Caught in the O’Fallon High School Class of 1918 spotlight this week is Irma S. Schachner, aka Honey or Schach.
“Irma, formerly known to everyone as Honey, but now this pet name being cast aside for several particular reasons, was born on Oct. 21, 1901, at her present home on the corner of Cherry street and South Fourth street. She has always been a very studious little girl until her senior year, when despite the promptings of her inner conscience, she cast all discretion to the winds and allowed herself to be drawn into all the mischief the Jolly Four are capable of doing. Her airy step and birdlike movements are the envy of all the plump maidens in high school. Her only worry is that she must some day grow up and look, act and be old.”
Irma, incidentally, was the social editor of the high school yearbook.
FROM THE PAGES OF THE PROGRESS:
75 years ago, April 11, 1940. Calvin Allsgood, 44, a laborer, familiarly known as “Pinky,” who lived in an impoverished shack along the Illinois Terminal railroad tracks near Petersburg, met with a sad misfortune in which he suffered the loss of both feet when he fell under an I.T. train near the old L. & N. Depot at 2 o’clock Friday morning. Both his legs were crushed and mangled so badly they had to be amputated between the ankle and knee. The accident occurred after the train had done some switching and started northward en route to Alton. Raymond Feltman heard his cry for help (they had both tried to hop the train to Alton) and ran more than five blocks to this city to summon aid. A physician and the Schwarz ambulance rushed to the scene after which he was taken to St. Elizabeth’s hospital. (The accident occurred northwest of Charles Street, off of State.)
50 years ago, April 15, 1965. Jerome Munie, 71, of Belleville, formerly of O’Fallon, died Saturday on his 47th wedding anniversary at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. Born in the old Reeb Station section of Belleville in 1893, he married Mary E. Lanter of O’Fallon in 1918. He was elected alderman in O’Fallon in 1922 and also operated a confectionery store. In 1930 he was elected sheriff of St. Clair County. He was also warden at Menard Prison. In 1941, he was appointed warden at Pontiac Prison. He also served as city treasurer of Belleville and four years later was elected mayor of Belleville.