It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
Christie Finke, Carl Hildebrand, Vincent Meinert, Alvin Barkau, Kenneth Gaebe, Glen Klosterhoff, Melvin Kemper, Harold Nagel, Ed Nagel, Warren Meinert, Jim Lehde and John Lehde were members of the Nashville baseball team.
Adam Kleinschmidt, who operated a cobbler shop in Nashville, received a medal of honor from the German government in recognition of his 20 months service on the battlefront during World War I.
Mrs. Roscoe McMillian, 37, and her 2 ½ year-old son, Norman Oscar, died of injuries received when an explosion rocked their home in Nashville.
Other deaths: Minnie Kuhlengel of Covington; Mary Finke of Hoyleton; and R.T. Torrens, a native of Washington County.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Olive Branch Lutheran Church celebrated its 75th anniversary.
Wheat was selling for 80 cents a bushel and corn was 65 cents a bushel.
There were 46 graduates of Nashville High School and 43 graduates of Nashville Grade School.
“Gone With the Wind” premiered at the State Theatre in Nashville.
Deaths: Daniel Vernor of Nashville; and Charles Rhode, a native of Elkton.
Seventy Years Ago
The News printed a letter written by Fred Ahrens, uncle of Mrs. Sam Kaser, written in July 1864 when he was in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Emil Roethemeyer was wounded in action in Okinawa.
Nashville High School had 61 graduates and the grade school 27.
Pvt. Eddie Kujawa, stationed in Germany, received the Purple Heart medal.
Pvt. Louis Bowles, formerly of Nashville was wounded in Germany.
Fred Fulton, 62, was killed when his horse-drawn wagon was struck by a Centralia delivery truck south of Nashville.
Other deaths: Phillip May of Nashville; Clara Decker of Nashville; and Mrs. Edward Ellerbusch of New Minden.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Ted Kruski of Nashville was appointed to the Washington County Board of Review.
A small tornado was sighted on the Allen Dintelman farm southeast of Nashville.
Burglars took $32 in cash and a number of tools from the Bernard Schubert service station north of Pinckneyville.
Smokey Coats and his wife, Bobby Jo Ann, were visiting relatives in Nashville, taking a break from their entertainment tour in Las Vegas.
Kuhlman’s IGA advertised ground beef at 39 cents a pound and strawberries at two packages for 69 cents.
John Kane of Richview was killed in the Illinois Central railroad yards in Centralia.
Other deaths: the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Steinkamp of Stone Church; and James Stocker, formerly of Nashville.
Sixty Years Ago
Rev. L. A. Wolf, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville, accepted a call to become minister of a church in Hickory, NC.
Deaths: H.F. Massmann, a native of Venedy; Nellie Stamm, a native of Washington County; John Reining, of Okawville; and Martin Fieddermann, a native of Okawville.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Deaths: William Coulter of Oakdale; John Skurat of Nashville; Theodore Gill of Rice; William Kann, a native of Okawville; Otto “Jack” Englemann of Addieville; Anna Kraus, 94, of New Minden; and Ann Lewandowski, formerly of Du Bois.
Fifty Years Ago
Marcia Zilinski of Overland, MO was awarded two scholarships to attend college.
Deaths: Charles Decker, 81, of Pilot Knob Township; Ella Wolf, 75, of Stone Church; Anna Trost, formerly of Okawville; Otto Palm, 82, of Hoffmann; George Borchelt, 86, of Nashville; Elmer Kuekelhan, 51, of Mascoutah; Louis Kaul, 83, of Tamaroa; Martin McGourgh of Marissa; Sarah Rogers, 88, of Nashville; and Mrs. Walter Martens, 77, of Woodlawn.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Forty-nine eighth graders were to graduate from Nashville Community Consolidated School.
Rev. Raymond McAfee of First Baptist Church resigned to accept a pastorate in Robinson.
A truck belonging to Leo Preis of New Minden that had been stolen from DeFend’s Garage in Nashville, was found abandoned near Crossville.
A bulk milk truck driver by Juanita Jablonski of Nashville was crowded off Route 460 by a semi. She and four children riding with her were taken to the local hospital and one child was transferred to a St. Louis hospital.
Deaths: Harry T. Peeck, 84, of Ashley; Kirby Wallace, 77, husband of the former Flora Fiene of Nashville; George Haake, 82, of Irvington; Casmer Zienta, 83, of Du Bois; and Verne Tucker, 73, of Ashley.
For More, Read The May 27, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News.