It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
Leslie Paul succeeded his father, H.H. Paul, as head of the Paul Hardware Co.
The Washco Wholesale Grocers Warehouse was burglarized with over $600 in merchandise stolen.
W.E. and Frank O’Bryan resumed publication of the Washington County Gazette in Ashley.
There were 74 teachers serving in one-room schools in the country in 1934.
There were 85 public school districts in Washington County. Three teachers had annual salaries below $400 for the term; 36 had salaries between $400 and $600 for the term.
Deaths: Mayme Dennlier, formerly of Nashville; William Scheurer, formerly of Nashville; Fred Heintz of Biddleborn; and Peter Dintelman of Nashville.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
The market report showed wheat selling for 94 cents a bushel and corn at 55 cents a bushel.
The application for $83,257 in federal funds was approved for construction of a municipal waterworks at Ashley.
Deaths: William Harbke of Okawville; Frank Podwojski of Bolo Township; Louis Klingenberg of Plum Hill; Henry Hutchings, formerly of Rice; Joe Barnoski of Todd’s Mills; Anna Erb of Marissa; and Christ Friend of Richview.
Seventy Years Ago
Washington County exceeded its goal in the latest war bond drive. Total collections were $331,876.
Walter W. Kastrup, owner of Nashville Bowling Alley, advertised rates at 20 cents per game.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Borchelt, formerly of Nashville, received word that their son, Cpl. Ferroll Borchelt, was wounded in the Pacific.
Deaths: James Boyle of Oakdale; and Mrs. William Michael, formerly of New Minden.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
A tornado cut a narrow path through Bolo Township, uprooting trees and damaging buildings.
Mrs. Louis Schuetz of Okawville reacher 100th birthday.
Roger Small, his sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Curtis Rogers, were seriously injured in a car-truck accident east of Nashville.
Ralph Wetzel was appointed highway commissioner of Beaucoup Township, succeeding the late William Wetzel.
Oexeman Motor Co. in Nashville advertised the new five-passenger Pontiac for $1,752.
Nashville Lumber, Ice and coal Co. advertised lump coal at $7 a ton.
Deaths: Mrs. W.L. Hendricks of Nashville; Theodore Struckmeyer, formerly of Nashville; Charles Logan of Richview; Ella Kohlmeyer of Red Bud; and Raymond Huge, 17.
Sixty Years Ago
Howard Kaser was named state highway maintenance man to replace Stanley Grzegorek, who resigned.
St. Louis Cardinals stars “Red” Schoendienst and Wally Moon were scheduled to play at a polio benefit basketball game in Nashville.
J.K. Williamson was appointed Packard dealer in Nashville.
Ellen Lee Soeber performed a solo on the “Russ David Show” in St. Louis, Missouri.
Nashville’s new 1,500 gallon per minute pump in the park station propelled the water a distance of 3,200 feet from the creek to the reservoir.
Deaths: Carrie Hehman of Addieville; August Storck of Okawville; Elizabeth Nadler of Venedy Station; Caroline Dickbernd-Klasing, formerly of Okawville; and William Kemper of Hoyleton.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Voters in Du Bois Township approved a $15,000 highway bond issue, 319-217.
A special election was called for Feb. 13 to establish a hospital district in Washington County.
Bandits robbed the Hoyleton lumber yard and the township garage taking more than $500 in tools.
Nashville Grade School advertised for bids for a four-room addition to be constructed on the east side of the present building.
Elmo Hassebrock announced his candidacy for renomination as circuit clerk in Washington County. State’s Attorney Wilbert Hohlt was also seeking re-election.
Three wild turkeys had taken up nesting in tall pecan trees in Venedy. The turkeys were protected under Illinois conservation laws.
Deaths: Edwin Storck, 44, of Okawville; Omer Schwering, 43, of Addieville; Albert Pinski of Bolo Township; Mick Barczewski, formerly of Posen; Robert Woodrome of Ashley; Laura Calloway, formerly of Nashville; and Clem Barnett of Scheller.
For More, Please Read The Jan. 21 Edition Of The Nashville News