It Happened Here – January 31, 2018
Eighty Years Ago
Two young men robbed Alvin Meier of $4.35 on the roadway northwest of Nashville.
The State Department of Labor filed a complaint against the St. Louis Dairy Company plant near Venedy for violation of the six-day-a-week law, alleging that the dairy failed to permit its employees 24 consecutive hours of rest each calendar week.
Wamac voters approved a $16,000 bond issue for the installation of a water distribution system by a vote of 155 to 37.
Deaths: Bert E. Deremiah, 57, of Nashville; Henry S. Dittle, 64, of Belleville; Mrs. Minnie Dena Fischer, 49, of rural Du Bois; Fred Luecke, 75, of New Minden; Fred H. Toensing, 70, of Plum Hill; Adrian Thorn Hodges, 67, formerly of Washington County; and Robert Luney, 92, of Oakdale.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
The H. E. Brink dry goods store in Nashville was sold to the Backs Department Store.
A 14-year-old student at Ashley High School stole Vernon Riechman’s Pontiac sedan while it was parked in front of the school during a basketball game.
Kraft’s spaghetti dinners were 17 cents a package and Durkee’s oleo was 29 cents a pound at Ahlf’s General Merchandise in Nashville.
Deaths: Mike Michalski, 63, of Ashley.
Seventy Years Ago
Between 25 and 35 percent of the workers at the Nashville Clarkson plant failed to cross Local No. 635 International Association of Machinists’ picket lines. The dispute was over pay.
Mrs. Marian Clark opened the Arch Cafe at 125 East Main Street in Nashville.
Deaths: Henry C. Frieman, 72, of Oakdale; Miss Tillie Sawyer, 61, a native of Washington County; Louise Bierman, 70, formerly of Washington County; and Everett Lee Moehlenkamp, infant son of
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Moehlenkamp, formerly of Nashville.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Fire severely damaged the Evangelical Church parsonage in Irvington.
Round steak and sirloin steak were 79 cents a pound each at the local Daniel Food Stores.
Deaths: Mrs. Mattie Wilson, 77, of Nashville; Hazel L. Carpenter, 50, a native of Washington County; Conrad H. Holle, 54, a native of Okawville; and Mrs. Frieda I. Thompson, 49, of Irvington.
Sixty Years Ago
An Oakdale man was charged with failing to send his five children to school.
Three pounds of Crisco were 88 cents and ground beef was 49 cents a pound.
A truck loaded with potatoes caught fire a mile south of New Minden on Route 127. The cargo was a total loss.
Death: Miss Auguste Breuer, 80, of Okawville.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
P.E. “Jack” Green announced he would be a candidate for the Republican nomination for County Judge.
A $15,000 lawsuit against the Traveler’s Inn at Du Bois was filed under the dramshop act by Eugene Quinn.
Approximately $200 worth of wrist watches, pens and pocket knives were stolen from Woodside’s General Store in Oakdale.
The Nashville Community High School Board of Education voted to add football to its athletic programs.
Deaths: Mrs. Emma C. McConnell, 70, of Nashville; Mrs. Sarah Jane Leich, 84, of rural Oakdale; Henry B. Symons, 77, of rural Ashley; Clabourne Ransom, 88, formerly of Ashley; Willis F. McDonald, 81, of Centralia; Joseph Wisnewski, 74, formerly of Washington County; Edna Kaufman Budina of Sparta; and Ernest F. Pagels, 76, of Oakdale.
Fifty Years Ago
Mrs. Emil Lehde and Leroy Lehde of Addieville were admitted to the Washington County Hospital in Nashville for smoke inhalation from a defective stoker in their home.
Carolyn Lamczyk was the winner of the Betty Crocker Search for the Homemaker of Tomorrow contest at Nashville High School.
Deaths: Arnold August Schmale, 61, a native of Addieville; Floyd L. Stephens, 96, a native of rural Ashley; Mrs. Clara Unverfehrt, 74, of Hoyleton; J. Bert Reuter, a native of Nashville; Mrs. Anna Doelling, 85, of Stone Church; Walter Louis Beckmeyer, 74, of Irvington; Mike Sekardi, 82, of Nason; Harold Higgerson, 69, of Ashley; Margaret Marie Sawyer, 53, a native of rural Oakdale; Miriam Ann Johnson, 29, of rural Oakdale; Mrs. Beulah Whittenburg, 64, of Richview; Adolph Persons, 82, a native of New Minden; Gustave Carl Arning, 73, of rural Centralia; and Miss Laura W. Klauke, 78, of Okawville.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Adams of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri, announced plans to convert the Oelwein Chemical Company building in Nashville into a roller rink.
Nasvhille Community High School retired bonds for its 1952 building.
Voters in Okawville approved a $95,000 bond issue for improvement of the sewage treatment facilities 196 to 44.
Deaths: Esta Mae Teel, 78, of Nashville; Reverend August F. Bock, 86, formerly of Washington County; Mrs. Anna Rozycki, 88, a native of Radom; Mrs. Lena Zimmermann, 76, of Ferrin; Harry H. Chesney, 77, a native of Okawville; Lowell Johnson Crumbacher, 58, of rural Tamaroa; Mrs. Ruth Krieger, 56, of St. Louis, Missouri; and Mrs. Mamie B. Skibinski, 89, of Richview.
Forty Years Ago
St. Ann Catholic Church in Nashville was transferred from the Belleville Deanery to the South Deanery. St. Barbara Catholic parish in Okawville was changed from the Belleville Deanery to the North Deanery.
The Nashville City Council approved the purchase of a $2,530 snow plow.
Deaths: Mrs. Willa F. Hake, 58, of Nashville; Mrs. Anna May Green, 50, of Ashley; Robert Pinski, 85, of rural Nashville; Cecil F. Hendricks, 63, formerly of Nashville; Alfred Justus Harre, Sr., 79, of Nashville; Mrs. Laura E. Richter, 86, of Mascoutah; Jennifer Lynn Maschhoff, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Maschhoff of Hoyleton; Edna Hill, 92, a native of Washington County; and Mrs. Fred Crowe, 89, of Globe, Arizona.
Wedding: Shelly Nagel of Nashville and Larry Harper of Chicago.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
Two Massachusetts men escaped injury when their Cessna 140 airplane made a forced landing in a field a mile and a half west of the Pitchford Elevator near Richview.
Eagle Bancorporation, Inc. of Highland announced plans to acquire the First National Bank in Nashville.
Nine persons were injured when a car ran off Route 4 near the Randolph-Washington County line and struck a tree.
Ten pounds of white potatoes were $1.00.
Deaths: Mrs. Martha Marquard, 88, of rural Venedy; Clara I. (Balm) Mill, 82, of Nashville; Sabra A. (Koenegstein) Brice, 92, formerly of Tamaroa; Raymond D. Campbell, Sr., 65, of rural Okawville; Joseph T. Buss, 73, of St. Libory; and Geraldine (Sauerhaege) Steffen, 42, of Mascoutah.
Wedding: Barbara Sterns of Oakdale and Daniel Behrman of Venedy.
Thirty Years Ago
Terry Huge was injured when fire severely damaged his residence at the corner of Depot and Huegely Streets in Nashville.
An electrical fire severely damaged the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Suedmeyer in the 700 block of Vernor Street in Nashville.
Debi Groennert of rural Nashville was crowned Little Egypt Pork Queen.
Deaths: Nannie Kane (Patton) Fulton, 93, of Oakdale; Severin T. Sommer, 78, of St. Libory; Paul J. Johnson, 90, of Nashville; Grace R. (Randell) May, 85, of Nashville; William L. Turner, 80, of Nashville; Hattie Marie (Dungey) Sands, 86, of Ashley; and Harold I. Knapp, 57, a native of Tamaroa.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Roger Bathon (Judy Konkel) of rural Coulterville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Schnitker (Julia Turner) of Hoffman, a son; Ms. Vanessa Voss of Nashville, a son; Ms. Mary Ann Stroud of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Stalnaker of Okawville, a daughter; Ms. Debra Lutz of Centralia, a son; and Mr. and Mrs. Terry Chappell (Angela Schilling) of Salem, a son.
Wedding: Kim Marie Nehrkorn of Pinckneyville and Allyn James Lietz of Mt. Vernon.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Thomas Janssen submitted his resignation as administrator of Washington County Hospital.
Okawville Village Board of Trustees was considering legal action to recover an estimated $150,000 in damage possibly caused by ice in the village water tower.
Patricia Box was recognized upon her retirement after 25 years of volunteer service to Washington County Red Cross.
NCHS boys finished third in the NIT and Eric Stiegman was named to the all-tournament team. The Hornettes took fifth at the Highland Invitational.
Krupp Limousine Service advertised the arrival of a new, larger limo that seated seven to nine people.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. David Droste (Karen Unverfehrt) of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Krietemeyer (Gail Funke) of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Donald White (Patricia Barsos) of Centralia, a son.
Deaths: Alvin Brueggemann, 89, of Okawville; Valentine Fontana, 76, of Du Quoin; Russell Kleiber, 45, of Beaucoup; Ruth Brink, 83, of Scheller; Clarence Wehking, 82, of Centralia; Kylie Townsend, 3, of Quincy; Dorothy King, 78, of Sandoval.
Weddings: Joyce A. Czerniejewski and Mike Frisch; Kathleen J. Harp and Gregory A. Ibendahl; Samantha Ann Roussell and Bryan Paul Vanden Hoek.
Twenty Years Ago
The Hornets captured first place in the Nashville Invitational Tournament, and the Hornettes were champs of the Carbondale Tournament.
Officers of Washington County Fair Association were President Glen Snead, Vice President Bill Windler, Secretary/Treasurer Audrey Brueggemann, Assistant Secretary JoAnn Voelkel. Board members were Bob Heggemeier, Barbara Mill and George Nadolski.
A student was expelled from Nashville Community High School for carrying a weapon to school.
Michelle Hasheider’s number 40 jersey was retired at Okawville High School. The all-American led the Lady Rockets to the state championship in 1994 and a second-place finish in 1993.
Deaths: Dorothy Jones, 88, of Richview; John Kitowski, 51, of Nashville; Howard Huff, 87; Donald Doelling, 68, of Addieville; Leslie Zacheis, 88, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Lillie Williams, 96, of Oakdale; Vincent Boden, 72, of Belleville; John Yates Sr., 84, of Belleville; Joseph Smugala, 97, of Nashville; Edna Fischer, 84, of Du Quoin; Rosemary Norman, 51, of Okawville; Roland Schaefer Sr., 81, of St. Louis; Helen Thomas, 83, of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri; Peter Nickrent, 83, of Chatsworth; Maude Just, 88, of Hoyleton.
Fifteen Years Ago
Candidates for Nashville City Council were Terry Kozuszek, Charles Parker, Cindy Barczewski, Kerri Huge and Junior Beek.
Running for Nashville Grade School Board were Dave Niermann, Michael Meier, Kevin Rench, Dave Engele and Brian Grathwohl.
Seeking election to Nashville High School Board were Randy Ruggles, Doug Snead, Brian Heckert, Nancy Heseman and John Lietz.
The Hornettes under coach Wayne Harre won the Highland Tournament, while the Hornets finished fourth at the Nashville Invitational Tourney.
Okawville Lady Rockets coach Kathy Langer won her 400th career victory to go along with 100 losses and two state titles.
Births: Milissa Bayles and Scott Clark of Centralia, a daughter; Larry and Amie Evans of Nashville, a daughter.
Deaths: Jack Lane, 82, of Nashville; Theodore Hendrich, 73, of Florissant, Missouri; John Linze, 33, of St. Louis; Raymond Kujawa, 73, of Woodlawn; Isabella Bonczyk, 94, of Nashville; Donald Gale, 72, of Ava; Marie Groom, 72, of Fairview Heights; Jack Hartley, 77, of Centralia.
Ten Years Ago
Voters prepared to go to the polls for a primary race the next week. The only local race was the GOP primary for coroner, where incumbent Dr. Thomas Coy was challenged by Mark Styninger.
The Washington County Hospital Board welcomed new board member Dave Behr. WCH also introduced their new head nurse Tammy Amizich.
Okawville teen Jess Boeschen finished in the top 40 in an American Idol audition held in Omaha, Neb.
At the NCHS District 99 Board meeting, Superintendent Wendy Davis voiced her fears over future state payments.
The Nashville Hornettes basketball team won three straight games, defeating Anna-Jonesboro, DuQuoin, and Mater Dei.
The St. Ann Lady Saints Basketball Squad finished fourth in the SIJH-SAA state tournament.
Births: Luke Bradley Windler was born to Mr. and Mrs. Brad Windler on January 4. Makena Rose Suedmeyer was born to Torrin and Alicia Suedmeyer on January 16. Lauren Amanda Christ was born to Shawn and Sara Christ on January 18.
Engagements: Elizabeth Gross and Ryan Humphrey announced plans for a July 4 wedding. Angela Schnake and Brandon Eldridge were engaged with a wedding date of June 28. Nichole Lee Howard and Craig Michael Smelter planned a June 7 wedding. Nicol Renth and Micah Rinker announced plans for a March 15 wedding. Rebecca Marsha and Curt Holland announced that they would be wed on June 14. Susan Benedick and Aaron Fuchs announced that their wedding would be held on April 19. Kimberly Mines and Steven Barr announced their June 14 wedding.
Deaths: Nelson Price, 92, of Hoyleton, passed away on January 25.
Five Years Ago
Charlie Meier, newly sworn in as state representative, spoke to the Nashville News about his first week in Springfield as a lawmaker.
NCHS Librarian and media center director Leigh Ann Cloud spoke to the NCHS board about improvements to the media center’s online presence, including the ability to check out e-books online.
The NCHS Board approved funding for new infrastructure improvements related to security, in the wake of the December, 2012 attack in Newtown, Conn.
As a result of the settlement of a class action lawsuit over atrazine, the City of Nashville received $536,281.11.
Walker Nicholas Hudgens was born on January 21, to Michael and Camille Hudgens of Addieville.
Alyssa Eade and Clint Harre were wed on Nov. 10, 2012.
Jessica Bronke and Joseph Gill were wed on Oct. 20, 2012.
Deaths: Wilbur Cruse, 90, of Granite City, January 26; Glen Lee Snead, 76, of Nashville, January 28; Norma Wernecke, 93, of Okawville, January 26; Marie Anna Waller, nee Hoff, 94, of Lively Grove, January 26.