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Washington County Farm Bureau
Washington Hotel circa 1942
Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
April 5, 1945
Courtesy of Jo House
Farm Bureau Buys Hotel From Holstons
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Organization Plans to Take Possession Of Building On Or Before July First

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      The Washington County Farm Bureau, following a special meeting of directors last Friday night, purchased the Washington Hotel on West Main street from Mrs. B. B. Holston, Mrs. Byron O. House and Jas. Holston. For several years the building has been rented by Miss Marjorie Williamson who has been operating the Washington Hotel.
      The building will also be occupied by the Washington County Services company, a farm bureau organization. For about the past nine years the Farm Bureau has had offices in the second floor of the Journal building.
      They will take possession on or before July 1. No definite plans have been announced for remodeling the building although they plan to have a large meeting room in the basement.
      The building was erected for a hospital and was endowed by Miss Bridget Hughes of this city and was known as the Bridget Hughes hospital. The site was purchased in 1909 from Hugh Murray and the following year the hospital was built. At the time the land was owned by Col. Krughoff and later Hugh Murray.
      In 1918, at a foreclosure sale, the building was bought by Dr. O. J. Hagebush and after going through several hands was sold to the late B.B. Holston in 1927.
      For several years the Carneys operated a hotel in the building also the late Mike Holston, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Hassler and following their retirement it was taken over by Miss Marjorie Williamson.
      The Washington County Farm Bureau was organized in October 1926 with a membership of 300. Today, membership in the organization stands at 855.
      The first Farm Bureau office was in the county courthouse on the east stairway landing. They next occupied quarters in the Finke building just east of the present Nashville Hatchery. From there they moved to their present location upstairs in the Journal building.
      "Agriculture producing farm products valued at over $5,000,000 last year, is by far the most important industry in Washington County," said Harold Hartley, Farm Bureau president in commenting on the purchase, "and I am sure the Farm Bureau members will be proud to have their own modern, up-to-date office building on such a beautiful and conveniently located site."
See also : Bridget Hughes Hospital


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