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Township 1 South, Range 5 West
Washington County, Illinois
      The name of the village of Venedy comes from "Vene", a small village in Hanover, Germany.
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- History -
This Is Washington County -- 1818 - 1968 -- Illinois Sesquincentennial
      by the Sesquincentennial Committee of the Historical Society of Washington County
      Prior to 1837, the following families were living at Venedy: Joseph Kinyon Sr.. who had two sons also living in this precinct. Daniel and Joseph Jr.. and the Richard Walton family. Among the early settlers there were families by the name of Jones, William, Wilson, Brown and Dr. E. Hale.
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1879 History of Washington County, Illinois
Brink, McDonough & Co.; Philadelphia;
Corresponding Office, Edwardsville, ILL.; 1879
      In 1840, G. H. Brockschmidt laid out the town of Venedy on Sec. 34, and donated three acres of land to church and school purpose.
      The first church built in the village of Venedy was a frame structure erected in 1841, by the Evangelical Lutheran denomination.
      In 1861, the members of the same church erected a fine brick edifice on the site of the old frame church; with its beautiful symmetrical spire of 110 feet in height, makes the building an ornament to the village. The same congregation also built a substantial brick school house, with all the modern improvements. They also built, on the same tract of land, a comfortable residence for the minister and teacher.
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St. Salvador Lutheran
St. Salvator Lutheran
(both spellings are seen in various articles)
Photographs and article courtesy of Lynn Snyder
St. Salvator Lutheran church   St. Salvator Lutheran church 1901
St. Salvator Lutheran sign
      "St Salvator Lutheran Church in Venedy shown with Rev. Wm Steinmann and his congregation around 1901. The church was founded in 1842, and the present church was built in 1863 and 1865 at a cost of $5000."
      St. Salvador Lutheran, Venedy, IL [1842]:
German Lutherans settled in the vicinity of Venedy,then called Elkhorn Prairie, in 1838-39. They were interested in obtaining a Lutheran pastor. Occasional trips were made to St. Louis to sell their produce and buy supplies. On one of these trips they met members of a group of Saxon Lutherans who had come to St. Louis in 1839. Through these people they got in contact with Dr. F. C. Walther, who was instrumental in providing a pastor for them in the person of Rev. Ottomar Fuebringer. Pastor Fuerbinger organized these Germans into a Lutheran congregation in 1840. The worship services were held in the village of Johannisburg, in a building that doubled for church and school. Dissension rose among the members on matters of Christian doctrine and practice; part of the congregation remained faithful to the Lutheran Confessions and seceded from this congregation in 1842, and organized the San Salvador Lutheran congregation in the village of Venedy.
See also : St. Salvador Lutheran Church & Cemetery
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This Is Washington County -- 1818 - 1968 -- Illinois Sesquincentennial
      by the Sesquincentennial Committee of the Historical Society of Washington County
Brockschmidt Anvil in Venedy  
      Washington County has several unusual memorials, but the one that really is unique is shown here, the Brockschmidt family anvil, now permanently mounted at the gateway to the Brockschmidt village park at Venedy.
      The 700-pound anvil was brought to this country well over a century ago from Germany, the three months voyage across the Atlantic being by sailboat. The anvil has been in the Brockschmidt family well over a century, is heavier than those in use today. It also is shaped differently.
      The Joseph Kinyon family was the first to settle in the area that later became Venedy. in 1822. Fifteen years later, G. H. Brockschmidt bought out Kinyon's land interests, and became the first German settler here, if not the first in the county.
      Brockschmidt came from a little town in Germany called Vene. He merely added the "dy" and Venedy was born.
      There is no "spreading chestnut tree" shading the old anvil today, but it is reminiscent of the pioneers who labored hard to change the brown-sedged prairies of this county into fertile farms. The anvil in its gold paint is reminiscent of an age that is gone, growing more valuable with the passing of the years.
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- Newspaper Extracts -
The Western Rural and American Stockman, Chicago, Illinois, October 10, 1891, Page 9
      Some unknown person threw a bundle of clothing saturated with kerosene oil and burning into the hopper of the large grain elevator at Venedy, III., owned by William Kopler. An employee of Kopler discovered the fire and extinguished it before there was serious damage. The affair caused great excitement in that community.
True Republican, Sycamore, Dekalb County, Illinois, August 7, 1895, Page 4
Killed by Jokers.
      Near Venedy station, east of Mascoutah, Blazer Ely, a well-known character of the community, aged 63 years, had been on a three weeks spree, and his associates packed his trousers with shavings and live coals of fire, intending, it was supposed, to tantalize the old man by the smoke caused thereby. The coals set fire to the shavings, and in a few minutes time the would-be jokers found their victim burning to death. The fire was extinguished, but the old man died a few hours later.
The Urbana Courier - Herald, Urbana, Illinois, October 16, 1910, Page 1
Strange Disease Is Fatal.
      Nashville, Oct. 15. -- Lydia Schaubert, eight years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schaubert of Venedy, this county, died of a strange disease, which baffled the skill of the best physicians. For four months she had to be swung constantly day and night In a hammock, by relatives, and friends, as nothing else would alleviate her intense pain. Her father, who became blind during her Illness, is also afflicted with a strange and seemingly incurable malady.
Prairie Farmer, Chicago, Illinois, September 9, 1922, Page 10
Water Witching
      I noticed in the soils and crops column of the Prairie Farmer in issue of August 26 where H. P. of Minn, inquires about the truth of water-witching or hunting underground water with a peach twig. I think that it is not a superstition, but a well known fact that it can be done.
      My grandfather, Henry Steinkap, died in July 1919 at the age of 92. He told me a few years before his death that he had treated about a hundred wells by the peach-twig method.
      Of course I do not know all of these wells nor the owners of them, but I am going to give you a few names and addresses of persons for whom he located wells. They are living in my neighborhood.
      One well tor Herman Boeschon, township supervisor, R. 1 Venedy, Ill.; Mrs. Henry Recker, same address; Mr. Charles Barkau, Okawville, Ill. He hunted well for Mr . Boesehen when he was at least 90 years. He never failed once. He would take a peach twig firmly m both hands the butt end pointing up. As soon as he came to a place where water was underground the peach twig would bend down. If it twisted off there was plenty of water. If bent down but did no twist off there would be water but not enough in the dry season. My grandfather declared that it depended upon the nerves. It must be because nobody succeeded in doing it around here. ~~ HENRY W. STEINKAP Washington Co., Ill.
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- Coal Mining -
      In Venedy Township, in Sections 1, 2, 11 - 16, 19 - 36; the Venedy Coal Company operated a mine from 1922 to 1928, then Adolph Brocksmith operated it from 1928 to 1933 and then it returned to Venedy Coal Company and was operated from 1933 until 1969
  Venedy Coal Mine
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- Venedy Mill -
This Is Washington County -- 1818 - 1968 -- Illinois Sesquincentennial
      by the Sesquincentennial Committee of the Historical Society of Washington County
Mill in Venedy  
      The large flour mill, now being updated at Venedy, is a product of another century. The first mill was erected in the year 1859 by J. F. Brockschmidt and company. It was operated by this firm for two years, then became the property of the Brockschmidt Brothers. It was destroyed by fire in 1873, rebuilt the same year. The substantial brick structure still stands, and is used daily.
      From 1873 to 1879 the mill was owned and operated by the firm of J. F. Brockschmidt and Son. During those years it had a capacity of 200 barrels of flour in a day. After 1879 the property stood idle for about ten years. Then in 1890 it was remodeled to a roller system and was operated by Herman Rede and William Meyer. When Rede died two years later, Peter Jost took his place.
      During the five years that Jost was in the firm William Sieving was a miller apprentice. In 1897 the firm dissolved and William Meyer became the sole owner.
      On January 7, 1898, disaster struck the mill when the twin boilers blew up. Fortunately the blast occurred when the mill was idle, and there were no casualties.
      The mill stood idle until the turn of the century. On July 1, 1900, the work of remodeling and repairing was started, and by August 15 the mill was back in operation. From this time until 1923 it operated on a reduced scale of about a hundred barrels of flour daily.
      Then came World War I, and again the mill was idled. Finally acquired by Wm. Noser, the mill was sold to the Huegely Elevator Co. of Nashville in 1946. Today, the same is operated as a feed warehouse and service institution by the Washington County Service Company, with Stanley Schuessler as manager. The huge brick building is a landmark in Washington County, and seems about as rugged today as it was when it was built.
See also : Huegely Milling Company & Huegely Elevator

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