Talk Of The Town

8857Ed “Bug” Kleber and his wife Jean are working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake to develop The Fish House restaurant on a three-acre tract near the Dam East Boat Ramp (South Shore) on the southern shore of Carlyle Lake. New restaurant will offer
indoor/outdoor seating and will be accessible from land or water.

    By next year, boaters on Carlyle Lake — and lake enthusiasts in general — will have the option of dining on the water’s edge. Ed “Bug” and Jean Kleber of Carlyle have announced their plans for the construction of “The Fish House” restaurant to be built on the southern shore of Carlyle Lake.
    Construction of the new 3,300-square-foot restaurant is slated to begin this week with completion set for Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18, 2015), just in time for the start of next year’s Lenten season.
    Bug Kleber, who is co-owner of Community Title and Escrow in Breese and Highland and co-owner of the Highland Equity Fifty-Five Real Estate office in Highland, is somewhat familiar with the ins and outs of running a restaurant — a fish house, in particular.
    Bug’s father, the late Ed Kleber of Carlyle, (along with Bob Hartung Sr. and Bob Hartung Jr.) opened the original Fish House restaurant in August 1985 on Route 50 in Carlyle, just east of the Kaskaskia River.
    The business was shut down three years later after the building was destroyed by fire, deemed to be arson.

RenthBeckemeyer Police Officer Jason Renth    The village of Beckemeyer now has a new police officer.
    Jason Renth was hired last Monday for the full-time position for the Beckemeyer Police Department.
    Renth said that he was originally from Nashville but has lived in the Clinton County area for the past 12 years or so.
    He graduated from the Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy and previously worked in Venice as a police sergeant/detective for five years  and had been a part-time police officer in Germantown for three years.
    Renth is no stranger to the village of Beckemeyer. He previously lived in Beckemeyer for about five years until 2009. He now resides in Germantown but is looking for a home in Beckemeyer.
    Renth is looking forward to getting reacquainted with the village and  is excited about his  new position with the village of Beckemeyer.
    Welcome aboard Jason!

8825WadecolorDale met his wife Marianne while stationed in Germany for 43 months from 1952-1955. The two will be married 60 years later this year.    Featured in this month’s Timelines is longtime Breese businessman Dale Wade, owner of Clinton County Oil Co. and founder of CC Food Marts. Not only is this the story of Wade’s fourth-generation business, it also tells of a valued member of the Breese Historical Society, who has been instrumental in the development of Breese.
    Believing that “you have to give back,” Dale has always been very involved in community organizations and activities.
    In 1958, at the age of 27, he was president of the Business and Professionals Association, now known as the Chamber of Commerce.
    “We’ve had some good people in Breese — people who worked together and would break their neck to get things done,” Dale recalled. “I was just a young guy at the time leading their group, but that’s all it took.”
    Now 83, Dale reminisced about the start of Clinton County Oil Co. and his life growing up in Breese.
    “When you’re a small business owner, you can’t make too many mistakes,” Dale said, but he’s the first to admit that he’s made some mistakes along the way but he always learned from them. And like any keen businessman, there were many tough decisions as the company expanded and diversified dealing in everything from gasoline, lubricants and fuel oil to automobile tires and on the farm tire service and finally into a growing chain of convenience stores and gas stations.
ClintonCoOil1956Clinton County Oil Co. in 1956 (in its original location where Wade Sales & Service is now).    The history of Clinton County Oil Co. begins with Dale’s grandfather Fred Wade.
    “He was an orphan,” Dale said. “He ran away from an orphanage when he was 12 years old and hopped a train to Centralia.”
    Fred Wade tried many trades. He farmed, ran sawmills and even moved to Kentucky for awhile with a land grant in hand where he had once said, “We almost starved to death.”


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