from the Chariton Herald-Patriot, November 22, 1973
"To Get a Prairie Chicken", a book based on articles written by Elizabeth Tuttle of Chariton will go on sale at financial institutions in the area Friday.
The 200 Page-book, illustrated, covers human interest "stories of those who created a new life in Mid-America". A limited number of copies will be available and it is stressed that when the supply is exhausted that no more will be printed.
All profits from the sale of the paperbacked volume will be allocated to the Lucas County Historical Society's building project.
The book, which gets its title from a story in Chapter XXXIX, is dedicated to Mrs. J.G. Garton and the late Mrs. M.C. Fisher for their efforts in creating the Lucas County Historical Society and its museum.
The articles are a compilation of those that have been published during the last six years in the Chariton Newspapers.
"The book is being released just in time for Christmas giving. A copy autographed by the author is certain to become more valuable through the years. It is the type that is handed down from generation to generation," commented John Baldridge, Chariton publisher.
Contained in the book are stories, carefully researched by Mrs. Tuttle on human interest stories of the past involving mining, Indians, schools, fire departments, tragedies, the Civil War, and many others. Individuals and families who were prominent in shaping the institutions and past of the area comprise much of the book. There are a total of 41 photographs providing the illustration of dress, architecture and life of various decades, from "Old Betsy" and the "Big Rock" to now demolished schools.