It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
A petition was being circulated in Ashley Township for a vote on the question of licensing the sale of liquor, the first time the question had come to a vote in Washington County since the repeal of the 18th amendment.
Washington County recorded a population gain of 199 for the year 1934.
Mrs. Harry Foreman of Chickasha, OK. died when she fell while attempting to leave her home after being affected by fumes from a gas stove. She formerly resided in Washington County.
Other deaths: Esther Eigenrauch, 23, of Plum Hill and her infant child; Anna Brinkmann of Stone Church; William Maschhoff of Hoyleton.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Anna Kuekelhan of Okawville was found guilty in Washington County Court of failure to send her children to school.
A special election in Nashville Township on a bond issue to improve and build township roads had 182 in favor and 219 against.
Henry Blumhorst, 64, of Venedy Station was burned to death when he was trapped in his home while it was destroyed by fire.
Other deaths: Mary Buchanan of Taylorville; John Brueggemann of Nashville; Henry Nobe of Venedy; Maggie Mason formerly of Nashville; Alice Todd of Three Mile; Amanda Huge, a native of Hoyleton; John Weeke of Okawville; Caroline Koelling of Hoyleton; Caroline Rommelmann of Hoyleton; Henry Brun, formerly of Hoyleton; Mrs. Z. Parlier of Ashley.
Seventy Years Ago
Greyhound bus lines added another route through Nashville. That brought to five the number of eastbound busses passing through Nashville each day and seven westbound.
Sgt. Arthur Shubert and Pvt. Herbert Lake, both of Oakdale, were listed as wounded in Europe.
Deaths: Richard Bartling, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Orwell Bartling of Nashville; Carl Schneider of Covington; Maude Wooley of Richview; W. J. Torrens, a native of Oakdale; and Anthony Ten Evck, formerly of Irvington.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Robert Schrader of Okawville went on duty in District 13 of the Illinois State Police.
Lee Roy Borowiak was named manager of the Morris Store in Troy, Ohio.
Lucille Wetzel of Nashville was a patient in the Centralia Hospital for severe injuries received in an auto accident.
Deaths: Dr. J. P. Leibrock, Nashville dentist; Martha Lane of Nashville; Mrs. Fred Schrieber of Okawville; and Alex McElroy, formerly of Nashville.
Sixty Years Ago
Restrictions on the use of water in Nashville were lifted following an end to a water shortage. Restrictions had been put into effect in November 1953.
At a polio benefit basketball game St. Louis Cardinal baseball stars Wally Moon and Red Schoendienst were honored guests.
Rita Ferrell and Jeanette Jankowski were assigned to the leads in the Ashley High School production of “Act Your Age.”
Deaths: Alberta Torrens of Oakdale; William Jones of Ashley; William Reuter of New Minden; and the twins, son and daughter, of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Kozuszek of Posen.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Ike Neuhaus retired as owner of the Smoke Shop in Nashville. He had been on Main Street 30 years and started making handmade cigars 70 years earlier.
The contents of the J.C. and Flora Sternberg general store in Richview was sold at auction.
Max Smelter, 90, of Du Bois died from exposure and exhaustion in a ditch one-half mile from his home.
Other deaths: Richard “Rip” Wehmeyer, formerly of Nashville; Charles Reminger of Du Bois; Emma Martens of Venedy; Christ Seering of Addieville; Alfred Brammeier, formerly of Okawville; Louise Flachmeyer of Nashville; and Mrs. G.A. Stahmer, formerly of Hoyleton.
Fifty Years Ago
The Highway Cafe on East Main Street, operated by Mrs. Bob Bogle, was sold to Frieda Hermann.
Hohlt, House and DeMoss law firm announced plans to establish an office in Du Quoin.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kitowski and daughter lost all but a few of their belongings when fire destroyed their home.
Catherine Ellerbusch won the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow Award at Nashville Community High School.
Deaths: Clarence Smith, 59, of Nashville; Ressie Hawn of Nashville; Rev. Everett Huff, 74; Jack Althaus, 75, of Nashville; Stella Wisniewski, 41, of Tamaroa; John Nadolski, 80, of Ashley; Charles Moehlman, formerly of New Minden; Carrie Horstman, 86, of New Minden; Martha Vogt, 77, of Centralia.
Forty-Five Years Ago
The Mother’s March collected $750 to help fight birth defects.
Melroy Rennegarbe of Addieville was selected as Washington county’s outstanding young farmer in competition conducted by the Nashville Jaycees.
Pvt. Marjorie Going of Venedy was promoted upon completion of basic training at Women’s Army Corps Center, Fort McClellan, AL.
Allen Weihe of East St. Louis was made manager of the Black and Decker Manufacturing Co. branch in Wichita, KS.
Deaths: Lula Rainey, 72, of Rockford; Sophia Kringer, 86, o Tamaroa; Raymond Davy, 59, of Woodlawn; John Bathon, 83, of Todd’s Mill; Irene Hill, 81, a native of Ashley; Mildred Myers, 62, of Salem; Richard F. Luebke, 69, of Nashville; Mrs. L.F. Gottschammer, 70, of St. Louis, MO; Otto Schubach, 76, of Centralia; Gertrude Mueller, 82, of New Athens; Ottillie Bartling, 79, of Nashville; Mary Robejohannes, 85, of Venedy.
For More, Read The February 11, Edition Of The Nashville News