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Article from Washington County Historical Society's early publication Looking Back :
Back to School in 1895
by: Capt. Earl R. Smith
 
      In early September of 1895 the new school term opened in Nashville and in Washington County on a note of good cheer and optimism.
 
      The new public school of which the citizens of Nashville were so proud was scarcely five years old. It had cost them a staggering sum of money to build, almost $20,000, with cost over runs; but it had been worth the twenty years of public discussion and bickering which had gone into its acquisition. Now it was a reality; and it was the teaming center of the community's cultural life. On the first day of school 501 pupils were enrolled. Elsewhere in the county each little one-room school had a bright new American flag on display in its yard.
 
      During that summer Professor J.B. Bundy had arranged the annual Institute to which teachers from all over the county gathered for the opportunity to listen to lectures and watch demonstrations on the latest methods for turning children into scholars. The local press attended each session of this Institute, giving it all of the journalistic attention which, in a later century, would be reserved for a session of the United Nations.
 
      While they were in town for the Institute the rank and file of the Washington County Teachers Association used the opportunity to meet and hold an election of their officers for the coming year. The successful panel this year consisted of:
 
President ........................J. T. Gibbs
Vice President ...............Miss Tillie Reither
Secretary ........................Miss Leola Driskill
Executive Committee ....Prof. J. Bundy
                                        C.D. Gudgeon
                                        F.M. Goodman
 
      But if the academic year 1895-1896 opened amid feelings of well being and lofty dedication, it was not destined to end that way.
 
      My mid October the diphtheria epidemic struck, lingering on for most of that winter. By comparison with other communities, Nashville and Washington County were spared. However the public school in Nashville closed for two weeks, and a number of the isolated county classes operated on a watch and see basis, never knowing when the dreaded sickness would claim another child. The very young children were particularly susceptible.
 
      The epidemic was more or less nation wide, and at one meeting of the school board there was a discussion as to whether certain procedures then being followed in the crowded New York schools should be adopted in Washington County, viz: the banning of all slates and sponges; forbidding pupils from sitting too close to each other; repeated daily warnings that children were not to handle other children's pencils. All books which were carried home were to have fresh, brown paper wrappings each month. Each child was to have his or her own individual drinking cup.
 
      Early in the morning of October 31, 1895, an earthquake temporarily claimed the public attention. Most of southern Illinois felt the shock. Guests who were stopping at large hotels in downtown St. Louis were terrified by the shaking sensation. In Nashville the coal miners had to suspend work while the engineers assessed the sudden shifting of the coal facings in the local mine.
 

 

 
 
1908
THE ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT
Seven Young People to Receive Diplomas at Nashville Opera House Friday Night

        The annual commencement exercises of the Nashville high school will be held in the opera house next Friday night. The tickets for seats were placed on sale Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock and as usual were sold out long before the noon hour. A large crowd was in waiting an hour before the time set for the sale and all fell in line in accordance with a new rule established this year.

        The graduates are seven in number this year and are the following young ladies and gentlemen: Misses Edma Muller, Effie Wehrman, Hope Carr and Rose Meyer and Messrs. Orel Clemmons, Charles D. Vernor and Melville Potter. The music this year will be furnished by the Westminster Male Quartette of St. Louis and promises to be something exceptionally nice. The following is the program in detail:

Piano Duet - March .........................................Robert Goldbeck
        Miss Alma Schulze and Mrs. Holston
Invocation .........................................................Rev. Albert Harris
"Remember Now Thy Creator" ......................Quartet
"An Exiled Nation" ..........................................Edma Muller
"Edward McDowell" ........................................Effie Wehrman
"Brahm's Lullaby" ..........................................Quartet
"Aladdin's Lamp" ...........................................Orel Clemmons
"Maid of Orleans" ..........................................Hope Carr
Vocal Solo .........Selected ................................Mr. Avery
"An Unexploited Field" ...................................Charles Vernon
Piano Duet - March ..........................................Wagner
        Miss Alma Schulze and Mrs. Holston
"A Frontier General" .........................................Rose Meyer
"A Popular Demand" .........................................Melville Potter
"The Bloom Is on the Rye" ...............................Quartet
Presentation of Diplomas ....................................
"Pale in the Amber West ..................................Quartet
Benediction .........................................................Rev. H. Niedernhoefer
--Appearing on Page 1, Nashville (IL) Democrat, May 21, 1908
Article furnished by : Jo House


 
 
List of Members of the Graduating Class of 1918 Nashville, Illinois High School
Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
June 6, 1918
part of article
courtesy of Jo House
      The following are the members of the Class '18: Edna Adams, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Adams of Oakdale; Sadie Anderson, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Crawford Anderson of here; Clifford Brandhorst, youngest son of Mrs. Minnie Brandhorst of here and the late Wm. Brandhorst; Laura Buhrmester, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Buhrmester of west of town; Florence Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Brown of this city; Gladys Carson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonas A. Carson of near Oakdale; Anna Cohlmeyer, daughter of Mrs. Ana Cohlmeyer of Hoyleton; Claudine Coulter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Coulter of Oakdale; Anna Doelling, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Doelling of Addieville; Murry Halbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Halbert of here; Mary Hildebrand, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hildebrand of this city; Clarence Holston, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Holston of Nashville; Edward Lunte, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lunte of north of here; Catherine Phillips, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. L. T. Phillips of here; Elsie Powell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Powell of Beaucoup; Elmer and Iola Seyler, son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Seyler of this city; Ione Vernor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan H. Vernor of Nashville; Gladys Weigel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Weigel of Addieville; Otto Wenzel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wenzel of here; Florence White, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore White of Oakdale; Louise Wiehser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Wiehser of this city; Martha and Vera Wisely, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John Wisely of Oakdale.


 
 
1938-     -Memories -     -1938

Furnished by : Jo House
A History Of Our Schools
 
      The good ship "Nashville" High School, " had its beginnings in a building that had been constructed by the Presbyterians for an Academy. Early shipmates were taught here until 1874 when a grade school building was erected.
 
      This building and furnishings cost about $30,000. The Board of Directors, under whose administration, the structure was erected consisted of Hugh C. Adams, Justus Baab and Frederick Hoffman. The first principal to take charge was C. T. Stratton.
 
      The Board of Directors in 1879 was composed of James Garvin, P. E. Hosmer, John Huegley, P. H. Reuter, W. S. Hisey and J. W. Burgess. The teachers were G. W. Atterberry, Principal; Tenie Barton, Clara Watson, Jennie Candee, Rebecca Henson, Cornelia Shepher, Edith Preston, Alverta Peters, Mary Krumsiek, and Rudolph von Phleger.
 
      The course of study consisted of the branches prescribed by laws of Illinois and, in addition, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, rhetoric, general history, German and Latin.
 
      In 1891 the ship had the misfortune of catching on fire and it was impossible to save it. On July 9, 1891, the cornerstone of the present grade school building was laid with Masonic Ceremonies by Grand Master John Pearson under the auspices of Washington County Lodge 55. The christening of the new ship was a big event in Nashville and the grade and high school classes were held in this building for many years. In 1925, the number of voyagers had increased to such an extent that it was necessary to add another deck to the ship, the present high school building. this is a building that Nashville can point to with pride. The students are adequately housed and there are enough teachers to fill the scholastic requirements of the state.
 
      The most recent addition to our ship is the new gymnasium, which has a seating capacity of 1500 and is equipped with a stage at the east end, where all school plays and operettas are presented.
 
      The Board of Education at the present time consists of Ed Schmitt, president; Oscar Kirchhoefer, secretary; Fred W. Prasuhn, Ralph Maxwell, J. D. Mann, Dr. F. W. Schroeder and Howard Hohman.
 
      Mr. J. Lynn Wilson, Superintendent of Nashville Public Schools with the assistance of the faculty, has successfully carried the ship N. H. S. and its voyagers over many seas.
 
 

 
 
Nashville Community High School
District 99
Nashville, Illinois

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Nashville News
Nashville, Illinois
December 16, 1954
High School News
      After many months of patiently waiting, we have finally moved into the new school. The first official use of the building was Friday night, the event being the basketball game with Carlyle. We feel that the new gym is suitably christened with victory, and we are "button-bustin' " proud of it and the team.
      The student council had charge of the refreshment stand at the game. They also put up the beautiful Christmas tree that added much splendor in the lobby. The Keystones provided music for the dance after the game, and Hazel Haun was the soloist for one of the numbers. Since this band is independent, a free-will offering was taken up to pay for the music. The project of checking hats and coats was begun by the junior class in order to raise funds. The twirlers made their debut by performing a twirling dance to the "Bunny Hop", which was played by the band, to provide entertainment during the half. This year the twirlers have very attractive uniforms made of navy blue velvet, with white trimming. The band also played between games and during the half.
      The junior class paper staff published handbooks to guide wandering and uncertain feet around the new building. This is one time when the seniors are just as lost as the freshmen, so this booklet is greatly appreciated by all. Besides being a guide, the booklet also gives information about the different organizations, classes, school board, and faculty.
      The past week has been FHA week. The club has a special activity for each day of the week. On Monday they sent a CARE package; Tuesday, they wore red and white to school; Wednesday, new club members were initiated; Thursday, they had planned to have a party, but due to moving, they postponed it; Friday, they made baskets for the needy; Saturday each helped work at their homes; and Sunday, they each went to church.
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Nashville Community High School Yearbook
1955
A page from the 1955 yearbook describing students helping move to the new school, on January 9, 1955
(the article incorrectly says 1954).
1955 NCHS yearbook page
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Nashville Community High School Dedication Program
March 6, 1955
1955 NCHS Dedication Program 1
 
1955 NCHS Dedication Program 2
 
1955 NCHS Dedication Program 3
 
1955 NCHS Dedication Program 4
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The above NCHS items were furnished by : Larry House
 

 

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