Current News: 12/04/13 (Click HERE for Archived News):
Prairie Honor Band Festival
Several Wesclin High School students recently participated in the annual Prairie Honor Band Festival at McKendree University. Wesclin is one of seven schools included in this Association and was pleased to have 18 representatives in the honor band this year. The guest conductor for the day was Keith Mitchell, retired band director from Freeburg High School. First row, from left, Emily Billhartz, Maddie Henderson, Makenzie Kunz, and Megan Washburn. Second row, Rachel Washburn, Hunter Evans, Emily Fuhler, Bailey Kattenbraker, and Brandon Kattenbraker. Third row, Tom Krausz, Nicole Fuhler, Dustin Wagner, and Cody Johnson. Fourth row, Briana Cayson-Roth, Zach Stegman, Erin Johnson, Nathan Powers, and Matt Trimble.
Sugar Creek emergency services now have access to pet oxygen masks
Sugar Creek fireman Mark Brown and his dog Gus demonstrate the proper technique for using the new pet oxygen masks purchased by the fire department. The masks will be carried by Sugar Creek Ambulance Service personnel.
Sugar Creek emergency services now have access to pet oxygen masks
Members of the Sugar Creek Fire Department and Sugar Creek Ambulance Service with resident Lynn Haas, who suggested emergency services providers should carry pet oxygen masks to fires.
Acting on an inquiry from resident Lynn Haas, Sugar Creek Fire Department recently bought two pet oxygen mask kits with money raised through its raffle ticket sales. Sugar Creek Ambulance Service agreed to carry one kit on each of its ambulances. The kits will be used in the event of a fire call where a dog or cat is rescued but unconscious or suffering from smoke inhalation.
Sugar Creek Fire Department spokesman Mark Brown explained that fire department members opted to have the ambulance service carry the kits because it is called out to every fire in the district and has oxygen available.
Each kit contains three pet masks that can be used for dogs and cats of varying sizes. The masks can be connected to either an oxygen tank or to a bag valve mask, depending on the condition of the animal.
"We thank Lynn for contacting us with her concern and encourage anyone with questions for the fire department to email firstname.lastname@example.org," said Brown.
Big Buck and Doe archery contest standings
Current standings in the eighth annual Big Buck and Doe Archery Contest are as follows: first place in the buck category is held by Shawn Fohne of Highland. Fohne killed a 220 pound, 10-point buck. Patrick Flowers of Trenton holds second place with a 215 pound, 13-point buck. Kevin Hueslmann of Trenton takes over third place with his 200 pound, 9-point field dressed buck.
Derrick Missey of Lebanon drops to fourth place with his 195 pound field dressed, 9-point buck, and Shane Hellman of Carlyle turned in a 165 pound field dressed, 9-point buck.
Current standings are based on weight only. Final places will be determined by weight and antler scores at the end of the season.
Jared Emig of Trenton is leading the doe category with his 125 pound field-dressed doe.
The annual archery contest is sponsored by Deien Chevrolet in Trenton and Peep Eliminator Compound Bow Rifle Sight, Inc.
Archery hunters are competing for $700 in cash prizes.For up-to-date standings, please visit deienchevrolet.com or join Deien Chevrolet on Facebook.
Possibility seems remote for traffic control at new school complex
Wesclin school district has investigated the possibilities of controlling traffic near the high school campus as the new building draws closer to completion.
There has been concern related to traffic issues that might arise as a result of the new building being located west of Highway 160 on Wesclin Road.
Wesclin business manager Paul Tockstein has investigated the processes for reducing the speed limit near the high school entrance or establishing a left turn lane at the entrance to reduce the risk for accidents.
Tockstein presented his report to the Wesclin school board at its regular meeting last month. The news was not especially optimistic.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the process for reducing the speed limit on a state highway involves a traffic study where current speed trends are observed. The only way IDOT will reduce the speed limit, Tockstein said, is if current traffic already travels slower than the speed limit.
There is a possibility that the new high school may cause traffic to slow somewhat, in which case it may be best to wait to request the study until students begin attending the new school.
The prospect of having a left turn lane installed appears even more remote.
A study would again be required, and could cost up to $1 million. The school could pay for the study themselves, or ask Sugar Creek Township to request a study paid for by the state. In order to qualify for the study, the location must be in the top five percent in the state in terms of accident ratio, which the Wesclin locale is not. Even if the study were granted and the project approved, it would be at least two years before it would be installed.
Time Marches On
H.A. Ritzheimer has the record for catching fish in November with a hook and line. Last Friday he caught 33 catfish at Silver Creek, one of the nicest lines of fish brought to town for a long time.
Mr. Arthur Mann, second oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. David Mann of this city, and Miss Lula Orschell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. Orschell, well known farmers of the Cracker Neck neighborhood, were united in marriage at 2 o'clock last Thursday afternoon.
Rev. Henry J. Althoff, pastor of St. Barbara Church, Okawville, has been chosen Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Belleville, as successor to Bishop John Janssen, first Bishop of the diocese, who died July 2, of this year.
The Frauenverein of the German Evang. Church will give a bazaar and supper at Turner Hall on Thursday, December 22, 2923. The public is cordially invited to attend.
A rumor is going the rounds, not only here but at other parts of the county, about a cerain citizen of this city having been shot while stealing chickens and was confined in the hospital at Highland suffering for gunshot wounds. The gentlemen in question has been working every day and has never left town.
First and second graders in Trenton School who had perfect attendance in November were Dennis Davis, Dean Eisenmayer, Curtis Lee, Zelda Peter, Mabel Ranz, Marguerite Schoene, Noraetta Wehrle, Margaret Butler, Mildred Butler, Lillian Becker, Leo Davis, Leonard Mann, Wesley Ranz, Wylette Rule, Henry Schroeder, and Lester Schroeder.
Mrs. H. Koch, who has been seriously ill the last month, is slowly convalescing and her recovery is assured.
A very pretty wedding took place Thanksgiving afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Emig, when their only daughter Miss Frieda was united in marriage to Mr. Philip Emig, in the presence of the immediate family and a few relatives and friends.
Miss Edna Stahl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stahl of south of town, and Richard Fix, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Fix of Belleville, former residents of this vicinity, were united in marriage Wednesday afternoon, November 29, at 2 o'clock in the rectory of St. Peter Cathedral at Belleville.
On Saturday, December 2, the basketball fans of Trenton were given the pleasure of seeing two picked teams of the Trenton Turners play. A large turnout was recorded and enthusiasm ran high. The first game was played by two girl teams, who well rewarded the paying customers. Hazel Cryder's team defeated Helen Bassler's team by a score of 18 to 8.
Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Glanzner, and daughter, Mrs. Elvera Stohrer and children of Peoria, Harlan Glanzner and Miss Aurelia Brefeld were the Thanksgiving guests of Dr. and Mrs. Phil. Griesbaum at Lebanon.
George William Louden, the older son of George and Sarah Jane Louden, nee McKee, was born on the family farm south of Trenton, on July 17, 1858 and departed this life November 28, 1943, having rerched the ripe old age of 85 years, 5 months and 11 days.
The many friends of Miss Beatrice Kuper of Trenton were greatly surprised to learn that while on a visit with friends in Texas since last August, she was united in the bonds of Holy Matrimony on October 23, 1943 to Sgt. Albert F. Niehenke of Bartelso, at Biggs Field, Texas, in a Catholic Church in that city.
John Dilley visited with relatives at Centralia Thanksgiving Day.
Mrs. Anna Anderson, one of our well known aged citizens, went to Aviston the first of the week where she will spend the winter months at the Old Folks Home.
We almost had a white Thanksgiving but the flakes didn't stick to the ground and the hopes of the kids for a sleighing party went down the drain. Erwin Bruner lost his bet to Addison Feldt that a lasting snow would fall in November.
Thieves forced the rear door and entered the Trenton Drug Co. late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. An estimated $25 was taken from the cash register. The narcotics section was broken open and cleaned out. Two small bottles of Narcotics as well as several deadly poisons were removed.
State police were sent by Governor William G. Stratton into St. Clair County Friday night on gambling raids. The officers found three slot machines at Lolly's, one mile west of Trenton, and two at the Club Flamingo west of New Baden. The machines were taken to the sheriff's office in Belleville and will be destroyed.
Mrs. Albertina Kehrer, 96-year-old widow of New Memphis, died Friday morning, November 27, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese.
Mrs. Catherine Zitzmann and Joseph F. Thome were married Saturday morning, November 28, in St. Mary Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto B. Kuhl of Trenton have announced the engagement of their daughter, Dorothy, to Floyd Huelsmann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Huelsmann of Aviston.
The firemen are now starting their 1963 Fund Drive and it is their hope that the fine cooperation they have always received will be bigger than ever so that they may go ahead in their program of bringing the finest in fire equipment to our area, to ever improve the insurance rates of our town and rural district.
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Ritzheimer at the Highland Hospital on Friday, November 29.
U.S. Senator Paul Douglas telephoned D. L. Schaeffer Tuesday that Trenton had been given a $32,000 sewer grant under the Accelerated Public Works Program. Attorney Eldon Hazlet notified Alderman Bernard Brefeld of the good news and Congressman George E. Shipley sent a telegraph to the Trenton Sun. Trenton will provide matching funds to take advantage of the grant.
Miss Diane Lampe was crowned Wesclin Homecoming Queen with Jane Cryder as first runnerup and Connie Davis as second runnerup.
Dave Kunz has opened Alaeddin's Lamp Gift Shop at 2 W. Broadway in Trenton, formerly the location of Huber's Shoe Store.
Santa Claus is coming to Trenton Friday, December 14, at 7 p.m. After his arrival he will set up his headquarters on West Broadway next to Rusty's Barber Shop.
More than $1,000 in merchandise and cash will be given to lucky Christmas shoppers in Trenton.
Last Tuesday night the Wesclin Warriors opened their season with a bang by defeating the Livingston Eagles 89-62. The Warriors had six scorers in double figures: Kurt Klein, Mark Berger, Todd Reigle, Rick Brinkman, Mark Stanton, and Mike Kreke.
Ron Dillow was sworn in as Trenton's new police chief. Citizens of Trenton welcome the city's new policeman, Jack Swank.
The Rev. Gerard H. Netemeyer, 82, of Vevay, Indiana, died Wednesday, November 30 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati. He was pastor at St. Mary Catholic Church, Trenton, from 1943 to 1966.
A dinner-dance honoring the 20th anniversary of the Trenton Jaycees is planned for February 11, at the VFW Home.
Kenneth B. Haselhorst of Aviston and Paul J. Lampe of Breese have received the prestigious National Quality Award presented by the National Association of Life Underwriters and the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association. Both are Country Companies insurance agents in Clinton County.
Off-duty Trenton police chief Tim Harris saw a suspicious vehicle near American Way Mini Storage on November 24, and on-duty officer Elmer Strunk arrested a Missouri man attempting to burglarize the storage units.
Trenton fourth grader Matt Neighbors was the winner of the Safe-T-Saurus Rex poster contest, sponsored by the Women's Committee of the Clinton County Farm Bureau. Matt's effort was rewarded with a $50 savings bond.
About 98 percent of parents at St. Mary's and Trenton Elementary participated in Parent-Teacher Conferences during the month of November.
Jim's Formal Wear Company of Trenton announced that the organization has sold its Atlanta Formal America retail tuxedo stores. Jim's Formal Wear has owned the Atlanta stores since 1997.
Trenton police chief Mike Riley, assistant fire chief Terry Fochtmann, and Fochtmann's son Kyle on Sunday rescued seven puppies from near-certain death after they had been dumped in the country south of New Baden.
Bernard "Junior" Deimeke, 60, of Trenton, died Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
Grant Evans, Keith Kunz, Matt Hellmann, and Erin Edmistion were the Wesclin high school seniors named Illinois State Scholars recently.
Dorries - Obit
Clyde E. Dorries 72, of Breese, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at his home. He was born September 28, 1941 in Breese, son of Lewis and Florence Dorries, nee Wehrmann, and they preceded him in death. He married Patricia A. Tierney on July 25, 1964 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Carlyle and she survives at home. Children, grandchildren, inlaws, other relatives, and friends also survive. Mr. Dorries was a fourth-generation lifelong employee/dealer of Breese Motor Sales and was owner since 1977. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserves. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Breese. There was a memorial service Saturday, November 30, 2013 at St. John United Church of Christ in Breese. Memorials to the Breese Lions Scholarship Fund or Hannah's Playground will be received through Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.
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Rolfingsmeier - Obit
Roger D. Rolfingsmeier, 54, of Breese, died Sunday, December 1, 2013 at his home. He was born October 22, 1959 in Breese, son of Marcellus and Marcella Rolfingsmeier, nee Poelker, and they preceded him in death. Stepchildren, siblings, other relatives and friends survive. Mr. Rolfingsmeier was employed by Clinton Seamless Guttering in Breese. There will be a memorial visitation Friday, December 6, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials to the charity of the donor's choice will be received through Moss Funeral Home in Breese.
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Peters - Obit
Florence C. Peters, 82, of Germantown, died Thursday, November 28, 2013 at her home. She was born November 16, 1931 in Germantown, daughter of Theodore and Cecilia Haar, nee Linnemann, and they preceded her in death. She married Norbert "Pete" Peters on September 20, 1954 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown, and he died December 16, 1992. Other precedents included a sister, Dolores "Dolly" Bach; brothers Robert Haar, Lewis Haar, and Edwin "Tracy" Haar; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Elizabeth Peters, nee Kuhl; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Alvin Bach, Louise Haar, Alfred Mensing, Arthur Luebbers, Paul Santucci, Marcel Peters, and Leonard Peters. Surviving are her children, Mike (Gail) Peters of New Baden, Steve (special friend Julie Deiters) Peters of Breese, Dale (Becky) Peters of Germantown, Yvonne (Tim) Wolfe of Beckemeyer, Carol (Brian) Becker of Germantown, Dianne (John) Michels of Germantown, Patrick Peters of Bartelso, and Donna (Rick) Ottensmeier of Aviston; 21 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; sisters Evelyn Mensing of Germantown, Jane Luebbers of Germantown, and Mary Santucci of Racine, Wisconsin; a brother, Ted (Mary) Haar of Breese; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Haar of St. Louis, Mary Haar of DeSoto, Missouri, and Dorothy Peters of Manhattan, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Peters was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown. The funeral was Monday from St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown.Interment St. Boniface Cemetery, Germantown. Memorials to Community Link or the charity of the donor's choice will be received through Moss Funeral Home in Breese.
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Toennies - Obit
Walter H. "Walt" Toennies, 78, of New Baden, died Thursday, November 28, 2013 at his home. He was born November 15, 1935 in Breese, son of Joseph and Margaret Toennies, nee Santel, and they preceded him in death. He married Julie T. Rakers on September 23, 1958 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston, and she survives at home. Also surviving are his children, Terry (Bonnie) Toennies of Trenton, Ken (Gloria) Toennies of Trenton, Stanley Toennies of Aviston, Allen (special friend, Candi) Toennies of Carlyle, and Jim "Jock" (Kara) Toennies of Albers; nine grandchildren, Nicole (Matt) Hellmann, Megan Toennies, Lance Toennies, Larissa (fiancé, Mark Chapman) Toennies, Lacy Toennies, Joshua Toennies, Brittany Toennies, Jenna Toennies, and Kate Toennies; a great-grandchild, Owen Hellmann; brothers and sisters Alvin (Rita) Toennies of Damiansville, Marie (Greg) Niemeyer of Breese, Bernice "Bim" (Franklin) Fuehne of Damiansville, Jerry (Sharon) Toennies of Waterloo, Jan (Tom) Eversgerd of Germantown, and Germaine (Herb) Schulte of Trenton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Henry Albers of Damiansville, Bernette Toennies of Germantown, Jane Toennies of Breese, Rita Kalmer of Damiansville, Delores Langenhorst of Beaver Prairie, Johanna Heimann of Fairview Heights, Jim and Marilyn Rakers of Aviston, and Charles Rakers of Aviston. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Cletus Toennies, Joe Toennies and Norman Toennies; two sisters, Lucille Albers and Emma Toennies; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ben and Clara Rakers, Tony and Leona Rakers, Annie and Vincent Kalmer, Al and Rita Rakers, Vic Kalmer, Mary "Sally" and Robert Haselhorst, Vince Langenhorst, David Heimann and Dolores Rakers. Mr. Toennies was a dedicated employee of Aviston Lumber for 55 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of St. George Parish in New Baden, Trenton Knights of Columbus Council 2932, Clinton County Baseball Hall of Fame, former member of the New Baden Chamber of Commerce, and retired from the New Baden Volunteer Fire Department. His hobbies were fishing, hunting, Clinton County baseball, sports and gardening. The funeral was Monday from St. George Catholic Church in New Baden with Rev. Gene Neff officiating. Burial Resurrection Cemetery, New Baden. Memorials may be made for family wishes and will be received through Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.
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