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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Why I Visited The Genealogy Room at the Chariton Library

From the Lucas County Notes & Shakin' the Family Tree - Volume 16 Issue 1 - Jan. - Feb. - March 2011
By Barbara Timmons

She discovers why she visited Chariton Library

   Hello, my name is Barbara Timmins, and I'm from Altoona, Iowa. My dad lived in Chariton from 1933 to 1943 when his family moved to Des Moines. Dad died on Dec. 2, 2009. My dad thought family history was very important, and told my brothers and I many stories from when he was growing up, both in Chariton and in Des Moines. I have a wonderful story for you about an experience I had in Chariton in July of this year. I thought I'd share it with you.
   In July of this year, my mom and I went to Chariton, where my dad, Earl Agan grew up, to the public library so I could look at microfilm of Chariton newspapers. Someone has compiled a database of every name that has ever been in any of the Chariton papers and listed them as obituaries, marriage announcement, birth announcement or story, etc.
   I had a list of things I wanted to look at from this database. When we got there, the woman said to me, "You know, you can look at these newspapers in Des Moines at the Historical Building?" And I said, "Well that's okay, I needed to go to the cemetery, too, so it was okay I traveled down here."
   I was in a back room in the basement of the Chariton Library; sitting at the microfilm machine and to my right was a bookshelf with Chariton school yearbooks, information about Chariton schools, etc.  There is this one binder, black or dark blue, I can't remember. It was nothing fancy. It had a paper taped to the spine that said "Chariton School Photos," and I could tell that there were some plastic sleeves inside with photos stuck in them.  Again, nothing fancy, but my eye kept getting drawn to this binder. I had looked inside a few yearbooks and one big binder with information about Chariton schools but I finally gave in and took the binder off of the shelf. I decided that there must be a reason for me to look at this darn binder.
  So I opened it up, and the first page, first photo, is a group of kindergarten or first graders, and in the front row, center, is my dad.  I took the binder out and showed it to my mom, and told her that was the reason I was to come to Chariton and sit in that little room! It's like my dad was there with me, egging me on to look inside this plain binder, because he knew he would be there looking back at me.
   There are no names or dates on this photo or the three following it. I've sent the photo to my dad's best friend growing up to see if he is in the photo as well and if he can shed some light on when it was taken, or other names of children in the photo.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Dog-on Mean Trick

From the Chariton Democrat of Dec. 19, 1889

   H. L. Dukes, out east of town, had an episode last Tuesday week that has a funny side to it. Among his possessions was a youthful dog, which Mr. Dukes had hitherto been regarding as a common plug pup of no particular value. But Jack Berry had recently been there. He is authority on all questions pertaining to livestock from the crook of a cow’s horn to the scent of a dog’s nose. Jack discovered that this neglected up
was a blue-blooded Scotch terrier of the purest strains, and revealed his conclusion to this owner, where upon the Dukes dog stock suddenly rose in value and Mr. Dukes refused a fabulous offer for him. Jack evidently spoke favorably of the dog to others, for the next day the despoiler came and robbed Mr. Dukes of his treasure. He was alone on the place at the time. He saw the man drive up with a team of which one of the horses was gray, riding in a new Glenn wagon. He immediately missed the dog and was morally certain the gray horse and Glenn wagon hauled him away.
   He set about to find the dog. He told his grief to Milburn Hobson, among others. Milburn offered to reveal the whereabouts of the dog for one dollar. He was a sort of a clairvoyant and thought he could find him. The price being cheap and payment being satisfactorily arranged, Milburn revealed the fact that the dog was at his home whither he had taken him Tuesday evening after paying fifty cents for him to the man with the gray horse and Glenn wagon who resides in Chariton.
   We hope the man with the gray horse and new Glenn wagon (who shall be nameless here) will not faint when he reads this. But it was a dastardly trick to steal a hundred dollar dog and sell him for fifty cents.
   Shame on such improvidence! 

Toothache Often Stopped Delivery of Mail

Chariton Leader 06-14-1932

Citizens Appointed Themselves As Deputy Postmasters on Mail Days

   The first post office to be established in Lucas County was built about the year 1853 and Nelson Westcott was the first postmaster. It was located on the northeast corner of the square and also furnished a home for the postmaster.
   In 1853 mail was delivered to Chariton once a week by horseback by a man named Clark. On the day the mail was expected one or two would start to the highest point of land to see if the carrier was coming; for sometimes he failed to appear. One week the mail was not delivered because the carrier had a toothache.
   When the scouts aforesaid reported the mail carrier in sight on the prairies, the crowd would gather at the post office spending the time in light conversation interspersed with heave comments upon matters and things in general.
   The mail carrier, upon his arrival, would be speedily relieved of his saddle bags by the first deputy postmaster to reach him – all the citizens constituted themselves deputies for the time being.  The mail pouch being opened and the mail matter scattered on the floor, as many as could get around it, got down on their knees and each one grabbing a package would open it and call out the name of the party addressed, somewhat in this style:
   “Judge Layton, a letter, looks like a woman’s handwriting, post marked Burlington – from your girl, Judge, I expect; ain’t you glad – she did not write last week, you know.”
   Other comments would be liberally indulged in until another victim was found. By the way this same Judge – in show what heroic deeds and sacrifices love will prompt – one week being disappointed, no mail arriving, he footed it all the way to Albia and returned with the mail bag on his back.
   Weekly newspapers, sometimes a week or two old, were received eagerly and just as eagerly read.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

People's Choice Hay Bale Art Winners Announced

Chariton Leader, November 11, 2014

Winners picture's appear in the Lucas County People Blog  page


Pictured is the People's Choice first place winner in the Business Division, the large cat done by Adoptable Paws Rescue located between the car wash and Shopko on Court Avenue in Chariton.
2nd place went to the pumpkin at Frontier Trading Post.  3rd place went to the semi at Midwest Family Mutual Insurance.


Pictured is the People's Choice first place winner in the Youth Division, Mater the Truck done by Chariton FFA at the NRCS office building (Bill Howes photos).
2nd place went to the Very Hungry Caterpillar done by John and Zander Curran.  3rd place went to the Drummer Boy done by Sawyer and Carver Dow.


2nd place went to Ferdinand The Bull done by Lyle and Char Asell. In this sculpture the Bull has a Boston Terrier biting at its tail.  3rd place went to the Hay Henge done by Dave and Jane Beatty.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

37,162 Meals Packaged for the Hungry

Chariton Leader, November 4, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

At left from the front:  Bill Anstey, Denny Bisgard and John Neel.  At right from
the front:  Bill McCorkle, Martha Kratzer and Barbara McCormick.
   Workers packaging meals for the hungry set a new record with the number of meals they packaged in the community room at Southgate Apartments in Chariton on October 27.  Volunteers were packaging meals for the Sixth Annual Kids Against Hunger event and they obliterated the record they set last year with a whopping 37, 162 meals packaged.  This more than doubled the 18,144 meals that were packaged last year.
   There were 78 volunteers working this year and they worked an hour longer than last year going from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The goal this year was to fill 150 boxes with food and they surpassed that by filling 172 boxes.  The meals packed in Chariton will all go to help the hungry in Guatemala.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lucas County Courthouse Gets A Face Lift

Chariton Herald-Patriot
Kris Patrick, Staff Writer


   Karr Tuckpointing of Vinton has been hired to give our historical Courthouse the equivalent of a much needed face lift.  The 37-year-old company has a respected reputation in the area of masonry restoration.
   Over the next few weeks we will see the extension lifts extended as workers drill out and replace deteriorated mortar in stonework joints.  Cracks in the stone will be repaired and joints replaced.  Exterior Sheet Metal will be installing gutters and downspouts on the 120-year-old building.
   In addition, metal caps will be placed atop the finials at the very top of the clock tower to prevent deterioration.  Also woodwork around the attic windows will be repainted and other maintenance will be undertaken.

Lucas County 21st Arts Festival

Chariton Herald-Patriot, October 23, 2014
Sandra Knebel, Staff Writer


   For the 21st consecutive year, the Lucas County Arts Council brings an eclectic selection of talented artists and their wares to the Freight House for the annual Arts Festival on Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
   For a taste of what to expect from over a dozen artists, we feature Joanne O'Conner's tiles and "Bots" by Lauri Ghormley and Susan Lee.
   Give Joanne O'Connor a photo and she can make a detailed tile of your home, building, vehicle, farm scene and more.  She has made tiles of schools, restaurants, churches, banks, businesses, police badges, and children's silhouettes.  The tiles are made from a durable earthenware clay and are realistically hand carved, painted with acrylic paints and varnished.  They can be dated and personalized.  Most tiles are approximately 5" x 7".  Jo's tiles can be displayed using a wall hanger, easel or they can be custom framed.
   Jo has been a professional artist for over twenty years.  She works in pastel, colored pencil, pen and ink, but her specialty is clay tile-making.  Customers give her photographs and she makes personalized, carved clay tiles and planters.  She also makes glazed trivets for hot foods and installation.  She has created a series of quilt, historic and religious designs.  She also makes 3D clay planters of homes and businesses.   Her artwork can be found in 32 states and in Japan.
   Jo's studio and workshop are found in the store she and her husband, Marlin, built in 2010, named Forbush ARTiques.  It was so named because they both have an interest in Centerville history.  Forbush was a town near their store location.  In the early 1900's, the White Breast Coal Mine was at its peak of operation, Forbush had a hotel, store, post office and over sixty homes.  The Forbush School, where Marlin attended, closed in 1864,  Now, all of the buildings are gone.
   The O'Connor's have their own private collection of Centerville and surrounding town's historical items on display.  The decor of the store is from the 1940's, with many items coming from former businesses in Centerville.  Marlin and Jo purchased and restored doors, trim, flooring and the beautiful oak staircase from homes that were demolished.  Because Jo sells art and antiques, she thought Forbush ARTiques would be a good name for her store.
   Our second featured artists are Lauri Ghromley and Susan Lee, creators of "Bots" - Muffin-Top Bots, Burley-Bots, Slacker-Bots, Match.com Bots, Like-OMG-Bots, and more with similarly hilarious names and features.  Right in sync with today's popular science fiction enre that centers on alien robots invading Earth and other mechanical men in cinema, this selection at the Arts Festival is sure to draw attention and chuckles from all ages.
   In addition to the array of artwork and refreshments, the announcement will be made of the winners of the People's Choice Awards of the local Art Attack.


   Susan Baer of Chariton holds up a watercolor portrait painting she did of her mother, Ruth Morgan, also of Chariton, while at the Lucas County Arts Council's Arts Festival at the Freight House October 25th.  (Bill Howes photo).

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.
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(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.