Saturday, February 28, 2015

National Genealogy Day

We all carry inside
us those who came 
before us.....

The Lucas County Genealogical Society invites you to join us on Saturday, March 14, 2015 to celebrate National Genealogy Day.

Please join us from 10 o'clock a.m. to 3 o'clock p.m. in the Laura Curtis Family History Room and the LCGS rooms at the Chariton Public Library to celebrate an  Open House.

The Library is located at 803 Braden Ave. in Chariton, Iowa.

Lucas County Genealogy Society members will be available to assist with any questions and lead tours of our genealogy library.  

Refreshments will be served.  There are handicap accessible entrances in addition to onsite parking at the rear of the library.

We invite you for a day filled with fun and family!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

LCHC Kicks Off 3rd Annual Festival of Trees

   LCHC is decking the hall with beautifully adorned trees and wreaths that will be up for auction at the 3rd annual Festival of Trees on Saturday, Nov. 29.
   This year's event will kick off with a vendor fair from 2-5:30 p.m. at Carpenter's Hall.  Vendors in attendance include Norwex, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Thirty-One Bags, Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, and many, many more!  Admission to this event is fee for all attendees.  Local talent will provide entertainment during the vendor/craft fair.  Community members are also invited to view the trees and wreaths that will be up for auction later in the evening.
   The evening portion of the event will kick off with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner, provided by Cater 2 U, at 6:30 p.m.  Following dinner, LCHC will hold both a raffle and live auction for the beautifully decorated trees and wreaths.  Tickets for this portion of the evening are $10 per person, which covers the cost of the meal.
   This year, the following businesses/organizations are donating a decorated tree or wreath.  LCHC OB Department, Johnson Machine Works, Origami Owl, and more.  Hy-Vee and Midwest Heritage are sponsoring this event.
   For more information or to RSVP for the event contact Jena Wiley at 641-774-3219 or visit

Lights on CHS Baseball Field A Go

Chariton Leader, November 18, 2014
Sandra Knebel, Staff Writer

   At last Monday night's meeting of the Chariton Community School District's Board of Directors, a bid from Van Maanen Electric in Newton was approved for lighting the baseball field.  The Board was advised that just under $104,000 has been raised from the "Night Vision Campaign," including matching funds, for use toward the total bid amount of $178,891.  The Board committed an additional $50,000 from Physical Plant and Equipment funds.
  Since the meeting, Coach Jake Schroeder announced that the Coons Foundation is willing to match half of the $26,000 balance if the businesses and organizations and individuals in town are willing to make $13,000 in contributions.
   The scope of work to be provided by Van Maanen includes trenching and back-filling, setting and installation of sports lighting, providing and setting ground boxes as needed, complete electrical system, new wood stand for the new electrical equipment to be mounted, complete grounding system, seeding and electrical permit and inspection fees. 

Why I Visited The Genealogy Room at the Chariton Library

From the Lucas County Notes & Shakin' the Family Tree - Volume 16 Issue 1 - Jan. - Feb. - March 2011
By Barbara Timmons

She discovers why she visited Chariton Library

   Hello, my name is Barbara Timmins, and I'm from Altoona, Iowa. My dad lived in Chariton from 1933 to 1943 when his family moved to Des Moines. Dad died on Dec. 2, 2009. My dad thought family history was very important, and told my brothers and I many stories from when he was growing up, both in Chariton and in Des Moines. I have a wonderful story for you about an experience I had in Chariton in July of this year. I thought I'd share it with you.
   In July of this year, my mom and I went to Chariton, where my dad, Earl Agan grew up, to the public library so I could look at microfilm of Chariton newspapers. Someone has compiled a database of every name that has ever been in any of the Chariton papers and listed them as obituaries, marriage announcement, birth announcement or story, etc.
   I had a list of things I wanted to look at from this database. When we got there, the woman said to me, "You know, you can look at these newspapers in Des Moines at the Historical Building?" And I said, "Well that's okay, I needed to go to the cemetery, too, so it was okay I traveled down here."
   I was in a back room in the basement of the Chariton Library; sitting at the microfilm machine and to my right was a bookshelf with Chariton school yearbooks, information about Chariton schools, etc.  There is this one binder, black or dark blue, I can't remember. It was nothing fancy. It had a paper taped to the spine that said "Chariton School Photos," and I could tell that there were some plastic sleeves inside with photos stuck in them.  Again, nothing fancy, but my eye kept getting drawn to this binder. I had looked inside a few yearbooks and one big binder with information about Chariton schools but I finally gave in and took the binder off of the shelf. I decided that there must be a reason for me to look at this darn binder.
  So I opened it up, and the first page, first photo, is a group of kindergarten or first graders, and in the front row, center, is my dad.  I took the binder out and showed it to my mom, and told her that was the reason I was to come to Chariton and sit in that little room! It's like my dad was there with me, egging me on to look inside this plain binder, because he knew he would be there looking back at me.
   There are no names or dates on this photo or the three following it. I've sent the photo to my dad's best friend growing up to see if he is in the photo as well and if he can shed some light on when it was taken, or other names of children in the photo.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Dog-on Mean Trick

From the Chariton Democrat of Dec. 19, 1889

   H. L. Dukes, out east of town, had an episode last Tuesday week that has a funny side to it. Among his possessions was a youthful dog, which Mr. Dukes had hitherto been regarding as a common plug pup of no particular value. But Jack Berry had recently been there. He is authority on all questions pertaining to livestock from the crook of a cow’s horn to the scent of a dog’s nose. Jack discovered that this neglected up
was a blue-blooded Scotch terrier of the purest strains, and revealed his conclusion to this owner, where upon the Dukes dog stock suddenly rose in value and Mr. Dukes refused a fabulous offer for him. Jack evidently spoke favorably of the dog to others, for the next day the despoiler came and robbed Mr. Dukes of his treasure. He was alone on the place at the time. He saw the man drive up with a team of which one of the horses was gray, riding in a new Glenn wagon. He immediately missed the dog and was morally certain the gray horse and Glenn wagon hauled him away.
   He set about to find the dog. He told his grief to Milburn Hobson, among others. Milburn offered to reveal the whereabouts of the dog for one dollar. He was a sort of a clairvoyant and thought he could find him. The price being cheap and payment being satisfactorily arranged, Milburn revealed the fact that the dog was at his home whither he had taken him Tuesday evening after paying fifty cents for him to the man with the gray horse and Glenn wagon who resides in Chariton.
   We hope the man with the gray horse and new Glenn wagon (who shall be nameless here) will not faint when he reads this. But it was a dastardly trick to steal a hundred dollar dog and sell him for fifty cents.
   Shame on such improvidence! 

Toothache Often Stopped Delivery of Mail

Chariton Leader 06-14-1932

Citizens Appointed Themselves As Deputy Postmasters on Mail Days

   The first post office to be established in Lucas County was built about the year 1853 and Nelson Westcott was the first postmaster. It was located on the northeast corner of the square and also furnished a home for the postmaster.
   In 1853 mail was delivered to Chariton once a week by horseback by a man named Clark. On the day the mail was expected one or two would start to the highest point of land to see if the carrier was coming; for sometimes he failed to appear. One week the mail was not delivered because the carrier had a toothache.
   When the scouts aforesaid reported the mail carrier in sight on the prairies, the crowd would gather at the post office spending the time in light conversation interspersed with heave comments upon matters and things in general.
   The mail carrier, upon his arrival, would be speedily relieved of his saddle bags by the first deputy postmaster to reach him – all the citizens constituted themselves deputies for the time being.  The mail pouch being opened and the mail matter scattered on the floor, as many as could get around it, got down on their knees and each one grabbing a package would open it and call out the name of the party addressed, somewhat in this style:
   “Judge Layton, a letter, looks like a woman’s handwriting, post marked Burlington – from your girl, Judge, I expect; ain’t you glad – she did not write last week, you know.”
   Other comments would be liberally indulged in until another victim was found. By the way this same Judge – in show what heroic deeds and sacrifices love will prompt – one week being disappointed, no mail arriving, he footed it all the way to Albia and returned with the mail bag on his back.
   Weekly newspapers, sometimes a week or two old, were received eagerly and just as eagerly read.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Veteran's Day Programs Held at Local Schools

Chariton Herald-Patriot, November 13, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

Columbus Kids Participate in Veteran's Day Assembly

Pictured are the veterans up front that were honored at the Veteran's Day program held at Columbus School Tuesday morning.  Pictured seated in front from left is Vickie Jordan seated by her son-in-law Matthew Davis, who served in the Army.  Third from left is Steven Mundy, who served in the Army; Jim See, who served in the Army and National Guard; Deb Kleinman, U.S. Air Force; Larry Anderson, Iowa Army and National Guard; standing is Jake Willis, who served in the U.S. Navy; Mary Katherine Laird, U.S. Army; Ed Cauley, U.S. Army; and Don Garrett, U.S. Army.  Pictured standing in the back at the left:  Jake Rodgers, who served in the Marines; and Brant Paige, who served in the Army.  (Bill Howes Photo).

   After an introduction by Teacher Bethany Lahart and the Veteran's, the students sang the National Anthem, followed by the kindergarten class leading everyone in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.  Then the kindergarten class sang a song to a video in which they thanked veterans for their service and fighting with pride and honor for their country.  The first grade class held a reader's theater where they honored veterans for serving their country.
   Don Garrett of American Legion Post 102 told the students about the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day.  He told them that Memorial Day is for honoring the veteran's who have died while Veteran's Day is for honoring veteran's who have died as well as those that are living and are protecting us today.
   Everyone observed a moment of silence and Adam Bahr played TAPS on the trumpet to end the ceremony.

Veteran's Day Program Held at Van Allen Elementary

   Students and faculty gathered around the flagpole in front of Van Allen Elementary for the Veteran's Day program held Tuesday morning.
   American Legion Post 102 Commander Don Garrett and American Legion Auxiliary member, Mary Katherine Laird, hoisted the American and the Iowa Flags on the flagpole.
   Van Allen fifth grader, Macy Wood, read a poem where she said that they were proud of all of our soldiers who have fought for us and all of our rights.
   Chariton High School student, Mikayla Rich, then sang the National Anthem.  Adam Bahr played TAPS on the trumpet to conclude the ceremony.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

People's Choice Hay Bale Art Winners Announced

Chariton Leader, November 11, 2014

Winners picture's appear in the Lucas County People Blog  page

Pictured is the People's Choice first place winner in the Business Division, the large cat done by Adoptable Paws Rescue located between the car wash and Shopko on Court Avenue in Chariton.
2nd place went to the pumpkin at Frontier Trading Post.  3rd place went to the semi at Midwest Family Mutual Insurance.

Pictured is the People's Choice first place winner in the Youth Division, Mater the Truck done by Chariton FFA at the NRCS office building (Bill Howes photos).
2nd place went to the Very Hungry Caterpillar done by John and Zander Curran.  3rd place went to the Drummer Boy done by Sawyer and Carver Dow.

2nd place went to Ferdinand The Bull done by Lyle and Char Asell. In this sculpture the Bull has a Boston Terrier biting at its tail.  3rd place went to the Hay Henge done by Dave and Jane Beatty.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

37,162 Meals Packaged for the Hungry

Chariton Leader, November 4, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

At left from the front:  Bill Anstey, Denny Bisgard and John Neel.  At right from
the front:  Bill McCorkle, Martha Kratzer and Barbara McCormick.
   Workers packaging meals for the hungry set a new record with the number of meals they packaged in the community room at Southgate Apartments in Chariton on October 27.  Volunteers were packaging meals for the Sixth Annual Kids Against Hunger event and they obliterated the record they set last year with a whopping 37, 162 meals packaged.  This more than doubled the 18,144 meals that were packaged last year.
   There were 78 volunteers working this year and they worked an hour longer than last year going from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The goal this year was to fill 150 boxes with food and they surpassed that by filling 172 boxes.  The meals packed in Chariton will all go to help the hungry in Guatemala.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lucas County Courthouse Gets A Face Lift

Chariton Herald-Patriot
Kris Patrick, Staff Writer

   Karr Tuckpointing of Vinton has been hired to give our historical Courthouse the equivalent of a much needed face lift.  The 37-year-old company has a respected reputation in the area of masonry restoration.
   Over the next few weeks we will see the extension lifts extended as workers drill out and replace deteriorated mortar in stonework joints.  Cracks in the stone will be repaired and joints replaced.  Exterior Sheet Metal will be installing gutters and downspouts on the 120-year-old building.
   In addition, metal caps will be placed atop the finials at the very top of the clock tower to prevent deterioration.  Also woodwork around the attic windows will be repainted and other maintenance will be undertaken.