It Happened Here – February 7, 2018

Eighty Years Ago
(1938)

Mrs. Mary Bartling, 76, of rural New Minden was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital after she was found lying in a small ravine near her home. She was treated for exposure after having been missing for almost 24 hours.

Fire caused an estimated $1,000 damage in an air shaft at the Clarkson Coal and Mining.

The Leonard Kult farm in Bolo Township was sold to Ed Kult for $1,450.

Deaths: Mrs. Clara Green, 59, of Nashville; Professor J. S. Ragsdale of Athens, Ala.; Mrs. Otto Pohle of Thompsonville; Mrs. Anna Neuhaus of Nashville; Miss Eliza Louise Meyer, 71, of Nashville;

Mrs. Carolyn C. Stanton, 77, of Richview; Mrs. Carolina Sieveking, 83, formerly of Nashville; and Mrs. Sallie Whitescarver, 82, of Owensboro, Ky.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
(1943)

The OPA announced a March 1 beginning for a food point rationing system in Washington County.

Deaths: George W. Burgess, formerly of Nashville; Robert Norcorm, 71, of East St. Louis; Edward Kowalski, 55, of rural Ashley; and Ralph H. Erb, 27, of New Athens.

Seventy Years Ago
(1948)

J. D. Mann was appointed Coroner by the Washington County Board of Supervisors.

A strike at the Clarkson Manufacturing in Nashville ended when the union met and decided to disband.

Deaths: Mrs. Anna B. Seiffert, 79, of Nashville; John Piechota of Pilot Knob Township; Frank A. Shotkowski, 70, of rural Ashley; Mrs. Mary Mierek, 66, of Du Bois; Mrs. Charles Ford of Nashville; Henry Hoeinghaus, 84, of rural Centralia; Mrs. Ethel Young, 59, of Irvington; Alvie H. McCoy, of Ashley; Jacob Dries, 82, of rural Hoyleton; and Mrs. Pauline Skurat, of Du Bois

Sixty-Five Years Ago
(1953)

The Stanley Schwankhaus service station in Okawville was burglarized.

Deaths: Charles F. Anderson, 74, of Nashville; Mrs. Stella Suchomski, 69, of Todd’s Mill; Bertha May McClurkey, 73, of Oakdale; Mrs. Louise Elizabeth Volkmann, 92, a native of New Minden; Mrs. Fred Storey, 65, of Tonkawa, Okla.; Jacob Rodatz, 38, a native of Woodlawn; Mrs. Lizzie Krumsiek of Granite City; Frank Jessa, 76, of Posen; Emma Hoelscher, 87, of Washington County; Mrs. Irene Bisdmerowski (nee Dalman), a of Washington County; and Edward L. Fanck, of Nashville.

Sixty Years Ago
(1958)

William Grewe retired as president of the Okawville Farmers Elevator after 39 years.

Deaths: Walter F. Oltmann, Sr., 65, of Addieville; Elmer Klosterman, 51, a native of Hoyleton; John Ignatkowski, 65, of Washington County; Mrs. Stella Qualls, 50, a native of Nashville; Christ Klingenberg, 75, of Addieville; Frank H. Morgan, 78, of Okawville; and Joseph Hoffman, 49, of Du Bois.

Fifty-Five Years Ago
(1963)

Wayne Meinert began operating the former Small’s Service Station in Nashville.

Washington County suffered through a cold spell. The highest reading of January 23 had been -6 degrees. The lowest recorded was -14 on January 28.

Deaths: Ernest Borchelt, 81, of Nashville; Rev. Paul Sulcer, 51, of Ashley; George H. Krone, 83, of Okawville; Jesse Muellecker, 75, of Ashley; and Peter Silva, 75, of Nashville.

Fifty Years Ago
(1968)

Fire destroyed the interior of the Whelan Hutchings residence in the 200 block of South Kaskaskia Street in Nashville.

For the second time in a month, thieves took meat and cigarettes in a burglary of the Okawville IGA.

Fire destroyed the rural Ashley home of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Buretta.

Deaths: Mrs. Goldie Wagner, 54, of Du Bois; Arthur John Zapp, 67, of Nashville; Rev. Richard H Muelder, 81, of Industry; Henry Fieseler, 89, of Okawville; Edward Kurtz, 81, of Todd’s Mill; Sophia Krus, 48, of St. Louis; Mathilda A. Bauman, 75, of Pinckneyville; and Mrs. Tillie Maerker, 84, of Beaucoup.

Forty-Five Years Ago
(1973)

Rev. Hayward McCollough was named pastor at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Nashville.

Marsha Hake of Irvington was crowned homecoming queen at Kaskaskia College.

An albino deer was struck and injured south of Irvington.

A fugitive from a North Carolina prison kidnapped Ashley police officer Raymond Mitchell. State Police Sgt. Robert Schrader and Melvin Bielong, Jr. of Ashley following a traffic accident. The kidnapping ended peacefully.

Deaths: James Robert Decker, 19, of Nashville; Anna Caroline Niemann, 83, of New Minden; Otto W. McClane, 81, of Okawville; Mrs. Charles Rocque, 73, of Oak Forest; Mrs. Lorene A. Colbert, 65, of Sparta; Fr. Edward Dahmus, 94, of Okawville; Lydia Snyder, 88, of Nashville; Adolph Litchenfels, 86, of New Minden; Theodore C. J. Wilke, 67, of Nashville; Cecilia Pestka, 71, of Scheller; Edwin A. Stoepplemann, 80, of St. Louis; Mrs. Essie Seidel, 93, of Nashville; and Albert W. Lynch, 70, of Du Quoin.

Forty Years Ago
(1978)

Employees of the National Mine Service Company in Nashville approved a new contract.

A blizzard dumped 12 inches of snow on southwestern Illinois causing many driving problems and closing schools.

Jeffrey G. Heintz, 11, of rural Venedy died after being struck by an auto on Route 15. Other deaths: Harry C. Schmidt, 86, of Irvington; Charlotte Anne Moxey, 20, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Elmer Woodside, 55, of Pinckneyville; Bernard J. Probanz, 78, of Geneseo; William F. Hackstadt, 92, of Plum Hill; James G. McIlwain, 78, of Okawville; William Palek, 73, of Elkton; Mrs. Mary Pauline Hoffman, 69, of Du Bois; Mrs. Isabelle B. Mehner, 83, of Lenzberg; and Augusta Brinkmann, 93, of Stone Church.

Wedding: Kim Zortman of Bloomington and Gary Blazwich of Streator.

Thirty-Five Years Ago
(1983)

Nashville merchants reported an increase in shoplifting among the elderly.

Fr. Carl Kabat, OMI, was sentenced to six months in the custody of the U.S. Attorney General for his part in peace demonstration at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb.

Deaths: Viola Sara Hoffman, 81, of Hoyleton; Pearl Knox, 75, of Richview; Anna Brinkman, 92, of Addieville; Emma Meyer, 89, of Nashville; Elise A. Haas, 84, of Mascoutah; Caroline Hoelscher, 85, of Okawville; Franklin “Donnie” Naliborski, 42, of Tamaroa; Frank Piotrowski, 52, of Tamaroa; Eugene A. “Huck” Ittensohn, 83, of Ashley; Edward Reinhardt of Nashville; Alvina Brandt , 87, =of Beaucoup Township; Ruth Hoy, 87, of Nashville; Helen T. Bauman, 65, of Belleville; Walter Taylor, 86, of Tamaroa; Loraine Andrews, 71, of Chicago; Margaret A. Schmersahl, 56, of Lively Grove; and William F. Helms, 84, of Venedy.

Weddings: Sue Stine of Oakdale and Mark Schott of New Athens; and Luetta Queen and Gilbert Doelling, both of Stone Church.

Thirty Years Ago
(1988)

The new Hardee’s Restaurant in Nashville was under construction.

The City of Ashley received a $110,000 grant from the Farmers Home Administration to renovate its water system.

Deaths: Barbara Reidelberger, 82, of Nashville; Albert Sedlack, 82, of Plum Hill; Helen M. Sexton, 79, of Scheller; Scott V. Schuetz, 16, of Okawville; Betty Lee Zimmermann, 61, of Coulterville; Amanda Lynn Correll, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Correll of Mt. Vernon; Martha Reinhardt of St. Louis; Fern E. McCoy, 88, of Ashley; Lucille M. Mooney, 72, of St. Libory; Marie D. Griffin, 84, of Fairview Heights; Herman B. Otten, 80, of St. Libory, Keith M. White, 72, of Ashley; and Pearl L. Gould, 95, of Nashville.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Williams (Karen Doehring) of Louisville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Strate (Brenda Albers) of Oakdale, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Kwiatkowski (Connie Novak) of Radom, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. David Aussieker (Marty Hawn) of rural Richview, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Elliott (Jane Oexeman) of St. Louis, Mo., a son; Mr. and Mrs. Darren Eggemann (Donya Davis) of Addieville, a daughter; and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Warren (Tina Holmes) of Kell, a daughter.

Twenty-Five Years Ago
(1993)

Marion E. Oelze was elected to the Board of Directors of Farmers and Merchants National Bank.

A total of 123 patients were admitted to the Washington County Hospital Extended Care Facility during its first year in operation.

Jeremy Miller was named Offensive Back of the Year by Southern Illinois Prep Sports magazine.

Deaths: Dixie McKinley, 90, of Nashville; Elizabeth Symons, 66, of Du Bois; Helen Connelly, 78; Clarence Bochantin, 57, of Tamaroa; John Mayer, 77, of Centralia; Lucille Snyder, 62, of New Holland; Bro. Michael Schubert, 82, of Tamaroa; John H. Huegely Jr., 66, of Columbus, Ohio; Larry “Big Brother” Schrauth, 44, of Fayetteville; Francis Gartside, 80, of Tamaroa; Mary Porter, 75, of Du Quoin.

Wedding: Rebecca Jean Roethemeyer and Alan Dale Troutt.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Hughes (Ellen Garbs) of Okawville, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lintker (Doris Thole) of Venedy, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Terry Koelmel (Lynette Ahrens) of Centralia, a son; Mr. and Mrs. James Lietz (Dawn Obermeier) of Hoyleton, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Alan Frederking (Kathleen Lintker) of Venedy, a daughter; Christina and Arch Watson Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia, a son.

Twenty Years Ago
(1998)

Richview residents were encouraged to join a Neighborhood Watch group that was formed to help curtail crime in that area.

Vandals pushed over 23 tombstones at Greenwood Cemetery.

Deaths: Danielle Cummins, infant daughter of Joan Jablonski and Daniel Cummins; Emma Cramer, 93, of Murphysboro; George Schubert, 84, of Tamaroa; Arthur Kirsch, 92, of Nashville; Verlin Gibson, 79, of Richview; Clemens Czajkowski, 77, of Arvada, Colo.; Irene Fenner, 88, of Belleville; Agnes Henke, 86, of Breese; Jimmy Adams, 63, of Drasco, Arkansas; Ruth Busekrus, 78, of Belleville; Floy Blair, 92, of Cutler; Jacqueline Koelling, 30, of St. Peters, Mo.

Births: Allen and Rhonda (Dintelman) Stein of Nashville, a son; Todd and Trina (Mueller) Fuhrhop of Coulterville, a son; Jerid and Paula (Wienstroer) Wendling of Tampa, Fla, a son.

Fifteen Years Ago
(2003)

Commander Willie McCool, grandson of the late Ed and Opal Huck, was killed when the space shuttle Columbia broke apart as it neared its landing.

Boy Scout Troop 127 collected over 10,000 clothing items for the needy in a drive headed by Eric Newby.

Births: Darren and Kathy (Gajewski) Lattz of Frankfort, a daughter; Nathan and Kevi Schorfheide of Springfield, a son; Weston and Krystal Fink of Marissa, a son; Richard and Denise Frazier of Nashville, a daughter; Stacy and Kevin Fradelos of Mt. Vernon, a daughter; Andy and Joy Grzegorick of Irvington, a daughter; Mary Ellen and Kent Peper of Walnut Hill, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Snead of Oakdale, a daughter; Wade and Monica Evans of New Baden, a son; Bob and Jenny (Giacomo) Etling of Tilden, twin sons.

Deaths: Esther Haier, 101, of Okawville; Orval Blumhorst, 77, of Freeburg; Walter Brockmeier, 82, of Okawville; Robert Rakers, 73, of Belleville; Vera Gewe, 89, of Waterloo; Marla Bierman, 46, of Cabot, Arkansas; Esther Hisey, 94, of Nashville; Geraldine Justus, 75, of New Baden; Edna Carr, 92, of Murphysboro; Eugene Stein, 76, of Marissa.

Wedding: Jennifer Moffitt and Matt Harre.

Ten Years Ago
(2008)

The area dealt with violent weather, receiving 10 inches of snow, followed by high winds which ripped sections of the roof off of NCHS’s Assembly Hall.

Gerry Boeschen was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Nashville Chamber.

Births: Grace Marie Stine, Jan. 31, to Jeremy and Jill Stine of Nashville. Kennedy Brynn Aholt, Jan. 31, to Joe and Rachel Aholt of Waipahu, Hawaii.

Deaths: Bonnie Ragland, 65, of Lincoln, Feb. 3; Nita Kellerman, 66, of Pinckneyville, Feb. 4. Robert Martin, 87, of St. Louis, Feb. 4. Bernice Mathis, 82, of Pinckneyville, Feb. 4. John C. Fuqua, 88, of Oakdale, Jan. 28. Mary Ann “Sally” Lane, 86, of Nashville. Theresa Marie Reidelberger, 81, of Tamaroa, Feb. 3.

Five Years Ago
(2013)

Lisa Halfacre joined Washington County Hospital as the med-surg nursing supervisor.

Washington County Farm Bureau held their annual meeting at the Nashville Community Center.

The 127 Lounge hosted a Super Bowl Party with free food and giveaways. In the end, the Ravens defeated the 49ers 34 to 31.

The Health Department sought local volunteers for a flu pandemic plan drill.

Birth: Lela RoseMarie Roskowski was born on September 26, 2012 to Daniel and Abby Roskowski of Coulterville.

Society: Caroline Jane Maxwell and David Benton Page were married; Crystal Hillyard and Evan Shubert were united in marriage; Chrissy Felton tand Zachary Lamczyk were engaged.

Deaths: Geneva Ruth Sigman, 66, of Venedy, January 30; Glen Lee Snead, 76, of Nashville, January 28; Bernice Marie Tubbs, 96, of Hoyleton, February 4; Theodore “Ted” Pedtke, 83, of rural DuBois, February 2; Ralph Royster, 92, of Evansville, Ind., January 25.