It Happened HereJanuary 7, 2014

It Happened Here

Eighty Years Ago

1935

An electrical wire that dropped into the coal seam caused a fire at the old workings of the Clarkson Coal Mining Co. in Nashville. Workmen labored 10 hours to build stoppings to seal the fire. No injuries were reported.

Henry Holzhauer announced that he was a Republican candidate for re-election as supervisor in Nashville Township.

Fred Hoppe and John Stieg announced their candidacy for highway commissioner in Nashville Township. Both were Republicans.

A total of 164 men were working at work relief jobs in the county.

Linda Rinne, 11, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Rinne of Nashville, was awarded third place national honors at the 4-H Club Congress held in Chicago. Her school outfit won first place at the state display in the summer.

Deaths: Henry Lutz, formerly of Nashville; the baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kamadulski of Nashville; Philip Williamson of Rice; William Tubbs of Geff, and August Eidemann, formerly of Venedy.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

1940

Fire of undetermined origin New Year’s night burned to the ground the two-story frame farm house of Gilbert Haun, east of Ashley.

Nashville defeated Hoyleton, 40-13, to win the annual county grade school basketball tournament.

The mercury hit two degrees below zero New Year’s night, the coldest recording in four years.

A coroner’s jury ruled the Dec. 25 shooting death of Steve Rozlowski, a 16-year-old farm hand who resided on the Oscar Decker farm in Pilot Knob Township, a suicide.

Dr. S.P. Schroeder died unexpectedly.

Ed Barrett of Ashley died of rabbit fever.

Other deaths: Mrs. Henry Finke of Nashville; Charles Wheeles, brother of Mrs. T.E. Allen of Nashville; John Grimm, formerly of New Minden; Lena Ferguson, a native of Irvington; G.A. Stahmer of Hoyleton; and Josephine Rountree of Ashley.

Seventy Years Ago

1945

Illinois farmers were warned not to let prevailing high food prices lure them into the pitfalls of land speculation or over-expansion.

Charles Harre of Hoyleton Township shot a rare white rabbit in the Big Crooked bottom.

Daniel Food Stores advertised five-pound bags of pancake flour for 25 cents, two pounds of pur hog lard for 35 cents and veal roast at 26 cents a pound.

Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Cortelyou of Ashley received word that their son, Sgt. Charles Cortelyou, was wounded in the South Pacific.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schwartzkopf received word that their son, Pvt. Orval Schwartzkopft, had been wounded in Europe.

Deaths: Attorney H.H. House of Nashville; David Needles of Richview; Dietrich Buhr of Okawville; Ida Bunce, formerly of Ashley; Mary Buss of Lively Grove; and Mrs. Henry Holle of Hoyleton.

Sixty-Five Years Ago

1950

For the first time Cities Service gasoline products were available in Nashville at Nashville Motors.

Illinois Bell Telephone took over customers previously served by the Washington County Mutual Telephone Co. and the Tixman Telephone Co.

The roadway east of Nashville was covered and the disposal plant was underwater after nearly four inches of rain fell in a 12-hour period.

Small and Sons Motor Sales advertised a 1934 3?4 ton pickup truck for $392.90 down and monthly payments of $37.46.

Deaths: Bart Evilsizer, formerly of DuBois; William Wetzel of Beaucoup; Henry Kombrink of Irvington; Louisa Kleeman, formerly of Nashville; and Maude Boyd of Oakdale.

Sixty Years Ago

1955

Classes at Nashville High School were dismissed for one day when the new natural gas heating system failed.

Rolf Hohman of Nashville, a student at Elmhurst College, was ranked first by the College Conference of Illinois for best record in free throws. He was fifth in scoring.

An Ohio Oil Co. drill went into the old workings of the DuBois coal mine 300 feet below the townsite pool, flooding the mine and forcing the shutdown of the mine.

Deaths: Thomas Krughoff of Nashville; and Mrs. John Rooneo, formerly of Washington County.

Fifty-Five Years Ago

1960

The Illinois Commerce Commission authorized the Missouri-Illinois Railroad Company to abandon its station in Oakdale.

Retail business in Washington County during the last fiscal year totalled $21,109,000. Net income was $19,651,000, up from the $19,121,000 the previous year.

A car which had been standing at the curb in front of the Merchants Hotel in Nashville for five weeks was identified as one stolen five weeks earlier in Centralia.

The Old Exchange National Bank of Okawville purchased the Town House restaurant from Harry and Rosalie Smith. Plans were to build a new bank building on the site.

Okawville defeated Nashville in the first round of the Freeburg holiday basketball tournament, 54-37.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Posen continued its “Bethlehem of Southern Illinois” Christmas lighting spectacular.

Mary Dlubala, 70, of Posen was killed in an auto accident near East St. Louis.

Other deaths: Howard Fox of Nashville; Edward Gelhaus of Okawville; Henry Hackstadt of Plum Hill; James Boyle of Oakdalep; John Mortek of Posen; Mary Blumhorst of Plum Hill; Dr. Roy Hohman of Chicago; and Jessie Carson, a native of Nashville.

For More, Please Read The Jan. 7 Edition Of The Nashville News.

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