It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
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Leonard Weigel of Hoyleton was ordained as minister in the Evangelical Church in Hoyleton.
Deaths: Henry Lammers of Okawville; and Henry Hedeman of Venedy.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Herman Streuver delivered the first load of wheat to the Huegely Elevator with a test weight of 58 pounds to the bushel.
Nashville recorded 2,421 persons in the census of 1940.
George Havens was hired as athletic coach at Nashville Highschool.
The State Theatre in Nashville featured “My Little Chickadee” with W.C. Fields and Mae West.
Kroger advertised veal steak at 15 cents a pound and 100 pounds of sugar for $4.89.
Deaths: George Kurtz of Nashville; Clara Howe, formerly of Nashville; Harold Winte, 34, of Centralia; Dan Glass, formerly of Oakdale; Ida McCall of Richview; and Jane Morgan of Du Bois.
Seventy Years Ago
The Ashley Fair was cancelled due to a conflict of dates with exhibitors.
Daniel Food Stores advertised modern oleo at 19 cents a pound and watermelons at five cents a pound.
Marine Staff Sgt. Bennie Kosmicki returned home after 30 months in the southwest Pacific.
Richard Pate of Nashville received the news that a second brother, Marine Pvt. John Pate, 24, was killed in Okinawa. A younger brother, Sgt. Charles Pate, had met death on Guadalcanal in November, 1943.
Other deaths: August Luebke of Nashville; Edna Douglas of Nashville; Fred Ostendorf Sr. of Okawville; Mrs. William Heeley of Belleville; Emma Scheutz of Plum Hill; and Henry Muelken of Venedy.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
The average wheat yield in Washington County was 14 bushels per acre.
Thirty new grain bins, each with a 3,250 bushel capacity, were in use at the Huegely Elevator in Nashville.
The first Radom Homecoming was scheduled for July 2.
J.W. Wacker routed chicken thieves in the act at his farm home south of Irvington. Eighty-five chickens were missing. Wacker fired two shots from a shotgun and believed he hit at least one of the intruders.
Miriam Backs received her bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois.
Leonore Jerawski of Chicago graduated from the School of Nursing Education of the Hospital of St. Anthony de Padua.
Deaths: William Gorman of Nashville; John Engelmann of Nashville; Urban Seyler, formerly of Nashville; Dennis Scanlan of Texas; Charles Shew of Christopher; and Sister Nothburga of St. Michael School in Radom.
Sixty Years Ago
Washington County was selected by NBC as the site of their annual wheat harvest program.
George Reinhardt of Nashville, H. Gale Zacheis of Oakdale and Donald Sabbart of Hoyleton were attending Boys State, sponsored by the American Legion.
Rev. M. R. Zielinski of Nashville accompanied a boat load of heifers to Germany as part of a program to rehabilitate citizens in that country.
Deaths: Charles Scott of Nashville; Mrs. Jacob Polczynski of Nashville; Mrs. Hermann Lichtenfels of Nashville; Virlenda Foster of Ashley; Martin Hake, a native of Hoyleton; and William Brinkman Sr. of Plum Hill.
Arnold Bathon, a mechanic at the Moedahl Ford Agency in Nashville, suffered a mangled left hand and the loss of three fingertips when he was working on a fan belt of a woman’s automobile and she accidentally stepped on the starter.
After 98 years the “Nashville Journal” ceased publication.
Clayton Ibendahl won a new Ford Falcon as part of a sales contest at Moedahl Ford.
The City of Nashville pledged $50,000 toward the construction of a new hospital.
Deaths: Ella Westman of Nashville; Richard Sprehe of Nashville; J. C. Rehbein of Okawville; John Frederick Hampton of Du Bois; and Joseph Huber of Lowell, FL.
Fifty Years Ago
Washington County Hospital retired its final certificate of indebtedness and became debt free.
Lee Bowers of Du Bois was appointed Public Administrator and Public Guardian and Conservator for Washington County by Gov. Otto Kerner.
Rev. R. LeRoy Marvel resigned as pastor of First Baptist Church in Nashville to become pastor of the Baptist Church in Carlyle.
Deaths: Nicholas Stuce, 79, of Ashley; Reinhard Rixmann, 79, of Centralia; Joseph Ochap, formerly of Nashville; Fred Grote, 87, of Hoyleton; Stefen Obremski, 77, of Posen; Cecil Steele, 70, of Tilden; and Alma Mae Lewis, 72, formerly of Okawville, Catherine Bauza, 28.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Shirley Clayton was serving her internship for the Southern Illinois Department of Mortuary Science at the King Funeral Home, owned by her brother, Jerry King.
Col. Paul Hinkley, formerly of Ashley, became the Fourth U.S. Army’s new inspector general.
Capt. Bill Hudspeth of Oakdale was delivering supplies to victims of the South American earthquake with the Air Force Supply Airlift.
The county wheat harvest was halted shortly after it began by 2.69 inches of rain that had fallen over the weekend. Fifty bushels per acre were expected at $1.20 per bushel.
Henry Hoffman of New Minden retired as assistant cashier after 26 years at Farmers and Merchants bank in Nashville.
Deaths: Alvin Harre, 57, of Hahlen; Andrew Belinski, 73, of Du Bois; Mary Hake, 81, of Hoyleton; Edward Mydler, 67, of Du Bois; Mrs. Louis Engelken, 90, of St. Louis; and Mary Koenigsmark, 87, formerly of Ashley.
For More, Please Read The July 1, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News.