It Happened Here – April 18, 2018

Eighty Years Ago
(1938)

The primary election attracted 6,807 voters, over 4,000 of them Republicans nominated W.P. Green for judge; Paul Johnson for clerk; J.U. Spencer for treasurer; Harry Anderson for sheriff; and Kenneth Frieman for superintendent of schools.
Miss Carrie Luke was bitten on the ankle by a dog as she was going to the polls to vote.
Seven of the nine signatures needed for the right-of-way for the Black Diamond Trail in Nashville had been obtained.
Miss Ella Mueller resigned as eighth grade teacher after 14 years and announced plans to leave for Los Angeles, California.
Ed Schmitt, Dr. Fred Schroeder and Fred Prasuhn were re-elected to the Nashville High School Board.
Fire destroyed a barn on the Victor Filipski farm near Beaucoup.
Deaths: Christian Eckert, 91, the last Civil War veteran in Okawville; Caroline Tielemann, 86, Oakdale and Walter Engelman, 20, Plum Hill.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
(1943)

Snow flurries and temperatures below freezing set back early spring gardens. The cold weather followed a hail storm which was accompanied by heavy winds and rain. Thirty-four windows were knocked out at the Holzhauer farm west of Nashville. Walter Finke had to replace 20 windows at his home north of Nashville.
A proposed creation of a new community high school district won approval with 85 percent of the votes cast in favor of the proposition.
Nashville voters cast only 61 votes in an undisputed race for school board members.
Six-year-old Franklin D. Newcomb of rural Richview drowned when the wagon he was playing in coasted down an incline and into a farm pond.
Other death: Henry Edgar Haun, 79, rural Hoyleton.

Seventy Years Ago
(1948)

Dr. Charles Longwell of Nashville defeated Harry Rixmann of Hoyleton for the Republican nomination for Washington County Coroner in the only Countywide primary race.
The United States Army opened a permanent recruiting office in the Nashville post office.
Only 51 ballots were cast in the Nashville Grade School election which had no contest.
Cigars, cigarettes, whiskey and money were taken in the burglary of Mellein’s Tavern in Venedy.
Two pounds of coffee were 89 cents at the local Daniel Food Store.
Deaths: Christ Greiman, 78, rural Hoyleton; Jacob Schaeffer, 87, Nashville; Rose Rudolph, 44, St. Louis, Mo.; Caroline Helms, 75, Venedy; George Koehler, Posey; and Frances Nowak, 65, Nashville.
Weddings: Betty Jones of Ashley and Kenneth Martwardt of Nashville; Minta Buescher of Okawville and Vernon Ellerbusch of St. Louis, Mo.; Rosemma Campbell of Richview and Eugene Qualls of
DuBois; Mildred Hagebusch and Gerhard Dettenhausen, both of Okawville; and Esther Reinhardt of Covington and Leslie Hassebrock of Okawville.

Sixty-Five Years Ago
(1953)

Fire destroyed a brooder house and 300 baby chicks at the Avery Lawhorn farm near Hoyleton.
Six members of the Okawville High School junior class were injured in an auto accident forcing the cancellation of the junior play, “Nuts and Bolts.”
Stanley Coulter of Oakdale won a two-year term and Ernest A. Leutner of Hoyleton and L.E. House of Nashville were elected to three-year terms on the Nashville District No. 99 Board of Education.
Deaths: Mrs. Lyman T. Phillips, 86, Nashville; E.P. Seibert, 85, Ashley; Henry Helms, Sr., 86, Okawville; Louis J. Lindner, New Minden; Lorraine Evilsizer, 47, DuBois; and Leonard Bochantin, 28, St. Louis, Mo.
Weddings: Becky McNail and Stanley Wisniewski, both of Ashley; Grace Marlow West of Tamaroa and James H. McClellan: Evelyn Brehm of Ashley and Peter Garofolo of New York, N.Y.; and Selma Hermeling, formerly of Nashville, and Adam Schauwerker of Highland.

Sixty Years Ago
(1958)

Incumbents Stanley Coulter of Oakdale and challengers Russell Johnson and Oliver Hale were elected to the Nashville High School Board of Education. Voting was heavy.
Ground breaking ceremonies were held for the new Grace Methodist Church in Nashville.
Rhonda House of Nashville was selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girl State.
Cecil B. DeMille’s “Ten Commandments”was showing at the State Theater in Nashville.
Rib roast was 59 cents a pound and ground beef was two pounds for 98 cents at Kuhlman’s IGA in Nashville.
Deaths: Ida Hartnagel, 92, Nashville; Gustav Neuhaus, 66, Hoyleton; Margaretha Metelmann, 88, Biddeborn; Mrs. John L. Sarabis of San Diego, Calif.
Weddings: Betty Fortmeyer of Hoyleton and Alvin F. Hongsermeier of Centralia; and Judith Martin of Ashley and Myrtle Tucker of Springfield.

Fifty-Five Years Ago
(1963)

Marvin Peithman was elected president of the Nashville Grade School Board of Education.
Members of the confirmation class at Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville were: John Reinhardt, Shirley Eigenrauch, Betty Mae Haake, Pamela Nagel, Laura Karlovsky, Sharon Hoelscher, Sharon Windler, Donna Smith, Randy Nagel, Lois Frederking and Thomas McFeron.
You could buy two gallons of paint for as little as $5.49 at Campbell’s Paint Store in Nashville.
Prices were raised at the State Theater in Nashville to 60 cents for adults and 35 cents for children under 12.
John Jo Biesk, 69, of Tamaroa was killed in a truck-car crash near Litchfield.
Other deaths: George H. Obermann, 85, Okawville; Anna Elizabeth Ferguson, 79, Woodlawn; Amos Floyd Hogshead, 62, Nashville; Reinhold Budde, 81, Germantown; William Buhl, 81, Irvington; Phillip Juenger, Jr., 85, Marissa; Vera L. “Peg” Wherman, 60 Belleville; Martha Irwin, 66, Pinckneyville; Harry Pisarek, 47, St. Louis, Mo; Joseph Jacob Ziarnek, 86, Scheller; and James Thomas Ash, Sr., Caseyville.

Fifty Years Ago
(1968)

The Washington County Board approved a contract with Central State Planners, Inc., of Carbondale for a comprehensive planning program at a cost of $16,900.
Lois Mill of rural Ashley was employed as a secretary for the Washington County TB control program.
Peggy Joellenbeck won the Okawville Community High School Betty Crocker cooking award.
Deaths; Thomas B. Russell, 72, Richview; Carl Everett Powell, 73, Beaucoup; Edna Nordt, 75, Addieville; Lydia Horst, 78, Hoyleton.

Forty-Five Years Ago
(1973)

The Environmental Protection Agency approved a new landfill south of Beaucoup owned by John Barr.
Rick Keller returned from the Oakland A’s training camp due to a knee injury.
Deaths: George F. Zapp, 92, Nashville; Mrs. Pleasant Wilkey, 80, Nashville; Florence Fairchild, 63, Hoyleton; William Kult, 71, Ashley; Joseph “Fuzzy” Bingheim, 60, Belleville’ John Hesker, Sr., 95, Venedy; George Williamson, 92, Nashville; Mary Koralewski, 86, Posen; Ronald Richard Kitowski, 26, Tamaroa; Elsie May Hollinshead, 77, rural Centralia; and Fred J. Roethig, Nashville.
Wedding: Bonnie Nelson and Larry Paskiewicz, both of Fairfield.

Forty Years Ago
(1978)

Carl Rommelman of rural Hoyleton and Clarence DeMoss of Nashville were elected to the Nashville High School Board of Education.
Chosen as cheerleaders for the next school year at Nashville High School were: Angie Sachtleben, Ruth Seyler, Karla Haynes, Kerry Ryterski, Judy Varnum, Bonnie Cassity, and Theresa White.
Fire destroyed the rural Oakdale home of Loren D. Craig.
Addieville received a $451,575 grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to construct a wastewater treatment.
The Nashville City council was fielding complaints about an 18 percent hike in gas rates.
Members of the St. Salvator Lutheran Church confirmation class at Venedy were: Michael Segelhorst, Shellie Stroeder, Roger Recker, Keith Kinzel, and Bruce Borrenpohl.
Deaths: Frederick Brinkmann, 96, Stone Church; Hilda M. Schaeffer, 66, Hoyleton; Margaret E. Jones, 76, Rice; Elsie Weltge of St. Louis, Mo; Fred W. Hongsermeier, 79, Richview; and Olinda Schwettman, 77, Okawville.
Weddings: Millie Schuetz of Nashville and Paul Snider of Anna; Rosalie Redeker of New Minden and Charles Garrison of Beckemeyer; Mary Jane Meyer of Irvington and Rick Corners of Centralia;
Mary Schwartzkopf and Steve S. Smith, both of Marietta, Georgia; and Beth S. Klingenberg and Ludger C. Schilling, Jr., both of New Athens.

Thirty-Five Years Ago
(1983)

Temperatures in the 20’s and four inches of snow greeted Sunday church goers in Nashville.
Nashville Mine Service Company announced it would officially close its Nashville plant June 30.
Maryann Mode was named manager of the American Eagle Travel Agency in Nashville.
Sandy Shopinski and Jon Shelton were crowned queen and king, respectively, at the Ashley Grade School carnival.
Deaths: Florence C. Toensing, 70, Nashville; John L. Krus, Sr., 78, Lemay, Mo.; Anna Doelling, 88, Venedy; Rosalie L. Vasquez, 91, Lenzburg; Anna G. Pate, 79, Nashville; Mabel I. May, 77, Ashley; Leo T. Kinkelaar, 68, St. Libory; and Lyle Taylor, 73, Tamaroa.
Wedding: Dimberly Ann Heaman of Huntsville, Alabama and Timothy Todd Ward and Dothan, Alabama.

Thirty Years Ago
(1988)

Dr. Alan F. Harre was named president of Valparaiso University in Indiana.
The Tamaroa Community High School District Board of Education voted to approve annexation with the Pinchkeyville High School District.
Kelly Atchison was named queen and Richie Reese was named king at the annual Irvington Grade School carnival.
Deaths: Frances Sikorski, 96, Beaucoup Township; Hulda Marie Hildebrand, 59, Nashville; Lydia Marts, 83, Johannisburg; Joseph Bronke, Jr., 73, Tamaroa; Edgar E. Wolf, 56, Okawville; Andrew F. Gogolek, 71, St. Louis, Mo.; Lawrence Reiter, 83, St. Louis, Mo.; and Tillie Meyer, 89, Addieville.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
(1993)

Burglars hit Okawville Farmers Elevator twice in seven days.
Rich Tomaszewski spoke to Friendship Manor residents about the history of Polish people coming to Washington County.
Scent of A Woman with Al Pacino was the feature at the State Theater.
Deaths: Milton Schmale, 64, Nashville; Helen Common, 74, Okawville; Vernon Mittendorf, 72, Addieville; Mary Degenhardt, 47, Pinckneyville; Mary Pelker, 37, Tamaroa; Curtis Frost, Jr., 65, Sesser;Martha White, 71, Mascoutah; Anna Kosciolek, 76, St. Louis, Mo.; Jack Hardin, Sr., 53, Centerville.
Wedding: Mary Ann Wienstroer of Venedy and Charles E. Klein Sr. of Waterloo.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. David Meier (Linda Klutho) of Nashville, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hanson (Brenda Briggs) of Mt. Vernon, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Justin Brake (Karen Skibinski) of Richview, a daughter; John and Amy Tuttle of Nashville, a son.

Twenty Years Ago
(1998)

Big A Auto Parts announced plans to close its store in Nashville.
Steve Lohmann, minister of finance at the Republic of Tea, led Congressman John Shimkus and Mayor Raymond Kolweier on a tour of the local plant, which employed 26 people.
A mobile home owned by the Larry “Buddy” Mays family in rural Richview was destroyed by fire.
Construction was underway on a classroom addition to Nashville Middle School and Casey’s General Store.
An 18-month CD was paying 6 percent interest at Farmers and Merchants Bank.
Deaths: Daniel Frederking, 48, Okawville; Cecelia Bochantin, 77, DuBois; Irma Stoffel, 88, Nashville; Raymond Rudolph, 78, DuBois; Jessie Peterson, 82, Nashville; Earl Thompson, 93, Richview; Michael Clayton, 52, Denver, Colo.; Marlin Manning, 65, Fairfield.
Wedding: Cheryl Timpner and Richard Barker.
Births: Todd and Katheryn (Pasch) Cox of Nashville, a son; Charles and Leah (Williamson) Bennett of Hoyleton, a son.

Fifteen Years Ago
(2003)

The light observation helicopter flown by Nashville native Charlie Palek became part of an exhibit at a museum in New Jersey.
The building housing Alphabet Press in Richview was destroyed by fire.
Animal Control Administrator Dr. J. L. Box, DVM said the county had a 66 percent adoption rate, an amount virtually unheard of in the state.
An 18-pack of Miller Lite was $10.49 at All Mart Wines & Spirits.
Births: Craig and Rita Woker of Naperville, a son; Jerry and Lisa (Caswell) Birdwell of Cottontown, Tenn., a daughter.
Deaths: Edward Huge, 71, Hoyleton, Bertha E. Stephens, 85, Ashley, John Birchett, 75, Lenzburg; Catherine Johnson, 77, Lewisville, Texas; Donna Wessel, 45, Centralia; Jesse Glass, 78, Orland, Park.
Wedding: Jennifer Jack and Clinton Dunn.

Ten Years Ago
(2008)

The County Board approved the Washington County Arts Council’s concerts being held on the Courthouse Square. The “Sunset on the Square” concerts would begin Thurs. June 5, 2008.
NCHS Graduate Mark Zimmerman was named Illinois State Police Trooper of the Year for District 19.
NCHS Teacher Sara Kollbaum was named as a fellow to the United States Holocaust Museum.
SAFE (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) decorated the front of Washington County Courthouse along with local leaders and elected officials to call attention to sexual abuse and rape for Child Abuse Awareness Month (April).
The Nashville Hornettes track team won at a four team meet in Columbia, defeating Central, Columbia, and Red Bud.
Softball Hornettes had a big conference win, defeating Anna-Jonesboro, after a tough week, posting losses to Belleville West and Pinckneyville.
Births: Kolby Allen Suedmeyer was born to Keith and Kathy Suedmeyer on March 18; Lillian Marie Helbig was born to Blake and Michelle Helbig of Lively Grove on April 12.
Engagements and Anniversaries: Elyse Nicole White and Russell Lee Sledge, Jr., announced their engagement and wedding, planning on a May 24, 2008 wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Gary Gould of Rochester celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Stanley and Leo Sensel announced a celebration of their 75th wedding anniversary, being held April 20, 2008, at the Washington County Hospital’s extended care wing.
Deaths: Elmer Hettenhausen, 75, of Centralia, on April 7; Jeremy Higgins, 31, of Salem, April 12; Andrew Kryger, 92, of Scheller, April 10; Charles Lentz, 63, of Ashley, April 8; Stanley Schwengels, 73, of Okawville, April 8.

Five Years Ago
(2013)

Josie Campbell, 13, made plans to head to Australia for a trip through the People to People program.
After resignations from Brent Schorfheide and Charlie Meier, the Washington County Board sat the appointees fillings their seats, Kathy Muenter and William Riechmann, Sr., respectively.
Nashville Girl Scouts Brownies from Troop 2921 held a toy drive and sent the toys to children in Africa.
Society: Yvonne Eater and David Gramenz were married on December 29, 2012.
The Snead Family announced sales of their cookbook, with the proceeds going to Washington County Relay for Life.
Deaths: Doris Valian, 91, of Okawville, April 11; Frances L. Hutchings, 68, of Pinckneyville, April 9; Richard Grewe, 58, April 9; Erna (Blumhorst) Pitzer, 95, born in Okawville, March 31; Larry Dean Markotay, 49, of Sparta, April 12.

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