Dorothy Ostendorf, 90, of Addieville; William Clapp, 76, of St. Louis; Jason Borrenpohl, 23, of Baytown, Texas; Rita Witges, 80, of Scheller; Joyce Dunbar, 71, of Benton; Lester Lewis, 73, of Caseyville.

Weddings: Barrie Anderson and Justin Maschhoff; Tara Kennedy and Ronnie Hunt Jr.; Emily Brammeier and Jason Holle.

Five Years Ago


The NCHS Life Savers held a toy drive before the holidays and helped collect more than 300 toys which were donated to BCMW,

NCHS Musicians Catherine Sharp and Meghan Orr were selected for the IMEA All-District Band.

Average US Gas prices were $3.34 per gallon, with a climb to as high as $4 per gallon possible by summer.

The new Washington County website, was set to come online.

Dustin Johnson and Alison Ibendahl of Houston, Texas, were wed on June 25, 2011. Gustav and Doris Hermeling celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on January 22.

Deaths: Alvin Lamczyk, 67, of Nashville, January 13; Holden Cameron, 22, of Ashley, January 14; Raymond Perjak, 89, of Fairview Heights, January 13; Bernardine Martin, 65, of Granite City, January 10; Aileen Perkey, 72, of Mt. Vernon, January 9; Terry Koehler, 72, of Florissant, Mo., formerly of Ashley, January 9; Esther Stofferahn, 93, of Matoon, formerly of Okawville and New Minden, January 9; Charles Daugherty Jr., 71, of Fort Myers, Fla., January 2.