Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Tourism Lucas County ads

Tourism Lucas County has added another tour package to the half dozen that have been the attraction for bus tours over the last few years.  Ads for "Murder, Lynching and Witching" will begin to appear in travel magazines within the next few months.

The new tour, which is expected to be one of the most popular will begin at Get Mugged, located in the same building where the lynching of Hiram Wilson took place on July 6, 1870.

While the visitors are having their coffee at Get Mugged, Buzz Malone author of "The Lynching of Hiram Wilson" will be present to tell the story of how Sheriff Gaylord Lyman was shot by Hiram Wilson and how the citizens took the law into their own hands and lynched Hiram Wilson.  Malone will be glad to sign his book for those who are interested.

A visit to Douglas Cemetery along historic Blue Grass Road, will not let visitor's see the stone for  Hiram Wilson because he was buried in an unmarked grave somewhere on the hill in Potter's Field, but they will be greeted by the ghost of Oliver W. Coffman, an Iowa Calvary soldier distinctive because he is among the few Civil War fatalities buried in Iowa.

Visitors will get a tour of the Genealogy area of Chariton's Dale Carnegie Public Library with the opportunity to peek into not only family histories, but also local, state, and national history.

After lunch the tour will go on to the Chariton Cemetery where they will visit the final resting place of Sheriff Gaylord Lyman, followed by a very unusual experience - "witching".  Water witchery was very popular in finding underground water,but there is also grave witching.  Lucas County Genealogy witchers will guide visitors to marked and unmarked stones and let the visitors experience the amazing gift of witching graves - which will reveal the gender of those buried as well as whether the deceased is a child or an adult.

All bus tour schedules allow ample time for visitors to stroll around the Courthouse Square and check out the surrounding businesses.

CHS Class of 2001 Reunion

The Chariton High School Class of 2001 will have their 10-year reunion Friday, September 23 after the Homecoming parade at Carpenter's Hall.  All who were ever in the class are encouraged to attend.  Food and beverages will be available and no reservations are required.  For more information contact Ben Wantland at 641-203-2516.

Old Clothing Store Sign

Charitonians Trying to Bring Back Old Clothing Store Sign to Chariton

A group of Chariton people are working to bring a sign back to Chariton.  The sign hung in the Thomas/Schuholz Clothing Store, which was later Halden and Thomas, for many years.  The store was located on the northwest corner of the square where the Gold Boutique is now.
The sign is now in Tennessee in the Nashville Antique Archaeology store and has a price of $700.  The wording on the sign says "Buy Your Lee overalls from Thomas & Schuholz Chariton, IA".

The Charitonians believe that if 700 people would commit $1 each toward the sign, that it could be brought home.  Of course, larger donations would also be accepted.  A page on Facebook titled "If You Grew Up in Chariton, Iowa, you will remember."  Andy Towle, who lives in Tennessee saw the sign and told his parents.  His parents posted the Facebook page.  
If Charitonians are successful in raising enough money to purchase the sign, then Andy would bring the sign home when he comes home for a class reunion at homecoming the weekend of Sept. 23.

Donations for the purchase of the sign are being sent to Mary Stout Stierwalt, 120 N. Grand, Chariton, IA 50049.  No checks will be cashed until the financial goal of $700 is met.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Cinder Path Monument for Dwaine Clanin

This picture below is of Dwaine Clanin's monument, that has been placed at the trail's beginning in Chariton by his widow, Hazel and the Lucas County Conservation Board, to honor him for his work in creating the Cinder Path, a 13.5 mile trail that follows an abandoned rail bed from southwest Chariton down along the river and then up across some prairie on down to Humeston.

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Words on back of monument:
Dwaine's passion was working on the Cinder Path.  His leadership and unselfish commitment towards conservation and recreation stewardship played a major role in his ability to convert the abandoned Burlington Northern Railroad into the first Rails-to-Trails area in the State of Iowa.  Dwaine Clanin's dedication to the Lucas County Conservation Board will be forever appreciated and never forgotten.

The first rails-to-trails project in Iowa was the Cinder Path when it was built back in 1974.  Back then it was a real challenge when land owners were upset that long-haired and dangerous hippies might be passing near their property.  Others wanted the trail diced up into small strips so they could own the land and keep the unwanted out.  The first settlers would have been appalled at the idea of owning the woods and hills, prairies and river valleys.  Mother Earth owned herself, they thought.  Differences of opinion such as these resulted in much conflict and many sorrows and we still hear some of it today.

Redwood benches with concrete bases, outhouses and small shelters were scattered along the trail.  Rubberized matting was laid across bridge planks so bicycles could negotiate them more easily. 

Below is a map of the Cinder Path.