It Happened Here – November 22, 2017
Eighty Years Ago
Wheat was 84 cents a bushel. Ear corn was 65 cents a bushel.
No damage was reported as Washington County was rocked by an earthquake.
Sam, Mossa, 55, of Du Bois died of sleeping sickness.
Other deaths: Thomas Driskill, 63, of rural Beaucoup; and Dr. David S. Neer, 85, formerly of Beaucoup.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
A nationwide program asking women to donate their worn-out silk and nylon hosiery to the army and navy was launched.
Washington County residents turned in 300 used tires to local government offices as part of a rubber drive.
Two Okawville youths were charged with malicious mischief for clipping the hair off the tail and imprinting swastikas on the body of a horse owned by Billie Ruth Gill of Okawville.
For the second time in a week, the auto of Eugene Dare of Ashley was stolen from in front of his home.
Washington County residents bought $35,246 in War Bonds during October, well over the quota of $29,000.
Seventy Years Ago
Paul “Babe” Habbe, who recently completed a course in watchmaking in Los Angeles, California, was opening a shop in the west room of Miss Bessie Poole’s building in Nashville.
A Hammond organ donated by Mrs. J. Paul Carter to the First Methodist Church in Nashville as a memorial to her late husband was dedicated.
The first meeting to organize a soil conservation service in Washington County was held at the E. W. Poirot home.
Burglars took three rifles and a shotgun valued at $200 from Weinlein’s Hardware in Nashville.
Cranberry sauce was 21 cents for a No. 2 can and pumpkin was 20 cents for a No. 2 can.
Deaths: Mrs. Henry Hohlt, 61, of Okawville; Catherine Tipp, 85, of Lively Grove; and Mrs. Fred Mueller, formerly of Nashville.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Voters in the Nashville High School District approved a resolution to build a new high school by 127 votes.
R.W. Edwards retired as postmaster at Beaucoup after reaching his 70th birthday.
Hen turkeys were 69 cents a pound and cranberries were 29 cents a pound.
Deaths: Manley H. “Jimme” Gieger, formerly of Ashley; and William S. Meyer, 27, a native of Nashville who had been missing in Korea since November 6, 1951.
Sixty Years Ago
Two pilots from Scott Air Force Base parachuted to safety in Washington County near Venedy and Okawville after a collision of their jet planes on a night training mission.
Thieves took $125 from Okawville Grade School and about $100 from the Okawville High School in overnight burglaries.
Albert H. Dinkelman of New Minden was one of 137 new state troopers on their first assignments. Dinkelman was on duty in Washington County.
“Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki” with Marjorie Main and Percy Killbride was the feature at the State Theatre in Nashville.
Deaths: Louise Sudmeyer, 93, formerly of Nashville; Mary Sophia Bartling, 83, of Okawville; Jacob Wichser, 92, of Covington Township; Frieda Anita Young, 83, Odin; Henry Joellenbeck, 63, of Okawville; Ross C. Adams, 72, a native of Pilot Knob Township; Sally Liszewski, 84, of Posen; Albert H. Sides, 87, of Woodlawn; Christian Diegel, 82, of Hopedale; and James B. Koenigsmark, 46, a native of Ashley.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Enrollment figures showed 83 students from Washington County at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Clarence Renken was named supervisor of Nashville Township to fill the unexpired term of Walter W. Finke. Finke had been elected County Judge.
The state awarded a bid for a new road to the Washington County Lake.
The News published a special section to note the opening of Washington County Hospital in Nashville.
Harold E. Hartley of Irvington was elected vice-president of the Illinois Agricultural Association.
Seniors winning football team letters at Nashville High School were: Jerry Ahlers, Curtis Brinkmann, Bob Deterding, David Haake, Larry Haake, Dean Jones, Richard Karmeier, Bill Mahew, Tom Miller, Bob Smith and Lynn Toedte.
There were 615 swine producers in Washington County.
Deaths: Walter F. Huelsman, 72, of Nashville; Edward H. Maschhoff, 78, of Hoyleton; Lena V. Washburn, 65, a native of Washington County; Dr. Kurt Hohman, a native of Nashville; Amelia Sachtleben, 83, of Plum Hill; Anna Finke, 76, of Plum Hill; and Mrs. Hiram Rabe, 64, of Venedy.
Fifty Years Ago
Nashville adopted a zoning ordinance.
Three teenagers from Centralia found over $11,000 in cash and time certificates white rabbit hunting south of Centralia in Washington County. The money was returned to an 80-year-old man who had hidden it a year earlier.
Two Belleville women were slightly injured when their small plane was forced to make a landing in a pasture on the Wallace Klingenberg farm north of Okawville.
A total of 896 people ate dinner at the Plum Hill Church wurst-markt.
Deaths: John A Stieg, 79, of rural Nashville; Leo L. Kujawa, 66, of rural Ashley; Minnie Nolte, 71, of rural Addieville; Herman C. Slayton, 70, of Nashville; William E. Mahew, 62, of Nashville; Leo J. Kuhl, 57, of St. Louis, Missouri; John Elmer Haun, 52, a native of rural Beaucoup; Matthew Tomaszerski of Chicago; Flora Alice (Brown) Krietemeyer, 75, of Richview; and Frances White of Lafayette, Indiana.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Four persons were killed in a two-car accident at the intersection of Route 127 and the Du Bois-Oakdale road south of Nashville.
The Washington County Board voted to join the Southwest Illinois Metropolitan Area Planning Commission with annual dues of $560.
Nashville increased its water and sewer rates by 12 percent. The minimum combined monthly total rate was $3.80.
Death: Dr. Ned Hohman, 60, a native of Nashville.
Forty Years Ago
Art Lehde was an overall grand prize winner at the annual Kentucky Lake Fishing Derby.
Washington County farm receipts were estimated at $47 million for the previous year.
Michael Kuhn bought Peterson Electric in Okawville.
Deaths: Athur H. Ibendahl, 83, of Pilot Knob Township; Elvanus L. Clark, 61, of Nashville; Richard Stricker, 72, of Okawville; Richard James Smith, 56, formerly of Todd’s Mill; Jewell M. Ahlers, 61, of rural Carlyle; Carl S. Bechtoldt, 67, of Mascoutah; William P. Woolset, 78, of Ashley; and Ella Carter, 83, of Nashville.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
The local post office advertised the availability for the first time of next day express mail service.
Fire gutted the Harre Hatchery and Feed Store building on South Mill Street in Nashville.
Washington County deer hunters bagged a 219 deer during the first half of the season.
Deaths: Elaine Meyer, 41, of St. Louis, Missouri; Albert R. Dickhaut, 77, of Mascoutah; Bertha F. (Kraundel) Prange, 94, of Nashville; Agnes (Poiter) Buetta, 65, of rural Chester; Mae (Boreup) Bierman, 76, formerly of Centralia; and Elvira (Kalbfeisch) Heggemeier, 71, formerly of Nashville.
Weddings: Teresa Jo Kahrhoff and Randy Toennies, both of Okawville; Gail Kirgan and Richard Holtz, both of Ashley; Cecelia Christine White of rural Nashville and Paul Keith Patton of Oakdale; Debra R. Heape of Du Quoin and Thomas A. Denton Jr. of Pinckneyville; and Julie Krohne of Okawville and William V. Boeschen of Venedy.
Thirty Years Ago
Governor James R. Thompson visited Nashville to announce a second auto parts plant (Ligma Corporations) would build a facility in Nashville’s enterprise zone.
Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun spoke in Nashville to mark the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. His speech sparked a demonstration on the Washington County Courthouse steps by pro-life advocates.
Deaths: Susanne W. (Wilson) Henderson, 74, of Nashville; William A. Campbell, 95, of Nashville; Roberta Marie (Maxwell) Lietz, 63, of Nashville; Ruby (Decker) Barczewski, 67, a native of Nashville; Thomas Fults, 38, of Valmeyer; Thomas F. Watkins, 47, of Nashville; Lester Lee May, 56, of rural Woodlawn; and Emma R. (Ashby) McAleenan, 81, of Belleville.
Weddings: Judith Ann Varnum of Nashville and John Paul Jorns of Belleville; and Stephanie Denise Finke of Hoffman and Jarrel Wayne Farris of Ridgeway.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Kesel (Susan Snead) of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Seats (Pamela Burris) of rural Nashville, a son; Mr. and Mrs. John McFeron (Sheila Gargas) of Nashville, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wiefmann (Tina Mueller) of Venedy, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Mick (Regina Bartnicki) of Nashville, a son; Mr. and Mrs. C. Michael Curtis (Saundra Sure Schroeder) of Ashley, a daughter; and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Green (Ruth Sclup) of St. Peters, Missouri, a daughter.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Washington County Hospital Administrator Tom Janssen and some department heads were visiting hospitals managed by Alliant Management Services and St. Mary’s Health Center to compare management services for the local hospital.
Ron Brown resigned as NCHS cross county coach.
Tyler Burcham was selected to sing the national anthem at two state high school basketball play-off games in Champaign.
Okawville Chief of Police Roy Glasscock won an IEANWA award for developing the community’s DARE anti-drug program.
Nashville Community High School Drama Club produced a female version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.”
Turkeys were 47 cents a pound and cranberry sauce was 79 cents for 16 ounces at Kroger.
Deaths: Ignatz Piechota, 85, of Nashville; LaVetta Thompson, 65, of Ashley; raymond Kreger, 80, of Scheller; Eldon Rueter, 57, of Irvington Township; Fred Zapp, 86, of Mascoutah; Edward Greten, 83, of Lively Grove; Elise Sroka, 82, of Tamaroa; Charles Miller, 68, of Irvington; Fred Gerding, 75, of St. Louis, Missouri.
Wedding: Christine Mechelle Marlow and Wesley Todd Ward, both of Mt. Vernon.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rennegarbe (Terri Handy) of Okawville, a son; Mr. and Mrs. David Tubbs (Kathleen Kwiatkowski) of Du Bois, a son.
Twenty Years Ago
Nascote Industries, Inc. won the Team Excellence Award from the Lincoln Foundation. A total of 630 people were employed there, making molded bumpers and fenders for the auto industry.
Pay for county board members was raised from $45 to $55, the first increase in 18 years. The board chairman’s pay was $125.
For the first time since the disease was identified in 1981 Illinois recorded a decline in the number of deaths due to AIDS.
Oakdale School District 1 received a waiver from the state to allow two retired superintendents, John Ingalls and Neil Jolliffm to continue to serve the school on an alternating basis.
A Thanksgiving dinner with turkey or ham and all the trimmings was $9.95 at Travelers.
Deaths: Charles Holt, 76, of Ashley; Arthur Althoff, 88, of Red Bud; Nora Doelling, 96, of Addieville; William Baker, 45, of Richview; Louis Stube, 81, of Ashley; Alvin Blumhorst, 85, of Woodstock; Frieda Herrmann, 84, of Mascoutah.
Births: Shawn and Amy (Barrett) Lynn of Okawville, a daughter; Kevin and Renee (Kuberski) Sides of Ashley, a son; Michael and Amy (Nelson) Karg of Murphysboro, a daughter; Matt and Michelle Brown of Colorado, a daughter.
Fifteen Years Ago
Wendy Davis, superintendent of Salem High School and former superintendent at Ashley, was named to replace Ken Hill as top administrator at NCHS.
Ambulance rates were increased from $75 to $175 for basic service and from $125 to $300 for advanced life support service.
Kaskaskia College was looking for a place in Nashville to open an extension center.
Irvington Grade School Board was searching for ways to reverse two years of deficit spending.
A ribbon was cut to mark the opening of Mohr’s Bakery.
NAPA Auto Parts offered a 65-month battery for $39.99.
Deaths: Harry Wienstroer, 90, of Nashville; Charles O’Rear, 72, of Coulterville; Sarah “Gloria” Helvey, 64, formerly of Pinckneyville; Clarence Rommelmann, 76, of Ferrin; Thomas Sodko, 81, of Nashville; Doris Dodson, 64, of Mt. Vernon; Larry Musielak Jr., 36, of Marissa; Benjamine Skurat, 79, of Campbell Hill; Bertha Shaw, 88, formerly of Beaucoup; Sr. Mary Kollmann, 90, of Ruma.
Births: John and Henny Wienstroer of Shorewood, a daughter; Josh Goza and Tasha Holt of Nashville, a daughter; Dennis and Christine (Weber) Lintker of Venedy, a son; Dan and Amy (Shew) Bosch of St. Louis, a daughter; Brad Fruend and Sherry Duvall of Bee Springs, Kentucky, a daughter; Christopher and Lisa Month of New York, a daughter.
Ten Years Ago
The City of Nashville used a grant from the Illinois Public Risk Fund to purchase bulletproof vests for its officers. Tom Nesbit survived three diseases he was told were “incurable,” following a liver transplant. Washington County accepted bids to begin courtroom renovation, despite costly asbestos and lead abatement.
In sports, members of the Nashville Community High School Golf and Cross Country Teams were awarded trophies. The TSJ/ILS basketball team won the St. Mary’s Tournament. The Nashville Hornettes Basketball team won their home opener against Fairfield 47 to 19.
Dr. Kari Marie Keller and Doug Fluchel were married on August 25 in St. Louis. John S. Dudek, Jr., originally of DuBois was honored by the U.S. Navy. The NCHS Class of 1962 held their reunion.
Deaths: Margaret L. “Peggy” Dersch, 79, of Centralia, died on November 17, 2007; Dolores Fain, 79, died November 11, 2007; Matilda Kellerman, 85, of Addieville, died on November 16, 2007.
Car Prices: 2007 Chevrolet Corvette for $55,999; 2008 Buick Enclave for $32,999; 2006 Pontiac GTO for $17,995. Food Prices: Cool Whip was 10 for $10; Brown and serve rolls were $0.88 per package; whole turkey breast was $1.29 per pound; 6 to 8 ounces packages of cheese were $1.79.
Five Years Ago
The Washington County Board passed their 2012-2013 budget.
The City of Nashville postponed a vote regarding the establishment of an ordinance allowing the use of golf carts on city streets.
William Riechmann, Dick Ruggles and Chris Maschhoff all said farewell to the County Board with the November meeting being their last before the seating of a new board at the beginning of December. Also honored were outgoing judge Dennis Hatch and State’s Attorney Julie Kozuszek.
Births: Hunter Detering was born on November 16 to Roger and Christy Detering of Shattuc; Ruby Rozhon was born on October 31 to David and Jennifer Rozhon of Streamwood.
Elizabeth Bronke and Joshua McCune announced their engagement; Dennis and Collette Niermann of Nashville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 17
Deaths: Josephine Mozelewski, 78, of Maryville, formerly of Nashville, November 12; George H. Spencer, Jr., 73, of Sullivan, November 10; Cornelius Rensing, 83, of rural Nashville, November 17; Carolyn “Sue” Smith Herrington, 57, of Nashville, November 15; Beverly J. Hoffman, 78, of Baraboo, Wis., formerly of Chicago, November 15; Caeli Mae Elizabeth Ledford, infant daughter of Bryan Lee and Julie Ann (Bond) Ledford, still born, November 14; Barbara Siegman of West Lafayette, Ind., November 16; Florence Szramkowski, 88, of Radom, November 18.