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It Happened HereSeptember 2, 2015

It Happened Here

Eighty Years Ago


Helen Nottmeyer of Irvington was crowned Washington County Queen at the annual Peach Festival.

Nashville submitted a plan to the WPA to build 40,000 square feet of sidewalks at a cost of 6 cents per foot for property owners.

Okawville got approval from the National Public Works Administration for a $78,8000 grant to construct a municipal waterworks system.

The new Atwater Kent metal tube radio sets were at Paul Hardware in Nashville.

Deaths: Robert Renwick Edgar of Oakdale; and Fred Ross of Nashville.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


Enrollment at Nashville High School for the first day of school was 225 students.

Marjorie and Ruth Williamson took over management of the Washington Hotel in Nashville.

Krughoff’s Shoe Store advertised school shoes at 50 cents a pair.

Deaths: James Burney Spencer, formerly of Washington County; Caroline Poggemoeller of Hoyleton; and Kate Hill, formerly of Nashville.

Seventy Years Ago


Local grocery prices included butter at 40 cents a pound, two gallon cans of Penn-Champ motor oil for $1.60, and yellow onions at three pounds for 25 cents.

Word was received by Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kasten of Steelville that their son, Stanley, was missing. He was a hospital apprentice, first class, abroad the USS cruiser Indianapolis which was sunk by a Japanese submarine.

Mr. and Mrs. Anton Prange of Bolo has four sons wearing Uncle Sam’s uniform: Harry in Italy; Albert at camp Maxey, TX; Edward in the Pacific theater; and Richard at Fort Ord, CA.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


A grand champion Red Poll bull was shown by Lavern Wreath for Mr. and Mrs. Walter Frederking at the Du Quoin State Fair.

Mr. and Mrs. Al Monroe of Addieville purchased the donut shop from Mr. and Mrs. Armen Tweady and planned to open a homemade ice cream parlor.

Eddie Meinert purchased the Sealtest milk route in Nashville from Bill Brennecke.

The Pan American Candy Co. in Ashley was sold to the Hoben Candy Corp. of Chicago.

Burglars entered Albert Campbell’s lunch stand in Irvington and the Farmers’ Store in Richview.

Deaths: Lorene Tucker of Ashley; Charlie Creed of Centralia; Mrs. John Neville of Tamaroa; and Mathilda Sudhoff of St. Louis.

Sixty Years Ago


Carl Streuter of Okawville was elected president of the Washington Democratic Club.

Walter Frederking took six firsts, Wayne Patton took five firsts and Merle Patton took six firsts in the beef cattle class Red Poll Hereford division at the annual Anna Fair.

Donald May, 11, won first prize at the Washington County Fair with a 16-foot cornstalk.

Brother Frank Wagner, OMI, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wagner of Scheller, pronounced his perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience at Pass Christian, MI.

Deaths: August Schmidt of Richview; and Henry “Doc” Scheurer, formerly of Nashville.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


The New Minden Cubs defeated Murphy, Missouri, 10-6, in the Khoury League playoffs in St. Louis.

An auction of all merchandise of the W.O. Fry Store in Ashley was scheduled.

The Farmers and Merchants National Bank announced its purchase of the Carter-Liebrock building from Mrs. Rayhill Hagist of Mascoutah.

Deaths: Josephine Tomaszewski of Radom; Frances Kubicki of Du Bois; and Olive Hilderbrand of Miami, Florida.

Fifty Years Ago


Dr. J.E. Purdy opened his office in Nashville for the practice of general medicine.

Rev. John Miflin submitted his resignation to the Assembly of God Church in Nashville and returned to Midland, TX.

Morton Burgard was hired as Secretary of Organization for Washington County Farm Bureau.

Deaths: Otto Schmidt, 69, formerly of Nashville; Leon Skurat, four-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Skurat of Du Bois; Laura Woker, 71, of Nashville; Charles Campbell, 73, of Ashley; William Toensing of St. Louis; and Herman Hilmes, 65, of Okawville.

Forty-Five Years Ago


Nineteen of 127 cars, pulled by three engines, jumped the tracks over the Route 127 crossing at the FS elevator in Nashville. A tractor-trailer was crushed by one of the cars but no one was injured.

Suspects were taken into custody in connection with the shooting of State Trooper Gerald Miller, who was shot when he stopped to question two men in a car parked on Route 154.

The parents of Rev. Kenneth Kramer’s wife were killed in a head-on accident on Route 127, north of Greenville.

Congressman Kenneth Gray requested aid for corn growers in 22 counties of southern Illinois who had suffered several million dollars worth of damage from corn blight.

John Cookson and Del Rueter were knocked unconscious in a collision during a softball game in Nashville’s Memorial Park.

Deaths: Ruth Maxwell, 80, originally from Oakdale; Rev. Karl Krughoff, 98, a descendant of one of the early families in Hoyleton area; and Armilda Cottom, 83, of Nashville.

Forty Years Ago


Charles Ford of Nashville retired after 33 years of service with Prudential Insurance Co.

State requirements forced dairies to stop buying canned milk unless the farmers updated their facilities from Grade C to Grade A standards.

Carla Reed, Louis Steinkamp, Bob Bogle, Shirley Dry, Janice Hoffman and Alice Luczaj started their first year teaching at Nashville Community High School.

Deaths: Anna Sieving, 99, of Venedy; Walter Mattlage, 71, of Okawville; Edward Bronke, 65, of Tamaroa; Etta Mae Crittenden, 70, of Nashville; Omer Seefeldt, 66, of Highland; William Ellermeyer, 63, of Du Bois; Irving Riechman, 62, of Centralia; Elza McCune, 68, of Pinckneyville; and Ardell Dempsey, 65, of Pinckneyville.

For More, Please Read The September 2, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News.