O'Fallon Progress

Our Town: Looking back at Davison

This week the O’Fallon High School Class of 1918 spotlight focuses on Dorothea (aka Dots or Dodo) Davison.

“Dot was born Aug. 30, 1901, at O’Fallon, Illinois. This young lady is decidedly popular, especially among all the young Lochinvars. She delights to take long auto rides and talk over the telephone by the hour. (It’s nice to be on the good side of the telephone operator.) Besides having a very loving disposition and a friendly smile wherever she goes, she is very good at bluffing. She and Irma are very lovable companions and when one is at a loss as to where to find her she can be found pouring out the secrets of her heart to Irma. She is also a member of the Jolly Four acting as the name signifies.”

Dorothea was the younger sister (by almost two years) of fellow Class of ’18 member Harold Davison.


75 years ago, March 28, 1940. Night officer William Sanspeur had to resort to his gun shortly after midnight this morning in apprehending a stranger roaming the business section. The officer came across the man in the 100 block on East First Street and after a brief questioning decided to lock him up for the night. As they neared the Isenberg corner the stranger broke away and ran south on Lincoln Avenue. Ignoring a command to halt, the officer fired a shot in the air and the fleeing man cut across the street, turning the corner at Second Street just as a second shot was directed at him. Officer Sanspeur pursued the stranger and was joined by Ellsworth Scheibel and Bert Fischer. The trio caught the stranger and he was taken to jail from where he was later taken to county jail by Deputy Sheriff John E. Tiley and Chief of Police Sturman. Charges of resisting an officer and vagrancy are to be placed against him today.

50 years ago, April 1, 1965. A 22-year old Lebanon youth was sentenced to 20 days in the county jail and fined $180 after leading O’Fallon police on a high speed chase Saturday night that ended north of Lebanon. Patrolman Victor Logan said he heard the youth was carrying a knife and was planning a fight with other young men. He found him on a parking lot in Community Park and began to question him. The man jumped in his car and fled at speeds up to 100 miles an hour. He was charged with reckless driving and resisting arrest.