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It Happened HereJune 10, 2015

It Happened Here

Twenty-Five Years Ago


The future of Nashville’s former L and N Railroad depot continued to be an un resolved question, following a public meeting hosted by the Washington County Historical Society.

Patricia Wood was sworn in as postmaster in Nashville. Catherine Gajewski was appointed postmaster in Ashley.

May, 1990 was the wettest in 47 years, with a total of 11.58 inches of rain.

Deaths: Frances Antkowiak, 82, of Nashville; Gertrude Fark, 90, formerly of Hoyleton; Mike Paszkiewicz, 78, of Radom; Richard Epplin, 61, of Marissa; Martha Vuichard, 78 of Coulteville; Jewel Rawls, 80, of Centralia; Mabel Coonley, 89, of Highland; Robert Gummersheimer, 63, of Nashville; Jenette Procter, 67, of Brookport; Leo Cruthers, 69, of Centralia.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Meyer (Carolyn Hake) of Hoyleton, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Suchomski (Sandy Kachuba) of Nashville, a son; Scott and Barbara (Sigman) Groennert of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Ralston (Virginia Wagner) of North Little Rock, AR, a son.

Twenty Years Ago


I was the wettest May on record as 16.38 inches of rain was recorded by Doyle Cohlmeyer.

Okawville residents were asked to keep their pets from roaming the village.

David Jasper resigned his seat on the Washington County Board following a legal challenge to his holding that office and the Okawville village presidency at the same time.

Dress shirts were $18 and casual slacks were $19 at The Clothes Line/Boester’s Shoes.

Deaths: Wayne Patton, 44, of Nashville; F. Fred Koehler, 73, of Nashville; Addie Oliver, 62, of Belleville; Willard “Butch” Meyer, 84, of Carlyle, Johanna Vogt, 92, of Okawville.

Weddings: Heather Bollmeier and Kent Fieg; Barbara Satterfield and Matthew Bierman; Karla Rose and Eric McCowen; Jennifer Nehrt and Christopher Cox.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Allen Stein (Rhonda Dintelman) of Nashville, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Huelsman (Valerie Peper) of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Roland Therina (Nancy Summary) of St. Louis, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Leland Knolhoff (Vanessa Peper) of Hoffman, a son.

Fifteen Years Ago


Pan American Airways announced plans to begin flying passengers from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport near Mascoutah to Chicago.

The Village of Okawville salary schedule included $3,000 per year for village president, $4,800 for the clerk and $29,200 for the police cheif.

Charter Communications added 11 new channels to the TV line up.

Jimmy Porter, 11-year-old leukemia patient, was featured on Childrenn’s Miracle Network Telethon.

Ed Luczaj was honored for 35 years as assistant scoutmaster of Troop 127.

A gas grill for $34 and a kettle grill for $79.70 were offered at Williamson True Value Hardware.

Deaths: Clarence Schubert, 75 , of Tamaroa; Kenneth Prusacki, 41, of Tamaroa; Arlene Patthoff, 90, of Centralia.

Wedding: Danielle Krus and Michael Renth.

Births: Joe and Chrissy Summary of Minneapolis MN a daughter; Aaron and Donna (Luechtefeld) Tebbe of Okawville, a daughter; Robert and Terri (Francisco) Malawy of Chatham, a son; Kevin and Linda (Bender) Klingenberg of Nashville, a son; Douglas and Sara (Ostendorf) Lebert of Mascoutah, a son.

Ten Years Ago


Former Congressman Glenn Poshard agreed to try to mediate disputes that threatened to push Washington County Hospital to the brink of financial ruin.

The Nashville News, The Southern Illinoisan and the Illinois Press Association filed a petition in circuit court seeking access to a sealed court order that closed a lawsuit between Dr. Thomas Coy and the hospital.

Robert Burch was sworn in as postmaster in Nashville.

Only 1.02 inches of rain fell in May, the driest reading for that mnth in 69 years.

Louis Obernuefemann announced his resignation from Hoyleton School District to become school superintendent in Coulterville.

The Mule Barn in Du Bois announced a “mortgage burner” dance.

Births: Jay and Laura (Borrenpohl) Schubert of Nashville, a daughter; Vicki Dees and Joseph Baugh of Hoyleton, a daughter; Brian and Kara Linkey of Venedy, a son.

Deaths: Viola Lichtenfels, 81, of Nashville; Max Bochantin Sr., 80, of Nashville; Wallace Roethemeyer, 73, of Granite City; Dorothy Sterna, 86, of Nashville, TN; Lee Clark, 76, of Nashville; Alfred Cramer, 79, of Hoyleton.

Weddings: Sherry Bruns and Raplh Habbe IV; Alicia Holston and Roderick Davis.

Five Years Ago


The City of Nashville voted to accept bids on its second utility project of the year, a water booster station estimated to cost between $250,000 and $300,000.

Centralia May Fete Queen Destanee Wright won the honor following her long-time friend, Abby Schnake, who won it the previous year.

The Media Center at Carlyle Unit 1 School District was named for long time teacher Ruth Harre, of Okawville, who had retired.

The Nashville Public Library’s Reading Program kicked off with a magic and ventriloquism performance from Chris McBrien.

Engagements, weddings and anniversaries: Rachel Underwood and Johnathan Edwards announced their engagement, JoAnn Rabe and Josh Smith announced their plans to wed, Stacey Louise Spenner and Bruce Allen Guinzy announced their plans for a June wedding. Candace Vinson and Eric Reid were wed in Jamaica on May 14. Mr. Norman and Mrs. Jeanette Schwengels celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Deaths: Frieda Twenhafel, 99, of Hoyleton, June 1; Leroy Ostendorf, 85, of Okawville, June 4; Carl Reed, 89, of Centralia, June 6; Corrine Streuter, 75, of Murphysboro, June 6.

For More, Please Read The June 10, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News.

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