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      You will notice many spelling variations on the names most of these are exactly as they were spelled in the Newspapers. I tried to keep the spellings the same as an example of variations you should consider in looking up information. Also some of the articles are abbreviated as some names I did not think I needed. Tax, jury list and Mail list I only copied the names I knew I needed. Now I really should go back and get more information. Perhaps some day I will. A Few of these are articles I got from other genealogists, my grandmothers photo album etc.
Trudy Connor                

 
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Nashville Democrat
Nashville, Illinois
October 22, 1903
Agent C. N. Miller, of the local L. and N. office, and wife are the proud parents of a fine girl baby, who arrived at their home in this city Friday.
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Furnished By :
Marsha L. Ensminger
One hundred twenty births were reported to the office of County Clerk H. F. Reuter during the quarter ending September 30. This exceeds the number for the preceding quarter by fifteen.
-- Telegraph President Roosevelt.
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  Deputy Sheriff Vogelphol made a trip to DuBois today and returned with Chas. Evilsizer who is charged with disturbing the peace. Mr. Evilsizer says he will fight the case and states that he is innocent of the charge.
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  Robert Carter, a former resident of Ashley, was killed during the week in a wreck on a Texas railroad. His remains were taken to Ashley and interment was made there today. Mr. Carter had been serving as conductor on the road on which he met death.
 
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Nashville Journal
Jan 18, 1906
Washington Marriages License issued to John Barczewski, Bolo, 24 & Miss Josephine Szymanska, Bolo, 16.
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Nashville Journal
Feb 1, 1906
Bolo
John Barczewski and Miss Josephine Szymanski, both prominent young people of this part of the country, were married at the Posen church, on Tuesday of last week. Rev. A. Janiszewski officiated at the wedding.
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Nashville Journal
Apr 26, 1906
Washington County marriage license issued to Frank Marshalek, Tamaroa, 22 & Sophia Szczepanska, Tamaroa, 18
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Nashville Democrat
August 12, 1906
 
electric ad
 
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Nashville Journal
Jan 24, 1907
Du Bois
Agnes was 13 days old when her mother died on 18 Jan 1907
 
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Nashville Democrat
Nashville, Illinois
August 20, 1908
 
Furnished by :
Jo House
NOLTE--SCHNEIDER NUPTIALS
Solemnized in Lutheran Church Sunday -- Bridal Couple Go to Chicago and Amelia
     Mr. Edward Nolte and Miss Lulu Schneider were married in the Lutheran church in this city, last Sunday afternoon.
     Rev. Ambacher officiated at the wedding ceremony. The attendants were Messr. Henry Schneider brother of the bride, Eno Karstens and Misses Lulu HasslerRinne.
     The wedding march was played by Miss Dora Ambacher.
     The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Nolte and until recently, when he obtained a position in a mercantile establishment in Coulterville, was one of Nashville's well known and popular clerks.
     The bride is the pretty daughter of Former County Treasurer and Mrs. G. G. Schneider, of this city, and has been very popular in her circle of young friends.
     Mr. Nolte and bride left Monday for Chicago, where the groom intends to accept a position in a mercantile establishment and they will make their home there. Their many friends in their home city wish them success in Illinois' metropolis.
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  Mr. Albert Stroh and Miss Edith Reeves Wed Here
     Mr. Albert C. Stroh and Miss Edith Reeves were united in marriage at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rodgers, in this city, yesterday afternoon, at 2 o'clock.
     Rev. H. E. Pettus, pastor of the First Baptist church of this city officiated.
     The bride is the daughter of Robert and Sarah Reeves of St. Louis and the groom is the son of Gabriel and Sarah Stroh, of Elkhorn, who are well known in this city.
     Mr. Stroh and bride will make their home at Elkhorn.
 
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Nashville Journal
Oct 21,1909
Thursday. Washington marriage license issued
 
DuBois Column -
Andrew Szczepanski married Annie Zelasko of Round Prairie Tuesday at the Catholic church
 
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Nashville Journal,
Aug 25, 1910
Du Bois Column -
Mike Bochantin and family, who lived in Oklahoma, moved back last week.
 
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Nashville Journal
Jan 19, 1911
Mrs. Mary Maxwell
Mrs. Mary Ann Maxwell was born in Ohio March 8, 1813, and died Jan. 12, 1911,
[ 2 lines of copy obscured on microfilm ]...
grew up near Sparta. She was married to Solomon Maxwell in 1832, in the 19th year of her age; in Perry county, Ill. Of this union there were born four children, two sons and two daughters. Her husband died in 1873. The oldest son was killed in the Battle of Atlanta, Ga., in the Civil War. The two daughters also died before the mother, one in California, the other near Oakdale, Ill., leaving one son, Thomas Maxwell, in whose home she died, to mourn her loss. Her funeral was conducted by Rev. R.H. Park in the U.P. church at Oakdale. Mrs Maxwell, though permitted to live far beyond the common course of human life, was remarkably well preserved for one of her age; until about two years before her death, when the burden of years became too heavy for her strength, and she was compelled to retire to her bed. The last few years she was afflicted with blindness.

For about 40 years she was a faithful member of the Concord Baptist church. She was widely read in the literature of her time, and especially well versed in the Bible in which she always manifested delight, making it the man of her counsel and the ground of her hope. She was a woman of many sterling qualities and is remembered by her old time neighbors with feelings of love and affection. Her disposition was cheerful and pleasant. As a wife she was faithful and loving; as a mother, tender and devoted; as a friend she was true and helpful; to the young a safe and loving counseler. But now her burden of years has been lifted and she has gone to meet her Saviour, whom she loved, and the loved ones, who had gone before.
R.H.P.

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  Oakdale
Alex. McAllister of Sparta attended the funeral of Grandma Maxwell here Saturday. The death of Grandma Maxwell occurred at 6 p.m. last Thursday at the home of her son, Thomas, with whom she lived. The funeral services were held in the U.P. church Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock by Rev. R.H. Park and interment was made in the cemetery by the side of her husband, Solomon Maxwell, who preceded her in death a number of years ago. She was 97 years, 10 months and 4 days old. A shock of corn fully ripe indeed.
 
Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
May 25, 1911

Furnished by :
Mike Jones

Meeting at Oak Grove
Those having relatives and friends buried at Oak Grove Presbyterian church, six miles south of Nashville, are requested to meet at this church next Saturday, May 27, at 10 o'clock, for the purpose of clearing up the grounds, and putting the cemetery in good condition.
 
It is proposed also, on this occasion to organize a cemetery association so as to secure the property for cemetery purposes, protect the sacred spot and pathetic dust, there sleeping, for long time to come.
 
The friends are requested to bring their dinners along. And when the work is all done, dinner is over and a good social is enjoyed there will be a sermon preached at 3 p.m. by Rev. Wm. Duncan of Nashville. His subject will be: "The Resurrection Body." Let all interested come and by honoring the memory and adorning the mounds of our dead we will honor ourselves.                    W.D.
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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
June 1, 1911

Furnished by :
Mike Jones

Great Meeting at Old Oak Grove Church
As announced last week a meeting was held at Oak Grove Presbyterian church last Saturday for the purpose of clearing up the cemetery grounds, and putting the graves in suitable and tasteful condition. By 10 o'clock that day some were on the grounds at work, and soon a large force of earnest, competent men and women were busily engaged in the good work. At 12 o'clock a recess was taken, and a splendid picnic dinner enjoyed by all present. After dinner work was resumed and energetically pushed, notwithstanding the excessive heat, until 2:30 o'clock, when all repaired to the church. Rev. Wm. Duncan was elected chairman of the assemblage and David Williamson secretary. A constitution [unreadable] effected to be known as the Oak Grove Cemetery Association" with the following officers, called directors: James Wilson, president; David Williamson, secretary; Charlie McElroy and Ollie Francis.
 
We can scarcely see how a better selection could have been made. These officers are all young, energetic, efficient men. All have near relatives buried here, and they reside in different sections of the territory especially interested. After this business was finished a sermon was preached by Mr. Duncan on "The Body of the Resurrection." A fine congregation was present, and the singing was efficiently led by Mrs. Carrie McClurkin of Oakdale, who is always so generous with her splendid talent, on such occasions. After the sermon a congregational meeting was held and the congregation voted unanimously authorizing and directing the trustees of the congregation to legally convey the entire property, as originally bequeathed to the congregation, to the newly elected board of directors, as a permanent burying ground.
 
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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
August 1, 1912

Furnished by :
Mike Jones

Reunion in Coulterville
Co. B, 111th Ill. Inf., Enlisted at Lively Grove,
Will Observe 50th Anniversary Aug. 13
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1912, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the enlistment of Company B of the 111th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and the local and nearby survivors of this Company have selected Coulterville as the place for celebrating this epoch in the history of Illinois Civil War Veterans.
 
The Company consisting of some 110 men enlisted at Old Unity church in Lively Grove township on the 13th of August, 1862, with Samuel Coulter of Oakdale as Captain. Of the men who were present as spectators on this occasion only two remain, namely, Uncle John Lyons of Marissa and H. Leupker, of Lively Grove.
 
There are about 33, of the Company still living, and of these only 14 are to be found in the nearby community, namely: J. McBride, C. Kingston and A. Paul of Coulterville, Capt. Coulter, J. Piper and R.G. Ardrey, of Oakdale, Harrison Dial and J.A. Wilson of Marisssa, Geo. Mearns and J.K. McIntosh, of Tilden, Hooker Martin of Nashville, John Houston of Hoyleton, John Brown of Beaucoup, and H.T. Lessley of Mascqutah, This company was one of those which accompanied W.T. Sherman on his famous "March Through Georgia."
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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
Thursday
August 15, 1912

Furnished by :
Mike Jones

CO. B, 111TH ILL., CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Veterans Meet at Coulterville to Commemorate Date of Enlistment-Fine Program-Survivors Present-Relics Exhibited-History and Names of Company B.
 
The fiftieth anniversary of the enlistment of Company B, 111th Illinois Volunteers, was celebrated at Coulterville Tuesday.
 
A most excellent program had been prepared for the occasion. Music was furnished by the Marissa band. Attorney J.F. Sanford had charge of the exercises. The scripture reading and Psalm sung were the same at the service held when Co. B left for the scene of war a half century ago.
 
The address of welcome was made by V. J. Adami, and the many visitors who crowded the beautiful park also enjoyed speeches by Judge L. Bernreuter of Nashville, S.C. Harwood of Carbondale, Robt. P. Hill of Marion, Raymond Smiley of Pinckneyville and Revs. J.L. Chestnut, W.S. Fulton, J.E. Nickerson and Goings. The songs and drills were appreciated and praised by all who saw and heard them. Mrs. J.F. Sanford's Entertainers made a special hit.
 
Alex McAllisters' war song was much appreciated.
 
[ speakers in attendance and those unable to attend referenced ]

 
A Confederate flag captured by the company, a highly prized souvenir, and other war relics were shown.
 
A reunion of the 111th Ill. Inf. Reg. Will be held at Salem Aug. 28 in connection with the Old Soldiers reunion.
 
The following veterans present registered: S.L. Coulter and R.J. Ardrey of Oakdale, John Houston of Hoyleton, J.K. McIntosh, George Mearus, J.A. Wilson, Harrison Dial of Marissa, W.L. Farmer of 4348 Ashland, St. Louis, Z. Leslie of Mascouta, J(?).E. Castle of Salem, A.W. Paul, Christy Kingston, Jessie McBride of Coulterville, Jas. Doughterty of Stockton, Kan., John Brown of Richview, Milton Pate of Sandoval, S.R. Barnes of 158 Franklin, St. Louis, John M. Myers of Sparta, all of Co. B, 111th Ill., A.F. Whitchurch of Baldwin of Co. E, 59th Ill., John Boyd of Oakdale, Robert Carrick of Nashville, Co. F, 10th Mo., James Martin of Nashville, J.M. Torrens of Oakdale, Alex McAllister of Sparta, of Co. I, 80th Ill., Henry Stokes of Coulterville, J.C. McHenry, Robert Boyd of Sparta of Co. K, 5th Ill., J. Koenigstein of Tamaroa, of Co. M, 7th Ill., Jas. R. Neal of Coulterville, of Co. I, 22nd Ill., Tilton Wilson of Gary, Ind., of Co. H, 111th Ill., J.A. Woodson of Coulterville of Co. H, 5th Ill., Wm. Osborn of Coulterville, C.W. Edgar of Sparta of Co. F, 80th Ill., Levi North of Marissa and Andrew Wilson of Coulterville, Co. A, 31 Ill., John Wallace of Coulterville, Co. B, 102nd Mich., J.F. Hoffman of Nashville, Co. C, 49th Ill., Wm. Given of Nashville, Co. D, 48th Ill., J.W. Caldwell of Sparta, Co. H, 22nd Ill., G.W. Wilson of Sparta, Co. F, 154th Ill., A. McMillan of Sparta, Co. H, 10th Mo., R.E. Wilken, J.H. Sloane, Co. B, 136th Ill., John Teel, Joseph Dickey, Co. H, 142nd Ill., Jas. Land of Marissa, Co. K, 117th Ill., Archey Stewart of Sparta, Co. G, 80th Ill., J.L. Adams, Co. C, 110th Ill., S.B. Hood of Sparta, Co. I, 22nd Ill., J.M. Temple of Sparta, Co. K, 142nd. Ill., T.J. McLean of Oakdale, Co. I, 30th Ill., N. Zimmer of Coulterville and Wm. McConnell of Swanwick, Co. C, 140th Ill., Jas. B. McNulty of Swanwick and G.B. McDonald of Sparta, Co. C, 30th Ill., Robert Luney of Oakdale, Co. G, 13th Ill., John Cascom of Coulterville, Mississippi squadron.
 
The following brief history of Co. B, 111th Ill. Regt., is reprinted from the JOURNAL issue of June 8, 1883. It was written by one of the survivors and the account will be of special interest to our readers, since the fiftieth anniversary of Co. B celebrated Tuesday called to mind their gallant fight to defend the Union against secession.
 
Company B, 111th Ill., enlisted on the 13th day of August, 1862, under Capt. Anderson Myers, and went into camp at Richview, Ill., where they remained about 2 weeks, when they went to Salem where they with other companies, were organized as the 111th Ill. Col. Jas. S. Martin commanding.
 
 
 
[ [The remainder of the article concerns the engagements
in which they 111th fought. For genealogical purposes, the excerpt
above focuses on those attending the reunion 50 years later.
A muster roll concludes the article. I believe that is on-line now.
]
 

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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
Sep 10, 1914

Reidelberger Family Reunion
The Reidelberger family reunion was held in Nashville Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Reidelberger.
This annual event is looked forward to by all of the numerous members of this family as a time when they will be able to see all their kinsmen. A big dinner was served at the Reidelberger home and all the guests enjoyed the talkfest, exchanging reminiscenses.
The following were present:
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Driskill,
Guy Maxwell,
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Clayton,
John Eade and family,
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Reidelberger and daughter Ruth, all of this city,
Luther Reidelberger of Pinckneyville,
Frank Reidelberger and family,
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Logan and daughter Mildred,
Silas Reidelberger and family,
Mrs. Pat Smith and son,
Miss Mamie Hoffman,
John Todd,
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Reidelberger of Rice,
Mrs. Kate Shoe,
Mrs. Lettie Stull and daughter Martha of Mt. Vernon,
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Reidelberger and son Joe of Venice,
Mr. Wilder and family of Mascoutah,
Paul Reidelberger of DuBois,
Mrs. Jennie Diener and daughter Hazel,
Paul Reidelberger and daughter Pauline,
Miss Anna Worsa? and
Mr. and Mrs. Brown of St. Louis,
Ed Reidelberger and son Charlie of Sheller,
Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Reidelberger and sons, Homer and Raymond, of Maroa and
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reidelberger and son Myril of Tamaroa.
 

 
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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
Nov 4, 1915
page 1
John Barczewski of Pilot Knob and Miss Rose Niedbalski of Bolo were married in the Posen Catholic Church Wednesday, Oct 27 by Rev. S. Berent. The sweet bride is the daughter of Supervisor and Mrs. John Niedbalski of Bolo Township, and the groom owns a farm in Pilot Knob Township, where the newlyweds will reside.
 

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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
Dec (? 16), 1920

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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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
Feb 17,1921

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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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
Oct 26, 1922

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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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
Jul 26, 1923

Personal
Agnes and Mary Dalman of St. Louis visited their father, Michael Dalman at DuBois.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Nov 22,1923
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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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
1928
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 occured 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.)
 

Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
April, 1928
from a clipping
[(45 Years Ago) = 1884]
      Mrs. Sarah Lively died at Richview; Burial at Grand Point Church.
 

 
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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
1929
from a clipping
[(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.
 

 
Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
March, 1929
April, 1929
from clippings
[(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.
 

 
Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
Oct 17, 1929
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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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
Nov 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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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
Aug 17, 1933

Furnished by :
Pamela Treme

CHILD INJURED BY WASH MACINE WRINGER
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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  CHAPMAN FAMILY REUNION
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
Jan 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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Nashville, Illinois
Mar 30, 1935

Furnished by :
Marci Kasen

Burglars robbed the baggage room of the Nashville M & I depot of chewing gum and cosmetics.

Deaths:
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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Nashville, Illinois
Mar ?, 1935

Furnished by :
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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Nashville, Illinois
May 22, 1935

Furnished by :
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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Nashville News
Nashville, Illinois
Date: unknown
By: Don Lehnhoff

Furnished by :
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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Nashville News
Nashville, Illinois

Furnished by :
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
Jan 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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page 2 Fifty Five Years Ago
Marriage Licenses were issued to: Herman Jahnke and Martha Kitowski
 

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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
1943
Celebration Well attended
Approximately 60 persons called at the Buckeye House Christmas Eve to congradulate Mr and Mrs J.C. Maier on their 50th wedding anniversary. Out-of-town guests were: Dr and Mrs Hendrickson of Coulterville and Mr and Mrs John Hottes and son of Pinckneyville. Miss Agnes Kleeman and Mrs Forest Revel poured and Mrs Harry Gewe, Miss Clara C. Schmidt, Mrs Kenneth Frieman and Mrs H.J. Schrag assisted in serving.
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Nashville News,
Nashville, Illinois
Sep 30,1943

The St. Charles Catholic Church in Du Bois was the scene Saturday morning of the wedding of Miss Dorothy Szabelski, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Szabelski, and Leo Dalman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Dalman of Tamaroa. Their marriage was performed at 9 o'clock before a gathering of relatives and friends.

The bride was attired in a gown of white satin made on slim, straight lines with gathered fullness at the hips and with inserts of lace trimming the skirt and deep train. Her bridal bouquet was a sheath of white dahlias and baby breath. A frock of blue marquisette and lace for Miss Dorothy Zelasko, the maid of honor, was fashioned with close fitting bodice and skirt, as were the yellow satin dresses worn by Misses Theresa Belinski, Dorothy Dalman and Elaine Krase, the three bridesmaids. All had bouquets of cerise colored dahlias.

Benny Szabelski, Raymond Koerber and Charles Dalman served as attendants to the groom.

A reception and dance for the newly weds was held at Sherman's hall in the evening. Mr. and Mrs. Dalman will reside in St. Louis, where he is employed.

 

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Nashville Journal,
Nashville, Illinois
Apr 1, 1948
Page 4

Beaucoup
Mrs Carl Powell spent Sunday with Miss Sophia Povolish.
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Page 5

Personals
Mr and Mrs Ludwig Sudmeyer of St. Louis visited Wallace Meyer and family Sunday afternoon.
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Page 6

DuBois
Mr and Mrs Frank Marshelak attended the funeral of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Nick Marshalek, of Tameroa Monday of this week.
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  Du Bois
Alex Lukasek and family of St Louis spent the weekend with his mother, Mrs Anna Lukasek.
 
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Apr 8, 1948
Page 4

Frank Kwaitkowski expired at Radom at the age of 102 years. Four children survived him, Mrs A. Kashuba, August, Frank, and Tony.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Apr 22, 1948
Page 3

Real Estate transactions
Benedict Bochantin et al to Claudine Snyder NW NW Section 34 and NW SW and SW NW Section 34 and NW SW and SW NW Section 35, Bolo, $1.00.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
May 6, 1948
Page 6

Du Bois
Mr and Mrs Mike Bochantin of Nashville spent Sunday with Mr and Mrs Ed Lukasek.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
May 20, 1948
Page 1

Marriage Licenses
Louis L. Bochantin............Nashville
Victoria J. Ksycki.....DuBois
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
May 27, 1948
Page 3

Dubois
Mr and Mrs Wm. Kostecki and son, Mr and Mrs Richard Bochantin and daughter, Miss Angela Kostecki and her friend all of St Louis were weekend guests of their parents, Mr and Mrs Frank Kostecki.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Jun 3, 1948
Page 5

Personals
Mrs Della Bishop, Mrs Manus Bishop and daughter, Shirley Ann, and Miss Jo-Ann Biship of Mt Vernon, Ind., came last week to Miss Mary Ella Maier's graduation. Mrs Della Bishop is a sister-in-law of Mrs J C Maier and Mrs Manus Bishop is her niece.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Jun 10, 1948
Page 6

Mr and Mrs Lukasek and daughter and Mrs Peter Bochantin of St Louis spent the weekened with their mother, Mrs Anna Lukasek.
Mr and Mrs Alex Lukasek and daughter and Mrs Peter Bochantin os St Louis accompanied by their mother, Mrs Anna Lukaske of here motored to Evansville, Ind., to visit their uncle and brother-in-law, Nick Milleck who is quite ill.
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  DuBois
Mr and Mrs Richard Bochantin and daughter, Mr and Mrs Ed Kostecki also Frank, jr, Mr and Mrs Andrew Smugala all of St Louis spent the weekend with their parents, Mr and Mrs Frank Kostecki.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Jun 17, 1948
Page 1

Bochantin - Ksycki
On Monday, Jun 7 at nine o'clock a large group if relative and friend gathered at St Charles church at DuBois, to witness the wedding of Miss Victoria J. Ksycki, daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Ksycki of DuBois and Mr Louis L. Bochantin, son of Mr and Mrs Michael Bochantin of Nashville.

To the strains of the "World's Fair Grand March", the bridal party walked down the white carpeted aisle between two rows of palms and passed under a floral arch into the sanctuary. There before the alter, beautifully decorated with white hydrangia and St Joseph lilies, the Rev. Stanley Ksycki, brother of the bride, waited to perform the ceremony.

The bride was given in marriage by her father and was attended by her sister, Miss Irene Ksycki of Scheller, as maid of honor; Miss Mary Ksycki, her sister of East St Louis, Miss Mary Teresa Browy of New Baden and Miss Bernadette Bochantin of St Louis, cousins of the groom, as bridesmaids; Miss Geraldine Bochantin of St Louis, niece of the groom, Miss Patricia Kyscki and Miss LaVerne Grabowski of DuBois, nieces of the bride, as junior brides maids; Miss Margaret Bochantin of St Louis, niece of the groom as flower girl, and Master Lawrence Grabowski of Dubois, nephew of the bride, as ring bearer.

The Maid of Honor was attired in colonial gown of blue marquisette, and bridesmaids wore similar gowns of pink, green and yellow. The three junoir bridesmaids were similarly attired. They all carried colonial bouquets of tinted carnations to match their dresses.

The flower girl wore a white taffeta gown, also in colonial style, and carried a colonial basket of white carnations. The ring bearer wore a white linen suit and carried the satin pillow. In the center of a lace heart were the two rings held to the pillow by a rosette of lace and ribbon.

The groom was attended by his brother, Chas. Bochantin of Nashville as best man and Charles Kania of DuBois, cousin of the groom and Leonard Polczynski of Nashville, cousin of the bride and Emil Moses of DuBois, served as ushers.

The bride was attired in a traditional bridal satin gown styled with net and lace yoke and full skirt which ended in a lace-edged train. The skirt front was raised in two places to show ruffles of net and lace. Her long veil of French illusion was held in place by ruffles of net veil and orange blossoms in sweetheart style. She carried white gardenias and stephanotis on a white prayer book. Her only jewerly was a gold cross and diamond, gift of the groom. Just before leaving the church the bride placed a bouquet of white gladioli at the alter of the Blessed Virgin while the choir sang Shubert's "Ave Maria."

The bride's gift to the girls were pearl neclaces. The groom gave the men gifts of ties and initialed pins.

The mother's of the bride and groom wore corsages of pink rosebuds.

Upon leaving the church the bride and groom were surprised to see a decorated surrey and horses, driver and musician to take them to their home. A reception and dance was held for relatives and friends at the home of the bride's parents. The centerpiece at the dinner was a three-tiered wedding cake elaborately decorated with white scrolls, doves, baskets of roses, and two doves holding tiny wedding rings. On the top was a small figure of the Blessed Mother under a canopy. Silver beads formed a Rosary around the statue and below this were the figures of the bride and groom.

The bride, postmistress of DuBois, will continue her work. The groom is employed at the Peabody Coal Co. of Centralia. They are making their home in DuBois.

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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Jul 1, 1948
Page 1

Burial Sunday
The stillborn child, Diana Carol, born to Mr and Mrs John Sturman Saturday, was intered in Trinity Luthern cemetery Sunday morning. Mrs Sturman was formerly Dorothy Nagel. C Russell Hileman was in charge.
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VISITORS FROM OREGON ENTERTAINED HERE
Mrs. Anna Porker, sister of John and Michael Matecki, and her son Clarence Porker, and daughter, Dewey Newl and husband and granddaughter, Pat Newl of Portland, Oregon, spent two weeks vacation with Mr. and Mrs. John Matecki and children and nephews, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Matecki, John Matecki and family, John Sczpenewski and family, Andrew Sczpenewski, Joe Sczpenewski and family, Sylvester Matecki and family and Frank Matecki and family of St. Louis; nieces, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stern and family, Mrs. Bernard Bochantin and family, Mrs. Casimier Ryterski and family, Mrs. Cyril Malawy and son, Mrs. Frank Marshelk and family, Mrs. Anna Kobza, Mrs. Leo Wypiejewski and family, Mrs. Leo Bonk and family of Madison, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bonk of Overland, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. John Bonsjewski and son of St. Louis. They also attended the Golden Jubilee at Du Bois at which they met many friends and relatives. They attended the opera "Rio Rita" and visited Forest Park in St. Louis. They left for Oregon Saturday.
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Mr and Mrs Carl Harrisch and son and Mrs Peter Bochantin of St Louis spent Sunday with their mother, Mrs Anna Lukasek.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Jul 22, 1948
Page 5

Personals
Mrs JC Maier returned Friday from a visit in Mt Vernon, Indiana. while there she attended the Royal Neighbor picnic.
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Page 6 DuBois
Mr and Mrs John Bochantin of St Louis spent the weekend with relatives here.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Aug 26, 1948
Page 1

Leo Jankowski, jr., has rented Dr. Dean's property on West Adams street.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Sep 2, 1948
Page 4

Fifteen Years Ago
Mrs India Mahala Maxwell departed this life at Oakdale, aged 76 years. She was born at Wheeling, W. Va. coming to this section as a small child. She left her husband, Geo. W. Maxwell; six children, Mrs Mary Kelly, Oliver G., Jos. D., Jas A., Agnes and Ruth Maxwell. Burial took palce at the Maxwell cemetery.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Oct 7, 1948
Page 4

Forty Five Years Ago
A marriage license was secured by Thos. Kuberski and Wladyslawa Dolama.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Nov 11 1948
Page 1

Fifteen Years Ago
Watsi Bochantin of near Nashville was married to Sophie Bergiel in Madison.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Nov 18, 1948
Page 6

Mr and Mrs Ben Bochantin were in Nashville on business Friday.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Dec 2, 1948
Page 3

Du Bois
W Bochantin of St Louis visited here Friday.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Dec 30, 1948
Page 1

Body of Oakdale Soldier on the Way
The body of T/Sgt. Albert J. Stern, son of Mrs Susan Stern of Oakdale, is being returned from Europe on the Army Transport Barney Kirschbaum.

Sgt. Stern, infantryman, who was 26 years old at the time of his death, was killed in action in Germany, April 14, 1945. He had been in service four years and was awarded the purple heart having been wounded in France and Germany several months before his death.

He is survived by his mother and the following brothers and sisters: Ed of Oakdale, Mrs Agnes Skurat of St Louis, Mrs Cornelia Matecki of Nashville, Charles of Rice, William who was also in service, Sarah, Bernard and Theo. at home.

 

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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Jan 6, 1949
Page 5

Locals
The local veterns' office has been informed that the body of T/Sgt. Albert J. Stern has arrived in the states. Funeral services will be held at the Doerr funeral home in Pinckneyville upon arrival of the body.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Jan 13, 1949
Page 1

Liquoir Dealers Elect
Leo Jankowski, jr., was elected president of the Washington county Retail Liquor Dealers Association at the annual meeting held at the Old Rock Inn in Okawville Monday night. Harry Sales of Okawville was elected Vice-president and Bill Young of Ashley, secretary. Jankowski succeeds Herb Mellein, who was disqualified for office as he sold his tavern the past year. He was presented with a pen and pencil set.
The meeting was largely attended and was followed by a fish fry.
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Page 5

Personals
Mrs Harry Bronstein and Mr and Mrs J C Maier returned home Saturday after spending several days in Mt Vernon, Ind. Born in Mt Vernon, Indiana, on August 9, 1872, deceased was the daughter of the late William and Rachie (Bush) Bishop. She was the last surviving member of her family.

Her marriage to John Maier took place on December 24, 1893, in Mt Vernon, Indiana. The family lived in Mt Vernon Indiana, and mt Vernon, Illinois, operating hotels until they moved to Nashville 36 years ago and continued in the hotel business.

Mr Maier preceeded her in death on January 5, 1952, also her only son, Wallace (Bud) Maier, who died on February 11, 1955, and three brothers and one sister.

Mrs Maier was a member of the First Presbyterian church and the Royal Neighbors lodge.

Besides her daughter, Kathryn, others who survive her are; a son-in-law, Edwin Junge; a daughter-in-law, Mrs Mabel George of Nashville; three grandchildren, Mrs Mary Ella Seyler of Nashville; Mrs Budina Bochantin of Collinsville and Wallace Maier of Dupo; nine great grand children; two sisters-in-law, Mrs Romeo Bishop of Mt Vernon, Indiana, and Mrs Louisa Rodel of Evansville; one cousin, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday evening at eight o'clock in the Robt. N. Smith funeral home. Her pastor, the Rev H. Walter White accompanied the body to Bufkin, Indiana, where burial services were held at Miller cemetery Monday morning.

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Locals
Mrs Leo Jankowski, sr., is a patient in the DuQuoin hospital.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Jan 20, 1949
Page 5

Services Saturday
The body of T/Sgt Albert J. Stern, son of Mrs Susan Stern of Oakdale will arive at the Doerr funeral home in Pinckneyville today (Thursday)and services will be held on Saturday at the St Mary's Magdalene's church at Todd's Mill at 9:30 o'clock. Military services will be in charge of the Pinckneyville American Legion.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Jan 27, 1949
Page 1

T-Sgt. Albert J. Stern
Services were held at St Mary Magdalene's church at Todd's Mill Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock for T-Sgt Albert J. Stern, who was killed in action April 14, 1945, near Bad Harzburg, Germany. Father Putas of Posen, Father Terepka of Todd's Mill and Father Terepka of Radom officiated and the John Sattler Post of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Pinckneyville were in charge of military rites. The body was removed from the military cemetery at Margareton Holland.

Albert Stern, son of Mrs Susan Degenhart Stern and the late John W. Stern, was born in Perry county Oct 9, 1917. He lived on a farm with his mother and brothers and sisters before he was called to service April 21, 1941. He was in training in South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Chincateague Island, Virginia and Kentucky and sailed for overseas duty with Co. C 330th Infantry 83 Division on April 1, 1944. He was with the First, Third and Ninth Armies in England, France and Germany, where he met his death. His father preceeded him in death 14 years ago and a brother, Ernest at the age of 10.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs Susan Stern; four brothers, Theodore and Charles of near Rice, Ed of Oakdale and William of St Louis; four sister, Mrs Bernice Kurwicki of Rice, Mrs Cornelia Matecki of Nashville, Mrs Agnes Skurat of St Louis and Sarah of Pinckneyville. of Nashville, Mrs Agnes Skurat of St Louis and Sarah of Pinckneyville.

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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Feb 17, 1949
Page 8

County Is Well Represented in Armed Forces
...The following is a list of men from this county who have enlisted or reenlisted through the local recruiting office.
Dale Beimfohr, Okawville
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Feb 24, 1949
Page 1

Two Bodies
The bodies of two servicemen from Washington county have arrived from Pacific island cemeteries and will be returned to their home for burial, according to Service Officer, Jack Foehr. They are Pvt. Leonard Krawiecki and S/Sgt Leonard A Kania.

Krawiecki, son of Mr and Mrs John Krawiecki of Ashley Rout 2, was killed on Okinawa, May 25, 1945. He enlisted at Nashville Sept 25, 1944, and was killed by enemy fire. Following a military funeral, he was buried in the 77th Division cemetery on Okinawa.

Survivors include: his parents, a brother Daniel and a sister Eleanor. He was 19 years of age at the time of his was killed.

Kania, son of Mr and Mrs Charles Kania of DuBois, was killed in action on Okinawa April 8, 1945. He enlisted in November 1942 at St Louis and was in Co B of the 96th Division. He was born in Bolo township in 1921 and is survived by his parents and a number of sisters and brothers.

Local funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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Oakdale
Mr and Mrs Lyle Soeteber and Carol Jean of East St Louis visited over the weekend with their respective parents, Mr and Mrs Henry Soeteber and Mr and Mrs Harry Osborne.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Mar 3, 1949
Page 5

Locals
The Sunshine Class of Wesley Methodist church will meet at the country home of Mrs Waldo Finke Tuesday evening, March 8 Mrs Wallace Maier is co-hostess. Members are asked to meet in the church basement at 7 pm at which time cars will leave.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Mar 24, 1949
Page 1

Kania Funeral
The largest soldier funeral ever held in the county took place Monday morning at nine o'clock at St Charles church at DuBois for Sgt Leonard Kania, son of Mr and Mrs Charles Kania of west DuBois. Father Ceranski officiated and the John C Atchinson Post of the American Legion of here was in charge of the military rites.

Sg Kania, who was 23 when he was killed, April 8, 1945, enlisted at St Louis in November 1942, and became a member of the 96th Division Co B., after going overseas with an Infantry unit in 1944.

Besides his parents, he is survived by five brothers, Marion (Navy Vet), Edward, (Merchant Marine), Charles jr., Joe Eugene and two sisters Lucille and Mary Lou

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  Krawiecki Rites
Funeral services for Pvt Leonard Krawiecki of Ashley Route 2, were held this morning (Thursday) at St Michael's church at Radom. The body arrived in Ashley Tuesday morning at 12:09 am and was at the Kringer funeral home. The John C. Atchison Post rendered military honors.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Apr 28, 1949
Page 7

DuBois
Mr and Mrs Louis Bochantin and daughter and Miss Joan Polczynski visited in St Louis Sunday.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
May 19 1949
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Du Bois
Mrs Peter Bochantin of St Louis spent a few days with her mother, Mrs Anna Lukasek and other relatives.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Jun 23, 1949
Page 4

Oakdale
Mr and Mrs Lyle Soeteber and Carol Jean departed Saturday for Kent, Ohio, where Lyle will attend the summer session at the university working toward his master's degree.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Jun 30, 1949
Page 5

Fifteen years ago
Marriage licenses were issued to:
Val Kruz and Martha Paskiewicz, Posen.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Jul 14, 1949

County Youth Badly Hurt in Crash Sunday
Two county youths and a St Louis resident were seriously injured in a head-on highway crash on the west outskirts of DuBois early last Sunday morning.

All three were taken to the Centralia hospital where Monday they were reported recovering.

They injured were: Alex Liszewski, 22, Nashville, who sustained a broken right leg, severe body bruises and cuts about the face. He underwent a leg operation on Tuesday which was termed "successful."

Frank Kostecki, 19, DuBois suffering from a broken right arm, dislocation of the right knee and hip and a bad scalp cut.

Frank Musial, 22, St Louis, driver of one car, recovering from a broken ankle and numerous cuts and bruises.

The driver of the other vehicle was said to have been from Pinckneyville but his name was not learned by anyone at the scene of the crash.

Kostecki, Riding in the back seat, said the three were returning from a dance hall west of DuBois. The other car was going west.

Musial said the other driver appeared to be swerving on the road and that he couldn't get over far enough to get out of his way. He said the cars collided nearly head-on. The accident occured about 12:30 am.

Kostcki and Musial are both employed by the Bemus Bag Co. of St Louis, while Liskewski farms near here.

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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Jul 21, 1949
Page 2
Thirty five Years Ago
Marriage licenses were issued to:
Stan. Kurwicki and Annie Kitowski, Bolo.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Sep 3, 1949
Page 7
Mrs Katie Riece of St Louis spent the weekend with her parents, Mr and Mrs John Przygoda.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Sep 8, 1949
Page 7

Oakdale
Walter Maxwell and his daughter, Mrs Albert Koenig accompanied their brother and uncle, Dr J D Maxwell to his home at Grey Summit, Mo, last Wednesday.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Sep 15, 1949
Page 5
Alex Liszewski of Nashville and Norvin Bultman of Okawville were discharged from the Centralia hospital.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Oct 6, 1949
Page 1
Andrew Rybacki
Andrew Rybacki, 93, father of Mrs Mary Kwaitkowski of this city, died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr and Mrs Sylvester Kuperski of near DuBois Sunday night.
 
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock at St Michael's church at Radom with burial in the church cemetery.
 
He is survived by two daughters mentioned above and five sons, Steve of Nashville, Mike of St Louis, Leo and Alex of Dubois and Ignatz of Posen.
 
He was grandfather of John and Walter Kwiatkowski of this city and Walter Rybacki, who is employed here.
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Oct 10, 1949
Page 8
Forty Five Years Ago
Those securing marriage license were:
Leon Jankowski and Victoria Slahetka
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Nashville Journal
Nashville, Illinois
Dec 15, 1949
Page 1
Tavern Here Robbed
Leo Jankowski, jr.'s tavern was burglarized early Tuesday morning and according to Jankowski $40 in cash was stollen, a stock of liquoir amounting to about $450 and 35 cartons of cigarettes.
 
Jankowski said that the burglary occured some time after one in the morning and entrance was gained by breaking a window on the chat side of the building. He said some of the liquoir taken included his Christmas stock not on display. It was also discovered later that a new Remington automatic rifle was missing.
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Royal Neighbors Elect Offiers
The following officers were elected by the Royal Neighbor Lodge Thursday night:.......
Inner_ Senhtinel, Mrs Mabel Maier ....
Installation will be held Jan. 12

 

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