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It Happened HereFebruary 18, 2015

It Happened Here

Eighty Years Ago


Leroy Beckmeyer, 21, of New Minden escaped serious injury when his auto ran into an idle freight train on the M & I tracks near Nashville in heavy fog.

Orville Poirot, Ruddie Borchelt, Olivia Hake, George Small, Flora Meinert, Mildred Lorenz, Virginia Driskill, Julius Mann, Vincent Petrea and Orval Heine had the leading roles in the high school operetta “Rose of the Danube.”

The market report showed wheat selling for 87 cents a bushel, hens at 12 cents per pound, and eggs at 24 cents a dozen.

Harry Donnelly of Chicago, formerly of Nashville, was held up and shot while making house calls for the Prudential Insurance Company there.

Deaths: Bertha Stahler of Nashville; Mrs. Phillip Sokolich of Okawville; Bessie Nobles, 27, of Fairfield; Leonard Patterson, 37, of Okawville; John Wehmueller, 32, of St. Louis; John Shotkowski of Ashley.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


Men’s long underwear was selling at Back’s Department Store for 79 cents a pair.

Kroger advertised onions at 15 cents for a 10 pound bag, spare ribs at 10 cents a pound and two pounds of large bologna for 25 cents.

The State Theatre in Nashville featured Greta Garbo in “Ninotchka.”

Deaths: Willard Zapp, two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Zapp of Nashville; Caroline Brammeier of Nashville; John Dahncke, formerly of Nashville; Louis Tiberend of Ashley; Augusta Coffel of Du Bois; Matilda Lesemann; Edward Schreiber of Addieville; J. Fred Blumhorst of Venedy; Herman Hemminghaus of Hoyleton; Susan Bender of Du Bois.

Seventy Years Ago


Esther Harre of New Minden won first place in the American Legion Auxiliary essay contest.

A school nutrition report showed the average amount of milk consumed daily by Washington County students was only 43 percent of the recommended daily consumption.

Jesse Small accepted a position as pilot with the Chicago and Southern Airline in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Washington County March of Dimes netted $850.

Mrs. James Bevirt was notified by the Navy that her husband was killed in action in the South Pacific.

Other deaths: Clementine Bruegmann of Nashville; Henry Brinkman of Nashville; Herman Todd of Oakdale; Nan Volkman, formerly of Nashville; Conrad Setzekorn, a native of Washington County; and Mary McClurkin, a native of Oakdale.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


Lawrence House was named to head the Washington County Red Cross drive.

Albert Gorman was reelected president of the Washington County Baseball League along with directors Paul Daniels of Ashley, Joe Campbell of Nashville, and Bill Frank of Okawville.

Deaths: Charles Reinhardt of New Minden; David Liszewski of Du Bois; George Szatkowski of Ashley; Mrs. Oscar Vulbrock of New Minden; Joseph Bonk of Bolo Township; Mabel Coulter of Ashley; Rudolph Doelling of Stone Church; Hessie Ardrey, formerly of Oakdale; and Mrs. John Hoepker of Plum Hill.

Sixty Years Ago


Francis Maxwell was running for president of the Memorial Park Board. Seeking election to the board were Jack Lane, Charles Swain and George Yehling.

Victor Shubert was elected chairman of the Sanitary Milk Producers. Other officers included Lawrence McClay, Ray Garlich, Edward Borrenpohl and Emil Klingenberg.

Charles Swain Jr. and Philip Cunningham, both of Nashville, were seirously injured when their cars collided north of Nashville.

The Marietta Continuous Miner was added to the products of the Clarkson plant in Nashville.

Deaths: Mary Westerfeld of Hoyleton; Fred Finke, formerly of Nashville; Edward Wetzel, formerly of Beaucoup; and Catherine Brammeier of Okawville.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


Music by Joe Sekardi and Eddie Setzekorn was featured every Saturday night for dances at Andy’s in Scheller.

Freda’s Beauty Shop, Ann’s Beauty Shop, Joan’s Midtown Shop, Cut and Curl Shop, and Flossie’s Beauty Nook celebrated National Beauty Salon Week.

Deaths: Lena Seefeldt of Stone Church; Frank Paszkiewicz of Radom; Rev. Justus Lohrmann of Okawville; Mrs. William Cunningham, formerly of Washington County; Helena Henley of St. Louis; and the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Melroy Rennegarbe of Addieville.

For More, Please Read the February 18 Edition Of The Nashville News.

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