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It Happened HereMay 20, 2015

Eighty Years Ago


The State Theatre in Nashville features Shirley Temple in “The Little Colonel.”

More poles were damaged in Centralia, Wamac, Richview and Irvington areas as a strike continued against Illinois Power.

Kroger advertised a 24-pound bag of flour for 99 cents and pure hog lard at 15 cents a pound.

Fred Winter, 71, of Nashville was killed when he was struck by a Missouri-Illinois passenger train south of Nashville.

Other deaths: G.T. Tate of Beaucoup; Mrs. Frank Eigenrauch , 48, of Plum Hill; J.S. Reves of Arkansas; and Anna (Grote) Koester of Hoyleton.

Seventy-Five Years Ago


Fire destroyed a house on the Niehaus farm northwest of Nashville. The farm was tenanted by Cornell Cunningham.

County authorities raided The Paramount Club, south of Centralia, for gambling and padlocked the premises. The club had been in operation just over two weeks.

Rixman Telephone Co. of Hoyleton was authorized to issue $4,200 worth of stock by the ICC.

Wayne Sachtleben of New Minden was recognized for eight years of school with perfect attendance.

Charles Mazander Jr. was recognized as having completed grade school work in Oakdale in six years.

Kicked by a horse in the woods, Myron Hails, 20, of near Richview struggled on the ground with a double fracture of the leg for two hours before he was found.

Deaths: C. Fred Althoff of Nashville; Mrs. Henry Schwengels of Plum Hill; Henry Koester of Hoyleton; and August Neuhaus of Hoyleton.

Seventy Years Ago


Fire did an estimated $15,000 damage to the north annex of the Washington Hotel in Okawville.

Roberta Maxwell of Nashville enlisted in the WAVES.

Albert Hale and Roger Schmitt met while serving with the Navy in the Pacific.

Pvt. Stanley Sanders, who was wounded in France, arrived home on leave after 30 months overseas duty with the Army.

Lt. Henry Jankowski of Nashville was wounded in the South Pacific.

Dan Erbar of Nashville received word that his grandson, Pvt. Dwight Huggins, died in battle on Luzon.

Memorial services were held for Marine Sgt. Elmer Voltmer, who lost his life at Iwo Jima in the Pacific. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Voltmer of New Minden.

Other Deaths: Mrs. Hermann Barkau of Nashville; Augusta Ahrens of Nashville; and Phillip Weber of Nashville.

Sixty-Five Years Ago


More than 350 people attended the cornerstone-laying ceremony for the new Oakdale Presbyterian Church.

The Addieville home of Henry Schultz was knocked three inches off its foundation when an auto driven by a 19-year-old Bonnie woman crashed into it.

Work began on building two 60X120 foot barns at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

Death: Arthur Hodges, 71.

Sixty Years Ago


Erwin Joergens of Okawville was awarded $30,000 in Circuit Court for injuries received in an auto accident. It was the largest reward for such a case in Washington County history.

Wholesale wheat prices were $2.11 per bushel and yellow corn was $1.39 per bushel.

Eleven neighbors brought 12 tractors and plowed 95 acres for Mike Malick while he was in the hospital.

Walter Lance of Nashville was injured when a tractor turned over on him while he was plowing east of Ashley.

Deaths: Bertha Bridges of Nashville; James Lawhorn, a native of Ashley; and John Siegman of Okawville.

Fifty-Five Years Ago


Lloyd Riechmann, Nathan Knicker, Gene Ostendorf, Eugene Wehmeyer, Alice Dahncke and Mary Groennert were part of the cast of the Okawville High School play “Smoky Mountain.:

IGA Food Stores advertised twin bag of potato chips for 59 cents and fresh bread 20 ounce loaf, two for 41 cents.

The Census Bureau disclosed that Nashville had a population of 2,587 and Washington County 13,494.

Jerry Rice, 44, son of Mrs. Jessie Rice of Nashville, was killed in a one-car accident in Randolph County.

Other Deaths: Elmer Hoepker of Plum Hill; Rene “Chub” Frank, formerly of Okawville; Ernst Maschhoff of Hoyleton; William Hemminghaus of Okawville; Henry Lacthrup, a native of Nashville; Graden Michael of Ashley; and Henry Lehde of Okawville.


Bits of Gold Jewelry and Gifts advertised class rings at $59.95.

Deaths: Adrian Stonecipher, 84, of Nashville; Ann Bonk, 88, of St. Louis; Arthur Kottmeyer, 81, of Hoyleton; Adolph Kuhlman, 77, of Centralia; Priscilla Betlejewski, 82, of St. Louis; Jesse Milleson, 81, of Nashville; Ross Barton, 90, of Rockwood, MI; Burton Marlow, 91, of Tamaroa; Anita Thompson, 83, of Richview; Agnes Wilkerson, 79, of Jonesboro; Lawrence Darrough, 87, of Coulterville.

Wedding: Cheryll Baker and Randy Krueger.

Births: Matt and Ricki Heggermeier of Nashville, a daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Deon Randoll (Debra Kay Revelle) of Pittsburg, IL, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Colgrave(Debbie Ferguson) of Ashley, a daughter.

For More, Please Read The May 20, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News.

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