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Riding The Rails With Hobo Dave

    Outgoing Washington County Historical Society President David Marshall or “Hobo Dave”, RIGHT, gave a presentation for the Historical Society’s annual banquet on the railroads of Washington County, assisted by real life railroader Bob Howard, LEFT. There were many more railroads and short lines in the county 100 or even 50 years ago and it…

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Oakdale Team Spirit – Classic Photo, March 8, 2017

    This photo from The Nashville News archives is of the Oakdale basketball team. A member of The Nashville News staff who played basketball in this area stated that she believed it to be from the 1970s, due to the knee socks. After looking through various area yearbooks though, we discovered that knee socks were…

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It Happened Here – March 8, 2017

Eighty Years Ago (1937) A burglar alarm resulted in the arrest of two men inside the George Borcherding general merchandise store in Oakdale. Men’s suits were priced between $14.75 and $16.75 at Backs Department Store in Nashville. “The Plainsman” with Gary Cooper was the feature at the State Theater in Nashville. Deaths: Ruth Stewart, 39,…

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The CCC Boys Of Illinois  – – A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps, Coming To Nashville Public Library March 29

Michigan based author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Nashville Public Library on Wednesday, March 29  at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. Jamerson’s hour-long program includes stories, showing a video clip from his PBS film, reading excerpts from his novel and singing original songs…

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February 15, 2017 Classic Photo: A Plane Kinda Day

The Classic Photo featured in the February 15, 2017 edition of The Nashville News featured three men standing in front of a propeller-driven airplane, one of the men holding a one-wheeled measuring device of some sort. We’ve heard back from two readers, Dennis Hoelscher and Clarence Bauza, both of whom identified the man in the…

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It Happened Here – February 22, 2017

Eighty Years Ago (1937) Burglars entered the offices of the Huegely Elevator and Milling Company in Nashville. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Junge opened the Home Restaurant in the Hilderbrand building on East Main Street in Nashville. Two pounds of pure hog lard cost 29 cents and veal was 22 cents a pound. Deaths: Sarah Cunningham,…

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