O'Fallon Progress

September 1916 had its share of tough times in O’Fallon

By Brian Keller

O’Fallon Historical Society

Brian Keller is the O’Fallon Historical Society president and author of the ‘Our Town’ column.
Brian Keller is the O’Fallon Historical Society president and author of the ‘Our Town’ column. rkirsch@bnd.com

Things just weren’t going well in O’Fallon 100 years ago in September 1916.

Local barber Rudolph Karsch was almost late for jury duty in Belleville thanks to the Louisville & Nashville (L. & N.) Railroad that connected O’Fallon with the county seat.

Apparently, L. & N. trains had “a miserable habit of getting in late when one wants to be on time.” Karsch was only the latest victim.

Poor also described O’Fallon electricity.

The City Council discussed at length how bad the electricity service was.

Then there were the candy thieves.

Two O’Fallon boys were caught sneaking into B. & O. railroad cars and lifting candy meant for local stores.

And scarlet fever visited the home of saloon keeper George Mueller, his son being stricken and the rest of his children being forbidden from attending school as a result.

75 years ago

Sept. 18, 1941

The O’Fallon school band under the direction of Carl Von Brock will present a free band concert in the B. & O. park at the corner of South Lincoln and East First Friday evening.

The band is making considerable progress as the result of participating in a number of public appearances in homecoming celebrations in surrounding cities during the past summer.

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