World’s apart — traffic accidents 100 years ago were quite different than those of today.
Witness this report from the Apr. 28, 1916 Progress.
“Two one horse rigs came into collision Monday night on State Street caused by the glare of the headlights on a new Ford auto that was being tried out by the local sub agent. The rig that rec’d the most damage was driven by Philip Krupp of Shiloh Valley, nearly all the spokes being broken and the body of the vehicle damaged.”
“The other rig driven by Louis Hohrein with his sister Theresa Hohrein was standing on the left side of the road near Doctor Trippel’s house when the horse ran down the street towards the Progress Office (Oak and State) coming into contact with Krupp’s rig as he was driving east. Miss Hohrein was shaken up but the others were unhurt.”
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75 years ago, May 1, 1941. A deal was consummated last week in which the Independent Engineering Co. purchased the Ernest Budina two-story residence and business property and lot at South Cherry and West Second Streets (southeast corner).
Budina conducts a confectionery in the business portion at present.
50 years ago, Apr. 28, 1966. Fire Chief Robert Notz, chief of the O’Fallon and rural fire departments for the past 6 years, resigned atTuesday night’s meeting of the department, leaving O’Fallon without a fire chief for the first time since 1891.
None of the other veteran members would take appointment as chief.
The resignation stemmed from a series of differences with the city administration.
These were mainly that the post of fire chief became more and more demanding, the pay is negligible and that the city has never taken action on the department’s request for some paid men. Notz continues as a fireman.