It Happened Here
Eighty Years Ago
J. D. Mann was installed as president of the Nashville Rotary Club.
Mail service on the rural route of Irvington was discontinued. Patrons were served through Richview and Centralia.
Prices at the Washco Store included Lava soap at five cents a bar and two ounces of Kraft longhorn cheese for 35 cents.
Wheat was selling for 80 cents a bushel and eggs were 20 cents a dozen.
Construction began on the dam for the Nashville waterworks project.
Alma Gladys Chapman, 17, of Rice died of injuries received in a car-truck accident.
Henry Sinn and his brother, George Michael Sinn, both of Lively Grove, died two days apart.
Other deaths: Rev. George Hohman of Irvington; Hulda Althoff, 44, a native of Okawville; Mary Mill, a native of Beaucoup; and Mrs. Henry Brink of Hoyleton.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Property assessment totals in Nashville Township were $521,545.
Studies showed 65 cents out of every dollar was spent for food, clothing or shelter. The figure had not changed since 1900.
Only 10 percent of the automobiles on Illinois highways were shown to have brakes and lights adequate for driving at speeds over 45 miles per hour.
The movie house featured “My Favorite Wife” with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.
Max Smith of Ashley was injured when he was a passenger in an auto struck by an Illinois Central freight train in Ashley.
Seventy Years Ago
Washington County farmers were suffering through one of the latest, wettest and most discouraging corn seasons ever. Some corn was still not planted.
Almost four inches of rain fell in 45 minutes during a storm in Nashville, causing minor flooding.
Approximately $300 was taken in a burglary at the Curve Inn near Ashley.
Mike Banaszek received a letter stating that his son, Sgt. Felix Banaszek, 23, was a crew chief on a plane shot down in England. He had been listed as missing since March.
Cpl. Raymond Richards received his discharge from the Army after serving three and one half years, including action in the North African and Italian campaigns.
Deaths: Alma Sawyer of Ashley; Edward Darmstatter of Nashville; F. George Moeller of Nashville; Fred Poggemoller of Noltings Station; and Fred Horstman, formerly of Nashville.
Sixty-Five Years Ago
A severe thunderstorm dropped 1.8 inches of rain on Nashville, disrupting electrical service for two hours. The storm also blew down the chimney at the Walter Finke home.
The market report had wheat selling for $2.05 per bushel and yellow soybeans selling for $2.93 per bushel.
Dick Baldwin of Nashville was appointed a new Illinois state highway patrolman.
Alex Snyder, a Radom farmer, was hospitalized after he fell from his tractor while working in a field.
Mascoutah Mill was added to the Huegely group which included elevators in Nashville, Beaucoup, Carlyle and Evansville.
Sixty Years Ago
Barrett’s store in Ashley closed.
Freddie Sprehe was installed as commander of Nashville American Legion.
An ordinance-setting a two-hour parking limit on two blocks of Main Street in Nashville was passed by the city council.
Kroger advertised 16-ounce cans of pork and beans for 10 cents each and two large packages of Fab detergent for 59 cents.
A flowing well opened a new oil field in Okawville on Amelia Duerkob lease.
Deaths: Caroline Junge of Nashville; William Foehr of Ashley; Mary Forys of Radom; Apoloina Buretta formerly of Ashley; S. T. Hinckley, a native of Washington County; and Leola Jones of Coulterville.
Fifty-Five Years Ago
Watermelons were 69 cents each at the local IGA store.
Leaders were organizing a drive for the Washington County Hospital for $250,000 by public subscription.
The Nashville Jaycees sponsored their second annual fishing derby at Memorial Park in Nashville and nearly 2,000 fish were caught.
Deaths: Minnie Borrenphol of Okawville; O.W. Wright of Centralia; and Arthur Wagner of New Orleans, LA.
Fifty Years Ago
Janet Yaeger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Windler of Nashville, graduated from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis.
Deaths: Eunice Sternberg, 79, of Nashville; James Williams, 84, of Nashville; John Koch, 57, of Freeburg; Millie Krietemeyer, 77, of Irvington; Carl Hoffman, 70, of Carlyle; Milton Fietsam, 61, of New Memphis; and Fred Grote, 87, of Hoyleton.
Forty-Five Years Ago
Herb Greten and son, Ricki, killed a 38-inch rattlesnake with nine rattles west of Oakdale.
Two accidents occurred within two days involving drivers for Schmale Bulk Milk Service. The two were Larry Brinkmann and Gary Schmale. No negligence was attributed to either driver.
Okawville celebrated its 30th annual Homecoming.
First Baptist Church had a farewell party for Rev. Ray McAfee, and his family.
The first electrical power plant in Okawville was razed.
Deaths: Mrs. Alfred Doelling, 75, of Addieville; Amos Neabuhr, 79, of Irvington; Ernest Kroger, a native of Washington County, Hugh Robbins, 72, of Washington County; Maude Mischke, formerly of Ashley; Anthony Lehr, 40, of Coulterville; Delbert Little, 73, of Marissa; and Henry Steinkamp of Stone Church.
Forty Years Ago
The Army Commendations Medal was awarded to Spec. 4 Kenneth Junge Jr. for meritorious service while assigned at Nuremberg, Germany.
The U.S. Census in the City of Nashville showed the population of 3,133 an increase of 106 over the 197 census figure of 3,027.
Deaths: Howard Hale, 59, of Metairie, LA; Alex Bartnicki, 66, of Nashville; Florence Rebbe, 80, of Chester; Anna Seefeldt, 83, of Humboldt, KS; Mrs. Stanley Polega, 72, of Niles, MI; Deloris Frazier, 48, of Mt. Vernon; and Lloyd Gregory, 54, of Irvington.
For More, Please Read The July 8 Edition Of The Nashville News.