O'Fallon Progress

O’Fallon holds annual Sweat Pea Show

Brian Keller is the O’Fallon Historical Society president, and writes a weekly column called ‘Our Town’ to give readers insight into the past events, figures and facts of the O’Fallon-Shiloh area.
Brian Keller is the O’Fallon Historical Society president, and writes a weekly column called ‘Our Town’ to give readers insight into the past events, figures and facts of the O’Fallon-Shiloh area. rkirsch@bnd.com

Here are some items that appeared in the O'Fallon Progress 100 years ago on June 16, 1916.

The annual Sweet Pea Show will take place on Saturday June 24th, at City Hall Park (east of Old City Hall) and grounds.

This year the blooms are very fine and there is much competition among exhibitors.

Now is the time to get your toilets cleaned out. Remember the danger of typhoid and other diseases. Wm. Eckert and Walter Batty will do the work at moderate prices.

St. Ellen Mine lost a valuable mule by death Monday, caused by lock jaw.

The animal was valued at $250. – The gypsies encamped in Mace’s grounds (north of town) have been paying fortune-telling visits to some of the houses and in many cases have been repulsed.

The store of J.A. Sager, Lebanon, was broken into by burglars and $200 in bills stolen. The thieves were traced by bloodhounds to the water tank in this city (near the current Public Works compound) but was then lost.

75 years ago, Jun. 19, 1941

For a second time in less than six weeks, Wolfe’s Den, a tavern operated on U.S. Highway 50, one and one-half miles east of this city, was looted by burglars some time during Friday night.

A back door was pried open to gain entrance. They broke open a music and an electric meter, removing the coins which had been deposited. In addition, they took $15 and some whiskey, cigarettes and cigars.

50 years ago, Jun. 16, 1966

The O’Fallon Blue Sox gained sole possession of first place in the Greater County Division of the Mon-Clair Baseball League as they edged Millstadt 5-2 Sunday afternoon. Jim Nail, Stan Voellinger and Dale Tate each hit home runs and Ted Tedesco struck out 14 batters.

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