It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
The election of C. E. Cortelyou (supervisor), J. W. Koeningsmark (highway commissioner), and Gerhard Bowers (constable) in Ashley Township was found to be an invalid in Washington County Circuit Court.
The Market report had 100 pounds of flour selling for $3.40 and hogs at $43.00 per hundred pounds.
Calvin Todd Torrens, 72, of Nashville died of injuries received when he was struck by an automobile on East Main Street in Nashville.
Other deaths: Henry Etling of Ashley; and Louis Milton Mayor, formerly of New Minden.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
The Washington County Board of Supervisors issued dance hall licenses to William Doepke of Stone Church and George Kuhn of Venedy.
The National Consumers Tax Commission said it cost an average of $428.76 a year for groceries. An average family earned $1,348.77 per year.
Kroger advertised a pound of green beans for 10 cents and beef roast at 25 cents a pound.
Ralph Kasten, 40, of New Minden was killed when a team hitched to a mower in a field where he was working ran away.
Other deaths: Hobert James, infant son of Reverend and Mrs. Otto Schreiber (Ethel Worker) of Villisca, Iowa; and Mrs. Oren Arnold, 29, of Richviwew.
Seventy Years Ago
The local war price board began processing sugar applications at a minium of 10 pounds per person.
The ladies auxiliary of the local VFW post was organized.
Harry T. Keen resigned as principal at Ashley High School.
The State Theatre in Nashville featured “Meet Me in St. Louis” with Judy Garland.
Wesley Oltman arrived home in Addieville having been a German prisoner.
Berthel Thompson was released from a German prison camp.
Deaths: William Niermann of Nashville; S. H. Hasemeier of Nashville; Mrs. Louis Windler of New Minden; Mrs. Henry Groennert of Addieville; William Toedte of Nashville; and Helen Friedley, 23, of Versailles, MO.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
Firestone Tires were on sale for $9.95 each.
Deaths: Mary Siegman of Nashville; and Charles Lang of Oak Forest.
Sixty Years Ago
The Washington County Board lifted a bounty of $3 per head on coyotes, but left the bounty on wolves.
Leo Cohn and the Okawville Lions Club agreed to a transfer of the old grade school building to the club for use as a Civic Center.
Bob Miller was elected president of the Washington County Khoury League.
Niermann Implement Company advertised new Oldsmobile 88 cars for $2,366.82 delivered to Nashville.
Edward Reinhardt of Okawville received the degree of Bachelor of Divinity at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri. He was ordained in Okawville June 12.
Eileen Hanrahan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hanrahan of Ashley, graduated from Christian Welfare Hospital School of Nursing in East St. Louis.
Sara Mary Homburg of Nashville and Jane Schmale of St. Louis, Missouri, formerly of Nashville, were members of the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing graduating class.
The City of Nashville was divided into four voting precincts instead of two.
Deaths: Arthur Douglas of Nashville; Herman Eigenrauch of Oakdale Township;
Mrs. Floyd Gholson, 47, of Nashville; Reverend Gust Horst, a native of Washington County; John Homberg of Nashville; Ala Cameron of Ashley; Right Reverend Monsignor William Hoff, former pastor at Todd’s Mill; and Myron Allen of California, husband of the former Theresa Hylla of Nashville.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Gerd Penderson of Copenhagen, Denmark, was enrolled a a senior at Nashville High School for the year of 1960-1961. He would stay with the Bertram K. Collmeyer family in Hoyleton.
Johannisburg voters approved a tax increase in the highway rate from .165 to .33 percent.
Alvina Kujawa was crowned May Queen of the Catholic Youth Organization in Radom.
Don Dingwerth of Okawville signed to play professional baseball in the Boston Red Sox organization.
Showing at the movies was “Jailhouse Rock” with Elvis Presley and “The Tingler” with Vincent Price.
Washington County was receiving bids for the sale of the County Farm.
Cheif Justice Byron O. House of Nashville was re-elected to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Godfrey Wilson Schroeder of Nashville received the degree of doctor of dental surgery from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. John Kwiatkowski of Nashville was heavily damaged by fire.
Deaths: William Weiner of Nashville; Cleo Rogers, a native of Nashville; and Sophie Heseman of Irvington.
Fifty Years Ago
Four Washington County men received medical degrees, three from the University of Illinois School of Medicine and one from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. They were: Bill Schroeder of Nashville; H. Gale Zacheis of Oakdale; Neil Valdes, who resided here with Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bernrueter; and Lad Kugler, son of Mrs. Morris Kugler of Okawville.
Deaths: Mary Mae Burnett, 67, formerly of Ashley; Mamie Baldwin, 80, formerly of Irvington; John E. “Alec” Hodapp, 79, of rural Carlyle; Otis Barton, 36, of St. Louis, Missouri; Christina Roethe, 77, of Pinckneyville; Barbara Jean Calvin, 22, formerly of Ashley; Amy Jo Ryterski, infant daughter of Henry and Helen Ryterski of Nashville; and Glen Filley, 66, formerly of Lebanon.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Doug Michael, Pat Povolish and Brad Emge, all juniors at Nashville High School, were selected to attend the thirty-fifth session of Boys State.
David Rybacki received the American Farmer Degree, one of 16 boys in Illinois to receive the degree from the FFA.
Jim L. Braly of Nashville was granted a degree of doctor of medicine at St. Louis University.
Mrs. William F. Boeschen was honored for 15 years of service to the Washington County Cancer Unit.
Stephen and David Juenger of Marissa suffered fatal injuries in a traffic accident south of Mascoutah.
James Lister, 18, of Venedy was killed instantly when he was struck in the head by a moving elevator while at work at the Dura Chrome Corporation building in St. Louis, Missouri.
Other deaths: Margaret Schlueter, a native of Nashville; Carl Hongsermeier, a native of Irvington; Viola A. Breeze, 78, of Richview; and Minnie Kolerhoff of Okawville.
The 1970 census showed 16 counties in the district with a total population decline of 3,000. Six counties increased in population, including an increase of 44 for Washington County, from 13,569 in 1960 to 13,613 in 1970, the first increase in 50 years.
For More, Please Read The June 17 Edition Of The Nashville News.