It Happened Here
80 Years Ago (1935)
Nashville public schools were to open Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Helen Nottmeyer of near Irvington was crowned Washington County Peach Queen by her sister, Elsie Nottmeyer.
Perry Jones, Justice of the Peace, was killed in an automobile accident on the Coulterville Road. He was 46.
Other deaths: Mrs. George Sieffert of Addieville; Dr. Robert McCullough, formerly of Irvington; and Fred Borgeding of Covington Township.
75 Years Ago (1940)
Tri-County Electric Cooperative was allocated $263,000 to build 218 miles of power lines in Marion, Jefferson and Washington Counties.
The marked report listed oats at 35 cents a bushel and corn at 70 cents a bushel.
Greyhound Lines advertised a round trip bus ticket to St. Louis from Nashville for $1.45.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gerling of Hoyleton observed their 72nd wedding anniversary. Gerling and his wife were both 94.
Deaths: Libbie Wheeless, formerly of Nashville; and Patrick McCarthy of Missouri, father of Mrs. C. T. May of Nasvhille.
70 Years Ago (1945)
Martin Gutzler sold his bakery to Walter Niekrenz of Centralia.
Kroger advertised 1-1/2 pound sandwich breat at 10 cents a loaf and 25 pounds of flour for $1.07.
Pvt. Homer Keller, who had been wounded on Okinawa, arrived home after 4-1/2 years in the Army.
Alvin Moeller of Nashville, who was wounded during the Normandy campaign, also arrived home.
Sgt. Bill Rohde returned to Nashville for the first time in 32 months, having served in the Pacific.
Roger Schmitt wrote his parents that the troop transport on which he was stationed made port at Pearl Harbor the evening of the unofficial announcement of the Japanese surrender.
Tom Bahre, 29, a farmer south of Nashville, was struck by lightning and killed instantly.
Mrs. Otto Zerse of Nashville died two days after the death of her son, Hiram.
Other deaths: William Nolte Sr. of Nashville; and Henry Vogelpohl of Nashville.
65 Years Ago (1950)
Burglars entered the blacksmith shop of John Beckmeyer, Charles Barton’s Skipper Inn tavern and also stole some watermelons from outside Rufus Hoffman’s service station in New Minden.
Reva Coultas of Ashley won first prize for her grape juice at the Washington County Fair.
Troy Lazenby of Pinckneyville was killed in an auto accident at the intersection of Route 127 and the Oakdale-Du Bois Road.
Other deaths: Sophia Doelling of Stone Church, Mary Marquard of Venedy, Stanley Pierjok of Beaucoup; and William Brandhorst of Okawville.
60 Years Ago (1955)
The Venedy Coal Co. advertised free delivery withing 100 miles.
The Main Theatre in Okawville featured “Blackboard Jungle” with Glenn Ford and Anne Francis. The theatre offered a free show for its 18th anniversary.
Deaths: Eva Dodillet of Irvington; August Wolf, formerly of Stone Church; Sophie Poehler of Covington; Winfield Finke, a native of Nashville; Eliza Kleiboeker of Hoyleton; and Rev. Stanislaus Berent, pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church in Radom.
55 Years Ago (1960)
Gov. William Stratton was expected to take part in groundbreaking ceremonies for the Washington County State Lake Park.
Kuhlman’s IGA Food Market in Nashville advertised 10 pounds of sugar for 99 cents and frozen orange juice at three 12-ounce cans for $1.
Gert Pederson, a foreign exchange student from Copenhagen, Denmark, was due to arrive. He was the first foreign student to attend Nashville Community High School.
Rev. Arnold Wagner was installed as pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville.
Judy Poirot of Nashville won the amateur talent contest at the Washington County Fair.
W. K. Auld, Washington County Hospital Board Chairman and Oakdale campaign committeeman, turned over to the hospital fund $5,900 in pledges.
Deaths: Joseph Bauza of Ashley; Dr. Frank Ochs of Belleville; Anna Edwards of Kirkwood, Mo.; and Ella Riechman of Hoffman.
50 Years Ago (1965)
Dean DuComb of Carlyle, president of the Kaskaskia Theatre Co., announced his purchase of the State Theatre in Nashville.
Polly Sue Hohlt of Nashville was crowned Miss Washington County.
Deaths: Sophia Reinhardt, 72, of Okawville; and Hobart Carr, 69, formerly of Nashville.
45 Years Ago (1970)
Roger Vogt was injured in a collision between the National Guard truck in which he was riding and a car.
Dorothy Johnson purchased the Traveler’s Cafe in Du Bois, believed to be one of the oldest restaurants in southern Illinois.
Melvin Reuter retired after more than 42 years at National Mine in Nashville.
Capt. William Hudspeth of Oakdale piloted the aircraft that carried first lady Pat Nixon and Peru’s first lady over the earthquake area in South America.
Deaths: Irma Rabenneck, 78, of Nashville; Philip Paul Neuhaus, 74, retired street commissioner of Nashville; Daniel Sherman Meyer, 97, of Nashville; Mrs. Henry Hoeinghaus, 76, of Irvington; Willis Richardson, 64, brother of Mrs. Ed Schmitt of Nashville; Paul Koelling, 76, of Irvington; Lola Wood, 84, of Woodlawn; Dora Brydon, 89, of Mt. Vernon; and Stella Mantych, 82, of Posen.
40 Years Ago (1975)
The Sew Shop, which had opened in Nashville 22 years earlier, conducted a going out of business sale.
Kroger advertised a three-pound can of Crisco shortening for 99 cents with coupon and $7.50 purchase.
Deaths: George Hinkley, 89, of Ashley; Sylvia Meinert, 60, formerly of Nashville; Edward Rudnicki, 53, of Ohio; Mrs. John Bihiss, 81, of Washington Park; Vivian Nickel, 59, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Elmer Steinkamp, 71, of Okawville; Alma Haake, 69, of Hoyleton; and Albert Dintelman, 18, of Oakdale.
35 Years Ago (1980)
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Harrison bought the Nashville Cleaners from Mr. and Mrs. Bert Nehrt.
John Steele of Royalton was named principal at Oakdale School.
Sands Chrysler-Plymouth in Nashville, founded by the late J. M. Hassinger, closed.
Kenneth Rees of Coulterville reported being attacked by a man with a knife in his parked car when he returned from squirrel hunting. Authorities later wounded a suspect after a chase in a bean field. They arrested Leroy Miles of Memphis, Tenn.
Eighty-five Washington County famers had applied for disaster payment due to crop damage from severe heat and drought. Six farms claimed total losses.
Deaths: William Palmer, 73, of Nashville; Joseph Kellerman, 81, of Pinckneyville; Raymond Mydler, 54, of Forrest; Stephan Musielak of Oakdale; May Grace Glenn, 72, formerly of Tamaroa; and Vivian Kleinschmidt, 64, a native of Nashville.
Weddings: Diane Clark and Ronald Maschhoff; Sandra Brammeier and Hadley Hackstadt; Deborah Nierman and Ed Christensen; Tina Schmidt and Ernest Lamke; Judith Jablonski and John Zyk.
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