Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Law Center Deemed 'Endangered' by Preservation Iowa

written by Sandra Knebel
Chariton Leader January 24, 2012

The old Lucas County Law Center has been listed as one of the state's top 10 Most Endangered Properties for 2012 by Preservation Iowa (formerly known as the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance.)  Listed as the Lucas County Sheriff's Residence and Jail, the building dates back to 1916.  The Chariton Historic Preservation Commission submitted the nomination to the Endangered Properties list in December.  The Board of Supervisors were informed that the nomination was submitted after meetings to discuss any options that might be available for the jail.

For nearly 25 years the National Trust for Historic Preservation has spotlighted places that are endangered as a catalyst for communities everywhere to fight for the irreplaceable landmarks that define the past.  The mission is to save great moments in history with preservation of the special buildings and historic sites that are gradually slipping away.

In the case of the jail, the roof of the building is severely deteriorated and may not withstand another severe winter and/or significant rain amounts.  Currently, the Board of Supervisors plan to demolish the now empty building if no other use or owner can be found by the spring of this year.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Mary Reeves Memorial

There will be a memorial service for Mary Reeves, 66, of Russell, who died, Friday December 30, 2011 at the Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston. There will be no public visitation. Memorials may be made to the Chariton Christian Church furnace and air conditioning fund. Online condolences may be left under the obituary category of http://www.powersfh.com/.

Memorial Service
Saturday, January 07
11:00 AM Chariton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
1100 Ilion Avenue Chariton, IA 50049

Mary Louise Reeves, daughter of Mary Ellen (Ansley) Reeves and William Clinton Reeves was born April 4, 1945 in Chariton, Iowa. She graduated from Chariton High School in 1963. She moved to Des Moines and began to work for the Internal Revenue Service. Later in 1965, she began her career with the Social Security Administration holding many different positions with her favorite being a Data Review Technician, serving 42 years before retiring in 2007. After retiring, she moved to Russell, Iowa to be near family. Mary was a member of the Chariton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where she held the position of Deaconess; she was an active Russell museum volunteer, active in the local genealogical society, local cemetery board and active in her favorite scrapbooking groups.