Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Chariton Leader has New Website

The Chariton Newspaper has a brand new website that went on-line June 10.  

"We've been working with Town News for about six months developing our new website," said publisher Dave Paxton.  "It is loaded with new features and our plan is to create a really interactive site for the people of Chariton."  To go to the website click here:  Chariton Leader Newspaper  The new website has new advertising opportunities for businesses as well as a feature that includes the weather, markets, calendars, photo gallery and even a place for video.

"As we continue to improve the contents, people are really going to like it," said Paxton.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mary Sandy School Teacher at Expo

The Lucas County Historical Society held their "Echoes From the Past" living history expo at the Lucas County Historical Museum on June 17.  Mary Sandy (pictured) played the schoolteacher in the Puckerbrush School where she gave the Great Lucas County History Quiz.  (photo by Bill Howes).

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Come To The Fair

The Lucas County Fair runs from July 30 through August 4th, 2011.  The judging of the open class for Genealogy will take place Monday, August 1.  The judging will begin at 1:00 pm.  Entries may be entered on Sunday evening, July 31 or from 8:00 am until noon on August 1.  I will be at our Genealogy booth both of those times to receive your entries.  To save time at the last minute, who would know better than I, you may return your completed entry forms to the extension office any time after July 1.  If you turn in your forms early, the tags will be printed out so all you need to do is attach them.  You may bring entries in until 12 noon on August 1.  As many of us know, that can work, but takes time to fill out the tags by hand. ( I am making it my goal to have mine all printed out ahead of time this year.  Any one want to take odds on that?).   

Entries are in the fair books or may be found on line at Fair Book (look down right hand side of page - 2011 Lucas County Fair Book - Open Class - Page 25). I have left a number of books in the Genealogy office or they are available at the Extension Office.  I will also bring some to our next meeting on July 11, 2011.  Please feel free to enter as many projects as you wish, one per class.  If you enter more than you complete, there is no penalty and we will take that off your list prior to judging.  I do encourage you to think "Big" when brainstorming possibilities.  Remember each item should have a written 4 x 6 card or one page typed sheet attached describing information about the person(s) or object and the genealogical connections or significance to the exhibitor.  Using research to answer an unknown question about your family can be challenging and very exciting. 

We have Best of Show for both adult and youth categories.  Best of Show winners have been selected form numerous categories such as:  Organized Collection of Genealogical Research Material, Family Record Book, Ancestral Home, Personal Items (violin, carved wooden shoes), Ancestral Photo, Misc. Photo, Family Poster and Visual Displays and more.  Pink ribbons are given for all items considered for Best of Show.  The Photograph Class; Books and Legal Documents; Heirlooms and Artifacts are popular entries.  Genealogical Research Material, Pictures of Life in Early Lucas County, Posters and Visual Mixed Displays are less populated.  Youth may enter not only in the Youth Class but also in Adult Classes if they choose.

Jay DeYoung, our fair judge, will present the program for our July 11 meeting.  He will bring more of his fair entries from the past and is willing to share ideas or brainstorm your potential works in progress or field questions about research ideas or preservation. 

I will also bring the sign up sheet for times you are willing to man our booth.  Be thinking about possibilities.  See you all at the meeting or at the fair.  If you have any questions call me.  My home phone, with answering machine, is 641-862-4448.  See you before or at the fair.  
Ev Brightman

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Frontier Trading Post

One mile east of Chariton, Iowa on Hwy 34, the Frontier Trading Post is located.  This unique store sells gifts, western items, antiques, live bait and tackle, tools, home decor and more. 

On Saturday nights the Soda Pop Saloon has live music, dinner and dancing.  This is a family western style soda pop bar, decked with western decor and soda pop memories.

Norm Paulsen started the Frontier Trading Post on 7th Ave in Chariton and about seven years ago moved out to the present location on Hwy 34.  He has been in business a total of ten years.  The main building consists of about 3200 sq. ft. of space.   You will be surprised at the low prices on the items throughout the store. 

The Hook, Line and Sinker bait and tackle shop is one of the largest bait and tackle shops in Southern Iowa.  They offer a wide variety of poles, reels, tackle and more, plus the lowest prices around.  Check out the mural on the east side of the bait house.  There are many pictures of successful fishing stories on their brag board.  Norm is always ready to make a "good deal". 

Be sure to check out their website at: Frontier Trading Post

In the near future the Lucas County Tourism Center will provide visitors with tourism information for Lucas and surrounding counties.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

"Trottin for Taylor"

This morning on my way into Chariton, I passed an interesting sight and stopped to talk to the riders and take some pictures.  There was a chuck wagon and two horseback riders in the group.  On the chuck wagon cover was printed "Trottin for Taylor", "Raising Awareness for Batten Disease." 
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Tammy Mohr and her husband have a grandson, now seven, who has a rare neurological degenerative disease know as Batten Disease.  The disease comes in one of four forms and in every case is fatal.  Taylor has the Late Infantile form for which there is no cure.  With this disease, the arteries are hooked up backwards and the blood flows from his heart to his lungs and back to his heart, without traveling to the rest of his body, thus he does not receive the oxygen his body needs to survive.  He underwent surgery in Children's Hospital at 10 days of age and overcame that obstacle with complete recovery.

He seemed to have overcome the disease until he was 2½ years old, when he started to have childhood development issues.  Now at 7, Taylor is bedridden, blind, on a feeding tube, cannot walk or talk and his limbs are contracted.  He does seem to remember the happy times he enjoyed until he was two.  When talking about those times, a smile will appear on his face. 

Tammy and her crew left her home in Ute, IA June 1 on horseback, accompanied only by a chuck wagon and anyone who wanted to ride along with them.  The trip is planned to take two weeks. They are spending this evening at the Russell Sale Barn and tomorrow will continue to Rathbun Lake Landing.  From there they travel on Hwy 2 into Centerville.  Farmington is the destination after that.  If you would like to ride along or just visit with them maybe you could find them along this route.

The following information was taken from the brochure Tammy gave me as we stood and talked along Hwy 34 on the outskirts of Chariton.  Their goal is to ride across Iowa from the Missouri River eastward to the Mississippi River to raise awareness plus funding for further research for Batten Disease.  Batten Disease is so rare that there are less than 1,000 children affected worldwide.  Dr. Beverly Davidson at the University of Iowa, who is one of the leading scientists in America, is researching Infantile and Late Infantile forms of this disease.  All monies raised will go to the University to aid in their research.  There are other places throughout the US that conduct research, but they focus more on the juvenile form of the disease.  Funds are very limited, so without money to expand research, there is little advanced treatment for children like Taylor who are slowly dying a little every day.

I know this is hard to read, but we forget how lucky we are until we meet someone who is not so lucky.  They are lucky to have this wonderful child in their life, but know without help and answers to their prayers, they will not have him too much longer.  Any donations received will be given to the University of Iowa.  Please feel free to call them at 1-800-648-6973 or Tammy at 712-885-2535 for further information about the ride, route or any other questions you may have.  For additional information about the disease itself you may visit http://www.bdsa.org/.  Tammy Mohr's address is 42883 270th St.  Ute, Iowa 51060.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.