It Happened Here – November 29, 2017
Eighty Years Ago
County relief rolls increased by 8.1 percent during the last month bringing the total to 281 persons. The average relief per family was $9.61.
Featured at the State Theatre in Nashville was “Souls at Sea” with Gary Cooper and George Raft.
Deaths: Mary Lewis, 82, of Denver, Colorado; Peter Ziegel, 73, formerly of Nashville; and Ernest Pruegsner of rural New Minden.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Ellen Rose Hake, 12, of Hoyleton won the annual Washington County spelling contest.
Sorghum was $1.06 a gallon.
Deaths: Edward F. Struckmeyer, 54, a native of New Minden; Minnie W. Lammers, formerly of Stone Church; Reverend James McMaster, 66, a native of Marissa; Friedrich Heinrich Becker, 80, of Okawville; and Anna Hanna Wilkie, 70, of rural Oakdale.
Seventy Years Ago
Deaths: Carl Gilter of Nashville; Rudolph Mitchell of Beaucoup; and Herman Bergmann of Plum Hill.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Dorothy Pratt of Somonauk took over the duties as the first home advisor for Washington County.
The Martin Service Station was officially opened in the 600 block of North Mill Street in Nashville.
You could pay your telephone bill at the First National Bank in Nashville.
Deaths: Georger D. Hermeling, 76, of rural Nashville; Edward A. Hartley, 81, of rural Irvington; Carl Roberts, 56, of Marion; Minnie Gitwein, 85, a native of Ashley; Darrius Mitchell Haake, 16 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd F. Haake of Hoffman; and Norman L. Peeck, 60, a native of Ashley.
Sixty Years Ago
George Small Sr. was honored with a 50-year Masonic pin.
Electrical Workers Local No. 309 pickets brought work on the new Zion Educational Building in Addieville to a standstill.
A new oil pool northwest of Okawville was named the New Memphis West pool.
Voters approved a $35,000 bond issue and fire protection district which included parts of Washington and Jefferson Counties near Ashley, by a vote of 275 to 92.
Washington County had 21 school districts, four fewer than the previous year.
Deaths: William Obermeier, 74, of Okawville; Salla Liszewski, 82, of Posen; William U. Luebbers, 77, of near St. Libory; John H. Brueggeman, 81, a native of Plum Hill; William Walter Wilson, 79, of Ashley; Mrs. Henry Mueller, formerly of Nashville; and Chirst Krohne, 79, of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
More than 5,000 people attended the open house at the new Washington County Hospital in Nashville.
Lorene Roundtree was hired as stenographer in the office of Washington County Clerk; Mrs. Don Prasuhn was named deputy in the Treasurer’s office; and Douglas “Jack” Johnson was named deputy sheriff.
Deaths: George Bub Jor., 25, of Augusta, Georgia; Alvina Freimuth, 81, of rural Nashville; Dora Ann Barkau, 81, of Addieville; George Hagen, 61, of St. Louis, Missouri; Henry H. Juenger, 86, formerly of Darmstadt; Tullie V. Davie, 82, a native of Anna; and Harry B. Vahlkamp, 32, of Belleville.
Fifty Years Ago
The soybean harvest was complete, but only about half of the corn crop had made it to local elevators.
The recently remodeled seven-room home of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Wisniewski in Du Bois was destroyed by fire.
Whole fryers were 25 cents a pound and 20 pounds of baking potatoes were 89 cents.
Deaths: Deward H. Hildenbrand, 69, of Nashville; Flora (Livesay) Schmidt, 96, of Richview; Edwin H. Joern of St. Louis, Missouri; Louis H. Bultman, 82, a native of rural Okawville; James A. Brwon, 88, of Kingman, Arizona; Walter G. Randoll, a native of Okawville; and John B. Diekemper, 78, of Belleville.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Hunters bagged 66 deer in Washington County in the first three days of the open deer season.
Debbie Harre won the DAR Good Citizen’s Award.
Burglars entered the home of LeRoy Bartling in rural Beaucoup and the home of Ted Dlubala north of Oakdale.
Judge Francis Maxwell voided the annexation of Richview School District No. 18 to Ashley District No. 15.
Deaths: Oscar Hunter, 62, of Pincneyville; Ella Marie Skony, 68, a native of Hoyleton; Jon Fitzgerrell, nine, of Ina; William Earl Van Houten, 83, of Okawville; Fred M. Doelling, 71, a native of Addieville; Hazel Smith, 83, a navite of Nashville; Ben Jack, 54, of Beaucoup; and Kate Lorenz, 95, of Nashville.
Forty Years Ago
County deer hunters bagged 156 deer in the first three days of the season, including a 60-pound white does northeast of Oakdale.
Deaths: Emil Blumhorst, 78, of rural Nashville; Josephine Zienta, 79, of Du Bois; Charley M. Walkowiak, 57, of rural Scheller; Charles Lloyd McCowen, 45, of rural Waltonville; John Earl Woods, 80, of Nashville; WIlliam George, 89, of rural Tamaroa; Henry W. Draege, 87, of Centralia; and Gladys L. Opp, 66, of rural Tamaroa.
Wedding: Pam Schuessler and Raymond Schwartzkopf, both of Nashville.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
Wilbur Smith was honored on the occasion of his retirement from the County Extension Office after 35 years of service.
Fire destroyed a shed at the Renth dairy farm in rural Nashville.
Twenty pounds of potatoes were $1.98 and sliced pork loin was $1.38 a pound.
Deaths: Florence (Laney) Seyler, 86, a native of Elkton; Alvina C. (Wiese) Lichtenfels, 91, a native of Pilot Knob Township; Mary F. Trost, 27, of Cahokia; Glenn E. Dale, 80, of Ashley; Elmer Oelze Sr., 84, of rural rural Nashville; Elaine C. (Lonsdorf) Meyer, 41, of Florisant, Missouri; Rose Ann (Kobus) Kaser, 78, of Nashville; Velentine James Kozuszek, 90, formerly of Nashville; Fred Hemminghaus, 83, formerly of Addieville; and Samuel W. Dickey, 88, of New Athens.
Weddings: Carol Sue Rhine and David Neal Carson, both of Nashville; and Bonnie Darlene Fark of Hoyleton and James Marlin Jones of Viola.
Thirty Years Ago
Jim Durbin, owner and operator of the Nashville Motel, announced plans to subdivide 13 lots in Willowbrook estates for construction of single family homes.
Raph Dunn was named State Senator of the Year by the Illinois Optometic Association.
Crisy D. Lane, 15, of Ashley was killed when an auto in which she was a passenger left an unnamed County road west of Richview, hit a railroad track and flipped over. The 16-year-old Ashley driver suffered minor injuries.
A total of 468 deer were killed in Washington County in the first three days of the firearm hunting season.
Deaths: John Palucki Sr., 96, formerly of Nashville; Roman Banaszek, 71, of Nashville; Otto H. Koch, 78, of Venedy; Reverend George Schuette, 74, of Trenton; Madonna (Radzik) Winka, 54, of St. Louis, Missouri; Lucille Marie (Lipe) Taylor, 69, of Du Quoin; Rose (Kellerman) Schwartzkopf, 89, of Pinckneyville; John E. Faust, 85, of Pinckneyville; and Marthat (Jaco) Mooney, 67, of Herrin.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Renth (Beverly Shadoan) of Okawville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. James Bonner (Stacey Schnake) of Centralia, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Heckert (Lori Rennegarbe) of Venedy, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Haake (Shirley Steinkamp) Nashville, a daughter; and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Heseman (Nancy Zapp) of Okawville, a son.
Wedding: Kimberly Ann Kasten of Hoyleton and Charles Eggerman of Lockwood, Missouri.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Nashville City Council purchased three trucks for the utility department at a cost of $46,857.
Jessica Heckert and David Bollmeier were Okawville High School Homecoming royalty.
Washington County deer hunters bagged 568 white tails in the first half of the season.
Lorraine’s Class and Casual offered full length coats from $109.90 to $159.90.
Deaths: James Friend, 104, of St. Louis, Missouri; Dolores Granneman, 59, of Nashville; Mike Malick, 75, of Nashville; Louis Goldman, 70, of Pinckneyville; Elza Smith, 87, of Nashville; Emily Schwehr, 80; Lonnie Oller, 70, of Deer Creek; Oscar Juenger, 69, of Marissa; Fred Isringhaus, 94, of Nashville; Floy Duckworth, 92, of Scheller; Alfred Kellerman, 64, of Davenport, Iowa; Karen Stull, 37, of Ashley; Geraldine Craig, 60, of Walnut Hill; Julia Kristen, 74, of Scheller.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Buss (Janice Kroll) of Oakdale, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Gerald R. Huge (Debra Jasper) of Hoyleton, a son.
Twenty Years Ago
Drive-up mailboxes at Nashville Post Office were moved to a more convenient location on West Adams Street.
Dale Blohm and Ken Harre were welcomed as new members of Washington County Hospital Board of Directors.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Kirk Reuter read to local children during Family Reading Night at Nashville Public Library.
KMOX broadcaster Steve Jankowski, a Nashville native, spoke to Okawville Chamber of Commerce.
Rob Irwin bowled a 300 game at Nashville Bowl.
An ad invited residents to visit Holle’s Christmas Wonderland, west of Okawville, to see one of the largest light displays in the area.
Deaths: Willard Williams, 75, of Nashville; Louise Kasten, 79, of Centralia; Ordel Steinkamp, 66, of Oakdale; Mary Gilder, 76, of Du Bois; Alice Oelze, 92, of Nashville; Willard Fairchild, 95, of Waltonville; Edward Wisniewski, 45, of Tamaroa; George Foster, 78, of Mt. Vernon.
Weddings: Ann Wienstroer and Mark Brazinski; Kami Konkel and Charles Heck.
Births: Jeffrey and Melinda (Palermo) Hoek of Dallas, Texas, a son’ Garren and Malia (Aubel) Maynard of Bristol, Connecticut, a daughter; Darren and Karianne (Karmeier) Schnitker of Hoyleton, a son’ Matt and Dawn (Povolish) Spotanski, a son.
Fifteen Years Ago
Hoyleton Lions Club was raising money for Charles Melton, who was paralized in a driving accident at Washington County State Lake.
Karen Severns and John Bathon were appointed to Ashley City Council to fill vacancies left by the resignation of Duane Mann and Jim Cameron.
Nashville City Council loaned $256,00 to the municipal golf course to repay revenue bonds used for a new irrigation system and cart paths.
Okawville Village Board advertised for trash collection bids after its present contractor raised rates.
A new Chevy Cavalier sold for $11,985 at Meier Chevrolet Buick.
Deaths: Frances Schindelar, 92, of Ashley; Harvey Meinert, 82, of New Minden; Harry Olin, 82, of Hoyleton; William Eichmann, 84, of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Charles Schmidt, 85, of Nashville; Louise Schubert, 69, of Tamaroa; Marie Stein, 76, of Lenzburg.
Births: Melinda Clements and Paul Chapell Jr. of Centralia, a daughter; John and Janelle (Grzegorek) Spanos of St. Louis, a daughter; Jeff and Crystal (Witte) May of Nashville, a daughter; Michelle and Anthony Bruns of Okawville, a daughter; Lanny and Jada (Bergman) Diedrich of Ballwin, Missouri, a son; Charles and Kara (Roberts) Blumhorst of Geneva, a son; Greg and Mary (Schaff) Siegel of Denver, Colorado, a son.
Ten Years Ago
Santa arrived in downtown Nashville and took up his place in his house in front of the courthouse. Nashville Community High School approved a $27,249.51 technology package which included a number of security cameras.
Lighthouse Community Church bought down the price of gas for shoppers at Gas Mart by $0.25 a gallon.
The Nashville Hornettes took third place in the inaugural Nashville Invitational Turkey Tournament. The 2007 NCHS Football Hornets had their banquet the evening of November 25.
Weddings and Anniversaries: George and Helen Darnstaedt celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on December 8; Sarah Sodko and Brian Inman were married on June 2, 2007; Lisa Marie Sodko and Joseph Scully were married on October 14, 2006; Robin Leonard and John Crouch were married on October 20, 2007.
Births: Cooper David Beardsley, of Kirkwood, Mo., was born on November 19, to Chris and Tracy Beardsley.
Deaths: Ruby Schlechte, 85, of Addieville, on November 25, 2007; Wilfred Schnake, of Irvington Township, on November 25; Vernon Ellerbusch, 82, of Okawville, on November 25; Ronald Peluso, 72, of Centralia, on November 21; Valeria Viola Smelter, 96, of Nashville, on November 21; Laura Wacker, 103, of Richview, on November 26; George Langa, 93, of rural Woodlawn, on November 22; Kenneth Wagner, of Scheller, was stillborn on November 21.
Prices: Angus round steak was $1.99 per pound, whole chicken fryers were $0.79 a pound, Prego pasta sauce was two for $3, and shelled almonds or whole walnuts were $4.99 per pound. Autos: 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette was $3,999, a 2007 Stingray 185 LX was $13,995, a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 SLT 4X4 Quad was $38,995, and a 2007 Dodge Nitro was $15,995.
Five Years Ago
The Nashville Community High School Board examined the proposed levy for 2012, payable 2013, which had an increase in rate of approximately six-and-one-half percent.
A mockup of the new uniforms that the music boosters wished to purchase for the NCHS marching band was released.
Santa Claus arrived in Nashville, taking up residence for the season in his house, which was placed in front of the Washington County courthouse.
A jazz band and a car show were at the American Legion in Nashville as part of their Veteran’s Day observances.
NCHS Faculty members Tesha Maschhoff, Christina Robinson and Jennifer Maschhoff were board certified.
Birth: Haedyn Marie Guinzy was born on November 15, to Stacey and Bruce Guinzy of New Minden.
Society: Jennifer Renee Toedt and Joshua Ronald Maschhoff were married on September 22; Alison Henry and Adam Venhaus were married on October 27; Megan Habbe and Nicholas Rosa were married on October 20; Fred and Corene Reid celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Deaths: Doris L. Nixon (nee Ostendorf), 73, of St. Peters, Mo., born in Addieville, November 24; Denny A. Perry, 69, of Nashville, November 26; Wilma Jean Wisely, 82, of Oakdale, November 24.