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1920
Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
Dec (? 16), 1920
courtesy of Trudy Connor
Stanley Kitowski
January 31, 1875 - December 20, 1920
      Joe Kitowski, Theodore Kitowski and Mrs. Martha Jahnke of Bolo were called to St. Louis Tuesday owing to the death of the former's son, Steve Kitowski. the deceased was born in Poland and came to the United States with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kitowski, when a child. He was 44 years old at the time of his death. He leaves a widow with ten children, six of the first and four of his second marriage, also his parents, two brothers, Theodore and Zigmond Kitowski of Bolo, and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Jahnke of Bolo and Mrs. Mike Matecki of Du Bois. The remains were taken to DuBois for intement. Reverend J. Ceranski officiated.
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1921
Prairie Farmer, Chicago, Illinois
Volume 93 Number 4
Saturday, January 22, 1921, Page 31
New Record Cow
Beaucoup Cow
      A new record Holstein has been developed by the Beaucoup Farm and Dairy Company of Washington county, Ill. This cow, Beaucoup Sibyl Segis 230680, started on a yearly test Nov. 24, 1919, and in that time produced 25,170.9 pounds of milk and 1060.33 pounds of butter. A seven-day test was started 323 days after calving, in which she produced 445 pounds of milk and 20.23 pounds of butter. It is claimed these records were made on grain and hay alone. In the pasture season she ran in the pasture with the rest of the herd and received no extra attention, other than to be milked every six hours.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
February 17,1921
courtesy of Trudy Connor
Brief Local News ----
      Peter Bochantin of 5 miles west of Du Bois selling personal property Feb. 24.
 
( Notices like this appeared in the paper just before the individual moved away.)
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1922
Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
October 26, 1922
courtesy of Trudy Connor
      Louis Bochantin and Miss Mary Paskiewicz, Bolo, wed at Posen, Monday. Witnesses were Fred Smith, Venice, Miss Eleanor Bochantin, Granite City, Bernard Bochantin and Miss Anna Paskiewicz.
      Bride is the daughter of Frank Bochantin.
      The couple will live in St. Louis.
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1923
Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
Thity-First Year, No. 155
July 2, 1923, Page 1
WOMAN AND MAN ARE HELD AS KIDNAPPERS
MYRTLE WISEHART AND DAVID KNOTT ARE CAPTURED AT LEROY
      Mrs. Myrtle Wisehart and David Knott, who are alleged to have kidnapped the former's two little sons, Franklin, 11, and Floyd, 9, from the Huddleston Baptist home at Irvington, Ill., are under arrest and in the Champaign county jail.
      Officers have been looking for the couple since the boys disappearance from the home, last Wednesday and yesterday Mrs. Wisehart was located at Leroy. She was arrested and brought to Urbana. That night Knott appeared, looking for the woman and he too, was picked, being brought over today.
      The Wisehart boys are wards of the Champaign county court and, the charge against the mother and Knott, in this county will be contempt of court. The authorities are advised that Washington county wants them for kidnapping.
      The two boys were with their mother when she was arrested, also the latter's young baby. It was because Wisehart's relations with Knott that the boys were removed from her custody in the first place.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
July 26, 1923
courtesy of Trudy Connor
Personal
      Agnes and Mary Dalman of St. Louis visited their father, Michael Dalman at DuBois.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
November 22,1923
courtesy of Trudy Connor
      Andrew Belinski and Miss Rose Dalman, both of Perry, were married in the DuBois Catholic Church, Tuesday of last week by Rev. Joseph Ceranski. Ignatz Frost and Miss Mary Dalman were the attendants. The groom is a farmer and his bride is a daughter of Michael Dalman.
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1925
Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
Thirty-Eighth Year Number 71
March 25,1925, Page 2
JUDGE RAVED AND SWORE AT THE LAWYERS
(By United Press)
      St, Louis, Mo., March 25. -- Further evidence of tyranny and the use of profanity was presented against George W. English, East St. Louis, Ill., at the congressional investigation hearing today.
Threatens Removal From Office
      "He told us that if we did not enforce the law we would be removed from office and declared that he had the power to send a thousand to enforce the law if we didn't. He said a lot of people would get to him, but he was not afraid of them." Dow said.
      "Later I went to the judge's office to ask him what it was all about. There were a lot of railroad lawyers in his chambers and I thought for a moment the judge intended to assault me. He banged his fist on the table. "I'll send you to jail." He came at me like a mad man."
Used Much Profanity
      H. H. House of Washington county, Ill., state's attorney at the time of the strike, said English used much profanity in his talk to the assembled state's attorneys and sheriffs.
      Another witness today was Joseph Maguire, a publisher at Carbondale, Ill.
      Maguire testified he had been summoned to English's court and denounced for reprinting in his paper an editorial from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. he said the judge also took him to task for printing hand bills for the strikers.
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Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Volume LIV Number 22
Sunday, June 7, 1925, Page 6
B. O. House Will Wed Miss Holston
      Miss Mildred Irene Holston of Nashville, will become the bride of Byron O. House '25 , Tuesday evening at the home of the bride's parents in Nashville. Miss Holston attended Lindenwood Seminary and was a member of the Class of '22. Mr. House is a member of Pi Kappa Phi and Phi Alpha Delta fraternities. He is the son of H. H. House, states attorney of Washington county, and Mrs. House.
      The bride will be attended by Miss Florence House, the grooms sister, and the bride-groom will be attended by James B. Holston, the brides brother.
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1927
Murder Mystery
The Story of the Murder and Trial
State Highway Patrolman's body found near DuBois
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 27, Number 119
Thursday, April 28, 1927, Page 1
County Dad in This State Is Being Sought
      Nashville, Ill.. Apr. 28 --(U.P.)-- An alleged shortage of $2,585 in the accounts of William Hoffman, former Washington county supervisor, was under investigation here today.
      Hoffman was defeated for re-election and disappeared yesterday after a meeting of the county board of supervisors at which the body was reorganized with Herman Steuver taking his place.
      Hoffman excused himself for failing to turn over his books at the meeting and a hasty inspection of the accounts later was said to have revealed irregularities.
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The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, Illinois
Volume 27, Number 304
December 5, 1927, Page 6
Admits Murder of Uncle When Robbing Home
      Nashville, Ill., Dec. 5 --(U.P.)-- Authorities of Washington county are holding Estel Franklin, 16, of East St. Louis, following his confession that he shot and instantly killed George Prusz, 35, his uncle, when surprised while ransacking the Prusz home here late yesterday.
      Franklin was arrested by Sheriff Martin Petri and deputy sheriffs on the highway three miles west of here enroute to St. Louis. Later he made a complete confession of the crime, according to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Byron O. House.
      The shooting occurred when Prusz and his wife returned to their home from a call at a neighbor's home on Sunday afternoon, Franklin admitted in his confession. Mrs. Prusz first heard a noise in the house and told her husband, who went to a back door to investigate. As Prusz entered a hallway at the foot of a stairway, the boy told House, he shot at the elder man and then fled out the back door. Later he threw his revolver into a creek, he said. Bloodhounds were employed by Sheriff Petri to substantiate the confession.
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1928
Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
February 1928
courtesy of Trudy Connor
Maier -Merrick
      The many friends of Wallace Maier and Miss Mary Merrick were taken by surprise Saturday when the marriage of the couple was announced, the ceremony having occurred at Carlyle on Wednesday, Feb. 22, Rev. H. Karle, pastor of the Methodist church of that city, performing the ceremony.
      Mr. Maier is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Maier, who operate the Merchants hotel, and he is employed as a lineman for the Illinois Light and Power Corporation. He is an industrious and well liked young man. His pretty bride is the daughter of Mrs. Mary Merrick of Coulterville and has been employed at the Merchants hotel for some time. They will reside at the hotel for the present time.
 
(Note: the name of the bride should have read Miss Mabel Merrick, Mary was the name of her mother.)
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
April, 1928
courtesy of Trudy Connor
[(45 Years Ago) = 1884]
      Mrs. Sarah Lively died at Richview; Burial at Grand Point Church.
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1929
Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
1929 from a clipping
courtesy of Trudy Connor
[(35 Years Ago) = 1894]
      Robert East and Mrs. Allie Hildabrand Maxwell were married by Rev. Ritchie.
 
      Mrs. Eliz. Martin, wife of the late Berry Martin, died at the home of her father, Isaac Reynolds, age 35 years, 5 mos., of consumption. She leaves two children, her father, one brother. Burial at Masonic Cemetery.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
March / April 1929 from clippings
courtesy of Trudy Connor
[(45 Years Ago) = 1884]
      Washington County marriage license issued to J. C. Auld & Belle M. Hood
John C. Auld and Belle Hood married at Oakdale by Rev. D. G. Thompson.
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Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
Volume 51 Number 151
Thursday Evening, June 27, 1929 Page 10
HOUSE LOOTERS POSE AS VOLSTEAD AGENTS
      Nashville, Ill., June 26. --(United Press.)-- A justice of the peace hearing was ordered, here today for John Sizemore, 25, his wife, 22, Ross Parsons, 25, and Bliss Opal Beason, 20, held without bond on a charge of robbing the Elmer Stephens inn at Du Quoin June 18 after posing as prohibition agents. About $100 in loot was taken by five men who conducted the robbery, Sheriff Petri of Washington county said.
      Sizemore, he said, had been identified by Stephens as a participant in the holdup and as the man who allegedly hit him on the head with a gun-butt. The women were said to have been implicated in the case by discovery of a flashlight taken in the holdup, at their home in Du Quoin.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
October 17, 1929
courtesy of Trudy Connor
      Washington County marriage license issued to Perry Ritchie of Sedalia, MO. & Miss Anna Jahnke, Du Bois
 
(Wedding in same paper . This is an excerpt---)
      Perry Patrick Ritchie of Sedalia, MO. and Miss Anna Jahnke wed at St. Charles on Monday. Witnesses were Don Jahnke and Miss Stella Kitowski of Du Bois. Conrad Schleuter and family of Alton attended. Bride is the d/o Mr. and Mrs. Herman Jahnke of Du Bois. They will reside at Sedalia, MO.
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