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It Happened HereAugust 5, 2015

Eighty Years Ago

(1935)

Three Du Bois Hyde Park ball players, George Kretz, Charles Reminger and Fred Nuedecker, were invited to St. Louis cardinal tryout.

Kirchhoefer Motor Co. in Nashville was appointed the agent for the Buick.

Gov. Henry Horner vetoed a bill to abolish the state’s 45 mile per hour speed limit.

Mrs. Louis Baldridge was appointed postmaster at Richview.

Six-year-old Herman Fox of Elkton was killed when he was struck by an automobile near Oakdale.

Other deaths: F.W. Brink, a native of North Prairie; Mrs. J. J. Hawkins of Nashville; and Mary Antkowiak of Posen.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

(1940)

Washington County’s population increased by 483 from 1930 to 1940, according to census figures. The population stood at 15,803.

Three S Market advertised two pounds of crackers for 10 cents and 14 pounds of flour for 64 cents.

Oscar Decker was selling apples for canning or butter at 50 cents a bushel picked and 25 cents a bushel dropped.

The local theatre was showing “The Ghost Breakers” with Bob Hope and Paulette Godard.

Seventeen-year-old Frances Ann Hawkins died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the home of her brother northeast of Nashville.

Other deaths: Edward Kraus of New Minden; and Henry Althoff of Plum Hill.

Seventy Years Ago

(1945)

The Du Bois post office was burglarized with the loss of $300.

Yellow soybeans were selling for $2.10 per bushel.

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Piasecki of Nashville received word that their son, Pvt. Alex Piasecki, 26, was wounded in action on Okinawa.

Dr. O. W. Brandhorst, a native of Nashville, was appointed dean of Washington University School of Dentistry in St. Louis.

County servicemen who returned home from overseas included: Sgt. William Wilkey; T-4 Charles Warmack, Pvt. Francis Maxwell, T/5 Ralph Schorfheide, Pvt. Walker Haake, all of Nashville; T/5 Edwin Steinkamp, Pvt. Carl Kraus of New Minden; and Staff Sgt. David Kroener of Oakdale.

Hilda Kleeman, 64, of Hoyleton was killed when her auto struck the Friemuth Bridge east of Nashville.

Other deaths: Arthur Gillespie of Lively Grove; and Sophia Hoppe of Plum Hill.

Sixty-Five Years Ago

(1950)

Wheat production for 1949 in Washington County was the second highest in the state at 22 bushels per acre, just 16,300 bushels behind Randolph County.

Because the 1950 census showed Washington County’s population dropped to below 15,000 the county judge’s salary would drop from $3,375 annually to $2,400.

Leo Zgonina, 44, of Radom was killed in a car-truck accident.

Other deaths: William Finke of Nashville; Henrt Fehrman of Nashville; Walter Suchomski, 32, of Todd’s Mill; and Augusta Cook of Nashville.

Sixty Years Ago

(1955)

Edwin Schwengels killed four raccoons which had invaded his chicken house.

Deaths: Lydia Fruend, a native of Okawville; Joseph Crow, a native of Ashley; Ludwig Schmidt of Addieville; William Rehmus of Du Bois; and Mrs. Martin Kasten of Hoyleton.

Fifty-Five Years Ago

(1960)

Sheriff Freeman Kaser was attacked by a swarm of bees and suffered more than 40 stings while clearing some farmland.

Rev. Arnold Wagner accepted a call to Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville.

Clarence Reinkensmeyer and the Hoyleton Feed Store were featured in national advertising by Purina.

Triplet calves were born on the Arthur Reitemeier farm near Hoyleton.

Clif’s Market in Addieville advertised Kool Aid, six packages for 25 cents, and watermelons at 65 cents each.

Deaths: John Rozycki of St. Louis; Mitchell “Kodie” Kociszewski of Du Bois; and Eva Murray of Oakdale.

Fifty Years Ago

(1965)

Wilson Day resigned as principal of Chester High School to become principal of a high school at Westville.

Shirley Crawford, Karen Limbaugh and Larry Franklin were the new teachers hired by the Nashville Grade School.

Sister Marie Gennett (Janet Aholt), a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Aholt of Okawville, graduated from Notre Dame College in St. Louis.

Deaths: William Harre, 78, of Hahlen; Lulu Carson, 87, of Oakdale; and Gordon Simons, 47, formerly of Nashville.

Forty-Five Years Ago

(1970)

Mayor Bob Beckemeyer announced plans for the grand opening of Beck’s arm Airfield near Nashville.

Connie Boeschen, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Boeschen of Venedy, was crowned Miss Washington County 1970 by Donna Harre, retiring queen. First runner-up was Linda Schindelar. David Woker served as an escort to the queen.

Terri Schaltenbrand, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schaltenbrand of Nashville was the winner of the first Jaycees Princess pageant. Other contestants were Julie Franklin, Lori Purdy, Laurie Miller, Angela Wilkey and Denise King, who dropped out due to illness. Escort for the princess was Nathan Borowiak.

Deaths: Lena Thorton, 79, of Nashville; John Matecki Sr., 90, of Nashville; Mrs. C. C. Conway, 64, of Nashville; and John Kenetski, 73, formerly of Ashley.

Forty Years Ago

(1975)

Nashville Postmaster Reo Haun retired after 27 years of postal employment.

Helen Jones, postmaster at Ashley, retired after 32 years in the postal service.

First National Bank of Woodlawn was robbed of $45,000 by a man and a woman armed with a pistol.

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ziegler became the new owners of Flowerland in Nashville, which they purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Hale.

James Kozuszek enlisted in the Navy at Busch Memorial Stadium as a member of the Cardinals Navy Recruit Company.

Michael Tabor, 17, of the Hoyleton Children’s Home, died from injuries he received when he fell off a truck while working in Nashville.

Other deaths: Larry Scanlan, 29, of Centralia; Anna Szczepanski, 82, of Tamaroa; Bernice Brink, 69, of St. Louis; Emma Vasquez of Lenzburg; Ella Weirather, 89, of Ashley; Elmer Haake, 68, of Hoffman; and Ada House of Nashville.

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