The O’Fallon High School Class of 1918 spotlight swivels around this week to catch Albert J. “Kug” Keck.
“A handsome man is this A.J. Keck, born at Oak Hill, Jan. 4, 1900. He has been the despair of many of the belles in high school, for he has a passion for Marissa girls. Although his physics papers are rather devoid of words, his beautiful writing gives them quite a look of superior knowledge. He is gifted with a charming voice. If you doubt this call central some evening after seven bells. This senior possesses much of the so-called ‘pep.’ This is roused to the highest pitch when playing a basketball game, his most beloved occupation. During lab period the students at his table have been quite frequently entertained with free lectures on love, marriage and friendship.”
Keck was manager of the basketball team and was the second highest scorer (201) after Junior Walter Hartmann (228). O’Fallon’s record was 12 wins, 4 losses that year. They made the regional tournament but fell in the first game to Centralia, which towered over O.H.S. Not one of Centralia’s men was under 6 feet.
FROM THE PAGES OF THE PROGRESS:
75 years ago, April 4, 1940. With the advent of warmer weather the school boards are again confronted with the problem of trespassers and “spooners” on the grounds after school hours and at night. Frequently, damage is done to the property and in other cases the board receives complaints of “spooners” who select the property as a trysting place. Laws prohibit trespassing on school property after sessions are dismissed and those who are in the habit of frequenting the grounds after dark are subject to arrest and fine. The board of education is issuing a warning to that effect and violators will do well to govern themselves accordingly.
50 years ago, April 8, 1965. John L. Anheuser, former postmaster, was elected O’Fallon Township supervisor Tuesday in a close election that was not decided until the last 100 votes were counted. He edged out his closest opponent, Maurice (Skip) Keniley, 520-492. There were five candidates for the post. Incumbent Leo B. Oberneufemann was elected to the legislature and was not a candidate for re-election. In addition to the two top candidates, those running for supervisor were Ivan Ping with 305, Francis Titter with 269 and Edward (Tobe) Funk with 183.