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It Happened Here – January 25, 2016

Eighty Years Ago


John Kleinschmidt of Oakdale, J. C. Sternberg of Richview, A. L. Schlich of Okawville, Albert Eigenrauch of Nashville and Enloe Buhrman of Nashville were elected directors of the Washco Cooperative Wholesale Association.

Hog brains were two pounds for 25 cents at Kroger.

Deaths: Walter Ahrens, 46, of Nashville; Elizabeth Paul, 88, of Nashville; Caroline Lachtrup, 77, of Nashville; Sophia Schnake, 88, a native of New Minden; Mrs. Theodel Fix, 23, a native of Nashville; Anna Schickendanz, 81, of Lively Grove Township; George Heier of St. Louis; and Charles Torrens, 66, a native of Oakdale.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


A two-gallon can of motor oil was $1.25.

The State Theater featured “Suspicion” with Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine.

Sugar cured slab bacon was 21.5 cents a pound and white jowls were 13 cents a pound at Daniel Food Stores.

Deaths: Rosa Zapp, 64, of Nashville; Robert Stokes, 73, of Richview; J. O. Wells, 58, of Ashley; and Frank Suedmeyer, 59, of St. Louis.

Seventy Years Ago


The average annual salary of a one-room-school teacher in Washington County was $1,207.37, elementary teachers received $1,417.15 and high school teachers $2,425.11.

The federal government approved money for completion of the Hoyleton water system amounting to $54,000.

Deaths: Henry Hemminghaus, 78, of Okawville; Frank Meyer, 60, of Addieville; William Hoffman, 76, formerly of Hoyleton; Margaret Kramm, 64, of Nashville; Harley Qualls, 62, formerly of Nashville; and Henry Lund, 71, a native of Nashville.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


Senior Stan Horst of Hoyleton was named Southern Illinois University basketball captain.

Lively Grove residents were given dial phones.

The state fire marshal said gas leaking from a ruptured tank to a pipe connection was the cause of a $100,000 explosion in Nashville on Jan. 5. A pot-bellied stove in Dan Nickel’s barber shop was the point of ignition.

A daughter was born in an ambulance, to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ellerbusch of Covington, while the ambulance was on its way to Belleville.

Deaths: Alma Gilter, 43, of Nashville; Eugenia Cordes, 64, formerly of Nashville; William Hohlt, 68, of Nashville; Annie Bertholdt, 89, of Mascoutah; Gus Jacobs, 67, formerly of Okawville; William Owen, 64, of Du Quoin; Henry Freund, 72, of Centralia; Kimberly Baker, infant daughter of Lieutenant and Mrs. Donald Baker of California; and Mrs. Arthur Foster, 67, a native of Ashley.

Sixty Years Ago


Seven or eight white wall tires, valued at $200, were stolen from the Doelling garage in Venedy.

Two light airplanes were forced to land in a field in Washington County; onelanded near Addieville and the other on the Harry Kirgan farm near Ashley.

Raymond Robinson, 62, was killed when fire destroyed his residence in Ashley.

Other deaths: Emma Hohman, 90, of Nashville; Walter Reuter, 81, of Oakdale; Johanna Freimuth, 87, of St. Louis; H. Allen Cross, 60, a native of Nashville; Charles Schleifer, 51, of Chicago; Ernest Fischer, 85, of Tamaroa; Mathilda Evilsizer, 83, of Du Bois; Fred Manahan, 79, of Wayne City; and Mrs. G. A. Lynskey, 74, of Bellaire, OH.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


Two pounds of sliced bacon and two pounds of pork steak were each 88 cents at IGA.

Other deaths: Clarence Hildebrand, 87, a native of Nashville; Anna Geisel, 84, of Okawville; Clara McKelvey, 71, of Coulterville; Mary Luebbers, 77, of St. Libory; and Mrs. Martin Schrieber of Covington.

Fifty Years Ago


Two Nashville boys and a Nashville girl were arrested for a break-in at the Hoyleton Elevator.

Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the Otto Segelhorst home in Venedy.

The Washington County Hospital was accredited.

Burglars stole two fuel pumps from the Kirchhoefer Motor Co. in Nashville.

Deaths: James Nehrkorn, 44, of Tamaroa; Caroline Vogelpohl, 75, of Belleville; James McKinzie, 68, of Irvington; Mary Ann Bruns, 80, of Swanwick; Vickie Fitzgerrell, 10, of Ina; and Sheila Little, three, daughter of Geraldine Little, formerly of Lively Grove.

Forty-Five Years Ago


Final plans were made for the formation of Girl Scout and Brownie troops in Nashville.

The Washington County Board’s Sheriff and Communications Committee met to review plans for construction of a new jail.

A fire destroyed the Dennis Malawy residence near Posen.

Considerable damage was done to the third floor of the Hoyleton Children’s Home in a fire, the cause of which was not determined.

“Play Misty For Me” with Clint Eastwood was featured at the State Theater.

Deaths: George Grohmann, 83, of Nashville; Mrs. Frank Bathon, 77, of Nashville; Maria Dintelman, 71, of Oakdale; Anna Evans, a native of Washington County; Henry Nottmeyer, 84, a native of New Minden; William Hoffman, 90, a native of Stone Church; Orvil “Shorty” Ralph, 71, of West Frankfort; and John Garvie, 64, of Anna.

Forty Years Ago


Dr. Jay Colbrook associated with the Nashville Animal Clinic.

George Frederking was installed as president of Trinity Lutheran Church congregation in Nashville.

Appointed to the Washington County Vocational Workshop Board were William Riechmann of Okawville; Dr. Ralph Kelley and Florence Williamson of Nashville; Alice Luczaj and Rev. Robert Henning of Oakdale; Rufus Hoffman of New Minden; and Floyd Wreath of Ashley.

Impassable roads delayed the meeting of the Washington County Board.

Nashville High School’s boys basketball team was rated sixteenth in the state small school poll with a 13-1 record.

Captain Robert Brehm, 50, a native of Ashley, died of smoke inhalation after fighting a fire in Shrewsbury, MO.

Other deaths: William Schorfeide, 57, of Nashville; Frederick La Cicero, 55, of Nashville; Leona Banach, 70, of Scheller; Rolla Pyle, 86, of Du Quoin; Elmo Hohman, 83, a native of Nashville; Irwin Finke, 86, a native of Nashville; Ralph Meier, 50, of Okawville; Elmer Schickedanz, 66, of Belleville; Adam Heck, 54, of Columbia; Maxine Copple, 57, of Walnut Hill; Dudley Deedle, 62, of Belleville; and Ella Tweady, 83, a native of Oakdale.

Thirty Years Ago


Rhonda Sigman of Venedy was named Little Egypt Pork Queen.

Washington County Right to Life held its first meeting.

Deaths: William Weigel, 59, of Centralia; Welton “Feets” Brinkman, 59, of Belleville; Clem Paszkiewicz, 42, of St. Louis; Cleona Crook, 84, of Richview; Dewey Simonton, 82, former Nashville resident; Forest Trotter, 71, of Salem; Ollie Mae Wright, 85, of Nashville; Gerrard Lohman, 84, of St. Libory; Ruth Szacachnitowski, 61, born in Oakdale.

Wedding: Suzanne Ray and Phillip Majewski.

Thirty-Five Years Ago


Becky Ahlers (Miss Washington County) and Kim Koch (Miss Okawville Fair) participated in the Miss Illinois pageant.

The City of Nashville made it illegal to make a left turn off Kaskaskia Street onto Route 15.

Ice on tree limbs caused two separate power outages in Washington County.

Deaths: Robert Roberts, 64, of Nashville; Bert Stonecipher, 80, of Waltonville; Raymond Kessler, 65, of Nashville; Regina Moeller, 77, of Addieville; Anna Borowiak, 85, of Ashley; Vurtis Foreman, 75, of Nashville; Eleanor Krause, 73, in Dover, Ohio, former Nashville resident; Lucile Coulter, 84, of Oakdale; Viola Dempsey, 83, of Pinckneyville; Lillian Mick, 76, of Benton.

Twenty-Five Years Ago


W. C. Niermann, Case-IH dealer for 73 years, announced that it would close.

Supt. Tom Dahncke warned the Nashville Grade School Board that a possible three percent across-the-board cut in state funding would mean a loss of $30,000 to $35,000 to the local district.

Gasoline prices fell to 99 cents per gallon.

The Hornettes were 7-1 and tied for the lead in the Southwestern Egyptian Conference.

Darren Bollmeier received the first Washington County Farm Bureau scholarship.

Gutzler’s Furniture was offering La-Z-Boy rocker recliners for $299.

Deaths: Frank Shotts, 84, of Nashville; Gus Emrick, 76, of Richview; Sister Mary Wuebbels, 82, of Red Bud; Mary Suchomski, 90, formerly of Todds Mill; Elmer Groennert, 86, of Nashville; Nicholas Leffner of Chicago; Ina Jondro, 76, of Belleville; Esther Wright, 75, of St. Louis; and Marlin Gruelle, 55, of Scheller.

Wedding: Jacinda Hackstadt and Jeffrey Debus.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Dale Newman (Kim Bartling) of Hoyleton, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. David Pieszchalski (Jo Ann Vasquez) of Marissa, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Clark Gaffner (Joan Grapperhaus) of Breese, a son; Mike and Sandy Roam, a son; and Melanie Muir and Jason Alfeldt, a son.

Twenty Years Ago


Mike and Saundra (Schroeder) Curtis of Ashley were the parents of Rachael Ann, the first baby born at Washington County Hospital in the new year.

Kim Larkin, former radiology supervisor, was named finance director at Washington County Hospital.

Erica Barkau took first in the Junior Division of the Illinois County Fair Talent Contest.

A pickup stolen from Holzhauer Auto and Truck Sales was found submerged in a pond near Sparta.

District 49 School Board placed a $950,000 bond issue on the ballot for an addition to the middle school.

Rick Greten, zoning administrator, said 102 building permits were issued in 1996, including 51 for new dwellings.

Deaths: Alfred Huge, 70, of Hoyleton; Elda Boester, 77, of Covington; Anna Schuette, 85, of St. Louis; Elmer Brune, 73, of Nashville; Albert Bathon, 71, of Pinckneyville; Irene Haake, 81, of Nashville; Arthur Berry, 65, of Stockbridge, MI; and Arlene Brinkmann, 83, of Carlyle.

Wedding: Jane Garlich and Paul Bagby.

Births: Mark and Robin (Obermeier) Reid of Nashville, a daughter; Shane and Tina (Sherman) Gill of Highland, a son; Mike and Tina (Meyer) Hanenberger of Hoyleton, a son; and Glendell and Peggy (Perjak) Fullerton of Ashley, a son.

Fifteen Years Ago


Andrea Paytan Buettner, daughter of Jason and Danielle Buettner, was the first baby born at Washington County Hospital in the new year.

Superintendent Ken Hill proposed $141,000 in spending cuts and revenue enhancements to overcome a growing deficit in District 99.

NCHS coach Dave Vieth proposed a baseball grandstand in memory of Jody Gajewski, who was killed in an auto accident. It was to be built with a sizable donation from his parents, Fred and Marsha Gajewski.

The Illinois Commerce Commission was studying the possibility of adding another telephone area code to southern Illinois, which had been served by 618 for many years.

The Hornettes captured the Carbondale Invitational title, and the Lady Rockets were third at Highland.

“Ali” was the feature at the State Theatre.

Deaths: Wilbert Lang, 81, of Venedy; Cora Severs, 65, of Nashville; Nicholas Geralds, 44, of Marissa; David Anna, 65, of Nashville; and Charles Meehan, 86, of Millstadt.

Weddings: Jennifer Boczek and James Harkey; Tara Schmittling and Gregory Harre; and Elizabeth Schmidt and Timothy Leinberger.

Other births: Randy and Jeannette (Reu) Schorfheide, a daughter; and Joe and Chrissy Summary of Minneapolis, MN, a son.

Ten Years Ago


Four local schools took delivery of 109 computers and monitors from Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva in a transaction arranged by Jim Loyd and his son Mark, an employee of the hospital.

Miss Okawville Fair Nicole Ostendorf was recognized as the best non-finalist in beauty and physique at the Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant in Springfield.

The Hornets claimed the Nashville Invitational Tournament title for the first time since 2000 with a 79-47 win over Freeburg.

The Hornettes won the consolation title at the Highland Tournament.

Births: Randy and Andrea Briles, a son; Eric and Amanda Epplin of Okawville, a daughter; Daniel and Angela Kratzer of O’Fallon, a daughter; Eric and Casey Bochantin of Nashville, a son.

Deaths: Leo Kolweier, 88, of Okawville; Helen Glazik, 90, of Radom; Dr. James Ansley, 90, of Mt. Vernon; Mark Porter, 46, of Highland; Rozanne Ogden, 64, of Nashville; Elsa Moore, 83, of Coulterville; Sophia Anderson, 84, of Smithton; Charles Hoffman, 74, of Carlyle; Norma Wike, 82, of Centralia.

Five Years Ago


The NCHS Board vowed to reduce the area’s real estate tax burden if a sales tax increase of one cent was approved in the March Primary election.

Elizabeth Engele of Nashville represented the Okawville Fair in the Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant held in Springfield.

The city of Nashville saw a 9.8-percent increase in the price of their health insurance from United Healthcare.

Washington County Hospital employees were alarmed after pension payments from the hospital were late.

Births: Gustav Bylaitis was born on December 13, 2011, to Gedas and Brenda Bylaitis of Westmont. Paxton Boreup was born on January 18, to Mr. and Mrs. Eric Boreup, of Anna.

Danielle Burcham and Jonathon Stambaugh were wed on December 31, 2011.

Deaths: Wanda Setzekorn, 75, of Carlyle, formely of Ashley, January 20; Calvin Harvey, 51, of Nashville, January 19; Esther Stofferahn, 93, of Mattoon, formerly of Okawville and New Minden, January 9; Barbara Gnagey, 88, of Belleville, January 14.

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