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  • Major storm
  • Floyd Sudholt steps down from township board Longtime Aviston resident was trustee for 41 years
  • Floyd Sudholt steps down from township board
  • Floyd Sudholt steps down from township board
  • Donates to Trenton Torpedoes
  • IDOT plans to resurface Rt. 161 from NB to Albers
  • Lightning strike closes Four Corners for a day last week
  • Time Marches On
  • Sellers - Obit
  • Depper - Obit
  • Strake - Obit

  • Major storm

    IT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN A TORNADO, but it sure looked like one last Monday evening when Ben Krausz of New Memphis took this picture of a major storm descending on New Baden. Krausz was on Wesclin Road, about a half-mile from Clinton County when the photograph was taken. Thanks to Steve Kehrer for sending us the pictures.

    Floyd Sudholt steps down from township board Longtime Aviston resident was trustee for 41 years

    Sugar Creek Township Supervisor Tom "Rusty" Venhaus reads a proclamation from the United States House of Representatives, honoring Floyd Sudholt's 41 years of service as a trustee to Sugar Creek Township.

    Sugar Creek Township trustee Floyd Sudholt vacated his seat recently after ill health forced him to move to a care facility in Breese from his longtime home in Aviston.

    Mr. Sudholt had been a township trustee for 41 years. His son Bryan, of Aviston, will fulfill the balance of his father's term, which expires in the spring of 2017.

    "When Floyd was first elected to the board in 1973," said township supervisor Tom "Rusty" Venhaus, "the board met in Rusty Maue's barber shop. First they got a haircut, then they had their meeting."

    As such, Sudholt's career nearly spanned the lifetime of the current building occupied by the township. Trustees recently solicited bids for the current building, and have acquired property adjacent to the current site on which to construct a more modern facility.

    When the railroad canceled all the leases of railside property, one of which involved the current township property, Sudholt was instrumental in arranging for the township to buy the property. He was also very involved in building the road department shed, and in negotiations for the most recent property acquisition.

    Family, friends, and past and present township officials gathered last Wednesday to honor Sudholt's service to the township. Venhaus presented him with a number of commendations, including honors from the United State House of Representatives, Illinois House of Representatives, Township officials of Illinois, Clinton County Board, and the people of Sugar Creek Township.

    Floyd Sudholt steps down from township board

    Past and present Sugar Creek Township officials celebrated last week the 41 years of service of Floyd Sudholt as a township trustee. Floyd is seated in front. Standing, from left, Bryan Sudholt, who is fulfilling the balance of his father's term; trustees Steve Buzzard and Jerome Rakers, past trustees Jim Rakers, Pat Horan, and Frankie Horan, township supervisor Rusty Venhaus, township assessor Joan Weisenfeld, township clerk Paul Meyer, township highway commissioner Mike Emig, and trustee Dan Haselhorst.

    Floyd Sudholt steps down from township board

    FORMER SUGAR CREEK TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE Floyd Sudholt's family members joined him last week to honor his 41 years of service to the township, from left, Dan Fuehne, Teresa Sudholt, Holden Fuehne, Quincy Fuehne, Pat and Floyd Sudholt, Bryan Sudholt, Karla Fuehne, Terry Richards and Dinah Wiegers.

    Donates to Trenton Torpedoes

    Jason Bliven of Affordable Roofing continued his long-time support of The Trenton Torpedoes Swim Team with a very generous $1,000 donation for the 2014 Swim Season. From left: Coach Becca Phillips, Jason Bliven, son Kaden Bliven holding the check, and Coach Adam Ford.

    IDOT plans to resurface Rt. 161 from NB to Albers

    The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) notified New Baden mayor Christy Picard recently that it plans to resurface portions of Illinois Route 161 this fall, from about 130 feet west of its intersection with Route 160, east to Brendel Drive in Albers.

    Bid-letting for the project is expected to take place on August 1.

    Lightning strike closes Four Corners for a day last week

    The brief but severe thunderstorm that passed through New Baden last Monday, July 7, left at least one village business incapacitated the following day.

    According to Rich Donjon, owner of Four Corners Pizza & Wings in New Baden, a bolt of lightning struck a large tree adjacent to the restaurant's west end location and knocked out most of the electronic systems, including point-of-sale computers, televisions, cabling and cable boxes, and electrical panels.

    "It was like the tree exploded," Donjon said, and acted as a conduit for the electrical surge. Commercial-grade surge protectors couldn't eliminate the damage, Donjon said, but did limit it. "Instead of having to buy all new computers, we were able to replace some of the components to get them going again," he said.

    The restaurant was forced to close all day on Tuesday, and was working on a limited capacity on Wednesday.

    New Memphis resident Ben Krausz, who was traveling on Wesclin Road near Clinton County Road as the storm passed through, was able to photograph a wide view of the storm as it approached the village last Monday evening. That picture appears on page 12 of this week's Sun.

    Time Marches On


    Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Murray of north of town a son Thursday.

    Hilmer Welz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Val Welz, has secured a position as bookkeeper in St. Louis.

    Dan Witt, proprietor of the Royal Theatre, on account of the extreme hot weather , has closed the theatre until September 1.

    Teddy Kalmer has been wearing a big smile and treating his friends to cigars on account of the arrival a little daughter Tuesday.

    Walter L. Kuhn and Miss Helen Montgomery went to St. Louis last Saturday here they were united in marriage.


    Word was received and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ray of the birth of a grandson at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Ray at Ziegler.

    Charles S. Kurz, a recent Washington University dental graduate, received notice that he had successfully passed the dental exam held at Jefferson City.

    The board of education of Breese has decided to open a two year high school course in that city.

    Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Dorothy Diehl and Paul Riemann, both of Marrietta, Ohio.


    Joseph M. Anderson, city marshal for ten years, died Thursday at the age of 75.

    Margaret Imming, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Imming, underwent an operation for appendicitis at Aviston Friday.

    Glenn Cyrill, two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrill Hass, died Tuesday afternoon as a result of being scalded when he fell into a bucket of hot water.

    Sister M. Caroline, PHJC, the former Louise Vollet, died Friday at the St. Vincent Home in Belleville.

    Dr. James W. DuComb, 62, Carlyle physician, died at his home on July 24.


    A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. M. Heuberger at the Highland Hospital.

    Benjamin J. Schoene, well known Summerfield farmer, died July 25 at the age of 77.

    The engagement of Miss Rita Marie June and Dr. F.A. Ochs, both of Belleville, was announced Friday.

    Joseph Albernst is recuperating from the operation he underwent at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.

    Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Dermody, Sr. were pleasantly surprised July 28 by relatives on their silver wedding anniversary.


    Summerfield will observe the centennial of its founding Saturday in conjunction with the annual firemen's picnic.

    The VFW Home was burglarized for the fourth time in less than a year.

    Frank Netemeyer of Albers, brother of Rev. G.H. Netemeyer and Mrs. Gertrude Ingram, died at the Highland Hospital.

    A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse Lampe at Aviston Friday.

    Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Dorries are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Ramona, to Frank Novak, Jr.


    A spectacular fire broke out in the warehouse section of Brefeld Hardware Thursday evening. There were 375 telephones in Trenton out of action as a result of the fire.

    Joseph H. "Zip" Quitmeyer died July 28 at the age of 74.

    St. Mary School of Trenton was awarded the Grand Champion Education trophy at the Clinton County Fair with 10 first places and 11 second places.

    Vera Lee was installed as president of the American Legion Auxiliary Stahl Post 778 succeeding Lorien Deien.

    Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kuhn, Sr. celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday afternoon.

    Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Henss will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary August 2, at the VFW Home in Highland.


    Kathy Kanaske and Jay Westphal were on the Dean's List at the University of Illinois for the spring semester.

    Sgt. Andre Renschen, son of Mrs. Vic Von Hatten of Breese, was given the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.

    The first "Dial of Forecast" telephone call in Illinois was made by Governor Dan Walker July 21 at St. Jacob.

    St John United Church of Christ was the setting for the 7:30 candlelight wedding of Donna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Davis, and Mark, son of Rev. and Mrs. George A. Schuette.

    Miss Donna Schulte became the bride of Delain Martin on July 6 in St. Paul Church, Highland.

    Claude True, 56, collapsed at his home on July 17 and was dead on arrival at the hospital.

    Cathy Huegen, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Huegen of near Summerfield, died July 18.

    The marriage of Miss Maria Teresa Guerra and Kenneth Paul Brefeld was celebrated July 20 in San Hose Mission, San Antonio, Texas.


    Tuesday, July 12, 129 donors gave blood during the blood drive in Trenton.

    Sunday, July 15, over 100 relatives and friends of the Draper family met at the American Legion Home, Trenton, for a potluck dinner.

    Helmut "Herman" Arndt, 70, of Tucson, Arizona and formerly of Trenton, died Friday, July 13 at Veterans' Hospital, Tucson. He and Mrs. Arndt owned and operated the Trenton House Restaurant for many years.

    Mrs. Teresa Stephens, 56, of Centralia died Friday, July 20 in Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. A native of Aviston, she was the daughter of John and Marguerite Zurliene Kues. She married Arthur Stephens in 1960.

    Marilyn Poletti, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Poletti of Troy, exchanged wedding vows with Donald Meyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Meyer of Trenton at a 2 p.m. ceremony on June 23.

    Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Haselhorst are proud to announce the arrival of their third child, a son, Matthew Kenneth, born July 17.


    Bernard, Jr. and Bonnie Deimeke, nee Hegger, of Trenton proudly announce the birth of their third child, a son, Mark David.

    James A. "Jim" Hellmann, 64, of Trenton, died Thursday, July 7, at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis.

    Norene L. Vaninger, 78, of Trenton, died Monday, July 11, at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland.

    The people of Clinton County at the Red Schoendiens Field in Germantown celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clinton County Baseball League.


    Rich "Boomer" Ritzheimer of the Trenton Mains vintage baseball team returns to the "strikers' line" after paying a fine for spitting levied by the umpire of the game, which demands gentlemanly conduct and includes fines for spitting, scratching, or cussing.

    Former Trenton Councilman Henry Kasson was the guest of honor at the Trenton Senior Meal Site on Thursday, when the senior citizens who congregated for lunch there bought him a special gift and thanked him for his central role in saving the senior meal site when insufficient funding threatened its closure two years ago.

    Dave and Viola Litteken, nee Fuehne, of Trenton celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 24.

    James and Dawn Baumgartner, of Wildwood, Missouri, announce the birth of their first child Kiersten Elisabet on June 1. Maternal grandmother is Lynn Watson of Champaign and her paternal grandparents are Jerry and Rita Baumgartner of Trenton.

    Sellers - Obit

    Mary Sellers

    Mary R. Sellers, 70, of Breese, died Sunday, July 13, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese. She was born July 18, 1943 in Breese, daughter of Edward and Regina Steinman, nee Deiters, and they preceded her in death. She married Ron Sellers on January 15, 1971 in Belleville, and he survives at home. Children, grandchildren, in-laws, other relatives, and friends also survive. Mrs. Sellers was the retired co-owner and operator of Sellers Auto Salvage in Breese. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Breese. The funeral was this morning (Wednesday) from Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Interment Breese Cemetery. Memorials to Breese Lions Club or Celtic Hospice will be received at the funeral home.

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    Depper - Obit

    Michael Depper

    Michael Depper, 63, of Trenton, died at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at his home. He was born September 16, 1950 in Madisonville, Kentucky, son of Alan and Leatrice Depper, and they preceded him. He married Jane Bowerman December 14, 2000, and she survives at home. Also surviving are five children, Lisa Depper, Brandon Depper, Jacqueline Thuenemann, Sean Depper, and Summer Depper; six grandchildren; an honorary godchild, Shawn Wright; and his mother-in-law, Joan Bowermann. Mr. Depper was a union painter. He belonged to Painter's District Council 58 of Collinsville. He was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War. There will be no services. Memorial contributions in his memory may be given to his wife, Jane Depper, to be used for an education fund for their daughter Summer. Memorials may be sent in care of Kalmer Memorial Services, 8638 US Hwy 50, Lebanon, IL 62254.

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    Strake - Obit

    Herbert Strake

    Herbert Albert Strake, 94, of St. Louis, born October 30, 1919, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Herbert was born in Breese, son of Bernard J. and Johanna Strake, nee Abeln, and they preceded him. A brother, W. Paul "Bud" Strake, who lived in Trenton, and a sister, Dorothy M. Strake of St. Louis, also preceded him. He attended St. Dominic's in Breese for both elementary and high school, after which he attended business school in St Louis. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Pauline E. Deters of Carlyle, for 74 years. Most of those years were spent in the St. Louis area raising their four children. Mr. and Mrs. Strake belonged to St. Monica Catholic Church in Creve Coeur. Herb and Pauline led an exciting and varied life, especially with the War years. Over the years Herb enjoyed various places of employment, including Curtis Wright, Laister-Kauffman, Emerson, American Plastics, and Hussman Aircraft. He was also an independent businessman. Two of his businesses were a car lot on South Kingshighway in St. Louis, and Trojan Specialties. He was extremely proud of Trojan, where he manufactured horse trailers (and never a horse was injured in any accident because of the safety measures) and various fiberglass products. Some of these products were forms that were used to make the arches around the top of the Old Busch Stadium in St. Louis, parts that were used to make the New York World's Fair Mono Rail in 1964, New York Subway cars, canine trailers for the St Louis Metropolitian Police Department, animal ambulance trailers for the Humane Society, beer trailers, the Adams Dairy Pony Wagon and advertisig trailer, motored pontoon boats called Bubble Buggies and pony and animal transportation trailers for the St. Louis Zoo. Trojan sponsored St. Louis Firemen's and Boys' Town Rodeos for many years. In his retirement, he chose to become the family farm manager and a real estate agent and broker in both Illinois and Missouri. His next retirement produced two developments, Walnut Park and Candy Corner both north of Carlyle. His last retirement was the opportunity to open JP White Auto Sales of Carlyle. Herb is survived by his wife, Pauline Strake; sisters-in-law June Strake, nee Kuhl, of Trenton, and Agnes Guhman of St. Louis; his children, Jane Hartmann, Jim Strake, Judy (the late Larry) Huber, and John (the late Kathie) Strake all of St. Louis; his grandchildren, Victoria, nee Hartman, Childers, Nancy, nee Hartmann, and Edward Blittschau, Robert Hartmann, Joseph Hartmann, H. Nicholas Strake, Jaime, nee Strake, and Kerry Masterson, Meagan Strake, Holly, nee Strake, and Scott Johnson, Jennifer, nee Huber, Mundy, Jodie, nee Strake, and Timothy Paschadag, Jina Strake (fiancÚ Andrew Stuecken), all of St. Louis; and his great grandchildren, Alexandra Childers, Benjamin and Daniel Blittschau, Colin and Ethan Masterson, Jeffrey, Jacqueline, and Jessica Mundy, and Wyatt and Scarlett Paschadag, all of St. Louis. Our Dad was a loving husband, an extremely good man, an amazing father, grandfather, and great grandfather who loved to spoil the kids with ice cream. May he rest in peace. I love you Herb ~ Pauline

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