It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
Two pounds of roasted peanuts were 25 cents and peanut brittle was 10 cents a pound at the local Washco store.
Raymond Seefeldt of Plum Hill caught a chicken hawk which measured 56 inches from wing tip to wing tip and weighed five pounds.
New WPA projects were approved fro Washington County. The first was a $5,412 project fro construction of sidewalks along Main Street in Ashley. Two separate projects were approved for Hoyleton. They were $1,210 for repairing 10,000 square feet of brick sidewalk and $2,458 for cinder surfacing 14,000 square yards of Village streets.
With a team of mules, Steven Buretta of Route 4 in Ashley sold Frank Buretta’s wheat at Radom Elevator for $1 per bushel.
Other deaths: James William Torrens, 80, of Oakdale; Julia Dahlke, 80, of Nashville; Louis Krughoff, 68, formerly of Nashville; William Alfred Stephens, 87, of rural Ashley; Richard Louis Horstman, 32, a native of New Minden; Fred Frickenschmidt, 82, formerly of Venedy; and Henry P. Liese, 62, formerly of Nashville.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Federal censorship prevented The News from printing draft information.
Arthur Reidelberger, 25, died of burns sustained when a stove exploded. The resulting fire consumed the family’s three-room home in Nashville.
Other deaths: James Melvin Eade, 20, formerly of Washington County; and Charles Maschhoff, 68, a native of Hoyleton.
Seventy Years Ago
Deaths: J.L. Muenter, 62, of Nashville; Charles Hohman, 77, of Ferguson, MO; Fred Gilbert, 77, of Cordes; Carolyn Ann Hammond, six-week-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hammond of Oakdale; Rev. Henry Idel, 72, of Huegely; John Werre, 55, a native of Nashville; Elroy Maschhoff, 21, of Nashville; and Emma Meyer of Downey, CA.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Illinois ranked seventh of the 20 oil producing states supplying 3.2 percent of the total.
Deaths: Caroline Kuhlengel, 81, of Nashville; Oscar P. Schuessler, 38, of St. Louis; Ralph E. Chapman, 77, of rural Tamaroa; Henry A. Weed, 68, a native of Nashville; Ed Narkewicz, 58, of Woodlawn; Katherine Kozial, a native of Nashville; and Nicholas Kraechan, 83, of East St. Louis.
Sixty Years Ago
The Washington County tax multiplier was set a 1.0870.
Three cans of pork and beans were 29 cents and two bottles of catsup were 35 cents.
Deaths: Bertha Beidler, 80, of Bolo Township; Fred C. Schnitker, 67, of rural New Minden; William Huggins, 80, a native of Covington; Woodford Perry Foster, 82, of Posey; William A. Dale, 83, of Dongola; and Alden G. Roach of St. Louis.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Subscription to The News was increased from $1.75 per year to $2 per year.
Spare ribs were 29 cents a pound and ground beef was 49 cents a pound.
New Year’s Eve dances were scheduled at Andy’s Tavern in Scheller, Eddie’s Tavern in DuBois and the Okawville American Legion Home.
Deaths: Hazel Mary Gorman, 51, of Nashville; Alice Harriett Thomasson, 87, of Ashley; William H. Stellhorn, 58, of St. Louis; Adolph August Busekrus, 65, a native of New Minden; Frank Flure, 69, of Pinckneyville; Gasper G. Stockton, 81, of Tamaroa; Mark Henry Weber, three, of Belleville; and Anna Kessler, 85, of St. Louis, MO.
Fifty Years Ago
Dr. Captain Morris Kugler of Okawville was on duty in Vietnam.
Temperature ranges fro the week were 61 degrees to 18 degrees F.
Roland Meyer won first prize for the best Nativity scene and George Small took first place in the outdoor lighting category for the annual Nashville Christmas lighting contest. Nashville Savings and Loan won first place in business category.
A census survey indicated there were 140 single males for every 100 single females in Washington County.
Deaths: Alvina Cramer, 74, of Nashville; William Joellenbeck, 77, of Okawville; Leonard Schilling, 25, of Little Rock; Elmer Nobe, 59, of Venedy; Beckie Berkson, 68, of Okawville; Hobart Pumphrey, 70, of Centralia; and George W. Wolf, 86, a native of Lively Grove Township.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Rick Keller of Nashville signed a professional baseball contract with the Oakland A’s.
Walter E. Moehle of Okawville filed a petition for elections as Washington County State’s Attorney. Other County officers filing included Edward Meinert for Circuit Clerk and Dr. C.W. Longwell for Coroner.
Earl Borgman, 18, of Okawville was charged with burglaries of the Okawville High School, Huge Garage in Hoyleton, Sprehe Gulf Station in New Minden, and a farm shed near Haier’s lake after items were recovered from a farm new Okawville.
Thieves broke into the Moedahl Ford Sales in Nashville with a considerable loss.
Fire destroyed the Jack Lane Jr. mobile home.
The Washington County tax multiplier was set at 1.1765.
Windows were broken by vandals at the Carpet Shop in Irvington.
Deaths: Martha Krueger, 83, of Nashville; Alida M. Elesser, 58, of Sterling; Irene Creath, 69, of Pinckneyville; Townsend Blanchard, 69, formerly of Tamaroa; Jennie Farmer, 88, of Richview; Edward Bochantin, 56, of Madison; Michael Osborne, five-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Osborne of San Antonio, TX; Nellie A. Shelton, 87, a native of Lebanon; Ann Bonnow, 78, of Okawville; David Selliman, 47, of Oklahoma City; and Emma Krueger of San Diego, CA.
Forty Years Ago
Susan Kula of NCHS and Theresa Forbeck of West Washington County Community Unit Schools were presented DAR Good Citizen pins.
William Grisham Jr., who had been associated with Dr. Box at the Nashville Animal Clinic, returned to his home town of Lawrenceberg, Tennessee, to open his own clinic.
State, federal and local taxes averaged $580 per person for residents of Washington County.
Marty Hawn, Ross Toedte and Sue Kula, members of the Nashville High School A Capeela Choir, were chosen to the Illinois All-State Chorus.
Deaths: Paul L. Liszewski, 79, formerly of DuBois; Adeline Barbara Pitts, 78, of DuBois; Lessie D. Reese, 89, of Nashville; Ida Hoepker, 93, formerly of Addieville; Mark Allen Magerkurth, 23, of Chester; Mrs. Frank Gulan, 69, relative of Elkton residents; Bertha Pflasterer, 82, of Marissa; Hilda Lemkemeier, 71, of Swansea; and Luther Cross of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, formerly of Nashville.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
Larry Maschhoff of Nashville was named to the SIU-Carbondale diplomatic corps, to provide information and answer questions about the university.
A drawing was held for ballot positions in the March 16 primary election.
Deaths: Dennis Kues, 39, in a car accident; Joseph Rozanski, 89, of Radom; Anna Setzekorn, 85, of DuBois; August Campagna, 62, of Godfrey; Ada Nehrkorn, 63, of DuBois; John Reminger, 68, of Sesser; Oscar Clark, 73, of Sterling; Paul Glash, 87, of Elk Grove Village; Richard Ballard, 58, of rural Addieville; Betty Fannin, 86, of Vandalia; and Thelma Sarensen, 59, of Murphysboro.
Thirty Years Ago
Three persons were arrested in connection with the robbery of Meier’s Market on West St. Louis Street in Nashville.
County farmland assessments were to drop an average of 40 percent.
Bill Moss, a former Nashville resident, was the recipient of a donor heart at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
Deaths: Paul Jurgensmeyer, 77, of rural Centralia; Dorothy Ruehl, 62, of Nashville; Henry Schwengel, 97, of Okawville; Ivan Houser, 81, of Nashville; Clementine Ernst in Los Angeles; and Bonnie Rostankowski, 57, of Tamaroa.
Weddings: Paul Ryterski of rural Nashville and Tammy Morris of DuBois; Eric Flake and Susan Paszkiewicz, both of Belleville; Robert Haugen of Alton and Diane Martin of Granite City; Barton Fogelbach and Geralyn Walsh.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Humphrey Photography won the Nashville Jaycees Business Lighting Contest for the second year in a row, after winning last year’s inaugural contest.
The Landmark Bank was merged with the Magna Bank.
The Washington County Rotary Club was given a $5,000 grant from the Illinois Power Company Warm Neighbors program to help pay heating bills for local residents in need.
The Nashville City Council discussed preparations for the new water plant being built at the Washington County State Lake as well as going “eyeball to eyeball” with the State Department of Conservation about access to water at the lake.
The Nashville Grade School Board approved forming a Curriculum Improvement Committee that would involve school personnel and community leaders.
The Nashville Community Fire Protection District received its new 1991 International firetruck, purchased through W.C. Niermann, Inc. of Nashville for $141,000.
The home of Judge and Mrs. Lloyd Karmeier, on State Route 15 east, won the Nashville Jaycees’ residential Christmas Lighting Contest for the second year in a row.
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Setzekorn received $50 and 1st place in the Ashley Lions Club Christmas Light Judging Contest.
Leonard Sherman of Radom received a $250 gift certificate at Save-A-Lot grocery store in Nashville in a Christmas Raffle sponsored by the Washington County Democrat Club.
Some 900 people were entertained at the annual Nashville Grade School Christmas program.
The DuBois Pioneers 4-H Club members painted three Christmas panels, each four by eight feet, for a new roadside display.
Deaths: Donald D. Robertson, 54, of rural Nashville; Walter Kitowski, 90, of Scheller; Catherine M. Kryger, 82, of Ashley; Blanche A. Parks, 83, of Centralia; Gary Joseph Hammond, 21, of Centralia; Richard Allen Pillar, 33, of Gainsville, GA; Esther L. Haier, 93, of Friendship Manor; June M. McKinstry, 77, of Richmond Heights, MO; Wright S. Carter Jr., 53, of Clintwood, VA; Athel Richard “Red” Porter, 71, of rural Coulterville; Russell “Scoop” Bell Jr., 70, of Perry County; Leslie R. Sheldon, 85, of rural Woodlawn.
Births: Kevin and Janet Sabo of Hoyleton, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Duane Chwascinski of Marthasville, MO, a daughter; and Jerry and Nancy Kraus of Marissa, a daughter.
Twenty Years Ago
Gene Driskill, former alderman and mayor, was named Citizen of the Year by Nashville Chamber of Commerce.
Okawville School Board was looking at proposals to make dismissal time safer for students and drivers.
John Boeschen, Tri-County Electric foreman in Washington County, retired after 46 year with the cooperative.
Richard Finke’s display won first place in the Jaycees’ holiday lighting contest.
A bottle of Andre champagne was $2.99, and six bottles of Michelob were $3.99 at All Mart.
Drivers were urged by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers to tie red ribbons on their vehicles as a reminder to drive sober.
Deaths: Fern Raleigh, 73, of Richview; Leo Kallas, 85, of Irvington; Charles Frost, 69, of Herrin; Alice Thiele, 85, of Jennings, MO; Clara Nalepka, 93, of La Porte, IN; Albert Knobloch, 92, of Maeystown; and Kimberly Flota, 42, of Mt. Vernon.
Wedding: Audrey Poniewaz and Ronald Mueller.
Births: James and Ann Turner of Nashville, a son; and Thomas and Lisa Schuette of Oakdale, a daughter.
Fifteen Years Ago
An ambulance taking an elderly Ashley woman to the hospital was sideswiped by a truck on State Route 15.
Hoyleton Grade School Supt. Louis Obernuefemann took the $300 earmarked for dues to the Illinois Associations of School Administrators and used it to buy robot kits for 7th and 8th graders.
Ashley Grade School used a $24,000 grant to buy computer hardware and software.
State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld said he would seek re-election in the 58th District.
Harry Potter was the feature at the State Theatre.
A Tosti Asti gift box was $18.99 and a 12-pack of Bud Light was $7.59 at All Mart Wine and Spirits.
Deaths: Wendell Riechman, 88, of Richview; Bonnie Moxey, 73, of Cape Girardeau; Viola Richards, 74, of Addieville; Lester Black, 74, of New Minden; Ruth Meier, 72, of Hoffman; Jakob Barbee, infant son of David Jr. and Chrystal Barbee of Richview; Pearl Peeck, 84, of Nashville; and Jacqueline Brown, 66, of Irvington.
Wedding: Johanna Cruser and Craig Reverman.
Birth: Ron and Shelley Wilke of Olney, a son.
Ten Years Ago
NCHS basketball legend Roger Stieg congratulated senior Lucas O’Rear on surpassing his career scoring record of 1,616 points. O’Rear scored his 1,618th point in a win over Sparta.
Brittany Miller’s essay won a national contest and a classroom makeover for her teacher, Becky Rench, at NCHS.
An Addieville man was accused of ramming a squad car while attempting to evade arrest.
Birth: Michael and Dawn Dulle of Addieville, a daughter.
Deaths: Hugo Hanke, 82, of Okawville; Everett Ostendorf, 80, of Addieville; Albert Krohne, 81, of Okawville; Teresa B. Wilson, 75, of Sparta; and Verna “Whitey” White, 70, of Cahokia.
Five Years Ago
NCHS Superintendent Wendy Davis unveiled a plan for raising standardized test scores at the school incentivizing students who take part in take part in ACT Test prep classes with open campus lunch privileges.
Scott Thompson was sworn into the NCHS Board, filling the unexpired term of Ron Brown.
Dale Papp delivered gifts on his bike to kids in his neighborhood, with the help of his friend Carson Hale.
Consumer spending in Nashville was up, with sales tax receipts in Nashville reaching a record $1,107,032 for the year.
Elizabeth Tweedy and Adam Cowell were wed on October 29. Neil and Melinda Jolliff of Patoka celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 30.
Deaths: Paul Nadolski, 86, of Ashley, December 23; Gordon Mansker, 53, of Nashville, formerly of Rockwood, December 22; Velma Brasel, 82, of Salem, December 23; Kenneth “Kenny” Kasten, 85, December 20; Cecil Logan, 62, of Ashley, December 24.