It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
Republicans and Democrats held party township conventions and nominated the following Nashville tickets: Republicans: Henry Holzhauer for supervisor, John Stieg for commissioner of highways, Warren Teel for constable and William Heggemeier for trustee of schools; Democrats: Howard Fox for supervisor, Glen Snead for commissioner of highways, Walter Grzegorek for constable, and Carrie Luke for trustee of schools.
Krughoff’s Shoe Store was holding a 25th anniversary sale. Shoes were as low as $1 a pair.
Gaebe Brothers of Addieville announced they had a carload of imported work horses for sale.
Deaths: Henrietta Rogers of Nashville; Clara Koopman, formerly of Richview; Martha Troutt of Nashville; Louise Droege of Irvington; and Mary Adams of Beaucoup.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Helen Stephens, holder of 14 world and Olympic records, was scheduled to appear in Nashville with a women’s basketball team. She challenged any person or auto to a 100-yard-race.
The State Theatre in Nashville featured “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” with Jimmy Stewart and “Intermezzo” with Ingrid Bergman.
Deaths: H.F. Rixmann of Hoyleton; Marguerite Karch, formerly of Nashville; Elizabeth Malone of Hoyleton; Amelia Bauza, formerly of Washington County; Marie Schoenig of Nashville; Mrs. Bernard Sommer of Elkton; John Blankenship of Richview; Robert Hawkins, formerly of Ashley; and Mrs. William Groennert of Addieville.
Seventy Years Ago
The Nashville Township goal for the 1945 Red Cross drive was $1,567.50.
Kathryn Potter passed the required examination for a license as a private pilot.
The farm home tenanted by Alvin Windler and family was destroyed by fire southwest of New Minden.
A study by the University of Illinois showed that Washington County residents did much of their retail buying in stores outside of their home county. Average income per person for 1939 was $433.
Mr. and Mrs. Myron Grettendick, formerly of Addieville, received word that their son, Morris, was wounded in Europe.
Pvt. Orval Schwartzkopf received the Purple Heart after being wounded in France.
Sgt. Roy Nehrt arrived home to spend a leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nehrt, after serving 29 months in the Aleutian Islands.
Sgt. Clyde Johnson returned to the U.S. after being wounded on Leyte in the Philippines.
Deaths: Carrie Brinkman of Nashville, four days after the death of her husband; Anna Stein of Lively Grove; Charles Kreger of Du Bois; Ed Meyer, formerly of Nashville; and Mrs. Hester Wilson, formerly of Lively Grove.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Washington County had a three-week supply of coal despite a miners’ strike which had produced shortages.
Toman’s Standard Service advertised new White Crown gas with 19 percent faster warm-up for winter driving.
Kroger Spotlight coffee was advertised at three pounds for $1.83.
Illinois Bell reported the average wages for a five-day week for its Nashville operators was $40.48.
E.W. Poirot of Nashville, August Hanenberger of Hoyleton and Stuart Carson of Oakdale were elected to two-year terms as directors of the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Dr. William Walker, 38, of Ashley was killed in an automobile accident north of Richview.
Other deaths: Carrie Althoff of Nashville; Charles Mohr; Charles Hake of Hoyleton; and Henry Hassebrock of Okawville.
Sixty Years Ago
Petitions were being prepared by Dr. Fred Schroeder and Stanley Coulter for re-election to the high school board of education. A third candidate, Charles Briner, was seeking election after the announced retirement of Dr. E.H. Reinhardt.
Melvin Harre and Orvil Poirot were candidates for the grade school board of education.
The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. announced the opening of a new egg buying station in Nashville.
Paul Fark Motor Co. in Hoyleton advertised a 1953 Plymouth Cranbrook for $1,095.
Rolf Hohman, a member of the elmhurst College basketball team, ranked first in the College Conference of Illinois in shooting free throws. He scored 56 times in 71 attempts for an average of .789.
In its first year of operation, the Nashville Municipal Natural Gas System served 344 customers and collections increased from $2,502.93 in January 1954 to $4,288.78 in December 1954.
Deaths: William Setzekorn of Du Bois; Wallace “Bud” Maier of Nashville; Winfield Brandhorst, formerly of Nashville; Mrs. T.S. Krughoff of Nashville; and Elizabeth Weber of St. Libory.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Clarence DeMoss won first place in a statewide legal article writing competition sponsored by the Illinois Bar Association.
Edgar Fiedler of Okawville purchased the old shoe factory building as a site for his refrigeration sales and service business.
Tom Oates and Lois Woker were crowned king and queen of the Nashville High School Sweetheart Dance.
Bob Beckmeyer was a member of a five state panel working for the re-election of vice president Richard Nixon.
The proposition to establish a county hospital district passed with 2,464 for and 1,867 against.
Deaths: William Ziba, a native of Lively Grove; Lambert Szczepanski of Radom; Ora Houser, formerly of Ashley; Louis Behrman Sr. of Nashville; Mary Sprehe of Hoyleton; Henry Grimm; and Winnie Hails of Richview.
Fifty Years Ago
Nashville City Council decided to share equally with the County Board of Supervisors the expense of installing a radio communications system for use by city police, the sheriff and superintendent of highways.
Deaths: Loren Krause, 58; George Evilsizer, 59, of Buckner; James Bagwell, 58, of Nashville; Emilie Hasemeier, 97; Mary Schmidt, 82; and Roman Stanley Kabat, 68, of Scheller.
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