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Centralia Evening Sentinel, Centralia, Illinois
Friday, August 1, 1930, Page 8
Nashville, Washington Co., News
Lorena Snyder, News Representative
Charles Gewe, Agent

      NASHVILLE, Aug. 1 -- Herman O. Frieman and Miss Wilma Huck two of Nashville's popular young people, were united in marriage Wednesday evening at the Methodist parsonage in Okawville. Rev. Lutz officiating. The bridegroom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Frieman of Oakdale and is employed as mechanic in the Universal Garage of this city. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Huck of this city and is a young woman of pleasing personality. The young couple will be at home to their friends after August 3, at 407 South Broadway.
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Local News
      Hugh Small of Canton, Ohio is visiting relatives here.
      Mr. and Mrs. Fred Momberger of Percy visited friends here this week.
      Dorothy Altmansberger is visiting in Beckmeyer.
      Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Hahne spent Thursday evening in Mt. Vernon.
      Mrs. J. Albert Watts was hostess to a number of friends at a bridge party at their home Tuesday afternoon in honor of Mrs. O. E. Utzinger of Ray, Arizona.
      There will be a baseball at Nagel's Park Sunday when the Mt. Vernon Merchants will play the Nashville Regulars.
      Mrs. Elmo Hassebrock, Mrs. Oscar Kirchoefer, Mrs. Bliss Rountree, Jo and Dot Zerweck, Norma Eirich, Emma Rhine and Carolyn Troutt enjoyed a boat excursion on the J. S. in St. Louis Wednesday.
      Mrs. Sarah Paul, Pauline Krughoff and Corene Hugeley spent Wednesday evening in Mt. Vernon.
      Dr. and Mrs. O. E. Utzinger and family of Ray, Arizona, are the guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hildebrant.
      Rev. and Mrs. Roth of Okawville and their two grandsons of Evansville, Ind., visited friends here on Wednesday.
      Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Clarkson and family and Mrs. C. E. Clarkson were in St. Louis Wednesday.
      Sheriff Martin H. Petri and William Meinert, and Lester Guthrie left Wednesday for South Haven, Michigan to return a prisoner to this county.
      Mr. and Mrs. Halter Boeschen of Stone Church were here Thursday.
      Oliver Markham and Arlie Hendricks attended the Salem reunion Tuesday evening.
      Miss Edna Haeberger of Darmstadt is a guest of her sister, Mrs. Oscar Kirchoefer.
      Edward Wehmeyer attended the Salem reunion Tuesday evening.
      Mr. and Mrs. Harry Petrea and son Vincent and George Ahlf, Jr., and Julius Mann, Jr. attended the circus in Centralia Wednesday.
      Arthur Lehde of Beaucoup was here Thursday.
      Miss Ann Prasuhn and Clara Cordes and Mrs. A. W. Hutchings returned Wednesday from a motor trip in Tennessee.
      William Engleman of Plum Hill was here Wednesday on business.
      Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Richards and Mrs. Oval Branch attended the Salem reunion Wednesday evening.
      Ray Hill and Ricahrd Hagist of Mascoutah were here Wednesday evening.
      Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scheurer and family of Wichita Falls, Texas, are guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Scheurer in this city
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Marriage Licenses
      Herman O. Frieman, Oakdale
      Wilma Huck, Nashville
      Herbert Bird, Pincneyville
      Angeline E. Ruffino, Pinckneyville
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Court News
      Hugh Scanlon, charged with manufacturing and selling intoxicating liquors, was arrested here Wednesday evening by Constable George Cohlmeyer. He was brought before Squire E. H. Wehmeyer and his trial was set for August 5th at 10 o'clock.
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Carbondale Free Press, Carbondale, Illinois
Volume 27 Number 214
Saturday, November 22, 1930, Page 1
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      SPARTA, Ill. -- As a climax to the bitter battle being waged by members of the Farmers' Union in this vicinity against compulsory testing of cattle for tuberculosis, M. R. Lyons, 60-year-old Baldwin farmer, was arrested Monday on three charges of criminal libel growing out of signed articles published recently in the Steeleville Ledger. He has been released on bond totaling $3000 for appearance at the April term of Washington county circuit court at Nashville.
      The complaints against Lyons were filed by Sheriff M. H. Petri, State's attorney J. D. Maxwell and County Veterinarian J. D. Spencer, all of Washington county. The complainants allege that in the articles Lyons made untrue statements regarding methods used in carrying out tuberculosis tests on the Louis Witte farm in Washington county, north of Tilden. Judge David Keefe of East St. Louis is Lyons' attorney.
      The name of Mr. Lyons as "investigator" has been attached to a number of articles which have appeared recently in the Steeleville Ledger. In these articles he not only referred to the Washington county officials in no uncertain terms but also laid himself open to libel charges at the hands of Randolph county officials.
      The charges are really the outgrowth of opposition to cattle testing on the Witte farm, near Tilden. Witte and his wife were arrested several weeks ago by Washington county authorities after they refused to have their cattle tested. They will be tried in circuit court at Nashville next Monday.
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Centralia Evening Sentinel, Centralia, Illinois
Monday, December 15, 1930, Page 7
Nashville, Washington Co., News
Lorena Snyder, News Representative

      NASHVILLE, Dec. 15 -- The Ford Tudor belonging to William McCoy of this city which w as stolen about two weeks ago, was returned to him Thursday. A highway patrolman of DuQuoin discovered the stolen car as it was parked along the highway, the driver of which was indulging in a drink of liquor with the occupants of another car. The miscreant, who gave his name as John Beldo, of somewhere in Southern Illinois, was taken to the jail in Pinckneyville. The following day he was brought to Nashville, where he waived preliminary hearing before E. H. Wehmeyer. He was put under a $2000 bond for his appearance in the April term of court 1931, and on failing to give bond was committed to jail.
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Funeral of Okawville Man
      The funeral services for A. C. Bridges, aged 61 years, who died at his home in Okawville, were held Friday at Okawville in the St. Barbara Catholic Church, with the Rev. E. Dahmus officiating. Interment was made in the I. O. O. F. cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Jane; two sons, Curtis and Paul, Okawville; two daughters, Mrs. Grace Meder and Mrs. Norma Potter, St. Louis, four sisters, Mrs. L. A. Stewart, Union, Mo.; Mrs. M. J. Lively, Dallas, Texas; Mrs. L. J. Lively, Morrison, Ill.; Mrs. Evaline Erbar, St. Louis; a brother, A. L. Bridges, Decatur, Ill.
      The deceased was an old resident of Washington County and will be remembered by many of the older citizens
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M. E. Basket Ball Teams Wins
      The Epworth League Basket ball team of the M. E. Church won their first game on the home floor here in the Athletic hall, Friday night, when they defeated the Oakdale Independents by a score of 15-14. The game was a thriller, the score being at a tie 14-14 until the last minute when Hunter Chapman, (the athletic coach of N. H. S.) scored a point to put Nashville in the lead 15-14. The team will play Oakdale again Wednesday night at Oakdale.
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Lectures on Hygiene
      Two instructive films on dental hygiene were presented to the pupils of the grades and High School in the High School auditorium, Friday evening. Dr. Smith, the school dentist of Belleville, and Dr. Hough of Belleville of the State Dental Society, gave accompanying lectures which proved educational to those present.
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Local News
      The Woman's Club of this city, who recently gave a call for used clothing, to be given to the needy, report that so far the donation has been splendid. The old clothes or any other supplies given will be passed out as needed, to those who are really in want.
      The members of the M. E. Sunday School began practicing this week for the cantata which is to be given Christmas night.
      Mrs. Ren Parks is seriously ill at her home on East Main.
      Mr. and Mrs. Archie Schofield and daughter spent Saturday evening in Centralia, shopping.
      Misses Clara and Eugene Cordes spent Saturday in St. Louis.
      Atty. and Mrs. Vilas Vernor, who have been visiting with his mother, Mrs. Mary Vernor, returned to their home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, this week.
      Mrs. Fred W. Schroeder is visiting with relatives in St. Louis.
      Mrs. Rolly Campbell and Misses Helen Borchelt and Maxine Evilsizer visited in Pinckneyville, Friday afternoon.
      Mr. and Mrs. John L. Clarkson and family and Mrs. C. E Clarkson were St. Louis visitors on Saturday.
      Mrs. Georgia Edwards of Beaucoup spent the past week here, the guest of Mrs. Mary Johnson.
      Misses Anna Schaeffer and Beulah M. Klene of Oakdale, visited here with friends and also did some shopping.
      Ralph Rhine and daughter Emma spent Saturday in St. Louis, where they saw Fred Stone's production "Ripples" at the matinee in the American theater.
      Miss Gertrude A dams returned this week from a visit with relatives in St. Louis.
      Mrs. J. Paul Carter, Mrs. A. W. Hutchings and Misses Dot Zerweck, Pauline Krughoff and Rose Kobus were St Louis visitors on Saturday.
      Miss Irene Schultz of Ashley was a Nashville visitor on Friday.
      E. J. Boeschen was a business visitor in St. Louis on Friday.
      Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Hendricks and son Prentice and Mrs. R. K. Snyder and Mrs. Emma Snyder spent Saturday evening in Centralia, shopping.
      Miss Esta Hahne is spending the week with relatives in St. Louis.
      Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Lohbeck o f Okawville were visitors in Nashville on Friday.
      Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Tharp and daughters Jane and Marianne spent Saturday in St. Louis, shopping.
      Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Brandhorst and son Billy of here and Wesley Jones and Ethel Smith of Rice, spent Saturday evening in Centralia shopping.
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Court News
      The case of the people vs Sylvester Jahncke, charged with assault and battery, was tried before E. H. Wehmeyer on Friday. The verdict of the jury was that he was not guilty.
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Centralia Evening Sentinel, Centralia, Illinois
January 7, 1931, Page 7
Nashville, Washington Co., News
Lorena Snyder, News Representative

      NASHVILLE, Jan. 6. -- The Chamber of Commerce of this city held its regular meeting in the Evangelical parish hall Monday at 6:30. The election of officers f r the year 1931 took place and plans for the year's activities also were made.
Four Held in Jail Here
      Four persons, two women, Mrs. Blanche Dunn of East St. Louis, formerly of Centralia, and Lorene Sanders Carney of Mt. Vernon and two men, Bearl Morgan and George Cash, Jr., both of Mt. Vernon are in Washington county jail here charged with an attempt to rob Brown's Coffee Shope at Ashley on Wednesday night. the proprietor, Ross Brown, in an attempt to resist the thieves shot and wounded one of the alleged robbers, George Cash, Jr.
      The two women were held in the Perry county jail at Pinkneyville until Friday when they were arrested by Deputy Sheriff Gilbert Adams of this city and brought to Nashville, where they waived preliminary hearing before E. H. Wehmeyer, and were placed under a $3000 bond each, for their appearance in the April term of court. Upon failing to give bond they were committed to jail here.
      Bearl Morgan was held in Mt. Vernon until Friday when he arrested by Deputy Sheriff Gilbert Adams. He waived preliminary before E. H. Wehmeyer and was placed under a $4000 bond for his appearance in the April term of court, but upon failure to give bond was committed to jail here.
      The wounded man, George Cash, Jr., who was found at the home of relatives in Tamaroa was brought here also and committed to jail.
Health Nurse Finishes Work
      Miss Ruth Hendrickson, who for the past four months has served as public health nurse for the Illinois Tuberculosis Association in Washington county, has finished her term of work here and has departed for Virginia, Cass county, where she will be employed as health nurse for the next four months. Miss Hendrickson, whose expenses and salary were paid from the joint funds of the defunct Washington County Public Health Association and Red Cross unit, has done some worthwhile work in this county and leaves an enviable reputation in the community.
      At a meeting of the Red Cross Chapter and the Nashville unit, were held here last week, officers of both organizations were re-elected as follows:
      Chapter-Chairman, Ed Schmidt; vice-chairman, Dr. F. W. Schroeder; treasurer, Miss Carrie Luke; secretary, Wm. H. Backs.
      Nashville Branch -- Chairman, Mrs. B. B. Holston; vice chairman, Mrs. J. H. Hahne; treasurer, John L. Clarkson; secretary, Mrs. Wm. H. Backs.
Woman's Club Meets
      The Fine Art department of the Nashville Woman's club held its Scotch program in the city hall on Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. the following program was charmingly presented:
Opening song, "Auld Lang Syne."
Roll Call, Scotch Quotations,
"Life of Robert Burns," -- Mrs. S. M. Goodner.
Reading of Scotch Poems -- Mrs. T. Robertson, Steeleville.
Scotch music -- Mrs. F. W. Schroeder.
Local News.
      Fred H. Beatty received minor injuries Saturday evening when he fell from a ladder while at work in his drug store here.
      Rev. and Mrs. Terhune returned this week from a visit in Kearney, Neb. The regular services were held Sunday morning and evening, with New Year's messages and special music at both times.
      Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Scheurer of Rock Island, who have been visiting here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Scheurer and Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Scheurer, spent New year's day in St. Louis with relatives.
      Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Neuhaus and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Neuhaus of St. Louis, spent New year's day here with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Neuhaus.
      Mrs. Ed Garnholz of Hoyleton, was a visitor here on Friday.
      Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Davis of Decatur were holiday guests of her mother Mrs. Carrie Buhrman.
      Mr. and Mrs.. E. O. Wilson spent New Year's day in Marissa.
      Olive Franck is visiting in St. Louis with her sister, Mrs. James Anderson and husband.
      Mr. and Mrs. Fred Reuter of St. Louis were New Year's day guests of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer C. Ayers.
      Ray Allen returned Friday from Alton where he visited with his brother Dr. Glenn Allen and family.
      Herbert Miggs and Miss Maxine Evilisizer attended the show in Duquoin on Thursday night.
      Mr. and Mrs. Philip Reither and family of St. Louis spent New Year day here with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reither.
      Miss Clara Schmidt was a St. Louis visitor on Saturday.
      Dr. D. B. Stutsman and family of St. Louis were guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Douglas, New Year's day.
      William Lemen of Christopher, spent New Year's day here with relatives.
      Mrs. Frank Ahrens of Evansville, Ind., spent Friday here visiting at the Wm. Gorman home.
      Miss Marguerite Duckworth of DuQuoin was a New Year's day guest of Mrs. Clara Rixman.
      Mrs. Gilbert Simons and son Gordon were St. Louis visitors Saturday.
      Miss Jane Tharp returned Saturday from a visit in Fairfield. She was accompanied here by here cousin, Walter Scott Lawrence, who will visit here for a few days.
      Mrs. S. M. Goodner and son Dan spent the holidays in East St. Louis with her parents, Judge and Mrs. H. L. Browning.
      Eddie Ruff of Belleville was a guest of Miss Helen Brown, Thursday evening.
      Misses Dot Zerweck and Emma Rhine and Gus Green and Henry Vogelpohl motored to Benton last Thursday evening.
      Alfred Krumsiek of Granite City, is here visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krumsiek.
      Mr. and Mrs. Louis Thornton and daughters Marion and Betty of St. Louis and Miss Frances Bittick, also of St. Louis, spent the past week here visiting with Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Hassler.
      W. J. Edwards and daughter Miss Pearl and son R. S. Edwards of Kirkwood, Mo., spent Saturday here visiting with friends and relatives.
      A marriage license was issued here Saturday to John Engleman, Jr. and Alberta Wulf, both of Plum Hill.
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The Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
September 4, 1931, Page 1
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      St. Louis, Sept. 4. -- A temporary restraining order enjoining the Sanitary Milk Producers. Inc., its officers and members from interfering with the transportation of milk from southern Illinois and eastern Missouri points to the Pevely Dairy company here, had been issued today by Federal Judge Charles B. Davis.
      The restraining order was the latest step taken by the Pevely dairy in its war with the producers association, which broke out Monday, when 500 men stopped consignments of milk to the dairy and spilled it on the highway at St. Jacobs, Ill. The demonstration followed a meeting of milk producers to protest the price offered by the Pevely company in their September contracts.
      Since that time reports of violence along the Illinois highways have been received. Thousands of gallons of milk have been dumped with more than 86 men in various sections arrested.
      Reports from Waterloo, Ill., said that 50 men were arrested when they were found hiding along the highway, near Columbia apparently awaiting a milk truck.
      Three attacks on Pevely milk drivers were reported near Evansville, Ill. Authorities said 3,000 gallons of milk had been destroyed there and five men arrested. Three farmers at Okawville, Ill., were arrested in connection with the dumping of milk there, Tuesday.
      Reports from Springfield indicate that no progress was made at the conference held there yesterday, between the dairy and officers of the producers association.
      D. C. Kerckoff, president of the Pevely company, which supplies 40 per cent of all milk consumed here, I said that he would decide today whether his company would negotiate with the association officials in an effort to end the controversy.
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Centralia Evening Sentinel, Centralia, Illinois
Saturday, September 12, 1931, Page 5
Nashville, Washington Co., News
Lorena Snyder, News Representative

      N ASHVILLE, Sept, 12. -- The Washington County Board of Supervisors was in session Tuesday and Wednesday. Bills to the amount of $7289.36 were allowed and the usual business transacted.
      The following were appointed as grand jurors of the October term of circuit Court:
Irvington, Fred Schierbecker and Edmund Baker; Richview, William Oliver; Ashley, Grover Wheeles amd Balster Overhofer; Du Bois, Alex Hoffman and Andrew Sczepanski; Beaucoup, Robert Dintleman; Bolo, Dan Erbar; Nashville, Frank J. Rogers, Carl Gilter and Joe Weinlein; Covington, Aug. Kelle; Pilot Knob, Harry Frieman; Okawville, Herman W. Hoensing and Fred Brammeier; Plum Hill, John Klosterhoff; Venedy, William Klasing; Johannisburg, Arnold Marquard; Lively Grove, Chris Junger.
City Mission Opened in Nashville
      The Christian Rescue Army of St. Louis, this week opened a city mission in Nashville, in the Ahlf building just west of the court house. this place has been established to aid the poor and needy of the community as well as those passing through town. free meals and lodging will be furnished all who apply or are sent and clothing will also be provided for needy persons. H. C. Desmond, one of the members of the Christian Rescue Army, is in charge of this relief mission.
Regulars to Play Blairsville
      The Nashville Regulars will play the Blairsville Stars Sunday afternoon at Nagel's park at 2:30. This team holds a good record in this community and is considered a strong foe. They recently proved their strength by holding the Dowell team to a one run victory.
      The Regulars were defeated on Monday, Labor Day, by the Pinckneyville Merchants in a 6 to 5 score.
Court News
      The case of Melroy May which was set for Thursday, Sept. 10, was postponed indefinitely by agreement of both parties. May is charged with stealing chickens.
      A marriage license was issued here this week to Eugene Melten and Virginia Hart, both of Du Quoin.
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Centralia Evening Sentinel, Centralia, Illinois
Saturday, October 17, 1931, Page 3
Nashville, Washington Co., News
Lorena Snyder, News Representative

      NASHVILLE, Oct. 17. -- Funeral services for Dewitt C. Hunt, well known Nashville man, aged 72 years, 5 months and 2 days, who passed away Monday evening as the result of a heart attack, was held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the First Baptist church. Rev. B. F. Rodman of Pinckneyville officiating. Burial was made in the Masonic cemetery.
      Mr. Hunt was well-known thruout this community as he had resided in Nashville for many years where he held a responsible position as dock boss at the Clarkson Coal and Mining Co. The Nashville miners attended the funeral services in a body.
      Besides his widow the deceased is survived by a brother, Robert Hunt of West Frankfort, also many other relatives and friends.
Posen Man Buried Thursday
      Thomas Bauza, aged 78 years, well known resident of Washington county, died at his home near Posen Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Mr. Bauza for several years resided with his family in Nashville and will be remembered by many.
      Funeral services were held on Thursday morning at 9 o'clock at the Catholic church in Poson, Rev. Leo. Panicki officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
      He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Stella Bauzi and twelve children, Mrs. Frank Paszkiewicz of Bolo, Nettie. Frank, Victor, Peter, Veronica, Bessie, Joe, Paul, Leo and Dominic, also many other relatives and friends.
Legion Auxiliary Elects Officers
      The Ladies' Auxiliary of the American Legion held a meeting in the Legion Hall Tuesday night. The regular business was transacted and a report of the state convention held at Peoria this year was given by the delegates, Mrs. R. C. Vernor and Mrs. Wallace Maier.
      Officers for the ensuing year also elected at this time. They are as follows: President. Miss Helen Brown; first vice-president, Mrs. Joe Maxwell; second vice president, Mrs. Harry Anderson, treasurer, Miss Ida Backs; chaplain, Mrs. Mary Vernor; historian, Mrs. Edwin Boeschen; sergeant at arms, Mrs. John Meyer.
Placed Under Police Bond
      Dan Piglowski of Bolo, who is charged with threats against his father, George Piglowski, was arrested Tuesday morning by Deputy Sheriff Gilbert Adams. He appeared before Squire Perry Jones and was put under a $500 peace bond. On failure to give the required bail he was placed in jail.
Naturalization Papers Granted
      Naturalization papers were granted Tuesday morning in Circuit Court. The only applicants at this time were Mrs. Oswald Koser of Ashley and Henry Sehrieber of near here. Both passed the examination and were granted their citizenship papers. Witnesses for Mrs. Koser were Mrs. Stanley G. Berry of Ashley and Mrs. Henry Schoen of Nashville. Witnesses for Mr. Schrieber were Walter and Henry Finke, of here.
Nashville-Highland Game
      The Nashville High School football team will play the Highland eleven on the Nashville field Saturday afternoon at 2:30. The Highland team has a good record in its territory and although the Nashville boys have done nothing outstanding thus far, we're hoping for a victory Saturday.
Marriage Licenses
      Charlie Nelson, St. Louis
      Mrs. Mildred Herrin, St. Louis
      Raymond H. Gettemeyer, St Louis
      Lillie H. Adkins, St. Louis
      Otto Becker, A ddieville
      Esther Groennert, Addieville
Court Adjourned Until November
      Washington County Circuit Court which convened in Nashville this week was on Thursday adjourned until Nov. 16, the Monday following Armistice Day. Judge Jesse R. Brown of Alton will be the presiding judge.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
November 26, 1931
      Albert Jahnke of Du Bois and Miss Gertrude Mathews of Waukegon wed last Thursday. Squire G.W. Wilson officiating.
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Carbondale Free Press, Carbondale, Illinois
Volume 29 Number 105
Thursday, June 9, 1932, Page 1
Sick Nashville, Ill., Banker Suicides
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(By Associated Press)
      NASHVILLE, Ill., June 9 -- John Bobrink, 44, assistant cashier of the First National bank of Nashville. committed suicide today by jumping into a cistern, in the basement of the bank building.
      A note found in his straw hat, near the cistern, asked his wife and friends to "please forgive me."
      He was said to have been despondent because of ill health. Officers of the bank said his books were in good order and there was no financial trouble.
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Centralia Evening Sentinel, Centralia, Illinois
Wednesday, July 13, 1932, Page 6
Nashville, Washington Co., News
Lorena Snyder, News Representative

      NASHVILLE, July 13. -- Funeral services for William H. Martin, aged 85 years, 5 months and 10 days, an old and well known resident of Nashville and a veteran of the Civil War, who passed away at his home here last Thursday night, were held Sunday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock at the First Baptist church here, Rev. A. Wright officiating. Burial was made in the Masonic cemetery. The American Legion attended the service in a body and also rendered military honors at the grave.
      The deceased was a man of kind and pleasant nature who will be remembered by many throughout the town and community. He was a familiar figure on the streets of Nashville where his ready smile and cheery greeting will be sadly missed. He was a veteran of the Civil War and annually took part in the Armistice Day observance or other patriotic function sponsored by the town, being held in high esteem by his fellow men. The passing of Mr. martin leaves but one G. A. R. veteran now in Nashville, the aged William Ahrens.
      He is survived by six children, two sons, Ralph Martin of St. Louis and Harry of Nashville, four daughters, Lucy, Mrs. Lawrence Ponting of Stonington; Ella, Mrs. Levi Meeker of Stonington; Lydia, Mrs. Sam Oliver of Taylorville, and Nettie, Mrs. Wm. Oiler of Taylorville; one brother, Thomas Martin of Nashville; also 12 grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends.
Former Nashville Man Buried.
      Funeral services for Robert R. Nelson, aged 73 years, 8 months and 8 days, formerly of Nashville, who passed away at his home in East St. Louis on Wednesday of last week, were held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Kurrus Funeral Home in East St. Louis. The body was then returned to Nashville, where burial was made in the Masonic cemetery. The deceased was a native of Nashville and will be remembered by many throughout the community.
      Besides his widow, Mrs. Maggie Nelson, nee Seyler, he is survived by three children, two sons, John and Homer and one daughter, Vern, Mrs. George Deedle of E. St. Louis.
Fined for Drunkenness.
      Ben Glenn of Murphysboro, who was arrested last week Friday, on the complaint of Ted Irsinghaus, state patrolman, who charged him with driving a car while intoxicated appeared in county court on Monday. Glenn pleaded guilty as charged and was fined $100 and costs and ordered to serve 10 days in the county jail. he paid same and was committed to jail to serve sentence.
Bolo Boys Pay Fines
      Ed and Barney Rauza of Bolo., who were arrested last week on the complaint of Emil Naliborski, who charges them with assault and battery, were tried before Squire E. H. Wehmeyer on Saturday. They pleaded guilty as charged and wee fined $5 and costs which they paid and were released.
Marriage Licenses
      Charles Williams, Chicago
      Grace Mulhausen, Chicago
      James Harry Crews, Coulterville
      Imogene Weinhoffer, Coulterville
New Minden Woman Dies
      Mrs. Caroline Reinhardt, wife of the late Frederick Reinhardt, entered into rest in the home of her son Chris Reinhardt of New Minden Tuesday evening at 10 p. m., at the age of 89 years and 2 months.
      Mrs. Reinhardt was a kind and affectionate woman, a loving mother and good neighbor.
      She leaves to mourn her loss two daughters, Mrs. H. F. Vogelpohl of Nashville and Mrs. Mary Schriebecker of St. Louis; four sons, Frederick and Philip of Nashville, and Charles and Christ of New Minden.
      Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon July 14, at 1:30 p. m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. F. Vogelpohl in Nashville, and thereafter at the Trinity Lutheran church, the Rev. C. P. Rohloff officiating. Interment will be made in the Lutheran cemetery.
Fire at Nashville.
      A fire which just escaped being disastrous occurred at Nashville on last Thursday afternoon about 4:00 o'clock when a coal shed on the rear of the premises of the Simon Winfree home on West Godner St. was burned to the ground. The brave and hurried efforts of the Nashville fire department who arrived on the scene immediately after the alarm was sounded, kept the flames from spreading and destroying the home. they soon had the fire under control and although the shed was completely destroyed, the loss was small compared to what it otherwise might have been. the origin of the fire is unknown.
Nashville Boy Marries
      Friends here were surprised to learn of the marriage of Harry Meinert of this city and Miss Madeline Haier of Okawville, which occurred over a year ago on July 5, 1931, at Chester, Ill., the Rev. Haebadder performing the ceremony.
      The bride is a daughter of Mrs. Charles Barnes and is a young lady of charming personality. For the past several years she has lived at Okawville with her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. F. O. Haier, where she was exceedingly popular with the younger set. She attended the Okawville and Nashville schools, being graduated from the Nashville high school in the class of 1929. during her stay in Nashville she formed a large circle of admiring friends.
      The groom is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meinert of Nashville and is a young man of sterling character. He was graduated from the Nashville high school in the class of 1930 and for 2 years was employed as a mechanic at the Kirchoefer Motor Co., in this city. Mr. Meinert will this week enter upon his new duties as manager of the Red and White Store which is being opened in Nashville.
      The young couple will reside in Nashville.
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Centralia Evening Sentinel, Centralia, Illinois
Friday, October 28, 1932, Page 8
Nashville, Washington Co., News
Lorena Snyder, News Representative

      NASHVILLE, Oct. 26. -- The Kleinschmidt Produce Company, located on Depot street, was burglarized Saturday night. The robbers escaped with a large truck and about forty cases of eggs. They evidently made their getaway by going north towards Minden as tops of egg cases were found all along that road. After a wide search the truck was found abandoned on the state highway between Pinckneyville and Murphysboro, but there has been no clue of the robbers.
Marriage Licenses
      Reuben Anderson Mt. Vernon
      Jessie Dennis, Mt. Vernon
      Leo Schoneherr, Lively Grove
      Loretta Behrman, Lively Grove
      Quentin Lacey, Mt. Vernon
      Maxine Fox, Mt. Vernon
      Marshall Norris, Oakdale
      Mary Reese, Oakdale

Nashville Coal Mine Reopens
      The Clarkson Coal and Mining Company of Nashville, resumed operation Monday after an agreement was reached that they would not tolerate disorderly conduct on the company's premises hereafter.
      Several carloads of pickets from the Belleville mine were stopped outside the city limits from coming into the town and causing any disturbances. The mine has been guarded by state police and local authorities since Monday.
Centennial Celebration
      The Presbyterian church of Nashville, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of its church on Sunday, October 23. Church services were held throughout the day and a good program given and planned by members of the congregation and surrounding communities. Rev. J. B. Currie, pastor of the church here was the speaker at the morning service. Miss Clara C. Schmidt gave "A Century of Church History." In the afternoon Scripture lesson was given by Rev. J. B Currie, a prayer by Rev. Guthrie of Mt. Vernon and the sermon by Rev. W. M. Maxton, D. D., of Du Quoin. Several beautiful numbers were rendered by the vested choir of the Du Quoin church and Elmer Keller of here sang "Teach Me to Pray." A social period was enjoyed between the hours of 5 and 7 o'clock during which time refreshments were served to out of town visitors and members of the local congregation. The evening service was conducted by Rev. C. C. McGinley, D. D., of Centralia and music was furnished by the vested choir of Centralia Presbyterian church. Other musical numbers were presented by Mrs. O. S. Thompson,. Mrs. J. B. Currie and Miss Bess Wagner. Centennial hymns were composed by Mrs. H. J. Schmidt. Messages of congratulations and checks for various sums of money were received from people in many states.
Probate Court
      Petition of Louis F. Brink, Admr. filed, praying for order to sell stock in Farmers State Bank at private sale; granted. Adm. ordered to sell as prayed. In matter of estate of Minnie Brink, deceased, petition to sell personal property at private sale. In matter of estate of Henry Heckert, App. Bill ex. Infentor, app. Bill and widow's selection filed.
      In matter of the estate of Philip Heintz, A. C. M. report. Nick Heintz, Sr., conservator of estate of Philip Heintz, N. C. M. files report showing total amount received $1090.92 and paid out $86.71, leaving a balance of $1004.21 Report received and ordered recorded. Conservator tenders his resignation and same accepted
      In matter of the estate of James H. Piper, deceased exri ordered to publish final settlement notice for final settlement for three times prior to second Monday in November.
      In matter of the estate of Amos Lyons, deceased, final report. Ann E. Lyons is the Adm. C. T. A. filed. Final report and ordered she publish final settlement three times prior to second Monday in December.
      In matter of the estate of John Bobrink, appraisers J. D. Mann, P. B. Rabannecke, Fred Beatty.
Real Estate Transfers.
      John Musil to Otman Musil; W. D.; amount $1.00. NW, NW Sec. 28, 1 N 1.
      George Pigowski to Daniel Pigowski, et. al. W. D. Amount $10; SE, NW. and SW, NW and NE, SE and NW, SW.
Personal Notes.
      Miss Hollie Bae of Pinckneyville was a guest of Mr. and Mrs Wm. Wagner and daughter Bess, Sunday.
      Harry Donelly spent Sunday in Anna.
      Mrs. P. B Leseman and Mrs. C. R. Hileman spent Sunday in St. Louis.
      Miss Jean Miller returned to St. Louis Sunday after an extended visit here with relatives.
      L. A. Martin of Mt. Vernon was a business visitor here Monday.
      Mr. and Mrs. George Carroll and Miss Ruth Gorman spent Monday in St. Louis.
      Roy Seyler visited in East St. Louis, Monday.
      Pete Weiss of Ashley spent Monday evening in Nashville.
      Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hogshead of Huey, visited relatives here last Sunday.
      Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dowell and little son Jimmy spent the week end in Carbondale and Marion. They were accompanied home by Mrs. Coy Wheeler of Marion who will visit with them for an indefinite time.
      Mrs. Roscoe Strab of Youngstown, Ohio, is visiting here with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nax.
      Virgil Heggemeyeyr of St. Louis, spent Sunday with friends and relatives.
      Miss Beatrice Snyder spent several days of last week visiting Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Hughes and family in Covington.
      Mrs. George Stoker of St. Louis, visited here Sunday.
      Martin Oberman of Okawville, spent Tuesday in Nashville.
      Mrs. L. Drone of Mt. Vernon, was a business visitor here Monday.
      Mr. and Mrs. Theo Meyer and Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Kuglar and son Kenneth Dean, spent Sunday with Wesley Meyer in St. Louis.
      Mr. and Mrs. Herb Nickel of Columbia, Mo., spent the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Nickel.
      Among those, from Du Quoin who attended the centennial celebration of the Presbyterian church were; Mrs. Helen Purdy and daughter Kathryn; Mr. and Mrs. Hal Pope; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rogers. Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Purdy and Miss Emma Wineberg.
      Earl Strand and Miss Ruby Wehmeyer were St. Louis visitors last Sunday.
      Gus Jacobs of Okawville, spent Monday in Nashville.
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Centralia Evening Sentinel, Centralia, Illinois
Volume 48 Number 187
Saturday, November 19, 1932, Page 1
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      A week after the attempted holdup of the Hoyleton State and Savings bank three men have waived preliminary hearings on charges of attempted bank robbery and a fourth man has had his hearing on the same charge set for next Friday, November 15, a t Nashville.
      Ira Kingsley, Jr., 21, of East St. Louis, one of the suspects arrested a short time after the attempted hold-up, today waived a preliminary hearing at Nashville and bond was set a t $3,500 which he failed to give, and as a result was placed in jail at Nashville, State's Attorney J. D. Maxwell of Washington county announced.
      Grover Comstock, 35, of Chicago, arrested with young Kingsley as a suspect, asked for a preliminary hearing which was set for November 25 at 10 a. m. at Nashville, the state's attorney stated. Comstock, accused of participation in a $21,000 Milwaukee bank messenger robbery last August, was returned to the St. Clair county jail at Belleville for safe-keeping after he had been arraigned in Washington county.
      Bond for Ira Kingsley, Sr., of East St. Louis, and Roy Bierman, farmer living four miles southwest of Centralia, both of whom were arrested and questioned as suspects in the attempted bank robbery, was set at $3,500 each after they waived preliminary hearing yesterday afternoon at Nashville, Mr. Maxwell announced.
      Kingsley, Sr., gave the required bond and was released, but Bierman was unable to give bond and was placed in the county jail at Nashville, according to the state's attorney. Young Kingsley prior to today had been held a prisoner in the Marion county jail at Salem after Cashier H. H. Bellamy of Sandoval First National Bank had said that he fitted the description of one of the men who robbed the bank of $8,500 on October 22.
      Washington county authorities indicated that several more men are implicated in the attempted bank robbery at Hoyleton, but so far they have not been apprehended.
      The robbery of the Hoyleton bank was thwarted about 10:30 a. m. last Saturday when Miss Corine Beckmeyer, 23-year-old assistant cashier, defied the commands of the bandits and turned on a burglar alarm. A shot fired at her by one of the bandits struck bullet proof glass in her cage and saved her from injury.
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The Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois
December 3, 1932, Page 1
Hasn't Forgotten Man Who "Took" Him For $15,000
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      Jacksonville, Ill. Dec. 3. -- (UP) -- Confident he will be able to identify the man who swindled him of nearly $15,000 seven years ago Lava B . Trotter, 75, today awaited an opportunity to see if Thomas (Doc) Brady, alleged con man, who was arrested in St. Louis yesterday, is the man.
      Brady has been sought on federal charges for seven years. His identity was established yesterday by St, Louis authorities from finger prints after he had been arrested in that cit,
      In addition to being wanted in the Trotter swindle case, Brady also has been sought on a charge of fleecing William G. Frank, Okawville farmer of $35,000 in liberty bonds.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
August 17, 1933
      A six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Marquard, who had tenanted the old Dr. Henry place, two miles northeast of here, in Beaucoup township, had his arm caught in a wringer Wednesday and painfully and seriously injured. The child was hastily taken to a local physician and he informs us that an amputation is unnecessary.
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      There was a gathering of about 90 adults and children at Hiller's lake Sunday for the annual Chapman family reunion. Mrs. Matilda Chapman, 82, had her ten children about her this being the first time that all had assembled at the same time for 22 years. This group comprised the six daughters, Mrs. Jeannette Jones of Meta, Mo., Mrs. Tom Burnett of Coulterville, Mrs. Cass Rice of Rice, Mrs. Jack Fieschute, Mrs. Ezra Hale, and Mrs. Charles Stroh of Nashville, and the four sons, Frank and Sam Chapman of Pinckneyville, Ben Chapman of Rice and Howard Chapman of Granite city. The number was augmented by the grandchildren and family connections.
      The basket dinner was served picnic fashion on the grounds and there were an abundance of tempting edibles. The place was found so popular that it was decided to meet at the lake the second Sunday of August next year.
      The weather was ideal and the place of meeting, which is ten miles north of Pinckneyville, was splendidly located for this picnic. Many visitors came in the afternoon to visit with those they knew and the day passed rapidly for all.
      Those in attendance were: Mr. and Mrs. Sam Chapman, Frank Chapman and family, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. Craig Chapman and daughter, Alva Rupert, and Mr. and Mrs. Emmet McClurken and daughter all of Pinckneyville; Howard Chapman and family, Levi Chapman and sons, Ray, Dennis and Lee of Granite City, Clarence Chapman and family, Ben Chapman and family, Mr. and Mrs. Cass Rice and son John Bondison and family, Stella Hicks, Mrs. and Mrs. Jacob Deynay and children, Idris and Norman, of Rice, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Burnett and daughters, Pauline and Lorraine, and Miss Sadie Holmes of Coulterville; Ezra Hale and family, Chas. Stroh and family, Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Fleshute, John Dintelman and family, Mrs. Matilda Chapman, Russel Rice and family, Misses Nola McElroy and Edna Friemuth of Nashville; Chas. McElroy and daughter, Inez of Alton and Mr. and Mrs. Alex McElroy and Miss Margaret Simpson of Royalon, Mrs. Jeanette Jones of Meta, Missiouri.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
January 17, 1935
      Clementine Matecki, age 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Matecki of Todds Mill, died Tuesday. Funeral on Thursday at St. Mary Magdalen, Todds Mill and burial in church cemetery.
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Newspaper clipping, Nashville, Illinois
March 30, 1935
Courtesy of Marci Kasen
      Burglars robbed the baggage room of the Nashville M & I depot of chewing gum and cosmetics.
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      Frank H Robertson, 42 of St Louis, MO.
      Brenhardt Barney Vorsthoefen 82 of rural Nashville
      Mrs Lena Windler 58 of New Minden
      Joseph Kult Sr 68 of rural Beaucoup
      August Carl Schueter 57 of Centralia
      Christ Hoepker 58 of Plum Hill.
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Newspaper clipping, Nashville, Illinois
March ?, 1935
Courtesy of Marci Kasen
      Fire destroyed the Bernard J. Behrman store two miles west of Route 153 in Lively Grove Township, Damage was estimated $6000. John Waller suffered a broken arm when he was struck by a piece of iron when the refrigerator exploded.
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      Warren Gholson sold the Linco Service Station on East Main in Nashville to Erhart H. Hermeling.
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The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
May 15, 1935, Page 1
Line Pole Gives Out; Centralia Suffers in Utility Strike
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      CENTRALIA, May 14. -- (AP) -- The southern Illinois electricity famine -- a result of a six-week-old utility strike -- was extended to 24 additional communities tonight by destruction of an Illinois Power and Light company line pole near here. Centralia was without both light and gas service, and it was expected about 2,000 workers would be idle here tomorrow from expected industrial shutdowns. Several thousand other workers have already been affected throughout southern Illinois as a result of plants closing. Frank Egan, district manager of the power and light company, said the light pole caught fire apparently because of faulty insulation. Its destruction brought disruption of service in 30 communities, but service was restored to six of them within 10 minutes by throwing at switch at Mt. Vernon.
      The communities affected besides Centralia were Richview, Irvington, Wamac, Sandoval, Odin, Central City, Shattuc, Ferren, Huey, Hoffman, Beckemeyer, Bartelso, Germantown, Albers, Ariston, Trenton, New Baden, New Memphis, Summerfield, Lebanon, Scott Field, Shiloh and O'Fallon.
      Wires leading into homes and industrial plants and factories of 16 other communities remained without voltage while nine mayors laid plans to call on Governor Horner tomorrow at Springfield.
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The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
May 15, 1935, Page 1
Funeral Sunday for Mrs. Julie McCoy
      GIFFORD -- Funeral services Were held Sunday in the Community church for Mrs. Julie McCoy. Mrs. McCoy, 78, died Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dora Steiner, near Paxton.
      Mrs. McCoy was born in Richview. After her marriage to Lafayette McCoy she lived in the Gifford community for 20 years. About eight years ago the family moved to Pontiac, but since her husband's death she had made her home with her daughter. She had been ill three weeks. She leaves nine children, Mrs. Alice Darter and Mrs. Dora Steiner of Paxton, Mrs . Mabel Robertson of St. Louis, Mrs . Clara Lyon and Clint, Gene, Holly and Maxine of Pontiac and Mrs. Gladys Hough, Muncie, Ind. Burial was in Wells cemetery.
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Newspaper clipping, Nashville, Illinois
May 22, 1935
Courtesy of Marci Kasen
      Mrs. Roscoe McMillian 37 and her two and one half year old son, Norman Oscar, died of injuries received when an explosion rocked their home on West Goodner Street in Nashville.
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      Christie Finke, Carl Hildebrand, Vincent Meinert, Alvin Barkau, Kenneth Gaebe, Gene Klosterhoff, Melvin Kaemper, Harold Nagel, Ed Nagel, Warren Meinert, Jim Lehde and John Lehde were the members of the Nashville Baseball Team.
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      Adam Kleinschmidt, who operates a cobbler shop in Nashville, received a medal of honor from the German Government in recognition of his 20 months service on the battlefront during World War I.
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Newspaper clipping, Nashville, Illinois
Date unknown
By: Don Lehnhoff
Courtesy of Marci Kasen
The Day They Shot County Sheriff May
      The story is the type that makes for a good Country and Western ballad. The best part is it's all true.
      It concerns a unique bit of Washington County history, recollecting the saga of the only County Sheriff ever to lose his life in the performance of his duty.
      It was resurrected recently by Bill Temme when he found what he believes to be one of the bullets fired in the historic shootout, Temme found the bullet lodged inside the southwest wall of the L & N Depot building now under renovation by the County Historical Society. The bullet was discovered while replacing worn weather boards.
      "I'd been looking for it for the last year and half," said Temme, who has researched the depot building and its historic significance. "Everybody said it (evidence from the shootout) was in the southwest corner and that's the only hole on the south side."
      Temme hopes to determine the caliber of the bullet as a final way of proving who fired the shot. It is logical to assume the bullet cam from the gun of Assistant City Marshall, August Leker, one of three men who died as the result of a confrontation on Wednesday, June 20, 1917.
      Leker and Sheriff, Jacob "Jake" May had been summoned to the Jankowski saloon which was housed next to the depot around 12:30 p.m. on June 20, to disarm Hiram Rice. Rice, who had taken a shotgun into the saloon and was threatening to shoot John Evilsizer, Jr., his 20 year old perspective son-in-law.
      Evilsizer and Rice's 16-year-old daughter, Ella, planned to be married. In fact, the parents of both had applied for a marriage license earlier that year, but because Ella was under 16, the license had been denied. June 20 was Ella's 16th birthday. Rice had changed his mind about the marriage and now threatened to shoot Evilsizer rather than see the marriage confirmed.
      Rice was a 60-year-old former City Marshall and had been president of the local miner's union for the last 20 years. He had been suffering from rheumatism and until the day of the shootout, walked with the aid of crutches.
      But on that Wednesday, Rice visited several saloons in Nashville before going to the Jankowski place. When May and Leker confronted Rice on the street between the saloon and the depot, outside the establishment, Rice threatened May with a raised shotgun.
      "You saw that" said May as Leker pulled a revolver and fired five shots at Rice, missing him with all five. Rice blasted his shotgun into Leker's chest, reloaded, then shot May in the back of his head before he fell to the ground, wounded in the abdomen by one of three bullets fired by May, according to Newspaper reports.
      Customers from the saloon ran outside to find May and Leker both dead and Rice mortally wounded. Rice was transported to Mt. Vernon hospital where an operation proved useless. He died after signing a confession four days later.
      In the flowery prose of the Nashville Journal Newspaper of June 28, 1917: "Rice passed from the reach of human courts to face the Supreme Judge." Rice was given no chance of recovery after the operation in Mt. Vernon found the bullet lodged in his hipbone and pierced five intestines. "Sinking spells set in," but before he died he stated that it was a bullet from Leker's gun which had struck home. He claimed Leker fired first.
      Witnesses at a Coroner's Jury held the day of the shooting differed as to whom fired first. Most said it was Leker.
      Rice was disarmed after the shooting by Leo Jankowski, the saloon owner a veteran of the Spanish-American War. Rice surrendered without a struggle.
      Rice was kept under armed guard at his home to prevent a get-away or possible lynching before he was transported to the Mt. Vernon hospital Wednesday night.
      Thousands of County residents attended the funerals of May and Leker. Leker had been born in Nashville on April 29, 1881. May was born in Lettveiler, Germany on November 17, 1871. He had first been elected Sheriff in 1914 and was the second of five May family members to hold the position in Washington County, since Illinois became a state in 1818. Jacob May was Sheriff from 1874-1878; William H. May was Sheriff from 1922-1926, a cousin, Freeman F. Kaser was Sheriff from 1958-1962 and A. Virgil May was Sheriff from 1962-1966.
      The day after the shooting, Ella Rice and John Evilsizer again applied for a marriage license but were denied by County Clerk Heckert "under the circumstances." Ella and John eventually married and had a number of children and remained married until death.
      Newspaper reports identified the bullet, which killed Rice as a 32-calibre. Rice was using a 16-guage shotgun. The identity of the revolvers used by May and Leker was not given. From the Coroner's Jury testimony, however, the angles indicate the position of the bullet found in the L & N Depot could be one fired at Rice by either Leker or May. The likelihood that it came from Leker's gun is prevalent due to the extreme closeness of his shots to the window of the depot where the bullet was found. The bullet was found three feet from the corner of the depot building about two and one half feet above ground level.
      Newspaper accounts say Rice was standing about three feet away from the corner of the building on the southwestern side.
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Newspaper clipping, Nashville, Illinois
Courtesy of Marci Kasen
Mystery of an Old Stagecoach Inn
      Remember the popular song of a few years ago? "This Old House". It could have well been written about an ancient two-story and attic weatherboarded building at Carlyle, IL, now destroyed by a mysterious fire. The large pre-civil war building once was a stagecoach stop on the St Louis-Vincenne Trail.
      Once it was owned by Charles Slade, father of the notorious Jake Slade who is said to have killed his first man a block distant from the house. After that he built up a record of shootings in the West that classed him with the foremost gunmen of the day. Across the street is the site of Hill's Fort, and down the road is the now-famous General Dean suspension bridge across the Kaskaskia, once a ferry crossing for several trails that traversed that area.
      An early owner of the house was James Baxter, an Englishman who settled in Carlyle in the mid-50's. First it was a stagecoach stop on the Vincennes-St Louis trail and the Goshen Road. A newspaper account in 1877, gave it this stature:
"Men of prominence from St Louis, Cincinnati, New York and other cities made this popular place their headquarters when in the area, hunting prairie chickens, jack-snipe and other game birds then plentiful on the prairies of what is now Clinton and Washington Counties."

      Some of the early guests at this hostelry became prominent. Legend has it that Lincoln, Douglas and Ned Buntline all roomed here at different times. Lincoln supposedly stayed here because Douglas had reservations at the Truesdail House, a more elaborate hotel (now torn down), and he didn't intend staying under the same roof with his competitor.
      One of the artifacts at this famous old house, before the fire was a gaming table once used by 4 millionaires in their nightly poker games, following bird hunts. One of these men was Proctor, founder of the present Proctor and Gamble Company. Another was Blanke of the candy still bearing his name. Fact and legend are blended into a potpourri of nostalgia and romance, concerning this old stage stop. Evidently the house was an important link of the underground slave movement in Southern Illinois. a tunnel supposedly led from the cellar of the house directly to the Kaskaskia River some 300 yards distant, used by slaves as they fled at night to board northbound boats.
      No less a personage than the Prince of Wales made this old hostelage his headquarters as he hunted game birds in the area.
      Supposedly a man was killed by Indians near Carlyle sometime between 1810 and 1820, buried at Hill's Fort, the site of which is directly across the street. Later, it was learned that the dead man has a money belt sewn to his underclothing, containing a sizable amount of gold. After that, many people turned over a lot of sod to find the grave, all unsuccessfully. After 1877 there was a slow but steady decline of business at the stage stop, and finally it closed and was converted to a private residence. Not too long ago, a man searching the area found a two and one-half dollar gold piece, minted in 1854. It could have been lost by Lincoln or Douglas or any of the prominent people who patronized the hostelry.
      Standing there today, facing the east, the General Dean suspension bridge over the Kaskaskia is plainly visible. It isn't hard to let one's imagination see the same scene in the days of the first river ferry, when young Jack Slade collected toll from the Conestoga wagons headed west. Too bad that fire has wiped out this historic structure.
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Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois
January 19, 1939
      This is only the notes I copied from the obit ---
      Mrs. Martha Jahnke nee Kitowski age 54 died Thursday at home in Nashville. Burial was at St. Charles, DuBois Monday. She was born 20 Dec 1884 in Bolo Township to Joseph and Barbara Kitowski. She married Herman Jahnke on June 4, 1901 at St. Charles, Du Bois. They farmed in Bolo until five years ago. There were 9 children with one death in infancy. Surviving are husband and children, Albert of St. Louis, Ann, Mrs. Perry Ritchie of St. Louis, Adele, Mrs. Conrad Schlueter of Nashville, Don of Du Bois, Sylvester and Gus of St. Louis, Esther and Ralph at home.
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Fifty Five Years Ago
      Marriage Licenses were issued to: Herman Jahnke and Martha Kitowski
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