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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 31, 1999, Alton, Illinois HAZ MAT ready to roll Insurance fires surrounding hazardous materials team are extinguished By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Madison County’s 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 long-awaited HAZ MAT team is expected to be fully operational throughout the county soon, said Jack Quigley, head of the Madison County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency. “The insurance issues that were questioned have been settled. Lawyers have approved signing (firefighters'from different locales up for the team). The only thing now is waiting for different trustee and city council meeting dates,’ Quigley said. The main insurance issue that municipalities were concerned about for their firefighters was pollution insurance. Attorneys were concerned that if HAZ MAT causes a chemical spill, the municipalities would not be covered for liabili ties. But the county pitched in about $7,000 to cover all HAZ MAT team members for this year’s 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 $300 each for the service may have to pay additional costs for the insurance. The HAZ MAT team consists of about ■ See HAZ MAT Page A-7 MEMORIAL DAY EDITION THE TELEGRAP mi Wilis fits Drive in Classic cars cruise into Alton Page IM Round 3 Cards take on the Cubs at Wrigley Page C-l on qLn Vol. 164, No. 136 — 50 cents Chance of showers and thunderstorms; high near 83, low near 66 Page IM Alton native helping Air Force Academy float on air Page B-l Monday, May 31,1999 www.thetelegraph.com The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Fred Edwards in his Cottage Hills home. Edwards was a prisoner of war during World War ll in Germany. POW memories haunt WWII vet By KERRY SMITH Telegraph stat* writer COTTAGE HILLS - It was 55 years ago that Fred R. Edwards marched 900 miles to the commands of German military officers as a    — World War II prisoner of war. But the memories are as clear a i , as they were from to death because January to April they didn’t feed 1945, when this pri- u * m-ykp vale first class Ub UUL mdyDe was captured by once every week the German army qj» (wo » aXITe nearly VV starved and forced, along with thousands of others, to do hard labor in Stalag 17, Stalag 13 and in multiple camps, Nuremberg, where attempted an escape. “We nearly starved to death because they didn’t feed us but maybe once every week or including he two," said Edwards, 80, a native of the Cottage Hills area. “I was marched all over Germany in the middle of winter, and all the members in our outfit, the 3rd Infantry Division, were either captured —■ or killed." Edwards suffered severe frostbite and had to have his leg amputated. To this day, he has to take medication before going to sleep each night to prevent vivid nightmares. Very few in his military outfit survived the POW experience, he - said. The meaning of teamwork hit home during the time spent in German captivity. “The Germans made us ■ See WWII, Page A-7 Fred Edwards WWII veteran ■ Five brothers from the Hackethal family in Hartford served in the armed forces. From the left are Leo, a World'War HVeteran-'^n! Tom and Pete, both U.S. Army veterans. Brothers Joe and John, two World War ll veterans, are deceased. Veteran remembers Normandy landing By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff 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 bullets whizzed around our heads, and mortar shells were exploding in front of us,” said the 81- year-old former infantry rifleman, who lives in Wood River. Hackethal was an infantry foot soldier who fought with Company F of the U.S. Army’s 35th Infantry Division to drive German armies out of France. Hackethal recalled the barrage 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 soldiers,” he said. Hackethal’s 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 different times in battles,” he said. “At the Battle of the Bulge, my body was peppered with steel shrapnel from an exploding German Bouncing Betsy mine.” 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 arm,” he said. "It was the same bullet that struck me in the arm in ■ See VETERAN, Page A-7 The Telegraph/THOMAS WRAUSMANN Dee Holloway, owner of Holloway's Grocery Store in Pearl, cuts some fresh turkey breast for customers. Holloway also is the mayor of Pearl. THURSDAY, June 3 ll Stocks I & WEEKEND BANDS FRIDAY, June 4 "Fantasy" ii SATURDAY, June 5 Stonebreaker NDAY June 6 "Soul Reunion" 3-6pm f. "Stonebreaker" 7-1 lpm Holloway’s Grocery Store the Pearl of Pike County By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer PEARL — Seventy-two years after its doors opened, area residents and visitors still can stop by Holloway’s 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 IOO along the Illinois River. Clyde Holloway purchased what was known for years as The Pearl Store from Lloyd Newnom. For a few years in the late 1930s, Clyde’s broth er, Ted Holloway, joined him in a partnership. Dee Holloway began partnering 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, family-owned grocery stores with loyal customers. “They’re getting fewer and fewer,” 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 four-year ■ See PEARL, Page A-7 Telegraph Towns Area/Illinois .....A-3,8 Bulletin Board A-6 Classifieds........C-6 Comics...........D-2 Editorial..........A-4 Nation/World......A-8 Obituaries........A-5 Bierbaum, Fry, Hefley, Hildebrand, Meyer, Monett!, Perica, Rhyne, Scoggins, Whitlock Scoreboard C-2 Television ........D-3 Weather..........D-4