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  • Haselhorsts Story
  • Northland resurfacing progresses
  • County mosquitoes West Nile-positive
  • Time Marches On
  • Kampwerth - Obit

  • Haselhorsts Story

    Kevin Haselhorst with his parents Mary and Martin Haselhorst in their Trenton Village apartment. Kevin visited his parents from his home in Arizona on the occasion of his mother's 88th birthday.

    As an emergency medicine physician in Arizona, Trenton native Kevin Haselhorst is very familiar with end-of-life decisions and conversations. Too often, he sees love between family members and friends go unspoken in the choke of emotion that overlays those most uncomfortable of situations.

    His experience seeing family members unable to express their emotions in those final moments of life prompted him to pay a surpise visit to his mother Mary on the occasion of her 88th birthday last week to express his love for her in ways both spoken and symbolic. Kevin arrived in Trenton on Wednesday and accompanied Mary to an appointment with her eye doctor before enjoying lunch together and presenting her with a 're-gift' to connect the mother and son into eternity.

    Kevin presented his mother with one of a pair of hand-stitched pillowcases she had previously given him. The gift was adorned in a pot of gold and included a letter from Kevin expressing his love for his mother. "The gift solidified that each of us would rest easy and be connected for eternity," said Kevin.

    Mary and her husband Martin live at Trenton Village retirement community. Kevin is one of their seven children.

    Kevin Haselhorst has written a book, Wishes To Die For, that he hopes to release this fall. "The book focuses on advance care directives," said Kevin, "but a missing aspect of end-of-life conversations is honoring loved ones in a timely manner before life ends abruptly."

    Northland resurfacing progresses

    WORKERS FROM ROOTERS' ASPHALT APPLY a new surface Monday to Tyler Street in Trenton's Northland Acres subdivision. Northland Acres was the first subdivision in Trenton to include asphalt streets in its subdivision plan. The streets, now pushing 30 years old, have been in disrepair for the past several years. Trenton's city council awarded the contract to Rooters' earlier this month to resurface all the streets in the subdivision, at an approximate cost of $250,000. The project is the first of four major initiatives the city council has planned for the coming years. The other projects all involve the mitigation of drainage problems, in order of priority, in the northeast quadrant of town, south of the four-way stop intersection of Routes 50 and 160, and the west end of Trenton on old Route 50.

    County mosquitoes West Nile-positive

    Since September 9th, mosquito batches collected in Centralia on Bond Street, Kaskaskia College, and a mixed batch from St. Rose and Aviston parks, are the first positive evidence of West Nile Virus's presence in Clinton County this year. Clinton County is one of 48 counties across the state to have samples of either mosquitoes, birds, humans and/or horses test positive for the virus.

    The Clinton County Health Department (CCHD) conducts surveillance of mosquitoes for WNV infection that began in May and will continue through October to assess the level of immediate risk to county citizens. CCHD's Environmental Health Division has 20 sample sites throughout the county with mosquito traps that are collected and tested once a week.

    CCHD is also collecting and testing dead birds for WNV until October 15th. County residents who find a dead bird on their property should contact the Health Department. Birds eligible for testing must be dead for no longer than 24 hours and have no obvious signs of trauma or decay.

    A positive mosquito collection in the county highlights an increased threat of West Nile Virus, as infected mosquitoes pass the virus to humans. As we head into Fall when WNV is most active, it is important to remember to take precautionary measures to stay safe when outdoors--even if you are only outside in your own back yard.

    Residents are advised to take the following precautions to reduce their risk of WNV infection through mosquitoes:

    * REDUCE exposure--wear protective clothing at dawn and dusk (the time when the Culex mosquito is most active), repair and replace worn screens on doors and windows, and eliminate stagnant, shallow water where mosquitoes breed (including bird baths, flower pots, wading pools, old tires and other receptacles).

    * REPEL mosquitoes--apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picardin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

    * REPORT dead birds or water sources--contact the Clinton County Health Department to report dead birds and areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may create ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

    West Nile Virus surveillance and prevention efforts in Clinton County are funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health. For more information visit or to report a dead bird, call the Clinton County Health Department at 618-594-2723 ext. 1.

    Time Marches On


    Mrs. John Stoff, who underwent an operation for appendicitis on Monday, took a turn for the worse and died Wednesday morning.

    A. Mahu, the piano tuner, is taking instructions in the German lanuage at Granite City. He has already mastered English, Italian, French and Spanish.

    Herman N. Koch died at his home in St. Louis Oct. 4 at the age of 36. He was a native of Germantown.


    Dr. Melville Fisher, son of Rev. and Mrs. Geo. Fisher, formerly of Trenton, was killed Friday when his car was struck by a train near his home in Mayfield, Calif.

    Edward Schroeder and Mrs. Kathryn Graesser were married in Norfolk, Va. on Sept. 20.

    Mr. and Mrs. Frank Truttman announce the marriage of their daughter, Mis Jeanette, to Louis Schoap of St. Louis on Oct. 2.


    Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Leutwiler observed their golden wedding anniversary at their home on Oct. 9.

    A little daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Trippel.

    Mrs. Mary Wolf Haas, Trenton's oldest citizen, died Oct. 8 at the age of 90.


    John Kauffman died at his home Oct. 6 at the age of 86.

    William Haas had the misfortune to break a leg when he fell from a wagon while husking corn.

    Sam Baer, 85 a retired Summerfiled farmer, died at his home Sunday.


    Mr. and Mrs. Austin Sappington will observe their fiftieth wedding anniversary Oct. 7.

    A daughter, Mary Margaget, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dermody, Jr. on Oct. 7.

    The marriage of Miss Maxine Poirot and Arthur Zeisset was solemnized Saturday in St. Mary Church.


    Fred Krumrey, formerly of Summerfield, died Monday in St. Paul Home, Belleville, at the age of 92.

    St. Joseph/Clinton County Hospital Building campaign received a gift of $50,000 from Dr. Halleck B. Warren and his sons, William W. Warren and Halleck B. Warren, Jr.

    Fred Schrempp, 79, of New Baden died Sunday night.


    Henry R. Klutho, Clinton County Treasurer, died Oct. 7 at the age of 71.

    Anthony J. Griesbaum, 78, retired laborer of New Baden, died Oct. 1.

    The reservoir has been drained of about 300,000 gallons of water to correct the local water problem. The odorous water a few weeks ago was caused by problems of the SLM Water Commission.

    Mrs. Mathilda Vollmer, nee Griesbaum, of Belleville and formerly of New Baden, died Oct. 4, aged 77.

    The marriage of Miss Shirley Kay Frerke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Frerker, Jr. and James Spaeth, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Spaeth, was solemnized in St. Dominic Church on Sept. 28.

    Miss Judy Quitmeyer and Robert Rehkemper were united in marriage Sept. 27 in St. Mary Church.


    Brenda Mae Martin of Summerfield and Kurt A. Kohlbrecher of Trenton announced their engagement.

    Larry Alexander volunteered to coordinate the "Bowl-For-Life" at Hank's Bowl to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

    The Trenton Woman's Club began a new year with 20 members and fourteen guest at their Sept. 17 meeting.


    A fifteen-year old juvenile allegedly stabbed his mother's boyfriend four times at about 2 o'clock Saturday morning at the Hutchings Court mobile home park in Trenton.

    The eleventh installment of the Trenton Woman's Club early recollections of Trenton was submitted by Loretta Cope-Strake.

    Lolly's Tavern proprietors Bill Winkler and Matt Kanaske were pictured in this week's edition as "A picture from the past."

    Kathleen Moran, Wesclin school board member, attended her last school board meeting in her official capacity. Due to her elected office, she could no longer serve on our school board.

    Kevin and Lauri (Snyder) Gibbons announced the arrival of their daughter, Emily Franchesca, born September 26.


    Ralph H. "Gator" Goodwin, 75, of Trenton, died September 25, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

    Patricia M. "Pat" Buehler, 70, of Trenton, died September 23, at her home.

    Sugar Creek Ambulance Service presented the first-ever Lifesaving Participation Award in Memory of Bernard Deimeke to the late Mr. Deimeke's family. The award was conceived as a way to honor local businesspersons who allow their employees to serve as volunteers for the ambulance service.

    Kampwerth - Obit

    Agnes Kampwerth

    Agnes Rose Kampwerth, 89, of Highland, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Faith Countryside Homes/Faith Care Center in Highland. She was born July 19, 1935 in St. Rose, daughter of William A. and Wilhelmina Benhoff, nee Tebbe, and they preceded her in death. She married Alfred B. Kampwerth on May 8, 1946 at St. Rose Catholic Church, Fr. Quack officiating, and her husband died January 15, 2008. Other precedents included brothers Alvin, Robert, Paul, and Cletus Benhoff; sisters Catherine Kampwerth and Dolores Pingsterhaus; brothers-in-law Joseph Kampwerth, Lawrence Pingsterhaus, Andrew Kampwerth, Lewis Haar, Jerome Kampwerth, Louis Winkeler, and Bruno Kampwerth; and sisters-in-law Mary Benhoff, Irma Kampwerth, Frieda Benhoff, and Geraldine Kampwerth. Surviving are her daughters, Patricia M. (Gerald) Rottmann of Highland, and Ruth Ann (James) Kalmer of Trenton; her son, Richard A. (special friend Marsha Lutz) Kampwerth of Highland; a special family friend, Alfred Jansen of Highland; grandchildren Cheryl E. (Erik) Johnson of Edwardsville; Diana M. (Chad) Boeving of Glen Carbon, Kevin R. (Deanna) Kalmer of Eureka, Illinois, Kimberly A. (Greg) Burgess of O'Fallon, Jeffrey J. (Sherri) Kalmer of Sycamore, Illinois, Jason R. Kampwerth of O'Fallon, and Tanya J. (Ryan) Vietmeier of Ferguson, Missouri; great grandchildren Liesel, Elias, Emil, and Gabriella Johnson, Liam and Rori Boeving, Caden and Landon Kalmer, Kaylee and Owen Burgess, Ty and Paige Kalmer, and Ryder Vietmeier; brothers-in-law John (Mary) Kampwerth, Robert (Darlene) Kampwerth, James (Dorothy) Kampwerth, Gerald (Agnes) Kampwerth, and Ralph Kampwerth; and sisters-in-law Jeanette Benhoff, Mary Haar, Marietta Winkeler, and Anna Jean Kampwerth. Mrs. Kampwerth was born and grew up on a farm east of St. Rose. She worked at Moulton Bartley Shoe Factory in Highland for four years. After her marriage, she helped with the family farm northeast of Highland on Trestle Road. She and her husband retired from farming in 1982 and moved to Becker Road. She worked at St. Joseph's Hospital for 17 years in the Housekeeping Department, and was an extraordinary minister at the hospital chapel. She volunteered at the hospital and had been participating in the perpetual adoration prayer at St. Joseph's since 1993. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, playing Euchre and Pinochle, and spending time with her family. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church. The funeral was Monday from St. Paul Catholic Church, Father Scott A. Snider, Parochial Vicar, officiating. Memorials may be made for masses, or to St. Paul School Educational Foundation, or St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, and will be accepted through Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

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