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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Founding of the Lucas County Genealogical Society in 1976

From the Lucas County Notes & Shakin’ the Family Tree Volume 19 Issue 3 July-August-September 2013

August 15, 1918 - May 10, 2014

 Ruth Curtis

   (Excerpts from the 1978 Lucas County History Book)
   The Lucas County Genealogical Society was founded in the spring of 1976, our nation’s bicentennial year. Much of the credit goes to Mrs. Ruth Curtis, who spearheaded the initial organizing of the society. Her dream was to form a group of people that could aid in the search for the ancestry of area residents because she knew that it would contribute to a greater send of history and destiny for all.
   The organizational meeting of April 5, 1976, was success with approximately 55 persons attending. It was held at the Chariton Public Library. Officers were elected as follows: President, Mrs. Ruth Curtis; Vice President, Mrs. Ella Herald; Secretary, Mrs. Wilma Abel; Treasurer, Mrs. Lois Goering; Historian, Mrs. Kathryn McElvain. Meetings were held the first Monday of each month at the First State Bank meeting room. 
   At that first meeting it was desired that individuals would do in-dept research on specific types of Lucas County records. Therefore, the following committee chairmen were appointed: marriage records, Mrs. Ella Herald; birth records, Marlene Rosa; death records, John G. Pierce; deed records, Howard and Lillian Swainey; cemetery records, Dorothy Mason; and historic documents, Verla Shanks. Also a membership drive was started and at the end of May 1976, there were 103 charter members.
   Early in the year 1977 it was voted to publish a book on Lucas County history as a record for future generations of life and people of the Bicentennial Era in Lucas County, Iowa.
   Besides publication of the Lucas County History Book, the Lucas County Genealogical Society has presented interesting programs at its monthly meeting including: local speakers who presented information on county, military, DUV, DAR, and church records; presentations by officers from the Iowa Genealogical Society; and the showing of films on the genealogical records of the Latter Day Saints Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. Workshops have been held to help members with their individual genealogies.
   In June 1977 a bus tour was organized to visit the genealogical records of the Latter Day Saints Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. The trip was so successful that a tour to Washington, DC to research genealogy in the National Archives took place in June 1978.
(Excerpts from Ruth’s obit) To see her complete obit, click on the below link.

   Ruth Eleanor Vandell Curtis, daughter of Charles Dillard Vandell and Dora Elizabeth (Casey) Vandell, was born August 15, 1918, on a farm between Lineville and Clio in Wayne County, Iowa.
   Ruth passed away on May 10, 2014, at the Country Manor Memory Care in Davenport, Iowa, at the age of 95 years.
   Ruth was a charter member of the Lucas County Genealogical Society, founding it as her contribution to the 1976 Bicentennial year. She was interested in family history and enjoyed tracing her and her husband's ancestors back through several generations.
   One fortunate lineage discovery was an ancestor who fought in the American Revolution. This allowed her and her sisters to be members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She was very active in the Old Thirteen Chapter of DAR for many years, holding office at both state and local levels as well as attending the National DAR Conference in Washington DC three times.
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NOTE – We thank Ruth and all the other people who started the Lucas County Genealogical Society – I know they would be very proud of the success of the Lucas County Genealogical Society to this day!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Celebrity Hay Bale Art Winners Announced

Chariton Herald Patriot, October 9, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   The celebrity judging for the Third Annual Lucas County Hay Bale Contest was held at Pin Oak Lodge Monday afternoon.  Four celebrity judges took part in the judging and each selected an entry they thought was the best.  There were a total of 31 entries in the contest this year, which is up from 26 last year.
Ferdinand the Bull is located at at 49423  245th Trail;  Mater the Truck is located at 21792  490th St.;  The large cat is located between the Car Wash and Shopko and The Hungry Caterpillar is located at 621 S. Main.
   The celebrity judging is just for fun and no prizes are given out for it.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category of the People's Choice voting, which runs until Nov. 1st.  On-line voting was started this year and 325 votes have been made on the web site so far for the people's choice voting.
   People's Choice ballots can be cast until Nov. 1st at the following Lucas County business locations:  B&C Mercantile in Lucas, BP in Chariton, Chariton Chamber/Main Street Office, Community 1st Credit Union, Copy Plus, Eastridge Animal Center, Frontier Trading Post Welcome Center, G.O.S.H. (Good Old Smoke House), Hy-Vee, Last Chance in Russell, Lockridge Lumber, Papa Leo's, Piper's, True Value, and the Williamson's Tavern.
   The Hay Bale Art Contest has just two rules.  One is that the art has to be made out of hay and the second is that each entry has to be in Lucas County.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Logsdon, Cater, and Stream Inducted Into Athletic Hall of Fame

Pictured are the three new inductees who were inducted to the Chariton
Athletic Hall of Fame at the CHS Homecoming Assembly.  They are from
left:  Ashley Stream, Katie (Fisher) Cater and Chuck Logsdon (Bill Howes photo)
From the Chariton Leader, October 7, 2014

   Three people were inducted into the Chariton Athletic Hall of Fame at the CHS Homecoming Assembly on October 3rd.  They included 1977 CHS graduate Chuck Logsdon,  1989 CHS graduate Katie (Fisher) Cater and 2008 CHS graduate Ashley Stream.
   Chuck Logsdon accumulated 11 varsity letters including three in wrestling, three in football, two in tennis and three in baseball.
   Katie (Fisher) Cater accumulated 10 varsity letters including four in cross country, four in track and two in basketball.  During her cross country career, she made it to state in her junior year and was named team captain in her senior year.
   Ashley Stream participated in track, basketball, volleyball and softball.  She was a four year starter on the softball team and as a sophomore she was a first team all-conference shortstop and Team MVP.  During her junior year she helped lead the softball team to its first state tournament berth in program history.  She received many accomplishments throughout her career.  She lives in Sheboygan, Wisc. where she is a personal trainer.

Curtis Inducted Into Hall of Pride

   One person, 1979 CHS graduate Chris Curtis, was inducted into the Chariton Hall of Pride at the CHS Homecoming Assembly recently.  This is the fourth year that the Chariton Alumni Association has inducted an alum into the Hall of Pride, which recognizes personal and professional accomplishments.
   Kevin Graves of the Alumni Association gave the introduction for Curtis.  "This year's recipient was a creative guy in high school, but since then he has become a full blown entrepreneur," Graves said.
   In 1991, Curtis co-founded motion Graphics and three years later merged the company with BCC Video's Jumbotron division to form Screenworks.  In 1995, Curtis was the original investor in a company called Field Source, which developed marketing campaigns for Pepsi, Coors and Nestle.
   In 2002, Curtis founded GoVision and has played a defining role in the industry of LED screens used in the broadcast and production of national events.  This includes everything from Major League Baseball, NBA All-Star Games, NCAA Final Fours, the Ryder Cup and U.S. Open Championships.
   Curtis' company built the world's largest free-standing LED screen for the Boy Scouts' 100th Anniversary, and has provided screens for three Presidential inaugurations.  In 2012, GoVision partnered with Panasonic and is re-inventing the quality of the industry all over again.
   In 2009, Curtis was appointed to the North Texas Super Bowl 45 Host Committee.  Back here at home, when his classmates asked, Curtis brought his GoVision equipment and team to Chariton when it hosted the State Fire Convention in 2005 and again when it hosted RAGBRAI in 2009.
   Curtis and his wife, Nicole, live in Flower Mound, Texas, and have four children.  Along with CHS, Curtis is also a graduate of Texas Christian University.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Hay Bale Art

Chariton Leader, October 1st, 2014

KCCI's Steve Karlin stands with Homestead Assisted Living and Memory Care Executive Director Kris Milledge in front of Homestead's hay bale art entry when he was in town doing a story about Tourism Lucas County's Third Annual Hay Bale Art Contest (Kathleen Chester photo).

Hay Bale Art Takes a Tumble
   After several days of heavy rain, hay bales in the Homestead Assisted Living bale art entry became soggy and fell over.
   Since the bales - which depicted a man and a woman sitting together watching TV - wouldn't stay standing, staff members including Activity Director, Darcy Graves, and nurses Lynn Stuart and Lori Logue decided to place a sign next to the fallen bales that said, "Help, I've fallen and can't get up."
   This year's competition has gained state wide and regional media attention.  Television channels KCCI and WHO both toured the county along with radio personality Jodi Hickey.
   Homestead was one of several hay bale art locations visited by the popular KCCI TV news anchor Steve Karlin.  The hay bale art contest has not only gained state wide attention, but has also been aired by CBS affiliate KARE news in Minneapolis.  The People's Choice voting portion of the contest runs through Nov. 1st.

Celebrity Judging Oct 6th
by Kris Patrick, Staff Writer

   Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street and Tourism Lucas County invite everyone to the Celebrity Judging of the Hay Bale Art Contest at 1 p.m. on Oct 6th at Pin Oak Lodge.
    Iowa Tourism Manager Shawna Lode will judge the 31 entries along with local celebrity and Mayor Roger Manser and 2014 Lucas County Fair Queen Taylor Pennington on October 6th.  Judges will travel the county in the morning and unveil their favorites at the Pin Oak Lodge presentation.
   Lyle Asell, coordinator of the event, and Joe Sellers will explain how grass ways and hay acres affect not only farmers but anyone drinking water.  "This is open to the public and we hope to have a large turnout," state Asell.
   The contest will continue until Nov. 1 with public choice presentation in early November.  For information call 641-774-04059. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Third Annual Hay Bale Art Contest Entry

This cat is truly one of a kind.  Adoptable Paws Rescue, a local non-profit group, signed up to participate in the Community's Third Annual Hay Bale Art Contest.  Sandy McSparen, Carolyn Elam, Suzi James, and Richard Atwell lended an artistic hand in creating their cat design.  The cat hay bale sculpture is just west of the car wash on Court Avenue.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Aaron Cain, Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog

Aaron Cain, of Chariton, poses with his Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Hog, family, and buyers after the FFA Sale of Champions at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 16th.  The hog sold to Iowa Machine Shed for $28,000.  Beginning third from left, the Cain family, Aaron, mom Jana, brother Dylan, dad Lee, grandmother Patty and grandfather Earl. (Iowa State Fair/Steve Pope Photography)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Milestones Reached for Chariton Couple

   A Celebration at the Chariton Community Center with their five children, nine grand children, 10 great grandchildren, other family members and friends, longtime Hy-Vee coworkers and those from the community who wanted to wish the couple well happened recently.
   Bernie began to work at Hy-Vee two months before his 20th birthday.  He remembered his first day.  "I worked all day that day with Dwight Vredenburg," he said.  "I actually hired out to him.  He was president of the company, but was not afraid of work.  And once he knew your name, he remembered it.  That day we worked in the warehouse unloading trucks.  At that time a lot of the merchandise came in by rail car.  We worked together all day my first day."
   The year before Bernie started working was the year that Chariton Wholesale Grocery was purchased by Hy-Vee.  When the grocery was purchased, its five sales people were kept on and eventually added to by one.  At the time, sales people were given two weeks vacation a year - opening up a new job for Bernie. He covered the sales territories for the 12 weeks during the summer when the sales force was out on vacation. Each sales route had several customers for Bernie to visit to take orders that , in those days, were then delivered the next day.
  Bernie married a girl he knew in high school, Leila Stout  and the marriage has lasted 65 years.

   There are many family member working for Hy-Vee.  His younger brother, Richard Mitchell is a former Vice President and another younger brother, Joe, worked for the company.  Hired back after his stint in the Navy, Joe ended up working for Hy-Vee for 30 years.  He was the head of the meat department in Albia for many years.  Bernie's sister, Margaret Morrison and her husband, Bob Morrison (37 years with the company) worked together in the stores.  After retiring from his position as a Chief Operating Officer, Bob remained on the Advisory Board for a period of time.
   "Hy-Vee has been a big part of my whole family," Bernie said, "I am celebrating that part of my life at the same time that I am celebrating my 65th wedding anniversary.  With Hy-Vee 60 years was the limit.  With my marriage, well, once I get past the Aug. 16 party, I will look forward to planning my 70th wedding anniversary!".

Celebrating 60 Years of Lucas County Fair Queens

Chariton is a Skilled Iowa Community

Chariton Leader, July 29, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   During Lunch on the Square on July 25th, a presentation was made to recognize Lucas County as a Skilled Iowa Community.  Iowa Workforce Development Deputy Director Ed Wallace presented a plaque for the designation to Lucas County Development Corporation (LCDC) Executive Director Shantel Dow, who accepted it on behalf of LCDC.  LCDC President Christopher Watkins was unable to attend.
   Lucas County became the first county in its 10-county region to achieve the designation of being a Skilled Iowa Community.  There are about 13 communities in the entire state that have achieved the Skilled Iowa Community designation.
   Both Wallace and Linda Rouse, the Operations Director for Iowa Works of Southern Iowa out of Ottumwa, spoke at the presentation.
   Wallace said that he represents Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and that they are very proud of Lucas County for becoming a Skilled Iowa Community.
   Wallace also recognized Chariton Schools Superintendent Paula Wright and Chariton High School Principal Tracy Hall for being drivers of the Skilled Iowa Community initiative.  Wright pushed the initiative in the district and Hall pushed it in the high school.  Wright was present for the presentation, but Hall was unable to attend.
   Wallace said that 253 students in Lucas County took the National Career Readiness Certificate Test, which was led by Wright.  In order to achieve the Skilled Iowa Community designation, Wallace said there are specific metrics that have to be met, including the number of businesses participating and the number of employees participating in a county.
   "The Skilled Iowa Community designation is a real good marketing tool for Lucas County Development to attract businesses to our county by showing that we have a skilled workforce," Dow said.