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True Republican, Sycamore, Dekalb County, Illinois, March 7, 1891, Page 3
      Valentine Bode, a citizen of Okawville, accidentally fell into the Okaw river and was drowned. He leaves a wife and six small children.
True Republican, Sycamore, Dekalb County, Illinois, June 27, 1891, Page 2
      G. A. Eppel , a merchant of Okawville, and a prominent odd fellow and knight of honor, died suddenly of heart disease, aged 35 years.
Rock Island Daily Argus, Rock Island, September 8, 1891, Page 8
They Tackle the Wrong Customer -- Trouble Over the Liquor Question.
      Okawville, Ill., Sept. 8 -- Owing to the disorder at Sunday beer picnics near this place the church people have begun a crusade against the liquor sellers. For the past two Sundays every saloon in the town has been closed up, and much bitterness engendered. Sunday night a crowd of forty or fifty men on horsehack, with white caps drawn over their faces, made visit to the residence of A. Morgan, a prominent churchman and one of the wealthiest and most influential citizens of Washington county. Mr. Morgan was prepared for them. When the whitecaps surrounded the house and called for him he opened fire upon the crowd with a Winchester rifle. Three shots were fired into the crowd and then it became panic-stricken and fled in disorder.
Attacked by Hired Ruffians.
      Sunday morning two strangers got off the train. Yesterday morning they hired a horse and buggy and drove around the town. They finally met John Teaubeau, a prominent churchman. They sprang from the vehicle and jumped on the unsuspecting deacon. After beating him in a horrible manner they sprang into the buggy and drove out of town. An unarmed crowd of citizens tried to stop them, but the strangers pulled revolvers, and they were allowed to go. The church people believed that the strangers were hired to come to Okawville and assault prominent church members. Deacon Teaubeau is badly hurt, and his recovery is doubtful.
True Republican, Sycamore, Dekalb County, Illinois, November 21, 1891, Page 2
      At Okawville the Mineral Springs hotel, owned by J. W. Scheiner, was burned. Loss, $30,000; insurance, $4,000.

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True Republican, Sycamore, Dekalb County, Illinois, September 3, 1892, Page 3
Some Smooth Artists.
      Robbers worked the town of Okawville and a half dozen places were visited. At Henry Klaume's hotel the family and lodgers were drugged. Two gold watches and $300 were taken from the hotel men. Charles Fach, of the firm of Fach & Hottes, of Mascoutah, was stopping at the hotel over night. He was drugged and relieved of a valuable gold watch and $75 in money. There was no clew sic to the robbers.

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The Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois, March 4, 1905, Page 1
      Central Union Buys Bell Holdings in Washington County, Illinois.
      Nashville, Ill., March 4. -- The Central Union Telephone company, licensee of the American Bell Telephone company in Illinois, has absorbed by purchase the entire holdings of the the latter company in this, Washington county. The transfer includes the Nashville and Okawville exchanges and all toll lines. Owen M. Burgess, who was district manager, has resigned and is succeeded by Edmund Robb of Mount Vernon. The former has gone to Kansas City, Mo., to assume the vice superintendency of construction of the Kansas-Missouri line, which embraces Missouri, with the exception of St. Louis; Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and the Indian territory. The Central Union proposes shortly to overhaul its entire system in this county.

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The Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois, October 25, 1911, Page 4
Son Finds Body of Duck Hunter.
      Okawville, Oct. 25 -- The body of William H. Rehbein, who disappeared October 10, was found by his son, George Rehbein, in a cornfield in the Okaw bottom, that was flooded by high water. It is presumed that Rehbein, who was duck hunting, suffered as apoplectic stroke and fell out of the boat.

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The Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois, January 6, 1914, Page 3
Dog Saves His Owner's Life.
      Okawville, Jan. 6. -- Valentine Blum's life was saved by his dog. In crossing a creek near his home at Okawville Blum fell into the water, but managed to grasp a log where he clung until his wife, attracted by the dog's incessant barking, rushed to her husband's assistance. Hastily summoning neighbors, Mrs. Blum, with their assistance, succeeded in rescuing her husband from his perilous position.
The Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois, November 10, 1914, Page 6
Illinois Milk Producers Meet.
      Nashville, Nov. 10. -- The Southern Illinois Milk Producers association met in the courthouse and elected the following officers: President, John Smith; secretary and treasurer, Julius Going of Okawville; vice-president, Peter Dintelman. The association has 225 members in the county. Its purpose is to get higher prices for milk.

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True Republican, Sycamore, Dekalb County, Illinois, July 24, 1915, Page 6
Train Kills Okawville Man.
      Okawville, Ill., July 23. -- Frank Sipple , a young man of this town, was killed by a train one mile east of here.

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The Daily Illini, (Student Newspaper of the University of Illinois), Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, May 24, 1924, Page 2
Attempt To Assassinate Dry Worker, Fails, Though Gunmen Fire About 20 Bullets
      OKAWVILLE, May 23 -- S . Glenn Young , East St. Louis, Ku Klux Klan dry raider, and his wife, were wounded late this afternoon while riding toward St. Louis, by unidentified automobile gunmen, who tried to assassinate them on the Atlantic Pacific highway at the Okaw river bottoms-near here. Mrs. Young was struck under the left eye and seriously wounded in the volley of shots one of which struck Young in the right leg below the knee. Passing automobilists took Mrs. Young to St. Elizabeth's hospital in Belleville. Young followed with another automobilist at the wheel of his automobile. Young said about 20 shots were fired at his automobile from automatic pistols of large caliber, by four men in a sedan who sped by his car and escaped down the road before he could return the fire. Two of the men he believes he can identify.
Young Conducting Talks
      The bone in Youngs right leg was shattered by the bullet which struck him.
      Young has been conducting a series of talks or klantauguses in cities in southern Illinois and was returning to St. Louis from Harrisburg, where he had delivered a talk last night, when he and his wife were attacked. Young says : My wife and I were driving to St. Louis on the A-l highway when I observed a sedan following us. I think there were four men in it. When I arrived at the embankment near the Okaw river bottoms, the driver of the sedan speeded up his car and passed my machine on the left. Just as the two cars were abreast three of the men in the sedan poured a volley of shot at us. My wife and I both ducked and escaped being killed, bullets passing through the coach work of the automobile right over our heads.
No Chance To Retaliate
      I had no chance to get my two .45 caliber automatics or my submachine gun, which I had in my automobile. In swerving my machine to the right I nearly drove down the embnnkment into the river.
      Authorities have notified all towns between Okawville and St. Louis in an endeavor to intercept the gunmen. Mrs. Young is in a very serious condition, physicians state. She is the daughter of George B. Simcox, former deputy United States marshal of East St. Louis, and later chief of police of Danville, who is now in a tuberculosis hospital at Potoka. Young, who for many months was the leader in a series of spectacular raids in Williamson county was sent to East St. Louis recently. He has been active in raiding activities throughout southern Illinois for many months and it is thought the gunmen were among those who have been arrested by Young.
The Daily Illini, (Student Newspaper of the University of Illinois), Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, May 29, 1924, Page 1
Issue Warrants For Attackers
      CARLYLE, May 27 -- Four warrants have been issued by an Attorney of Clinton county, charging assault with attempt to kill in the attack in which S. Glenn Young and his wife, were shot Friday night, near Okawville, it was learned late today.

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The Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois, January 29, 1925, Page 2
(By United Press )
      Herrin, Ill., Jan. 29. -- The barren plains of southern . Illinois turned out its multitudes this afternoon to pay final tribute td ithe guerilla-like klan and dry crusader, S. Glenn Young.
      Thousands -- estimated ranging from 20,000 to 80,000 -- massed the Baptist church and three over-flow meeting halls, lined the streets by which the funeral procession marched, to pay honor to the man who Saturday night dropped in a death duel which was the outcropping of the bitter hate war of "Bloody Williamson County."
      At 10:30 a. m. the Baptist church -- where Young's body has been lying since Sunday, with two robed klansmen as guards of honor -- was filled. The church holds only a few hundred persons.
      The klan made good its boast of a multitude to worship at the bier of the fallen leader. Klaverns from over Missouri, Illinois and Arkansa, were represented. Blind Widow Led to Church.
      Mrs. Young, the blind widow, has held silent court at the Lymar hotel over-night and thruout the first part of the mourning. Then dressed in solid mourning, a pair of black glasses covering her unseeing eyes, she was escorted to the church by relatives of Young.
      Services in the church were simple. Rev. I. E. Lee and Rev. P. R. Giotfelty praised the work of the dry crusader. Then there was a special musical program. After that relatives were allowed for the last time to view Young's body.
      The great tribute to Young started then, the funeral procession off across town. Down through the streets where Young was known and feared. Past the city hall, the building and grounds decorated with American flags. Thence on out of town across the white snow swept plains to the little village cemetery, where already the body of Ora Thomas -- another of the victims of a Saturday night's outcropping of hate -- lies buried.
Procession Mile Long
      The funeral procession was more than a mile. Led by the snow-white chargins which is part of the klan ritual -- countless motor cars formed in line across town. Practically all the cars in the parade were big machines, many of them enclosed, denoting the wealth of the mourners.
      One contrast, an almster contrast , was in the parade was the battle-scarred sedan, Glenn Youtig drove in his raids across the county. It was in this motorcar that Young was shot in the leg and Mrs. Young blinded when gunmen attacked them near Okawville.
      When the procession reached the cemetery as much of the crowd as possible assembled under a large tent, where 500 robed klansmen carried out the final services for the one time kleagle.
      The militiamen had little part in the service or in the procession. They scattered thru the crowd, a khaki uniform showing here and there among the assembled mourners. There was no disturbance. Mutterings of trouble current since Saturday night's warfare were quiet.
      Mrs. Thomas, widow of the slain deputy sheriff remained at home on the edge of the village during the ceremony and none of the anti-klan leaders were seen in the throng.
      Four truck loads of flowers, wreaths, bouquets and floral designs from 19 states, were taken to the cemetery. Two of the floral wreaths were sent by negro organizations.
      Another striking, contrast was brought out at the cemetery when it was pointed out that Young's grave was but 50 feet away from tho spot where in 1922 five men were slain in the early warfare of the county.
      Young's twin daughters, by his first marriage, and his 23 months-old son by his last marriage, all were in the procession.

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The Daily Illini, (Student Newspaper of the University of Illinois), Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, September 26, 1926, Page 1
Four Killed
      OKAWVILLE -- Four bodies lie in an Okawville undertaking establishment tonight and one man is seriously injured as the result of a grade crossing accident here today. The car in which the party was riding, struck a Louisville and Nashville passenger train, was demolished and the bodies were scattered along the track for more than 100 feet.

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The Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois, September 4, 1931, Page 1
      St. Louis, Sept. 4. -- A temporary restraining order enjoining the Sanitary Milk Producers. Inc., its officers and members from interfering with the transportation of milk from sotfthern Illinois and eastern Missouri points to the Pevely Dairy company here, had been issued today by Federal Judge Charles B. Davis.
      The restraining order was the latest step taken by the Pevely dairy in its war with the producers association, which broke out Monday, when 500 men stopped consignments of milk to the dairy and spilled it on the highway at St. Jacobs, Ill. The demonstration followed a meeting of milk producers to protest the price offered by the Pevely company in their September contracts.
      Since that time reports of violence along the Illinois highways have been received. Thousands of gallons of milk have been dumped with more than 86 men in various sections arrested.
      Reports from Waterloo, Ill., said that 50 men were arrested when they were found hiding along the highway, near Columbia apparently awaiting a milk truck.
      Three attacks on Pevely milk drivers were reported near Evansville, Ill. Authorities said 3,000 gallons of milk had been destroyed there and five men arrested. Three farmers at Okawville, Ill., were arrested in connection with the dumping of milk there, Tuesday.
      Reports from Springfield indicate that no progress was made at the conference held there yesterday, between the dairy and officers of the producers association.
      D. C. Kerckoff, president of the Pevely company, which supplies 40 per cent of all milk consumed here, I said that he would decide today whether his company would negotiate with the association officials in an effort to end the controversy.

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The Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois, December 3, 1932, Page 1
Hasn't Forgotten Man Who "Took" Him For $15,000
      Jacksonville, Ill. Dec. 3. -- (UP) -- Confident he will be able to identify the man who swindled him of nearly $15,000 seven years ago Lava B . Trotter, 75, today awaited an opportunity to see if Thomas (Doc) Brady, alleged con man, who was arrested in St. Louis yesterday, is the man.
      Brady has been sought on federal charges for seven years. His identity was established yesterday by St, Louis authorities from finger prints after he had been arrested in that cit,
      In addition to being wanted in the Trotter swindle case, Brady also has been sought on a charge of fleecing William G. Frank, Okawville farmer of $35,000 in liberty bonds.

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The Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois, January 13, 1949, Page 1
Liquoir Dealers Elect
      Leo Jankowski, jr., was elected president of the Washington county Retail Liquor Dealers Association at the annual meeting held at the Old Rock Inn in Okawville Monday night. Harry Sales of Okawville was elected Vice-president and Bill Young of Ashley, secretary. Jankowski succeeds Herb Mellein, who was disqualified for office as he sold his tavern the past year. He was presented with a pen and pencil set. The meeting was largely attended and was followed by a fish fry.
The Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois, February 17, 1949, Page 8
County Is Well Represented in Armed Forces
      The following is a list of men from this county who have enlisted or reenlisted through the local recruiting office : Dale Beimfohr, Okawville
The Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois, September 15, 1949, Page 5
      Alex Liszewski of Nashville and Norvin Bultman of Okawville were discharged from the Centralia hospital.

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The Daily Illini, (Student Newspaper of the University of Illinois), Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, July 22, 1950, Page 3
      Illinois highway patrolman Gene Abernathy filed a charge of reckless homicide against Erwin Weihe, 23, of Okawville yesterday a few hours after the crash death of Edward Sprehe, 50 Posey farmer. Sprehe was killed in a collision between his horse drawn wagon and a truck driven by Weihe on Illinois highway 127 near Posey. One of Sprehe's horses was killed. Weihe was held in Clinton county jail. Sprehe is survived by his wife and three children.


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