O'Fallon Progress

O’Fallon didn’t vote for Woodrow Wilson in 1916

Brian Keller is the O’Fallon Historical Society president.
Brian Keller is the O’Fallon Historical Society president. rkirsch@bnd.com

With election day almost upon us, here’s what the Progress said about another general election 100 years ago in 1916.

“If your name is not on the register, you cannot vote at the election Tuesday, November 7. Citizens may register for their wives, but all must be registered to be able to vote and Tuesday, October 31st is the last day to register. Go to your precinct booth at the city hall or Schuetz’ bakery, and don’t you forget it. Every vote is needed if you wish to see Charles Evans Hughes in the White House, March 4th, 1917 and the State and County candidates elected to office.”

Hughes was a Supreme Court Justice who resigned to become the Republican candidate for president. He carried O’Fallon, but lost the election to Woodrow Wilson. By Illinois law, women could vote for presidential electors and local offices only. Full suffrage wouldn’t come until the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920.

75 years ago, Nov. 6, 1941.

While the local police were on the run for minor offenses on Hallowe’en night, such as the carrying away of loose articles about yards and on the streets, window soaping, etc., several youths indulged in vandalism. They resorted to shooting out street lights in various parts of the city, mostly to the north end. A check of dark street corners revealed that 27 electric lamps were blasted by pranksters with an air rifle.

50 years ago, Nov 3, 1966.

A display home at North Smiley and Fontainebleau owned by Robert Weinel, developer, was stripped of its furnishings sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning, according to O’Fallon Police. Value was fixed at $4,589.31. The thieves apparently entered by prying open a window over the kitchen sink. They took the complete contents of four rooms including the dining room, living room, family room and bedroom. Small figures on end tables and pictures on the walls were included in the loot.

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