Thursday, May 26, 2011

Historic Register Nomination Presented

Fred and Sherry Steinbach and the Chariton Historic Preservation Commission invited the public to hear architectural historian Molly Myers-Naumann give her presentation of the nomination of the Steinbach home to the National Register of Historic Places.

The presentation was Monday May 2, 5:30pm at the Steinbach home.  The home, a William Perkins design, was recently featured in a special section of the Chariton Herald-Patriot.  It was built in 1918 by Chariton entrepeneur J.T. Crozier and is being nominated for placement on the national register of Historic Places.

The nomination is part of a district placement which includes five other buildings in Chariton designed by Mr. Perkins, already listed on the National Register.

On the same day, at 12:30pm, CHPC hosted a walking tour of the historic business district.  The tour was started on the south steps of the Chariton Public Library.  The gazebo on the courthouse lawn was the rainy day venue.  Molly Myers-Naumann conducted the tour as part of National Preservation Month.

James Crozier (J.T.) came to Chariton from Ohio in 1878.  He leased a building on the southeast corner of the Chariton square in 1886 and opened a general store.  He sold a variety of wares including groceries, dry goods, yard goods, sewing machines, and chickens by the dozen.  Crozier and his second wife, Mollie Penrose, were parents of three children.  The Crozier's lived on 4½ acres where the Steinbach's house sits.  The acreage housed the home, a barn, orchard and garden.  Mr. Crozier continued in business until his death in 1936.

Photos of the Chariton Cemetery were recently entered into the photo gallery of the national Register of Historic Places.  The cemetery was listed on the NRHP in 2010.  You may view the photos at National Register of Historic Places

Friday, May 20, 2011

"American Pickers" visit Pierce's Pumpkin Patch

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An article covering this story appeared in the Chariton Leader, May 17, 2011, written by Bill Howes.

TV Show "American Pickers" placed Pierce's Pumpkin Patch in the spotlight recently when it paid a visit to John and Joy Pierce's Pumpkin Patch, one of  our local landmarks in Lucas County.  The purpose for the visit was to film an episode and to wander around and buy some unique antique items.  Pierce's Pumpkin Patch is located 12 miles north of Chariton along Highway 14.

John and Joy loved meeting "The Pickers", Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz and found them to be very down to earth and enjoyable people.  No one was quite sure when the episode will air and said that it may be in the next three or four months.  The new season for the show starts in July.  It did finally air on September 26, 2011 at 8pm on the History Channel.  Also some members of the Columbia Fire Department appeared.

"American Pickers" airs on the history Channel Monday evenings at 8pm central time.  Mike and Frank search for unusual antiques, purchase them and restore them back to their original state.  The filming at Pierce's took four hours last Tuesday, May 10, from 2-6pm.  There were people from the show at their operation for eight straight hours.  They filmed the operation and asked a lot of questions.    Mike and Frank are both Iowa boys and they were just super and down to earth.  Mike and Frank have a resale shop in LeClaire, Iowa called Antique Archaeology.

Mike and Frank came rolling into their farm with five vehicles including a motor-home, a U-haul truck and three vans including their trademark van.  There were at least 10 people from the show present.  Two finance people keep track of the things Mike and Frank buy and how much they cost.


John and Joy's 50 pound bronze Tom Turkey was very impressive to the show's crew.  They have had Tom for five years and he's on display for kids to look at during pumpkin season.  The crew filmed that turkey for 15 minutes.  The cameramen got in the pen with it and got as close to it as you could with the turkey strutting the whole time.  They said the Tom would make the show.

A fold-down bathtub and some advertising signs got Mike and Frank's full attention.  The tub is from the 1880's.  This is a tin bathtub in a wooden frame that fits up against the wall.    They bought a couple of the signs advertising businesses in Chariton.  The hanging license plates that belonged to John's granddad also were liked.  The plates span 60 years from 1914-1974.  Some framed newspaper articles which hang on the wall in a shed and are from World War II also drew their interest. 

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Congratulations Lucas County Health Center for 50 years of Service

The April 26, 2011 Chariton Leader Newspaper had a large article about the 50 year anniversary of the Lucas County Health Center with pictures.  Pictures showed the inside of the new health center with its modern state-of-the-art nurses station, lobby, patient rooms, new-born incubators; original hospital board of trustees, officers of the Memorial Hospital Foundation, hospital supporters and the present day staff.  There were several articles about patients and the wonderful care they have received through the years from the doctors and the staff at this modern day medical facility. 

The first baby (girl) born in this facility was delivered by Dr. Loren Hermann to Mrs. Raymond Nelson.  She was the 8th child for the Nelson family.  To the Nelsons went an array of gifts sponsored by Chariton and area merchants.  More than 60 merchants participated in the "First Baby Contest" and the gifts ranged from discounts on home appliances to supplies of baby foods, formula, baby blankets and other articles.  In addition to the first baby gifts, a six-months supply of baby food and a $5 gift was given the second child born at the new hospital.  An example of the fine equipment available for the care of the new-born was this nursery incubator, one of two in the hospital.  A second  became available later in the surgical suite.

In the picture to the left, officers of the Memorial Hospital Foundation inspected the contributor's book.  Simple memorial plaques provided a background.  Left to right are: John Woodman of Russell, 1st Vice-president, H.V. Levis, President, F.B. Ryan, 2nd Vice-president, John D. Baldridge, Secretary-Treasurer, all of Chariton.  The Foundation is a non-profit organization founded to give financial support to the hospital.  Annual meetings, election of officers and financial needs will be its continuing purpose.

Members of the memorial hospital Board of Trustees, pictured to the right, met in the dining-meeting room in the basement of the hospital and they managed construction and equipping of the 35 bed unit.  Clockwise at the table, beginning at the front left, are Fred Curtis, Walter Coop, of Russell, chairman Delbert James, secretary Oliver Kent, Oran Garrett, Lloyd Cottingham and Troy Irving.  On the original board, in addition to James, Curtis, Kent and Garett, were Dean Ferguson, Earl Wright and Arthur Keller.