O'Fallon Progress

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Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society president, contributes his ‘Our Town’ column to the O’Fallon Progress to bring our readers tidbits and facts of local O’Fallon-Shiloh area history.
Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society president, contributes his ‘Our Town’ column to the O’Fallon Progress to bring our readers tidbits and facts of local O’Fallon-Shiloh area history. rkirsch@bnd.com

A look back at some odds and ends in the Progress 100 years ago – May 5, 1916.

Ohlendorf & Thomas Hardware on East First was advertising electric vacuum cleaners.

Not for sale, but for rent by the hour.

The Bevirt Brothers were offering for sale four Holstein heifers.

Henry Bernhardt was less specific. He had all kinds of cattle for sale.

First National Bank president Ernest Smiley was taking a trip to California “for the benefit of his health.”

City Clerk Henry Fischer went to visit “Breeze” on Sunday.

Typos happened 100 years ago, too.

And high school principal Joe Snodgrass invited the entire Senior class over to his house on Tuesday evening for a party.

All 13 of them.

75 years ago, May 8, 1941.

A fire swept through about 5 acres of timberland near the Dr. E.C. Asbury club house, north of this city last Wednesday afternoon.

Young trees in the timber were damaged as was a fence along a neighboring farmer’s land.

Young trees being set out on the Asbury property were also damaged but the handsome club house was not threatened.

W.G. Willard, who was planting the young trees and others in the neighborhood succeeded in stopping the flames when they reached a stretch of cultivated land.

It was believed to have been caused by the tossing away of a burning match or cigarette by some careless person.

A number of students, said to be from Collinsville Township High School, were seen in the timber a short time before.

50 years ago, May 5, 1966.

Establishment of a police pension fund that becomes mandatory because the City of O’Fallon has exceeded a population of 5,000 was approved on first reading Monday night by the City Council.

Police had been covered under Social Security.

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