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It Happened HereJune 3, 2015

It Happened Here

Eighty Years Ago


H.J. Mueller was planning on opening a barber shop at the corner of Main and Mill streets in Nashville.

The Nashville High School softball team completed its season without a loss.

Paul Hardware advertised complete bathroom fixtures as low as $60.

Graduation exercises were held for 37 members of the Nashville Community High School senior class.

Kroger advertised bananas at 15 cents a dozen and Palmolive soap, three bars for 13 cents.

Deaths: Dr. L.T. Phillips, Nashville dentist; Edward Calloway Sr. of Pilot Knob Township; Theresa Fisher of Tamaroa; and Mrs. O.T. Wayman of Ashley.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


Warren Teel was elected chairman of the Washington County Young Republicans and Reo Haun was elected chairman of the Washington County Young Democrats.

Dr. B.W. Volk, a native of Vienna, Austria, had been practicing in Hoyleton after fleeing his home country to avoid the war.

Backs Department Store in Nashville advertised metal porch chairs for $1.98.

Deaths: Sarah Thompson of Nashville; Elizabeth Rezba of Elkton; Doris Ann Schwengels, three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Schwengels of Plum Hill; Louisa Wichser of Waterloo; and Christopher Rathke of Beaucoup.

Seventy Years Ago


Henry Coates became the first Washington County soldier to be discharged from active duty on the point system.

A sawmill operated by Joseph Niedbalski in Bolo was destroyed by fire.

Lucille Dintleman was the highest ranking student in the Nashville High School senior class.

Mary Hoffman of Du Bois received word that her son, Pvt. Carl Hoffman, was wounded in the Philippines.

Relatives of Staff Sgt. Lawrence Patton of Oakdale received word he was wounded in Okinawa.

Pvt. Leo Meier of Okawville returned home after being a prisoner of the Germans for 14 months.

Marine Wilbert Kuhn of Okawville returned home on convalescent leave, having been wounded on Iwo Jima.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


John Sturman sold his dairy to Lorenz Bottling Co.

Seven surviving members of the Nashville High School class of 1900 held a reunion. They were Fred Rueter, Georganna (Anderson) Sawyer, Fred Sawyer, Lucinda (Sackett) Williams, Paul Pirmann, Alvina Stricker and Lyman Whittemore.

Beckemeyer’s advertised new tropic-weave men’s suits for $29.50.

The first class to graduate from St. Ann School included: Ronald Lamczyk, Bernard Kania, Ernest Restoff, Eugene Liske, Delphine Lance and Marie Palczynski.

Charles Brammier of Oakdale told of finding a live rabbit inside a six-foot black snake he killed.

Deaths: Edna Ernst, a native of Nashville; and Leonard Seibert of Ashley.

Sixty Years Ago


A survey showed Washington County residents spent $3,024,000 per year on automotive equipment and supplies. That was $216 for every resident.

Otis Diedrich was appointed fire chief in Nashville.

Salaries for Nashville City officials were set at $175 per month for Street Commissioner, $300 per month for Superintendent of Utilities, and $25 per month for City Attorney.

Graduation exercises were held for 40 Nashville High School graduates and 34 eighth grade students.

Deaths: Gladys Koesterer, 46, formerly of Okawville; Mrs. Henry Wellpott of Hoyleton; Melvin Meyer, formerly of Hoyleton; and Adolph Hasheider, formerly of Okawville.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


Voters in Hoyleton, Covington and Lively Grove townships overwhelmingly voted to detach from Washington County Hospital District.

A hail storm did considerable damage to crops in the county.

A contract was let for building a new post office in Ashley.

There were 89 Nashville Community High School graduates, 34 at Nashville Grade School, and 42 at Okawville High School.

Deaths: Arthur Fehlbur, a native of Okawville; Anna Lehr, a native of Washington County; Father Joseph Humma of Okawville; Mrs. Ed Crabill of Tamaroa; and Mrs. Julius Nolting Sr. of Irvington.

Fifty Years Ago


The graduating class at Nashville Community High School consisted of 113 members.

The Olive Branch Lutheran Church commemorated the 100th anniversary of its founding.

Forty-eight eighth graders graduated from Nashville Community Consolidated Grade School.

Rev. Ray Porter, pastor of Grace Methodist Church in Nashville, was appointed pastor of First Methodist Church in Vandalia. Rev. Ralph Totten of Mounds was appointed to fill the Nashville vacancy.

Loretta Himbury of Nashville was selected to attend Girls State. Boys State winners were Ronnie Fark of Hoyleton, Charles Longwell and Bob Bogle, both of Nashville.

Deaths: Minnie Heggermeier, 76, of Nashville; Sarah Rogers, 88, of Nashville; Amanda Lippert, 79, of St. Louis; Anna Reichman, 88, of Addieville; Klara Wilson, 72, of Ashley; Fred Clark, 81, of Mt. Vernon; Sarah Hamilton, 73, formerly of Okawville; and Marlin McGough, 58, of Marissa.

Forty-Five Years Ago


Nashville Community High School had 94 graduating seniors.

The first paving projects for Interstate 64 were announced.

An Addieville boy, David Blumhorst, was accidentally shot in the left cheek by another lad, causing the .22 caliber bullet to lodge in the right cheekbone.

Luke Tomaszewski of rural Ashley suffered a fracture to his left ankle and Chester Paszkiewicz of Nashville suffered severe burns to his right leg and foot in separate farming accidents.

Deaths: Martin Vogt, 78, a native of Washington County; Mrs. Edward Wisniewski, 68, a native of Du Bois; Mrs. David Bathon, 57, formerly of Tamaroa; and Mary Frkovic of Nashville.

Forty Years Ago


Becky Doelling was awarded a Beta Sigma Phi awarded by the Sigma Theta Chapter.

Lorraine Nagel reopened the Mode O’Day Store in Nashville, which had been out of business since December.

Natalie Niermann, a freshman at Nashville Community High School, was awarded a scholarship to the Music and Youth Camp at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Deaths: Judith Bertelsmeyer, 34, of Carbondale; Alice Vogt, 89, of St. Louis; Clara Wagner, 70, of Scheller; Martha Rhoten 60, of Wapato, WA; Pattie Duhr, 20, of Nashville; Vegie Cleveland, 60, of Scheller; and Jewel Nesbit, 49, of Venedy.

Thirty-Five Years Ago


A ruptured gas line was the cause of an explosion that destroyed the Charles Kroener residence southwest of Nashville. Three daughters, Debbie, 20 Rita, 18; and Linda, 13 received only minor injuries.

Okawville High School graduated 68 students.

Deaths: Margie Zewiski, 75, of Nashville; Walter “Bud” Lietz, 72, a native of Okawville; Grace Wetzel, 53, of Marcellus, MI; Jason Lee Kurtz, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kurtz of Tamaroa; Edward “Cotton” Kemper, 86, of Nashville; Chloe Stone, 81, of Nashville; and Miriam Bushong, 74, of Centralia.

Weddings: Beverly Bejma and David Nehrkorn; Cheryl Hasheider and Daulton Oeltjen.

Thirty Years Ago


Robert Kurwicki was ordained to the priesthood.

David sowers received his master of divinity degree from Cincinnati Christian Seminary.

The West Washington County School Board authorized the auctioning of the former Addieville School building.

Deaths: Ida Witte, 97, formerly of New Minden; Kristina Noe, 18, of Greenfield, IN; Margaret Gajewski, 66, of Waltonville; Martha Richards, 73, of Nashville; Pearl Speck, 85, of Nashville; Mabel Schroeder, 90, a native of Nashville; Roy Coultas, 88, of Ashley; Hulda Clemmons, 83, formerly of Addieville; Ralph Sphere, 61, of Nashville; Emma Kleine, 90, of Hoffman; and Phillip Snedecor, 69, of Benton.

Weddings: Marcia Czerniejewski and John Kabat; and Pamela Jacobs and Bradley C. Paris.

For More, Please Read The June 3 Edition Of The Nashville News.

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