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It Happened HereMarch 25, 2015

It Happened Here

Eighty Years Ago


An old man, almost blind, wearing ragged clothes, was arrested for bagrancy in Irvington. When authorities investigated, they found him to be John LeLeur, a native of Marshall County in Illinois. His assets were believed to be worth $40,000 to $50,000.

John Reinhardt, Alverna Shubert and Mildred Shubert were among the lead players in “Look Out Lizzie” to be presented by Elkton Community Club.

The market report had wheat at 83 cents per bushel and cattle at $3.75 to $12.50 per 100 pounds.

H. Alan Padfield, 34, of Nashville was killed when he was crushed by falling dirt while working on a bridge north of Elkendier School.

Other death: Mrs. J.J. Poole of Richview.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


A state senator from Arkansas was lodged in the Washington County Jail overnight on a charge of driving an automobile while intoxicated.

Kroger advertised Easter hams at 20 cents a pound and beef roast at 18 1/2 cents per pound.

Deaths: Carolina (Weihe) Koelling of Hoyleton; Mrs. Julius Going of Venedy; and Mary Pruehsner of New Minden.

Seventy Years Ago


Edward Lorenz, Oscar Rinne and W.G. Kalbfleisch were re-elected directors of the Trust Building and Loan Association.

Velva Law was elected president of the Business and Professional Woman’s Club of Nashville.

Ida Rohloff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Rohloff of Nashville, joined the WACS.

Mrs. Harry Homburg received word that her brother, Pvt. Donald Walker of Marissa, was wounded in Luxembourg.

Sgt. Carle Rohde participated in two parachute attacks on Corregidor in the Philippines.

Albert Hale and Sonny Seyler, both in the submarine service, met in the South Pacific.

Deaths: Emma Schlueter, a n ative of Nashville; Mrs. H.C. Meyer of Okawville; Rose Cesielski; William Eggert of Nashville; Alex Rohde; Rev. C.E. Miche; Mrs. Charles Lietz, formerly of Okawville; August Seibert of Ashley; and Bruno Shubert of elkton.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


Virgil Wheeles of Ashley was named superintendent of Jackson County Schools in Murphysboro.

Alan Brandt was named most valuable player ont he high school basketball team by the local newspaper. Others receiving squad letters were: Leroy Fark, Kenneth May, James Hanenberger, Fred Niedermeyer, William Vogt, John Hines, Harold Reuter and Vernon Sprehe. Cheerleaders were: Joycelyn Wisley, Charlotte Woodside, Helen Hines and Joyce Berry.

Daniel Food Stores advertised a large package of Duz, Dret, Tide or Oxydol for 25 cents. Three medum bars of Ivory soap were 23 cents.

Rose Marie Holston of Nashville accepted a position as director of the Occupational Therapy Department of the Arkansas Association for the crippled in Little Rock.

Sixty Years Ago


Four candiates, Raymond Pitchford, Charles Briner, Dr. Fred Schroeder and Stanley Coulter of Oakdale, were announced for three positions on the Nashville Community High School Board.

Merchandise valued at several hundred dollars was stolen from Riechmann’s garage in Okawville. Included were 25 new tires.

Donald Dingwerth of Okawville was named to the Illinois All-State basketball team.

Deaths: Mrs. William Hoffman of Nashville; Richard Muennig of Nashville; Henry Schmersahl of Lively Grove; Augusta Duecker, formerly of Hoyleton; Dr. William Lane, a native of Nashville; and Claude Stelzreide, 36, of Ashley.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


Nashville Floor Covering was the low bidder at $67,485 for a third addition to Nashville Grade School.

Jim Hunter announced the sale of his D-X service station to Ted Ibendahl of Hoyleton.

Gary Coulter of Irvington was named one of three national winners in an essay writing contest on thrift.

Kuhlman’s IGA advertised a box of table salt for 10 cents a 16-ounc jar of pure honey for 39 cents.

An L and N railroad engineer was killed in a collision of two freight trains in Addieville.

Other deaths: Caroline Haake of Nashville; Lottie Wisniewski of Du Bois; Dean Haier, 24, a native of Okawville; Louis Backs of Covington; Ivan Corr of Todds Mill; William Carr of Oakdale; and Ludwig Knaust, formerly of Okawville.

Fifty Years Ago


Fred Brammeier, a resident of Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Nashville, observed his 95th birthday.

Emma Niermann of Hoyleton celebrated her 90th birthday.

Deaths: Pearl Darter, 80, of Nashville; Erwin William Kraus, 63; Anna Herzog, 74, of Centralia; Mrs. Louis Hansen, a native of New Minden; Mrs. Richard Hollander, 31, of Boulder, CO; Sanyek McCloy, 84, of Hemet, CA; Zebedee Rice, 80, of Du Quoin; and Emma Moehlenkamp of Mascoutah.

Forty-Five Years Ago


Irene Going and Kenneth McKinzie were winners in the primary eleciton. Going ran for county treasurer and McKinzie for superintendent of the Educational Service Region. Nominated without opposition were Virgil May for county clerk and Thomas Hale for sheriff.

Elmer Diedrich, Arthur Shubert and Nelso Ibendahl were reappointed to the Board of Directors of the Washington County Hospital. An election of officers was held. Elmert Diedrich was re-elected chairman; LaVern Meyer first vice-chairman; Gertrude Hogshead, second vice-chairman; John Barr, treasurer; and Arthur Shubert, secretary.

Charles Longwell Jr. received loans and recommendations to medical school.

The Okawville Rockets were scheduled to play Joliet Central at Champaign in the state basketball tournament after beating Nashville, 55-51, the Sectional and the Mt. Vernon Rams, 66-64, the Super-Sectional at Carbondale.

Shirly Schwartzkopf became the Men’s Residence Hall Association St. Patrick’s Day queen candidate at the University of Missouri-Rolla.

Champion Showbiz Mister, a Boston terrier owned by Ben Thompson and Jeanne Thompson, won best in show at the Boston Terrier Club in Louisville, KY.

Deaths: Rev. Melville Carson, 79, of Beaver Falls, PA; Alma Jasper, 67, resident of Washington County; Charles Gewe, 55, a native of Nashville; Theresa Smugala, 71, of Du Bois; Clara Martin, 90, of Beaucoup; Herbert Hudson; and Danny Clarkson, five-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Clarkson.

Forty Years Ago


Jerry King of Nashville purchased the Breese Nursing Home.

Mary Kurwicki opened the Ten Four Restaurant and Lounge in Nashville, formerly Jankowski’s Restaurant.

Mr. and Mrs. Beauford Adams of Addieville contracted for the sale of The Lark tavern and restaurant in Addieville to Mr. and Mrs. John Matecki of Nashvill.e

The bodies of two Okawville women, Vera Hanke, 45, and Laverne Hish, 49, were recovered from a car submerged in the backwater of the Kaskaskia River on Route 177.

Other deaths: Mrs. Elmer Toedte of Belleville; Frances Obremski, 80, of Nashville; Harold Vernor, 83, of Wood River; V.S. “Mark” McCoy, 67, of Centralia; and Rosie Broviak, 70, of Mt. Vernon.

Thirty-Five Years Ago


The Edward Peithman farm, south of Hoyleton, was sold for a total price of $758, 131.

A referendum to increase the Washington County highway tax 2.6 cents per $100 assessed valuation was defeated, 2,577 to 1,083.

Deaths: John “Jack” Engelman Jr., 63, of Nashville; John Baim, 75, of Mt. Vernon; Norma Eade, 42, formerly of Nashville; Theodore Wisniewski, 86, of Radom; Rev. Gail Hines, 75, of Kinmundy; Benjamin Terepka; Elmer Wiese, 71, of Nashville; Rudolph Chesney, 71, of Breese; Dale Houser, 28, of St. Louis; Mary Grzegorek, 90, formerly of Nashville; Urban Luebbers, 75, of St. Libory; Milburn Wiese, 77, of Waterloo; and George Landers, 79, of Nashville.

Thirty Years Ago


Ashley requested a $20,000 development grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs.

Ziegler Flowers opened in the Gutzler Furniture building in Nashville.

Jimmy Ray Nash, 36, of Murphysboro died in a two-car collision on Route 127.

Other deaths: Charles Prange, 56, formerly of Nashville; Rosalie Henley, 79, formerly of Nashville; Lenora Means, 62, of Carlyle; Orville Maschhoff, 64, of New Minden; Emlyn Golliher, 67, a native of Ashley; Dorothy Engle, 67, of Belleville; Ida Rohe, 89, of Nashville; Harold Kroeger, 70, a native of Nashville; Janel Rabe, 23-month-old daughter of Ralph and Renda Rabe of Coulterville; and Hattie Humphries, 84, of Du Quoin.

For More, Please Read The March 25 Edition Of The Nashville News.

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