News article about Daniel Gass, Oakdale, Washington County, Illinois, 1903

Oakdale — Daniel Gass has been suffering with rheumatism for the past week but is reported some better. (Nashville Journal, Nashville, Washington County, IL, 5 March 1903)


James Guy, administrator of Elizabeth Maxwell’s estate, Washington County, Illinois, 1856

James Guy (James R. Guy), along with Jesse Hall, served as administrator of Elizabeth Maxwell’s estate in Washington County, Illinois, in 1856. Elizabeth Maxwell was James Guy’s mother-in-law. The “Notice to Claimants” ran multiple times in the Nashville Journal, Nashville, Washington County, Illinois. The copy below was from the January 1, 1857 edition.

Notice to Claimants

All persons having claims against the estate of Elizabeth Maxwell, late of Washington County deceased, are hereby notified to present the same to the County Court of said County, at the December term, thereof, to be held on the third Monday of said Month, when and where I shall attend for the adjustment of Said Claims; and all persons indebted to said Estate, are requested to make immediate payment.

Nov. 6, 1856          Jesse Hall    James Guy Adms.


Marriage of Reuben J. Chorpenning and Helen J. Buhrman, “Nashville Journal,” Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, 4 April 1918

Reuben John Chorpenning was the son of George B. McClellan Chorpenning and Cora Belle Logan Chorpenning. Helen Jean Buhrman was the daughter of Theodore Buhrman and Nancy “Nannie” Kerr Buhrman. Al Logan (erroneously listed as A.L. below) was Reuben Chorpenning’s cousin. “Mrs. A.L. Logan” — DeIna Ruth Buhrman — was Helen Buhrman’s sister.


Newspaper article, “Nashville Journal,” Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, 1939

The Nashville Journal runs a wonderful “It Happened Here” feature. In the March 26, 2014 edition of “It Happened Here” — 75 years ago, 1939:

Discovery of oil at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Pilot Knob Township and a successful test in DuBois caused talk of an oil boom in Washington County.

Oil pumps are still visible — some working — “behind” Oak Grove (Presbyterian) Cemetery today. Many years ago, Reuben Chorpenning and Helen Buhrman(n) Chorpenning filed suit to try and recover some funding from the oil company because both Reuben and Helen had relatives buried at Oak Grove Cemetery. In Rube’s case, there are several Chorpennings buried at Oak Grove, including his father, George B. McClellan Chorpenning (no stone extant). In Helen’s, her mother, father, and sister — Nancy “Nannie” Kerr Buhrman, Theodore Buhrman, and Georgie Buhrman — are buried at Oak Grove as is George Henderson, her g-grandfather, and her grandmother, Sarah Smith Henderson (assumed; no stone).


Guy, Campbell, Logan, McElhaney news, Oakdale, “Nashville Journal,” Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, 1894, 1895

From Oakdale

John Guy and family, also son-in-law Thomas Campbell and family, left for Cherokee county, Kan., on Monday of this week. (Friday, August 17, 1894)

From Oakdale

Mrs. Logan has moved into her own property, formerly occupied by Rev. Fravart.

Work was begun on the R.P. manse Monday morning. The contract for digging the cellar and cistern was taken by Elihu Logan…. (Friday, August 31, 1894)

From Oakdale

Charles McElhaney, of Princeton [Indiana], was here attending his mother’s funeral Wednesday. Mrs. McElhanny [sic] died at her home in Oakdale Monday morning. She was a sufferer for years which resulted in a tumor causing her death. She leaves two sons and grandchildren. She was a member of the R.P. Church and delighted in public service and was seldom absent if able to attend. (Friday, November 8, 1845)


In 1882, this is how some Civil War veterans spent Decoration Day

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day.

Robert M. Carrick, a Civil War veteran who served in Co. F, 10th Missouri Volunteer Infantry Regiment, U.S.A. (Union), married Lucinda “Cindy” Jane Logan in Perry County, Illinois, in 1874. Robert M. Carrick was shot in the shoulder in a frontal assault — a classic Civil War infantry charge — at Vicksburg in 1863. Although his arm wasn’t amputated, it was nearly useless and caused him great pain. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1863. He and Cindy and their children made their home in Washington County, Illinois. This is how he and other Civil War veterans spent Decoration Day in 1882 (and many other Decoration Days as well).

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Source: Nashville Journal, Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, 2 June 1882

Decoration Day

Decoration at “old Elkhorn” Church yard was a very successful affair. The crowd was called together on nearly the same spot and sang the same psalm that Capt. Todd’s Company sang, as they left for the war. The old soldiers were ordered into line by Capt. Coulter; the ladies following with flowers, marched to each grave, laid upon it their offerings of love, while the Captain announced the name and Reg., where died, etc.; thus there were 62 graves decorated. A monument bearing the names of those left in the…south, was carried into the yard. There were present forty old soldiers, representing 20 Regiments, as follows: 10th Missouri Wm. Miller, R. Carrick, A.T. Kennedy, John Luney, Wm. McConnell, Joe Temple and M. Keady….

Source: Nashville Journal, Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, Friday, 2 June 1882 (excerpt)