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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 "J-[MW? IPK' I IJ -CSIP Att/ i I M MLI mil -BL Midi. J. J1 National library Week ‘Casey’ goes to bat forbode at Hayner Page D-l Hockey Blues lose 4-2 Page&l : The outlook Mostly sunny and mild; high near 61, low near 41 Page IM Impact Inc. Helping penile with disabilities reach their potential Page B-lVol. 164, No. XX — 50 cents Monday, April 12,1999 www.thetelegraph.comLow voter turnout is expected By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Based on past experience from the other four elections Madison County Clerk Mark Von Nida has overseen, he expects a voter turnout of between 15 and 20 percent at Tuesday’s polls. Despite this being Madison County’s first-ever consolidated elec First consolidated election may draw only 15 to 20 percent tion — which means that school boards and other special districts will be placed on the ballot alongside municipal elections — Von Nida doesn’t see that this election will draw increased voting numbers. “I see very little difference between a school board election and this particular election. However, there are some hot spots,” Von Nida said. He said only about 30,000 to 35,000 of the county’s 256,007 residents are likely to vote. That may be the result of the lack of mayoral races — which only will take place in Collinsville, Pontoon Beach and Worden. For that matter, Alton will have neither a mayoral election nor any aldermanic elections. Edwardsville only has one contested aldermanic race. However, Bethalto, Collinsville and Godfrey have multiple-trustee races. “Glen Carbon is campaigning pretty hard on their trustee race,” Von Nida said The other “hot-spot” areas are where tax referendums will be placed on the ballot. The Wood River Library District wants to double its annual library tax. Collinsville again See TURNOUT, Page A-7 CW    110    H. Adams Parkway CLOSEOUT SALE OF ALL ABOVE GROUND POOLS Alton, IL 62002    (1998    models in stock) limited quantity 466"5301 LAYAWAY NOW FOR SPRING Area/Illinois A-3 Baseball Roundup .C-3 Bulletin Board .. .B-2-4 Classifieds........C-6 Comics...........D-2 Editorial..........A-4 Nation/World A-8 Neighbors........B-1 Obituaries........A-5 Fulmer, Johnson, Piggott, Seymour, Stassi Region...........D-1 Scoreboard C-2 Television ........D-3 Weather..........D-4 Supermarkets can’t sack hometown grocery store Family business continues to thrive in Mount Olive 114 years after opening Boy hit by car remains in coma By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — One of Alton’s oldest homes, which won a reprieve from its owner, soon will get a paint job and other spruce-ups instead of being bulldozed. The Alton Museum of History and Art Inc.’s board of directors Wednesday switched from supporting demolition of its condemned Wilhelm House, 314 Oak St., to fixing it up to meet code. “We’re very pleased about (the decision),” said Charlene Gill, president emeritus of the board. Mary Ann Warmack, coordinator of the museum, agreed. “I’jn very glad we’re saving it,” she said. “We have so much to be proud of here in ■ See HOUSE, Page A-7 The Teiegraph/ANUt yakstis iartie Droste stands among fruits and vegetables at the historic Droste ocery store in Mount Olive. By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer MOUNT OLIVE - Charlie Droste’s hometown grocery store still thrives in a time of big supermarket stores. Droste’s general store has prospered for 114 years around the family’s trademark of “friendly service and quality food.” “We’re a friendly store, and we know our customers by their first names,” said Charlie Droste, who was born into the family grocery business in downtown Mount Olive. Droste’s great-great-grand-father, Fred G. Droste, bought a general store in 1885 and sold groceries and homemade German bratwurst to coal mining families in town. The old building was known as Droste’s Mercantile Block, with a grocery store, dry goods business, tavern, law offices and dentist’s office. “Our Droste family name is still in the grocery business on Main Street 114 years after my great-great-grandfather opened the first store,” Droste said. Droste is proud of the family’s long history in Droste’s Food Center in a historic building on Main Street of Mount Olive, a once-prosperous mining town in Macoupin County. Customers drive from everywhere to Droste’s to buy homemade German bratwurst made by meat-cutter Gary Fyalka, a familiar face at the store for many years. “Gary started working at our store in 1963 as a high school student, and he still makes our popular bratwurst and sausage,” Droste said. Customers drive for miles to buy Fyalka’s homemade Italian sausage and garlic pork sausage. “Our garlic sausage recipe is 30 years old,” Droste said. At lunch time, the aromas of chicken and baked potato wedges drift through the store from Droste’s deli department. “Our meat and deli food is a big part of our store business,” Droste said. Droste’s store name is familiar on a big sign on the front of a 98-year-old brick building along a quaint street where flowering pear trees are showing their white spring blossoms. Droste’s is a busy store six days a week where customers stop for everything from vegetables to chicken and ham. “We sold 168 delicious double G hams for Easter Sunday,” Droste said. Droste closes the store only on Sunday, when he and his family go to the morning worship service at the historic Emmanuel Lutheran Church, located next door to the store. Charlie Droste grew up in the family store. ■ See STORE, Page A-7 Telegraph Towns GODFREY - Jonathan Johnson, the eighth-grader hit by a car last month while crossing Godfrey Road near North Middle School, remains in a coma nearly three weeks later. His mother, Traci Johnson, calls herself a “mad mom,” angry because the situation at the school, johnson where pupils often cross the busy road, remains the same as when her son was hit and critically injured. “This is the most devastating thing I’ve ever been through," Johnson said. “I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.” Jonathan had left school for the day on March 24. He walked off the grounds of North Middle School, which is on the east side of Godfrey Road, just south of Lewis and Clark Community College. He was walking to his family’s Grace Street home on the west side of Godfrey Road. Max Heinz, principal of North Middle School, says ■ See BOY, Pgae A-7 Historic house to receive face lift The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The Wilhelm House, in the first block of Oak Street In Alton, recently escaped demolition and will be renovated. ;

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