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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                MEMORIAL DAY EDITION eruiseinto Alton PagelM Round 3 Cards take on theCiiteat Wrigley Page 61 The outlook Chafleeof showers high near 83 low near 66 PageD4 Smooth as silk Alton native helping Air Pora Academy float onair PageB4 Monday May 31 BADMAN Fred Edwards in his Cottage Hills home Edwards was a prisoner ojrvyar during World War II in Germany memones WWII vet By KERRY SMITH Telegraph COTTAGE HILLS It was 55 years ago that Fred R Edwards marched 900 miles to I the commands of German mil f itary officers as a World War II pris i oner of war the memo ries are as clear u T17e nearly VV starved said Edwardsr80ra native of the Cottage Hills area I was marched all over Germany in the middle of win ter and all the members in our outfit the 3rd Infantry Division were either captured or Edwards suf fered severe frost bite and had to M tn ripath hpransp have his leg ampu as they were from W uedlll ueLdUbe tated To this day he has to take medication before going to sleep each i IT u APnl they didnt feed this j hjafter first class uo uul to eacn by OIICC CVCry Week night to prevent army or jwft vivid nightmares I along twv Fred Edwards of others to do hard Stalag 17 Sfralag 13 and in camps including Nuernberg where he attempted an escape jjjjjjjjjSVe nearly starved to death because they didnt feed us but every yjQQk or WWII veteran Very few in his military outfit sur vived the POW experience he said The meaning of teamwork hit home during the time spent in German cap tivity The Germans made us See WWII Page A7 HAZ MAT ready to roll Insurance lires surrounding hazardous materials team are extinguished ByPAULMACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison Countys hazardous materials team finally is up and running although some parts of the county still are waiting for approval to jump on the truck The longawaited HAZ MAT team is expected to be fully operational through out the county soon said Jack Quigley head of the Madison County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency The insurance issues that were ques tioned have been settled Lawyers have approved signing firefighters from dif ferent locales up for the The only thing now is waiting for different trustee and city council meeting Quigley said The main insurance issue that munici palities were concerned about fdr their firefighters was pollution insurance Attorneys were concerned that if HAZ MAT causes a chemical spill the munici palities would not be covered for liabili ties But the county pitched in about to cover all HAZ MAT team members for this years pollution insurance Quigley said He hopes state or federal grant money will be secured to pay for the policy However municipalities that pay annual fees of each for the service may have to pay additional costs for the insurance The HAZ MAT team consists of about See HAZ MAT Page A7 Five brothers from the Hackethal family in Hartford served in the armed forces From the left are Leo a WorldWaTlUete Tom and Pete both Army veterans Brothers Joe and John two World War II veterans are deceased Veteran remembers Normandy landing By ANDEYAKSTIS Telegraphstaff writer WOOD RIVER On Memorial Day World War II veteran Leo Hackethal remembers a day 55 years ago when he landed on Normandy Beach in a hail of German machine gun fire German machine gun bul lets whizzed around our heads and mortar shells were explod ing in front of said the 81 yearold former infantry rifle man who lives in Wood River Hackethal was an infantry foot soldier who fought with Company F of the Armys 35th Infantry Division to drive German armies out of France Hackethal recalled the bar rage of German artillery and machine gun fire at American infantrymen who were landing at Normandy Beach I could hardly walk across the beach because of all the bodies of our fallen he said Hackethals exploits on the battlefield are shown in his display of Army medals and battle stars Including the Purple Heart for his wounds in action I was wounded three dif ferent times in he said At the Battle of the Bulge my body was peppered with steel shrapnel from an exploding German Bouncing Betsy In another battle an enemy machine gun bullet struck him in the right arm Hackethal thought the bullet had been removed by a doctor after the battle Sixteen years after I came home from the war I felt a sore spot under my he said It was the same bullet that struck me in the arm in See VETERAN Page A7 OOOd Corning Board ll n O i A8 A5 Fry Heffey Meyer iJVIonettl Perlca Rhyne l i Scpggins Whitlock C2 D3 Holloways Grocery Store the Pearl of Pike County V By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer PEARL Seventytwo years after its dbprs opened area residents and visitors still can stop by Holloways Grocery Store for freshly cut lunch meat or other groceries while receiving friendly personal service Dee Holloway 69 still operates the store his late father Clyde Holloway purchased back in 1927 in this town about five miles north of the Calhoun County line in Pike County on Illinois Route 100 along the Illinois River Clyde IJolloway purchased what for years as The Pearl Store from Lloyd Newnom For a few years in the late 1930s Clydes broth Telegraph Towns er Ted Holloway joined a partnership Dee Holloway began part nering with his father after graduating from high school in 1947 Also in 1947 the father and son replaced the old frame building on Main Street with the current building In 1949 a locker and meat plant were added The unmarked store is a throwback to the days of small familyowned gro cery stores with loyal cus tomers Theyre getting fewer and said Holloway mayor of Pearl since 1996 and a Village Board member since the late 1950s His father who died in 1987 also served as mayor for two fouryear The TelegraphmHOMAS WRAUSMANN A m Holloway owner of Holloways Grocery Store in Pearl cuts some fresh turkey See PEARL Page A7 breast fpr customers Holloway also is the mayor of Pearl 1A t I A A A A SATURDAY June 5 Stonebreaker SUNDAY June e   

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