It Happened Here – October 11, 2017
Eighty Years Ago
Mrs. Gerald Spencer bought the Edna Fae Beauty Shop in the Carter-Liebrock building in Nashville.
Considerable loss of money and merchandise was the result of burglaries at the Beckmeyer General Merchandise Store in Irvington and the Beckmeyer Store in Hoyleton.
Deaths: Christ H. Niehaus, 60, of rural Nashville; James V. Crow, 72, a native of Ashley; and Joseph McCalib, 77, of rural Richview.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Washington County residents contributed 34 tons of scrap in a two-day collection for the salvage committee.
Almost 92 percent of those eligible were registered to vote in Washington County, according to County Clerk Paul Johnson.
Under war rationing rules, Washington County’s tire quota for October was: Four grade one passenger tires, two grade two passenger tires, 23 truck and bus tires, 22 tubes, 98 passenger recaps, 27 truck recaps and eight bicycles.
Rayon hosiery was priced from 88 cents a pair at Back’s Department Store in Nashville.
A total of 37 turkeys and several chickens were reported slaughtered in the barn lot of the John Barciszewski farm south of Nashville.
Deaths: William Sieling, 79, of Nashville; Donna Mae Decker, one-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Decker of rural Nashville; Nicholas Eugene Legendre, 77, of rural Ashley; Dr. Joseph Arkell Campbell of Marissa; John O. Lyons, 61, of Hollywood, CA; Charles L. Hileman, 62, of Jonesboro; Emma Kelle, formerly of Venedy; and Alice Rupert, 74, Springfield, Mo.
Seventy Years Ago
An eight-ounce jar of Rosebud peanut butter was 19 cents at Alhf’s. A package of Spic and Span was 23 cents.
Deaths: Fred D. Rixman, 77, of Hoyleton; John F. Bender, 66, of Du Bois; Christ Kracht, 80, of New Minden; Mary Restoff, 72, of Scheller; Mary Irene Czerney, 74, of Irvington; and Lesetta Opferman of St. Louis, MO.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
A petition to annex territory from the Klasing School District to Okawville was granted and an effort to take a portion of Irvington and Richview Townships from the Centralia School District and give it to the Ashley School District was withdrawn.
Bananas were two pounds for 29 cents and hamburger was 43 cents a pound.
Deaths: Charles F. Junge, 81, of Nashville; H. Melville Potter, formerly of Nashville; Walter J. Grattendick of Venedy; Jack R. Taylor, 18, of Oakdale; and Anna Maria Wilhelmine Amalie Meyer, 77, of Venedy.
Sixty Years Ago
Dean Haege, owner of the Nashville Floor Covering Company, bought the Backs Linoleum Store.
The tentative tax multiplier for Washington County was set at 1.25.
Deaths: Henry Redeker, 85, formerly of Nashville; Lucy Kruski, 76, of Du Bois; Caroline Poggemoeller, 72, of Centralia; Mrs. Neil McCarrey, 49, of St. Louis, MO; Henry Elliott Tate, 93, a native of Washington County; and Ann Meirose, 59, of Plum Hill.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Ted Janowski was appointed Beaucoup Township Supervisor.
The Addieville School Board voted to take an option on Leimkuhler property.
Deaths: Louis P. Johnson of Hoyleton; Anna Boehning, 69, of New Minden; Sophia Louise Klosterman, 79, of Okawville; John F. Collmeyer, 82, of New Minden; and Lucille Reynolds, 43, formerly of Ashley.
Fifty Years Ago
Washington County Sheriff Joe Berry arrested a St. Louis couple after they were captured by neighbors fleeing the scene of a burglary at the Ronald Schuetz farm near Venedy. A Mt. Vernon couple was also arrested for burglary at the home of Mary Musial a month earlier.
St. Salvator Lutheran Church in Venedy celebrated its 125th anniversary.
Two Nashville Township bridges were damaged by early morning explosions.
Large eggs were 39 cents a dozen. A five-pound bag of flour was 29 cents.
The Washington County wheat crop averaged 44 bushels per acre.
Deaths: Violet (Poehler) Wiley, 49, a native of Nashville; Henry Brethauer, 91, a native of Nashville; Peter Paul Kerry, 89, of rural Du Bois; William F. Brinkman, 81, a native of Nashville; Ray Reidelberger, 75, of Chester; Adolph Hubert, 83, of Lively Grove; and Daisy O. Rice, 85, of Coulterville.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Farmers and Merchants Bank announced plans to build a motor bank on the corner of South Mill and East Lebanon Street in Nashville.
Grace United Methodist Church dedicated its new eight-rank pipe organ.
The Nashville Pharmacy expanded into the office space vacated by Illinois Power Company’s move to South Mill Street.
A petition by Elmer Oelze asking his residence be incorporated into school district No. 49 from school district No. 47 was approved.
Helen G. Jones was sworn in as postmaster in Ashley.
“The Graduate” with Dustin Hoffman was playing at the State Theatre in Nashville.
Fire destroyed a Bolo Township truck.
Washington County figures showed the area experienced its warmest September ever.
The City Council voted to accept a bulk gasoline bid of 21.8 cents per gallon, tax included.
Deaths: Ruth Neuhaus, 71, of Nashville; Ben Gilbert, 88, of Richview; August Mueller, 79, a native of Okawville; Ella Mann, 74, a native of Addieville; Martha Beckmeyer, 90, of Hoyleton; and George Flaharty, 52, of East St. Louis.
Forty Years Ago
A partial eclipse of the sun was visible in Washington County.
Harlan Livesay of Okawville was hired as a Washington County deputy sheriff.
Dennis Cook sold the Hurry-Thru in Nashville to a Belleville corporation headed by Calvin Aaron.
Irene Going announced she would seek a third term as Washington County Treasurer.
Franklin’s Jewelry in Nashville had a grand opening sale.
Marvin Miessner resigned as Covington Township Supervisor. Alfred Harre Jr. was appointed to take his place.
Deaths: Eugene F. Leffner, 29, formerly of Ashley; Philip C. Heggemeier, 84, of rural Nashville; Anna Obermeier, 92, formerly of Hoffman; John A. Scheurich Jr., 45, of Addieville; Verner Clark, 84, of Woodlawn; Kenneth P. Roper, 72, formerly of Carrier Mills; Elsie Wilson, 74, of Belleville; and Ryan Darrel Holle, infant son of Darrel and Connie Sue Holle of rural Hoyleton.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
The First Presbyterian Church in Nashville observed its sesquicentennial.
The Village of Addieville sued two homeowners for failure to comply with a Village ordinance requiring all property used for human occupancy to install suitable toilet facilities and connect with the proper public sewer.
Nashville Community High School purchased a third computer for instruction purposes.
Deaths: Marie Zgonina, 72, of Radom; Annie (Lampe) Hake, 79, of Hoyleton; Jerry Broadway, 73, of Ava; Pearl I. (Lemen) Lorenz, 89, of Nashville; Clara T. (Wrzneswski) Kurtz, 79, of Coulterville; Ronald Edward Klamp, 40, of rural Murphysboro; James Howard Laird, 65, of Waltonville; Charles Woodrow Perkey, 64, of Nashville; Gerald S. “Jerry” Hogshead, 90, a native of Covington Township; Roy Absolymn Driver, 91, of Nashville; and Viola (Droege) Biehlich, 66, a native of Plum Hill.
Weddings: Diann Stieg of Nashville and L. Keith Meyer of Hoffman; Kristina Kennedy of rural Coulterville and Gary Gill of rural Oakdale; and Sheila Marie Gargas and John Henry McFeron, both of Nashville.
Thirty Years Ago
The Washington County Workshop was awarded a packaging contract from the Clayton Corporation of St. Louis, MO.
Jim Durbin bought the Nashville Motel from Max and Marian Gaffner.
Jim Schnake was appointed President of the Irvington Village Board of Trustees, replacing Alan Pitchford who moved from the Village.
Landmark Bancshares Corporation merged with Eagle Bancorporation, Inc.
A four-roll package of Northern bathroom tissue was 79 cents and large eggs were 59 cents a dozen at the local Kroger store.
Fire destroyed the John Hilt home south of Du Bois.
Neighbors of William Beckmeyer of rural Hoyleton combined his crops while Beckmeyer recovered from bypass open heart surgery.
Deaths: Stella White of Ashley; Ted F. Krus, 70, a native of Posen; John E. Peper Jr., 63, a native of Richview; Clifford Dellamano, 29, of Granite City; Abram Edwards, 74, of Shattuc; Harold B. Trigg, 69, of Tamaroa; and Hulda C. (Wacker) Huck, 92, of Nashville.
Weddings: Juliann Marie Becktold of Mascoutah and Leon Zyk of Nashville; and Sarah Jane Koch and Charles Everett Deterding, both of Okawville.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Nashville Savings and Loan Association members voted to convert to a state chartered savings bank with the new name to be Nashville Savings Bank.
Three long-time Nashville Postal Service employees, Norman Bergman, Richard Kemnetz and Vernon Moeller, retired.
This area was almost 10 inches below the normal rainfall of 29.26 inches, according to Doyle Cohlmeyer, local weather observer.
Washington County Hospital offered mammograms for $25 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Deaths: Ervin Ohlemeyer, 74, of St. Charles, MO; Myrtle Templeton, 86, of Pinckneyville; Elise Fricke, 96, of Okawville; Owen Kerley, 87, of Simpson; Paul Sensel, 76, of Centralia; Elsie Krausz, 90, of Okawville; Minnie Roethemeyer, 91, of Vandalia; Charles Schiwitz, 77, of Okawville.
Weddings: Karen Pytlinski of Ashley and Greg Kasban of Radom; Trina Ann Mueller of Venedy and Todd Joseph Fuhrhop of Coulterville; and Jennifer Ann Barczewski and Tony Ray Shipp of Lapeer, MI.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ziegler of Nashville announced the adoption of a son.
Twenty Years Ago
Dusti Stearns was crowned queen of the NCHS Homecoming.
Allen Morris was named police officer in Irvington.
Residents of Willowbrook Subdivision petitioned the state to widen the waterway passing beneath State Route 15 on the city’s west side to prevent flooding.
Floyd Pinski won a chrysanthemum from Meyer’s Greenhouse and Nursery for guessing there were 2,980 buds on the plant only 10 less than the actual number.
Williamson True Value Hardware was closing out its toy selection with a 25 percent off sale.
Joann Boczek, 52, of Du Bois was killed in an auto accident on State Route 127, south of Nashville.
Other deaths: Della Kaser, 85, of Nashville; Theresa Zdrodowski, 82, of Addieville; Emily Long, 76, of Monticello, FL; Raymond Bollmeier, 77, of Marissa.
Weddings: Michelle Brinkmann and Jeffrey Morio; Michael Anna and Dena Clark, Alesia Maddox and Mark Kramm.
Births: Dean and Maureen (Murnin) Boeschen of Oakville, MO, a son; Andrew and Karen (Surmeier) Kirchner of Nashville, a son; Dawn Eggeman and Chapen Miller, a son; Todd and Mandy (Beaston) Schaeffer of Irvington, a son.
Fifteen Years Ago
Dick Shew retired as Nashville police chief after eight years with the local department. His career also included 23 years with the Illinois State Police. Shane Phillips, a three-year veteran of the local police department, was named his successor.
Although the number of people using Memorial Park Pool declined by 400 to 5,109, income rose by $4,000 to almost $33,000.
Bishop Wilton Gregory offered the annual fall harvest blessing at the Jim Brazinski farm in rural Coulterville.
Two Pinckneyville teens were accused of stealing numerous cartons of cigarettes in a burglary at Meier’s Market.
Meyer’s Greenhouse and Nursrey offered large garden mums for $3.45.
Deaths: Verdell Harmening-Clay, 80, of Belleville; Elsie Koelling, 91, of Hoyleton; Sarah Smith, formerly of Ashley; Roger Rulevish, 59, of Tamaroa; Richard “Red” Galbraith, 74, of Tamaroa; Melvin Stoll, 81, of St. Louis; RoseAnn Lov, 62, of St. Louis County; Donita Reed, 53, of Ashley; May Helton, 82, of Irvington; Lillian Strube, 75, of Windermere, FL; and Jacqueline Karchner, 70, of Hoyleton.
Births: John and Becky Hallock of Ashley, a daughter; and Chris and Mary Junge of Groton, CT, a son.
Ten Years Ago
The Nashville Public Library joined with 94 others in the Shawnee Library System’s Southern Illinois Library Network or SILNET, to off online materials.
NCHS Alum Steve Browne returned to the school as music director, and was preparing for a performance of ‘Beauty and the Beast.”
At the Nashville City Council meeting, the Board overheard objections to the City’s TIF plans and appointed Dean Huge to an empty seat vacated by Cindy Barczewski.
The unemployment rate in Nashville had risen, up to five percent.
The Washington County Health Department announced the dates of upcoming flu clinics.
Alana Czajkowski donated 10 and one half inches of hair to Locks of Love.
Anniversaries: Ernest and Hattie Kurwicki celebrated 50 years of marriage on October 6; Norman and Dolores Karg of Lively Grove had their 50th anniversary on October 21; Orville and Phyllis Stegman celebrated 40 years together on October 7.
Births: Hayden Glen Kujawa was born to Ben and Connie Kujawa on September 28; Gavin Anthony Geppert was born to Peter Jr. and Kristy Geppert on September 21; Abigail Nicole Alfeldt was born to Andy and Kim Alfeldt on September 12; Grace Lowelle Graham was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Graham on July 10;
Deaths: Bernell Voytas, 53, of Marissa; William Edward Carl, 65, of Belleville; Dolly Mode, 86, of Addieville; Norman Chamberlain, 75, of Millstadt; Warren Howe, 89, of Centralia; Rudy Petr, 40, of Okawville.
Five Years Ago
Both Boys and Girls golf teams at NCHS were headed to the respective state tourneys.
The NCHS board was seeking candidates to run in the spring elections.
Nashville City council agreed to upgrade police department radios.
Cancer survivor Seth Lange of Irvington was heading up a collection of toys that would go to young patients at Cardinal Glennon Hospital.
Good Samaritan Darrel D. Frederking of Okawville, saved Lance D. Kurwicki and two child passengers from a flaming vehicle.
Society: Mark and Becky Styninger celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary; Earl and Ruth Weeke celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary; Nathan Borowiak
and Valarie Lindner were wed on July 14; Yvonne Eater and David Gramenz announced their engagement.
Deaths: Rose M. Kozuszek, 82, of rural Nashville, October 1; Clarence Kasten, 101, of Hoyleton, October 5.