It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
Rev. and Mrs. E. C. Zimmerman, the former Anna Backs, returned from seven years as Lutheran missionaries to Shasi, Hupeh, China.
Ralph Estes, street commissioner of Mt. Vernon, was charged with assault following a knifing incident at the “Information Inn” near the Ashley wye.
A cooperative corporation for the buying and selling of eggs, produce and dairy products was expected to begin operation in Washington County.
Millard Ruess won a $225 Electrolux kerosene refrigerator at the Tilden Picnic.
Washco Stores advertised Jersey Corn Flakes, two large packages for 19 cents, and fly ribbon at four for nine cents.
Orland Sanders of Ashley graduated from the St. Louis University with a doctor of medicine degree.
Deaths: Marie Nagel of Nashville; and Maude Heron, formerly of Nashville.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
At the Main Theater in Okawville, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour starred in “Road to Singapore”.
Wheat cutting started. The harvest was expected to be good.
Mule Kick closet bowl cleaner advertised it “makes toilet bowls spotless spotless in 10 minutes.”
Deaths: Mrs. E. H. Wehmeyer of Nashville; Nicholas Erb of Lively Grove Township; Ann Koelling of Hoyleton; Clifford Jack, formerly of Beaucoup; August Klingenberg of Plum Hill; Rose Pelker of Round Prairie; Mrs. George Moeller of Nashville; and Adolph Kasten of New Minden.
Seventy Years Ago
Byron House was named Washington County State’s Attorney, succeeding Ralph Maxwell, who resigned to become a Circuit Clerk Court Judge.
Wheat was selling at $1.58 a bushel and oats were 90 cents a bushel.
A one pound jar of Manhattan coffee was 33 cents at Ahlf’s General Merchandise Store in Nashville.
Pvt. Albert Kaufman of Nashville arrived home after 30 months overseas duty in the South Pacific T/5 Frank Kalas of Ashley was discharged after four years of duty, 38 months overseas. Petty Officer 2/C Ralph Prusacki of Tamaroa arrived home after 22 months in South America. Pvt. Eddie Keller of Nashville was discharged having seen over four years of military service.
Deaths: Gustav Backsmeier of Centralia; Mrs. Fred Rixmann of Hoyleton; and Caroline Glusenkam, formerly of Venedy.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
George Havens resigned as basketball coach at Nashville Highschool to accept a position in Jerseyville.
Washington County showed a decline of 1,373 citizens since the last census in 1940. The total for 1950 was 14,428.
A featured article in Life magazine showed Washington County was home to 139 slot machines, three horse parlors and two crap games.
Richard Elrich of Nashville received his degree of doctor of medicine at the University of Illinois.
Also receiving degrees at U of I were Rose Marie Holston Miriam Backs, Oliver Hale and Marilyn House of Nashville; Robert Mueller of Okawville; Ben Ackerson and Marvin Cohlmeyer of Richview; and Leonard Heckert of Venedy.
The City of Nashville had the water tower painted in four days at a cost of $495.
Patricia Kalas of Ashley won first prize in the Brown Studio baby picture contest.
Bertha Baldwin and Annie Henderson of Nashville were awarded degrees from Ohio State University.
Marilyn Brandt of Nashville received her degree from James Millikin University in Decatur.
Charlotte Hagerbush, 17, of Ashley drowned in the Mississippi River near Clinton, Iowa. She was the valedictorian of the Ashley High School Class of 1950.
Other deaths: Louis Bender Sr. of Okawville; Mrs. William Ohlemeyer of Cordes; Mrs. Eliza Martin of Ashley; William Westerfield, 15, of Hoyleton; and Laura Hornbeck, a native of Nashville.
Sixty Years Ago
The Washington County wheat harvest was progressing with 32 bushels an acre being forecast. The price was holding steady at $1.79 a bushel.
The king-size version made it debut in Nashville.
Eighty-two quilts were furnished by the St. Michael’s Parish quilting circle for the annual Radom picnic.
The Illinois State Legislature increased the sales tax to 2 ½ cents.
Mickey Burkett’s root beer and ice cream drive-in in Okawville was burglarized.
Kroger advertised tomatoes at 19 cents a pound and ground beef for 99 cents.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Moehle of Okawville were seriously injured in an auto accident near Belleville.
Six county students graduated from the University of Illinois: Betty Heggermeier, Annie Laurie Henderson; James and Dorothy House of Nashville; Robert Poos and Les Schrader of Nashville.
Deaths: Mrs. Alvin Holston, formerly of Oakdale; William Wiese, formerly of Nashville; and Simmie Shinall of Richview.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
An audit of Nashville city accounts showed there was $77,997 available in all accounts at the end of April 1960, compared to $61,498 available one year earlier.
Cheryl Poirot of Nashville was chosen to represent Nashville High School in the annual Hambletonian Court of Honor at the Du Quoin State Fair.
Richview Township voted to withdraw from the Washington County Hospital District, 148 to 52.
The county poor farm property was sold to Albert Kaser for $22,400 or $280 per acre.
Rev. Alfred Buls resigned as pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville to accept a call to Granite City.
The Washington County Board of Supervisors divided the population into three districts for justice of the peace and constable elections. There were 18 justices and 12 constables in the county. Under the new law, three constables and three justices would be elected, one from each district.
Deaths: Edward Horst, a native of Hoyleton; and Hermann Tempelmeier of Okawville.
Fifty Years Ago
Rita Shreeman of Oakdale graduated from Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville.
Bill Randell of Richview was awarded the state farmer degree.
Deaths: Evans “Shorty” Nagle, 46, of Beaucoup; Emma Brammeier, 75, of Hoyleton; Walter Szczepanski, 85, of Radom; Pauline Winfree. 47. of Nashville; Raymond Backs, 40, formerly of Venedy; Michael Kozielek, 86, of Du Bois; and Jessie Eubanks, 71, of Woodlawn.
Forty-Five Years Ago
The local Kroger store was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash when thieves entered the store via the roof cooling vent.
A man posting as a construction worker wanting a tractor to lease to a contractor loaded the tractor on a trailer and left during the lunch hour at Jording and Huge shop in Hoyleton. The Tractor belonged to N.C. Pries Implement Company.
Tony Lehde of Nashville caught the largest crappie ever weighed in at the Washington County Lake. The fish weighed two pounds, four ounces.
Robert Bogle was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army after four years of ROTC training and graduation from Murray State University.
The stock at the Grefe country store in Covington, in operation by the Grefe family since 1895, was auctioned.
Deaths: Edith Ragsdale, 87, of Ashley; Eula Schultz, 72, of Ashley; Grover Wheels, 84, of Ashley; John Soetebeer, 80, of Todd’s Mill; Warner Brown, 79, of Irvington; and Mrs. Anton Luechtefeld, 84, formerly of St. Libory.
Forty Years Ago
Carol Brinkman of New Minden graduated from the Washington County Lutheran School with eight years of perfect attendance.
The long awaited grant for upgrading and expanding the Nashville Municipal Sewer System was approved.
Mayor Milton Holzhauer placed the first call to be made on a Touch-Tone telephone as Illinois Bell activated equipment in their central office in Nashville.
Deaths: Anna Hawkins, 95, formerly of Nashville; Mrs. Otto Schmidt, 82, of Nashville; Steven Fahar, 73, of Nashville; Gary Dennis Kelley, 23, of Troy, MO; Robert Bush, 79, of Washington Park; Mary Hohman, 84, of Hoyleton; Lillian Collins, 32, formerly of Du Bois; J.R. Canning Sr., 67, of Marissa; and Elizabeth Sobo, 74, of Belleville.
The first load of wheat was brought in by Larry Thomas of Pinckneyville and tested at 55 pounds with an average of 17 percent moisture. Price paid was $2.70 per bushel.
Thirty-Five Years Ago
Tamara Moody, 17, of Okawville was selected a state finalist in the 1980 Miss United Teenager Pageant in Peoria.
Christina Walts, 7, and David Dunnigan, 16, both of Addeville, were killed in a truck-bicycle accident. The truck was driven by James Jansen, 19, of Oakdale. Dunnigan was a passenger in the truck which overturned while Watts was on a bicycle.
Samuel Lake, 15, of Lively Grove drowned in a pond at the Kenneth Schoenherr residence.
Dean Kramper, 17, of Marissa was fatally injured in a hunting accident near St. Libory.
Other deaths: Fred Klein, 74, formerly of Nashville; Olivia Strate, 67, of Okawville; Judge J. Howard Bagwill of Tamaro; Stanley Dudek, 54, of Radom; John Ostendorf, 84, of Nashville; and Ella Tallent, 82, of Hoyleton.
Weddings: Donna Povolish and Greg Schmale; Rita Zyk and James Jablonski; Katherine Haier of Okawville and Daniel Kramper; Susan Rosenbaum and Albert Langa III; and Marilyn Haake and Steve Aaron.
For More, Please Read The June 24 Edition Of The Nashville News.