Sunday, May 30, 2010

This is the beautiful Veteran's Memorial at Russell Cemetery, decorated for Memorial Day.  There is a main stone "Veteran's of all Wars" and individual small stones for each war.  Below shows the flags down the center of the cemetery, honoring the veterans that have given their lives for their country.


Civil War Veterans

This is an expression of respect and honor due all the "Heroes" of past wars.
Butts, Lucien A.
The Armed Forces Graves Registration Record shows this Civil War Veteran was inducted into the Armed Forces October 5, 1861 in New York, and discharged April 1865.  He held the rank of Captain at the time of his discharge.  He served with Company K of the 85th New York Infantry.  His birthplace is shown as Ohio but no date of birth is given.  He died December 29, 1910, and is buried in the Russell Cemetery.  His grave is marked with a private stone and a bronze marker.  (Note: his obituary gives his birthplace as New York.)

Private Robert G. Turbot, Company H, 143rd Regiment of Ohio Infantry.  He enlisted May 13, 1864.  The picture was taken at Washington, D.C., June 14, 1864, in his Civil War uniform.

His obituary (from an unidentified newspaper) follows.

  “Robert Gamel Turbot was born  in Coshocton County, Ohio, July 9, 1843, and died at his home in Russell, Iowa, Wednesday, February 7, 1923, at the age of 79 years, 6 months and 28 days.  He was the   fourth child f Peter and Margaret Turbot, having four brothers and four sisters.
  “He enlisted as a Union soldier in the Civil War in the year of 1864 in Company H, 143rd Ohio Infantry and served until the close of the war.
  “Soon after the war he moved with his parents from Ohio to Washington County, Iowa.  Mr. Turbot was united in marriage to Mary McLaughlin, April 20, 1875. To this union four children were born--Mrs. Lulu Randa of Hancock, Minn., Cleo, Mrs. Margaret Tabler and Hilton of Russell.
  “ In 1807 the family moved from Washington county to Weldon, Iowa, living there until 1913 when they came to their present home in Russell.
  “Besides the wife, four children and four grandsons, two sisters, Mrs. J. L. Shaw, of Reo Heights, Soutoh Dakota, and Margaret and two brothers, John and Marquis, of Ainsworth, Iowa,survive him.
  “When a young man Mr. Turbot united with the United Presbyterian church near Washington, Iowa, and was a member of the Presbyterian church at Rusell at the time of his death.
  “He had been quite feeble for the past few months but was able to be around until a few weeks ago when he was taken seriously ill. The members of his family were all with him and cared for him during his last illness. He was a kind and loving husband and father and never seemed happier than when his family were all with him.
  “The funeral services at the Russell Presbyterian church, Friday, February 9, at 2 o’clock, were conducted by his pastor, Rev. Bock, assisted by Rev. Beals, and was attended by a large company of friends. The body was laid to rest in the Russell cemetery. The American Legion and G.A.R.’s had charge of the services.”

In grandson Don Turbot’s oral history interview he states that Robert married Mary Hannah McLaughlin who was born on August 1, 1856, in Liken Co., Ohio.

Elijah H. Morgan, Confederate Veteran

Chariton Leader – Mar 27, 1934
This article appeared in the Lucas County Genealogical Society Newsletter - January 2008

Military Rites Held Sunday for Confederate Soldier Who Was Nearing Age of 100
Here Half A Century
Was Wounded, Made Prisoner During
Famous Battles of War
                                       (This picture of E.H. Morgan's gravestone is from
                                        Frank Myers collection of Salem stones.  Thank
                                        You  Frank, Lynne.) 

     E. H. Morgan, Lucas County’s oldest citizen and only Confederate veteran of the civil war, was buried at Salem cemetery near Chariton Sunday afternoon.
    Mr. Morgan would have been 100 years old had he lived until next Nov. 4.  He saw action in major engagements of the war, was wounded in the furious battle of Sharpsburg, and was taken prisoner by the Union forces at Spottsylvania court house.
    Mr. Morgan for 51 years had been a resident of Chariton, living in a small cottage in the Brookdale addition.  He was once visited there by the widow of General Pickett, under whom he had served in several battles.
    Since January Mr. Morgan had lived with his daughter, Mrs. Vannie Moore, in Des Moines.  He died at her home Thursday.  Due to extreme age he had been in poor health for several years.  Funeral rites, conducted by the Rev. Harry Secor of the Chariton Baptist church, were held at Beardsley Funeral Home.  Services at the grave were in charge of the American Legion.
    Born in Farmville, Virginia, Mr. Morgan lived there until the beginning of the Civil War when he enlisted with the Confederate forces, serving in Company I, Twenty-third Virginia Ambulance Corps, known as the Central Guard.  His first taste of action was at Carracks Ford, West Virginia.  He was with Stonewall Jackson in Shenandoah Valley, with General Robert E. Lee in the Battle of the Wilderness, and with Lee and Jackson in the battle of Chancellorsville.  It was at Chancellorsville that Jackson was fatally wounded.  Morgan was one of the soldiers detailed to accompany the body to the Jackson home and served as honor guard at the famed general’s funeral.
    Morgan also fought with Lee in the Seven Days battles, was in the second engagement of Bull Run, and was wounded at Sharpsburg, termed one of the bloodiest fights of the war.  He was one of the few survivors under General Pickett after the battle of Gettysburg and at Spottsylvania court house with 12,000 Confederates was made prisoner and taken to Fort Delaware.
    A wealthy uncle of Morgan’s through President Lincoln was successful in obtaining his release from prison.
    Mr. Morgan once declared that on several occasions his brother, Silas, was among the Union soldiers whom he fought.
    Never a secessionist and not in favor of slavery, Morgan was loyal to his state and during the course of the war wanted the South to win.  At its conclusion he is said by friends to have accepted the Union triumph as the best result.
    After the war Mr. Morgan came to Iowa, first settling in Warren County and later coming to Chariton.  He was married in 1871 to Mary Elizabeth Clark, who died in 1916.  Two of five children preceded Mr. and Mrs. Morgan in death.  The three surviving children are Mrs. Vannie Moore of Des Moines, Mrs. Margaret Porter of Villisca and Paul of Chariton.  There are also four grandchildren, Mrs. Vera Schnee of Des Moines, Kenneth Moore of Earlham, Mrs. Inez Doggett of Villisca and Donald Porter of Chicago, Ill.’ And three great grandchildren, Mrs. Elizabeth Schnee of Des Moines and Shirley and Robert Porter of Chicago, Ill.
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Granddaughter Member of Confederate Order in Morgan’s Old Home Town

    Vera Moore Schnee of Des Moines, grand-daughter of the late E. H. Morgan, is a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy.
    Mrs. Schnee belongs to the chapter in Farmville, Va., where her grandfather enlisted in the Southern army. Records of the chapter, she said, reveal that Mr. Morgan was the last survivor of the company with which he served.
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Note:  Elijah H. Morgan is buried in the Salem Cemetery.  His stone only has his name and  unit on it. 

    The stone can be seen on:
web site.  Go into “Gravestone Search” and type in Morgan and click on Elijah H.  We looked up his obit so we could add his birth date and death date in the comment section.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Wolf Hunts (continued)

From the Herald Feb 15, 1886
     Two grand wolf hunts have been arranged, the first one to take place on Saturday of this week; and the second one on Saturday of next week.
     For the first hunt the center will be the farm of John T. Robinson, south of Lucas.  The north line will be the C.B. & Q. R.R. with John T. Skidmore and Hugh Grimes as marshals.  The east line the wagon road running south from Funk's crossing to the Mormon trace road; with D.G. Bonnett and John Mauk marshals.  The south line, the Mormon trace road to the Clarke county line, with Capt. Huntley and A.J. Irwin marshals.  The west-line the Clarke County line, with J.W. Sprott and Harrison Fleanor marshals.
     For the second hunt the center will be that point on the Newbern road where the Tabernacle Camp Meetings were held; near Granville's coal bank.  The north line will be from a point one mile north of Oakley, to J.F. Spiker's residence, with Henry Spiker and Lew Kruntsinger as marshals.  The east line, the township line between Pleasant and English and; between Cedar and Lincoln, with Jos. Sanborn and David Hixson marshals.  The south line, the road running east past S. L. Bestow's to the east line of Lincoln, with Frank Wright and G.W. Harp marshals.  The west line, from the fair ground to Funk's crossing and; thence to one mile north of Oakley with W.C. Penick and Richard Beem marshals.
     The following rules will govern each hunt:  All lines must move promptly at 9 o'clock in the morning.  Halt one mile from the center and close up.  Then move at the sound of the marshal's horns.  Marshals will co-operate with each other and have charge of their respective lines.  If any marshals named cannot act they will please consult their neighbors and supply their vacancy.  No guns are to be carried.  Bring all the dogs that will chase or fight a wolf.
     Mr. Joseph Sprott, backed by a good many of the farmers, is our authority for saying that the south side wolf hunt which failed two weeks ago will positively occur on Saturday, March 20.
     The lines will be as formerly published.  The marshals will be the same as before; except that Captain Huntley will set as general marshal, and Wm. Campbell will act as marshal in Huntley's place.  L. Preston will set as marshal in place of Hugh Grimes on the north line.  W.E. Barnes and J.T. Robinson will assist in forming the lines one mile from the center, which will be marked by them with a large flag.
     All dogs should be tied, until wanted for the chase.
February 18, 1915
Don't Propose to Be Wolf Catchers Without Reward
     It is not the Leader's policy to print anonymous communications, but the following has been received and we hasten to give it publicity that the farmers may be warned from the impending danger from those who propose to retaliate for the lack of favor extended.  it threatens to cause a devastation by wolves more terrible than any yet recorded on the snow laid plains of Siberia and even now we seem to hear the coyotes howl dismally in the waste places and see the utter desecration of the sheep folds, while war, pestilence and famine stalks the earth.  Oh, countryman, withdraw our cruel edicts before it is everlastingly too late!  To the "city sports" I would admonish mercy.  Why cause general suffering because a few tyrant landowners have prohibited field guns and muskrat spears from their peaceable domains.
     "We should worry!  You farmers forbid us to hunt on your lands - just because we might accidently shoot your stock.  Now you ask us to help in your wolf hunt.  Some of us may go, and when after the hunt, you will forget our aid and again refuse us to hunt for small game on your land.  We would not be paid for our help.
     Are you treating us fair!  Guess we will stay at home and let the wolves eat your stock up.  How do we know but we will be arrested and fined if caught on your premises during the wolf hunt!"  Respectfully,  "City Sports".

(To be continued)

History Tumbles "Mallory Castle"

From the Chariton Leader of July 12, 1955

History Tumbles

With its castle-like tower a pile of brick at its base, the famed "Mallory Castle" takes one of her last looks over the peaceful valley to the south before contractor sledge and ropes haul her down from decades of mastery as the Ilion.  Hardly resembling her former self without the tower and cornice pieces, the building is being razed to permit the construction of a new housing addition in Chariton.  It will be adjacent to the high school athletic field, National Guard Armory and city swimming pool.  Dave Hafferty isin charge of razing operation.

Friday, May 28, 2010

George Steinbach Interview 1975

In the past many interviews were conducted with people living in Lucas County and those cassette tapes are now starting to lose their content and are deteriorating.  Frank asked Darlene if she would transcribe them to save the valuable content.  The following transcription is one of the interviews.  There will be more placed on the blog in the future.

George Steinbach - interviewed by Norma Pim on April 18, 1975
(Note:  This tape seems to be out of order and some of it is cut off)

Well, in the summertime, when I was out of school, I would always go with them out to bring the cattle in from Johnnie's farm.  That was about 9 to 10 miles north of town.  They had a big feedlot and we would bring them to town and put them out at the slaughterhouse for a week or ten days and go get some more.  This one particular day, we would take the team of horses and hitch them to our buckboard with two saddles.  The saddles were in the buckboard.  We would go out there in the afternoon and the next morning we would come to town with the cattle.  We would leave the buggy and the harness and Uncle Bill, most generally, would have them the next time he came to town.  They had about 2 or 3 of those buggies.  He would tie the buggy up behind his rig and bring the outfit back to town for us so we would have it next time we needed it.  We would ride the horses to town.

This one particular morning we were right out here where the Chariton Manor is now and S.H. Mallory had a coach team and Rasmus Ervin, a little colored boy, he was the one doing the driving.  He used to work for Ed Jones.  He was driving this coach team out there, a pair of blacks, and it was a nice team.  They were trotting along and Uncle Frank was doing the driving and he wasn't going to poke along behind that coach team so he pulled out and went around him.  That called for a race.  We ran until we out by McDonald's, the old Milnes place.  We out ran him just like that.  Those saddle horses were quick on the trigger.  Well, we laughed about it and the next day we came back to town and we got to the market and Dad was so mad, I have never seen him so mad in my life.  He was jumping up and down.  We didn't know what he was talking about.  Uncle Frank said, "Wait a minute, you are all hopped up and I want to know what is going on."  What happened was the meat market that he was operating was next to the State Savings Bank.  There were three rooms there.  Where the First State Bank is today there were three rooms.  One room on the alley was the State Savings Bank, the middle room was where dad had the market and the other room is where Andy Holmes had the cigar store.  All three of those rooms belonged to Mrs. Thayer, the daughter of Mr. Mallory.  When Rasmus went back there he told one of the other guys, one of their custodians, what had happened, they told Mrs. Thayer.  She had Rasmus bring her right to town and gave dad a 30-day eviction notice.  That is what he was so mad about.

We said,"Where will you go?"  There isn't an empty room in town.  But across the alley A.E. Dorn had a clothing store in there and they failed.  In three weeks he was going to have a public auction to sell that building.  Old Bill Kuhl came in the market one day and he told dad, he said, "Herman, I got a building on three sides of the square and I'm going to get my fourth one now."  Dad had figured on buying it, you see.  So he gets a hold of an old land dealer, Charley Noble, and he told Charley what Bill had told him.  He said, "Charley, I am not even going out on the street.  I don't care what it cost, buy it!"  So, he put Charley out there in the street and Charley bought it.  After Bill Kuhl found out who bought it, he was not very happy.
( This will be continued)


Wolf Hunts

While at the genealogy room on Wednesday I came across these interesting stories about Wolf Hunts in Lucas County.  They will appear in several blog posts.

Appeared in the February 17, 1886 Chariton Newspaper
Farmers Invite Chariton to Participate in Meet


Big Circle to Close Near May Church with Dinner to Follow Hunt

The great sport event of the year has been planned by the farmers south and west of Chariton in the shape of a great wolf drive to take place on Washington's birthday.  A cordial invitation has been extended to Chariton business men as this is a holiday and many of them will doubtless take part.  The capture of the wolves does not seem as important to most as the capture of the big feast to be served by the Ladies' Aid society of May church, immediately following the hunt.

The lines of the hunt and the names of those in charge are given in the following official hunt program:
North line extends from Lucas east on the Blue Grass Road to the Whitebreast Center school house.  Harry Robison, Captain; John Thomas, Geo. Crow, Mont. Perry, Frank Osborne and Norm Baker, Lieutenants.

West line to start at the Fisher school house and extend north to the Blue Grass Road in Lucas.  H.E. Thorne, Captain; Thurman Mowry, Charley Mundel, Lou Troutman, Eldon Jones and Elmer McCann, Lieutenants.

South line to start at Fisher school house and extend east to Warren Center school house.  Clell Fulton, Captain; A.G. Nessen, Fay Jones, Carl Taylor, George Sloan and Homer George, Lieutenants.

East line to start at Warren Center school house and extend north to the Blue Grass road at the Whitebreast Center school house.  Jake Vincent, Captain; Howard Henry, Harry Calhoun, H.H. Parker, Odie Clevenger and L.H. Busselle, Lieutenants.

Men from Chariton representing the Chariton Commercial club will assist in forming the east line.

Men taking part will be on the line at 9:45 to start the drive promptley at 10 o'clock.  The success of the hunt depends upon each man holding his place in the line and marching to the center, forming a big circle, closing in on the vicinity of May Church.  Every one must walk in and in line to get to the 'killin'.  

Dogs must be held until the line starts forward.  Positively no rifles or revolvers allowed.  In this hunt think of the other fellow.  Any money raised goes to the European Relief.

Lunch served on the grounds after the hunt by the Ladies Aid Society of May Church.


Story of Virgil Storm's Sawmill in Lucas County

On March 5, 2010 the Sawmill Story was printed on this blog.  This is another story taken from the Lucas County Newsletter of April 2009.

Cutting Straight and True - Farmer Virgil Storm, 73 has been operating a country sawmill since he was 16.

The pungent odor of fresh sawdust mingled with fumes from a diesel powered engine surround Virgil Storm as the 73-year-old powers the blades on his sawmill.

"I just like to make boards," said Storm, also a livestock and grain farmer.  Push come to shove, he'd rather be sawing logs as long as the temperature is above 20 degrees.  "I like to saw about as well as wrestlin' with them cattle," he admits.

Storm holds his short, stocky frame as straight as any healthy 20-year-old as he steps off a skid-loader and rolls another log off the machine onto the carriage by using cant hooks (metal hooks with long wooden handles designed to turn logs).
52 inch Blades

He squares the log up with four slices from the blade, turning the log each time with a winch he lowers from above the carriage.  He sets the mill to the necessary measurements, in this case to make one-inch-thick boards.

The carriage moves forward, allowing the 52-inch steel blade to slice through the large cottonwood log.  The teeth on the blade have been freshly sharpened and move through the length of the log with no tangible resistance.  If the log were larger, the 48-inch blade from above would help saw through the wood.

Spewing sawdust falls into a pit underneath.  A conveyer pulls the sawdust out of the lean-to covering the sawmill and into a bin, to be used for livestock bedding.

"Some people might think running a sawmill is a hazardous situation," Storm said,  "but it is no more dangerous than doing other things on the farm."

The rural Lucas man isknown for his expertise and straight boards.  "That's why I get the business, because people know I can saw true."  And no wonder, with 36 years of experience operating his own mill.  Storm started helping his father, lester Storm, cut lumber at the age of 16.

"I was just a young boy when my dad bought a used mill," he recalled.

His father bought the mill for making fencing lumber and to build sheds, gates and for barn use.  They lived near Humeston at the time.
Crabb Mills

"the mill is still down there, but it's not being used.  We moved up here in 1961," he said.

Storm had an old "piece of junk" Bell Saw he fixed up and used for a while.  But it was too small.  In 1969 he bought a Crabb Mill, which he has run ever since.  He points out that the Crabb Mills are no longer made but were at one time manufactured in Independence.

Storm's wife, Dorothy, 72, used to help him with the mill, situated in a pasture area several hundred yards from their house and other outbuildings.  "I used to help him a lot, but I retired," she said with a smile and a shrug of her shoulders.  She calls the sawmill being a good second business.

He agrees.  The sawmill business proved a decent supplemental income, helping the family through the trying farming years of the early '80's.  "It has bought a lot of groceries and paid for some trips," he said.  He now clears about as much money on the sawmill as in farming.

Farming, which he does with his son, Ken Storm, comes first, he said, but any other day it's the sawmill.  Storm can saw up to 1,000 board feet a day, but usually does less than that, opting to go at his own pace.  He usually fires up the mill after he's done with his morning chores.
Stays Busy

Though he does not advertise, he stays busy.  His largest orders come from Johnson Machine Works, a steel fabricating company in Chariton.  Storm cuts dimensional lumber the company makes into boxes for transporting their goods.  Most of what he makes for them are 2x4's and 1x12's from cottonwood.

He also cuts lumber used by Hy-Vee Food Stores, which has warehouse facilities in Chariton.  The boards are used to line steel racks.

Otherwise, the majority of lumber he cuts is for livestock farmers, and "horse-people" are the most vocal in spreading the word about his sawmill business.

One of those horse people, Gene Bogash of Des Moines, started buying lumber a couple years ago from Storm after someone recommended him.

"I just like the old guy," said Bogash.  "He's a real go-getter."  Bogash used a lot of cottonwood for stalls at Le-Marie Ranch near Bondurant.

"Everybody who sees it wants some.  It's really worth the money," Bogash said of Storm's lumber.  Before he started buying lumber, he checked out four or five different mills.  Storm had the best prices and was very knowledgeable, Bogash said.

"J. Marion Nicholson of rural Woodburn has done business with Storm for years and has helped at the sawmill occasionally.  "I don't know why he wants to work that hard," Nicholson said of his neighbor.

"He is pretty good at what he does.  A sawmill is a very temperamental thing.  There might be frost in the ground one day and it thaws out the next, which will affect the way the mill operates.  You have to work with it every day."

The lumber Storm uses comes from about a 30-mile radius.  He likes logs 20 feet or longer.  The longer length is good for cutting boards for livestock trailers and trailers used for hauling heavy equipment.

"My loggers know to bring them in as long as they can," said Storm.

He also has cut lumber used for furniture or carving, shipping some as far away as Oregon and Colorado, where the hardwoods are more difficult to come by.

Storm said he plans to operate the mill as long s he is physically able.  "I'm slowing down, can't run it much longer I suppose.  But as long as I can keep a-goin, I'll keep a-goin."

Friday, May 21, 2010

Steinbach Family

The Steinbach family from Germany to Iowa and my interview with John Steinbach.
by Darlene Steinbach Arnold

    Herman Hubert & Elizabeth (Heck) Steinbach were born, raised and married in the same parish  Prussia, Rhineland, Koenigswinter in Honnef, Germany.  They had twelve children, three of whom died in infancy and two daughters named Elizabeth (the first born & the last born) who died before reaching one year of age.  The rest of the children grew up in Honnef, Germany.  There they were apprenticed to be butchers, tailors, farmers, carpenters, wine makers, etc. The family was very well educated and hard workers.  When the older boys,  Bertram (my grandfather) & Herman reached the age of being taken into the Kaiser’s Army, the father and the two boys left in the middle of the night and headed for America in 1884.  They landed in New York and they got on a train heading west.  When they got into Chicago, they saw an ad for railroad workers needed at Melrose.  So they worked a very short time for the CB&Q and they soon decided that wasn’t for them so they returned to Chariton.  In Chariton they found people from Germany so they didn’t feel so lost in a new country.  And here they settled, working at different jobs till they had enough money to send for the rest of the family in 1885.  Those traveling in 1885 to America were the mother, Elizabeth, daughter Margaret and sons, Francis “Frank” (John’s dad), Jakob “Jake” and Wilheim “Bill”.  The oldest daughter, Gertrude was married to Mathias Ruth in 1883 and they stayed in Honnef, moving into the home vacated by the Steinbach family.  After Mathias Ruth passed away, Gertrude and family came to Chariton, Iowa and later settled in Riverside, Iowa. 
    In 1991 I asked John Steinbach if he would tell me his memories of what his father, Frank told him about coming to America and about his life here.  John is the son of Frank, who came to America in 1885. John also remembers his grandparents as John’s parents lived just down the hill from the old home place.  The grandfather knew some English but the grandmother preferred her German language.  It seemed as though Frank was the only one of his brothers to talk much about their trip and what life was like in the early days.

The following is the story John’s dad, Frank, told him:

   There is one story I want to relate to you.  Dad never talked about Germany.  After they left that country, they left it.  Even if someone, even the Ruth’s when they came to this country and they would come to visit and they would talk to them in German and he wouldn’t talk back to them in German.  He said when I left that country, I left it.  He didn’t want any part of that country again.  Anyone who talked to him in German he never answered in German, he always answered in English.  If they couldn’t understand him, that was their problem.  He never made any effort what so ever to teach us any German and this I think was a bad mistake, if he had talked to us in German when we were little, we would have picked it right up and learned a foreign language.  The only time he would ever say anything in German was if you did something stupid he would call you some name in German and you didn’t know what it was but you could about guess.  This was his method.  Even to Uncle Herman and Uncle Bill, they never conversed in German.
    The reason that they came to this country the old man said, “No son of mine will ever serve in the Kaiser’s Army”.  My dad told of two brothers that were in the army, they were not allowed to marry and they were in the Kaiser’s army and they had come home to visit and my dad said these two brothers were big tall men, 6 ft something and they were the private body guards of the Kaiser.   I don’t know how long they had to stay in the service.  That is the reason the old man said that no son of mine will ever serve in the army.  When Uncle Bert and Uncle Herman got close to the age and where they were to go into the service they left at night and bought their way out.  The officials would come to the house and ask the old woman where they were at and she would tell them they went to visit to America and they would be back but they never had any intentions to come back.  They slipped out at night.
    He never talked about Germany.  The story that impressed me most was – picture this.  Uncle Bert, Uncle Herman and granddad came over in 1884 and the rest of the tribe came in 1885.  They came into the Burlington Depot on the train out of New York.  They were herded just like cattle.  They had a tag on them saying where they were coming to, just like a box of rock you were going to ship.  They were pushed and shoved and that was the way they came, they had a name tag that said Chariton and that was where they were going.  The railroad people seen to it they got there.
    They arrived in Chariton about noon and Grandpa, Uncle Herman and Uncle Bert was there to meet them at the train.  They had a one horse buggy or wagon or kind of a carriage.  It just had a seat for two people to sit on and the back had a box like a pick up, there was room for their belongings.  They had sacks of stuff, suitcases, trunks and stuff like that.  They had it loaded and then there was not enough room except for the Grandpa and Grandma to sit on the seats after they got the stuff in this carriage.  They started out of town for home on a rented 40 acres.  This house was about a mile off what is now the Newbern road and about 6 miles off Highway 14 in English Township.  From the train station they got in the carriage and started East down to 7th street and then north out of town on what is now Highway 14.  The Grandma and Grandpa was talking and they got out to the edge of town where the dentist office is now and Grandma asked Grandpa, “Are we about there?” and he said, “No, we are just getting started”.  Then you can picture these two old people, six kids walking, a one horse carriage loaded with their only possessions and so they got about two miles out and she questioned him again and he told her they had quite a ways yet.  They went a little further and she kept asking him how much farther.  You can imagine after they got out of the three mile lane and onto what is now the Newbern road which was just a brushy path and just a trail.  It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon when they got to where the road was just a path and it was still a ways from their house.  There were no bridges or anything.  Dad said it was about 5 o’clock by the time they got there and grandma was in tears.  The grandpa was trying to consol her.
    You can picture this in your mind.  These people lived in Germany in town with people all around, and family and friends there and the streets were brick and to come to a strange land and the house was way out in the brush.   The change that was taking place there, Grandma was crying and Grandpa was trying to consol her.  She kept saying that she was so far, far away.  He said you are so far, far away from what and that she had her family with her and she had plenty to eat and a place to stay and what more could she want.  She was thinking that she was missing all the neighbor ladies and friends. The story about the grandmother crying, the time they went through and to leave everything and come to a strange land had to have been traumatic.  It took them 6 weeks from the time they left Germany to the time they arrived in Chariton.  I’ve often heard them say at that time foreigners were kind of frowned on. 
    They came in August and the first person they got acquainted with was John White, due to the fact he was thrashing right across from where they lived.  He had a threshing machine that was pulled with horses.  Of course the three young fellows were curious, dad was eighteen, and they went right over there looking to see what was going on and this old John White was a very well respected fellow in the community and treated them kindly.  I heard Kenneth White, John’s grandson, say that after the Ruth’s came, the son, Hubert, worked for old John White.
    The first winter they lived on this farm the three younger boys didn’t have a job.  The older boys, Uncle Bert and Uncle Herman had jobs.  So that winter the three got acquainted with Gus and Robert Haag who had been here a couple of years and were mining coal back to the South of where they lived.  This coal was in a hole they had dug out of a hill which they had to crawl back into it.  They made a deal with them and it was the first work that Uncle Jake, Uncle Bill and my dad had.  They had this one horse and Gus and Robert Haag had a team, so they made a deal that they would put the three horses together so they could pull a bigger load of coal and Gus showed them how to mine coal.  So the five of them mined coal together, the three Germans and the two Swedes who didn’t  even talk the same language.  But they got their messages across that this was what they wanted to do and that was alright.  So my Dad, Uncle Jake and Gus Haag did the mining and Uncle Bill was about 12 years old, a little fellow, and he pushed the coal out and the three fellows did the mining.  Robert was the merchandiser, he took a load of coal to town every day.  The three of them and Uncle Bill could mine a load of coal every day and Robert Haag knew quite a lot of Swede’s in Chariton and he had connections with the Swede’s and the Johnson’s that ran the lumber yard.  He took orders for coal and everyone had a coal shed out back so he would go and haul a load of coal to town everyday and unload it and sell it by the bushel.  He would unload five bushels of coal in someone’s coal shed and go to the next and fill the orders.  I heard my Dad say that many a time he would go when it was below zero with these three horses and the wagon load of coal to town.  He would walk all the way to town so the horses didn’t have the extra weight of himself and then he would unload the coal and get his money and at the end of the week he would bring back the groceries, anything they needed like coffee, sugar and flour, anything that was necessary Robert would get that and bring it back.  On Saturday they would empty the money out and divide it.  That was the first business they had.  My dad was always good friends with the Haag's whom Dad had a lot of respect for.
    The Steinbach’s acquired quite a lot of land.    The Ruth’s came here after the old folks were settled on their own farm and the old folks took them under their wings and looked after them. In Germany they had some small patches of ground or vineyard ground on a hill side or a mountain side and they had some land where they grew sugar beets and potatoes.  They lived next to the Rhine River and it was probably bottom land or level land where they grew some crops.  The old grandpa was a winemaker, and so on this new farm he made a vineyard on a hill north of the house.  He always called that the vineyard hill and he was happy working at that.  As far as Grandfather doing any farm work, my dad never said if he ever helped or not.  I do know he had a vineyard on that hill and made a lot of wine.
    Dad made the remark that in their business deals they did a lot of business as the Steinbach brother, there was Uncle Bill, Dad and Uncle Bert and Uncle Herman and they ran the meat markets and the farms together and my dad did most of the buying of the cattle and the livestock.  They went over the county back in those days on horseback or team and buggy.  They were very good at mathematics and their education was a lot better than most of the people in the county they did business with.  I’ve heard my dad say he would buy cattle or hogs or something and the man never had any idea of the value of them.  I remember him telling that when they first started out the people didn’t trust them but when they bought the livestock they paid in silver & gold.  They always carried money with them and if they bought a cow and it cost $10 or $5 or what ever the sellers were paid immediately.  Then check writing came and there were lots of people that didn’t even know what a check was and how it worked.  They didn’t know what was going on and they wanted cash money.  I remember my dad relating that he bought some livestock from some guy and he told the guy to take this check to the bank and they would give him the money.  He had a hard time convincing the fellow this was right and the fellow took the check and took it to the bank and the bank doled him out the money and the fellow said, "Where did you get that book?".  He didn’t understand that you had to have money in the bank to get money from the bank.  He thought you could just get a book and have all the money to spend he wanted. 
    They were very well respected in the business community.  I can remember when I was a little fellow and after dad left the meat market in Knoxville and we would go back over there and he knew every business man on the square.  The bank respected him also.  When he went over to Knoxville and went to buy a meat market that had failed, he went to the bank to do some business and the bank told him that was no place for him and he couldn’t make it go and Dad laughed at him and said you don’t know me and you don’t know the meat business and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be a success here.  He said that the competitors there were nothing and when he left there 9 or 10 years later he was the only meat market left.  He had crowded all of his competitors out.
    My dad married Anna Loretta Farrell on November 4, 1911.  My sister, Margaret was born in 1912 and I was born in 1914.  My mother died when I was 14.  When dad left Knoxville and sold the meat market, they came out here to our farm and we lived here one summer or one year but my mother wasn’t a farm women. We moved out here for part of a year and she didn’t like it out here at all.  She had always lived in town.  She liked nice clothes, nice furniture and a nice house.
    During this time when we lived on the farm,  I was young  and I can remember going up the hill to the grandparent’s place and the old grandma was bedfast and I can still see her lying in the bed. One time the old grandma saw me get into some stuff and she was trying to tell mom something.  This is what my mother told me anyway.  It seems I had gotten into some of the stuff and I had their writing pen.  She told my mother I had the “feder” and of course mom couldn’t talk German at all.  Mom finally figured out that I was into something and she took it away from me.  The “feder” she referred to was what she called her writing pen.  I was 5 when grandma died and 6 when grandpa died.
    The only other thing I can remember about the grandparents is the old grandfather would get mad at Uncle Bill and he would run off to Chariton.  I remember one time in the summer time Uncle Bill came down to dad to tell him that Grandpa ran off and he was barefooted because Bill had taken his shoes away from him to keep him home.  We got in the old Model T Ford and went off South and found him.  He had gone down to the creek bottom and up the road.  We then took him into Chariton and he would stay at Uncle Herman’s for a few days till he would get over being mad and then someone would bring him back out to the farm.
    The old grandfather  I remember better than the grandmother.  He had a long beard.  Dad grew some soup beans one year and when he pulled the vines up, he put them on the hayrack and unloaded them in our yard and threw them into a pile.  This old grandfather came down here to hull these soup beans and I & Margaret was running and jumping on his pile of beans and it made the old grandpa mad.  He came in and got a hold of mom and got her to understand that us kids were running and jumping on this pile of beans and she got after us and made us stay in the house while he was there hulling the beans.  I can still see the old man out sitting on a chair hulling those beans.
    When the partnership split up, the deal was that Bill got the home place and he was to take care of the old folks.  Part of this land here and 80 acres and the land up there belonged to the Steinbach Brothers and my dad took this 160 acres and he lived here and built the square part of this house. He lived here by himself and farmed for a couple of years but he wanted to be in the meat business.  He worked with Uncle Herman, Dad did the livestock buying and a lot of the slaughterhouse work.  He used his farm as kind of a cattle feed yard and they fed cattle.  He would come out here in the evening after they worked in the meat market and he would butcher a cow or pig or something and haul it back to town the next morning.  Then he eventually went to Knoxville and bought a meat market.

Gordon R. Willey, Peabody Professor

From the Chariton Leader - September 13, 1949
Born in Chariton; Peabody Professor
 Provost Paul H. Buck of Harvard University today announced the appointment of Gordon R. Willey, acting director of the Institute of Social Anthropology of the Smithsonian Institution, to the Bowditch Professorship of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology in the Peabody Museum.  His appointment becomes effective July 1, 1950.

Professor Willey is the first holder of the Bowditch Professorship. It was founded in 1946 by a bequest of Charles P. Bowditch of Boston.
Professor Willey was born on March 7, 1913, in Chariton, Iowa, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Willey.  The Willeys ran a drug store on the south side of the square near the west end of the street.  They left here in 1925 after selling their home to Brittells where Mrs. Rose Brittell now lives (500 block of South 8th Street).  The Willeys went to Long Beach, California, and lived there since.

He received the A.B. (1935) and the A.M. (1936) from the University of Arizona, and the Ph.D. from Columbia in 1941.  He was the Junior Archaeologist with the National Park Service in Georgia in 1937-38 and became Director of the Louisiana State University WPA Archaeology program in 1938-39.  In 1941 he was an assistant in anthropology at Columbia.  He joined the Smithsonian Institution in 1943.  He is the author of archaeological and ethnological papers on southeastern United States, Peru, and Panama.  Dr. Willey will continue as acting head of the Institute of Social Anthropology in the Smithsonian during 1949 and 1950, and will hold conferences with anthropologists in most of the Latin-American countries and will take up his duties at the Peabody Museum in the summer of 1950.

John Allen's Hillcrest Farm in Cedar Township

Appeared in the Lucas County Genealogical Society Newsletter  October 2009
Taken from the Chariton Patriot, July 30 1931

Hillcrest Farm in Cedar Township
Homestead Farm of Twenty-four Acres
Becomes one of Largest in Cedar Township

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Allen of Cedar Township have lived for forty years on the same farm.  During that time they have nursed a 24-acre homestead into one of the finest farms in Lucas County, 220 acres of well-improved farmland.

Their life record is not illuminated by any brilliant dash to success.  Instead it is marked by consistent toll, toll of the sort that has made Iowa and Lucas County one of the most substantial states and counties in the United States.

Forty-two years on the same farm is a long time.  Only a few farmers in the county can equal this record.  None of the farmers in Cedar Township have lived that long on the same farm.  But the years haven't seemed long to Mr. and Mrs. Allen since they have been filled with hard work, pleasant days and just a few sorrows and mishaps.

The Allen's record in Cedar Township dates farther back than their forty-two years on the Hillcrest Farm.  Mrs. Allen was Miss Elsie Chambers before her marriage, a daughter of the late Columbus C. Chambers and wife, and she was born and raised just a few miles east of her present home.  Mr. Allen was born and raised just one and one-half miles north of his present farm.  Both the Chambers and Allen homes were located near the historic village of LaGrange, first settlement in Lucas County.

They moved to the homestead of 24 acres at the time of their marriage and have lived there continuously save for two years when they sold their farm and moved to Russell.  They returned to the farm again however, when the new owner of the farm failed to make the operation of the farm profitable.

The Allen's have found the farm profitable or at least they did until the last few years when the lowered prices of farm produce caused a sharp decrease in profits.

The two children of Mr. and Mrs. Allen enjoyed the unique experience of attending the same school as their parents.  Mrs. Allen attended the school the first day it opened and her two children, Mrs. Milo J. Thornton of Des Moines and Ray C. Allen of Corydon, both attended the school during their youth.

Mr. Allen decreased corn acreage sharply this year but not through warnings by the Federal farm board.  The rotation of crops caused just 40 acres of corn to be planted this year.  Thirty acres were planted in alfalfa and clover; twenty acres were planted in oats and twenty in barley.  The remainder of the farm is in pastureland and timber.

None of the harvest of the Allen place is sold on the market.  Instead it is fed to cattle and hogs, which are sold on the Chicago market.  Mr. Allen believes it more profitable to feed stock than to sell grain.

This summer Mr. Allen is feeding no cattle although he has 125 head of hogs nearly ready for the market.  He leases 160 acres of pastureland across the road from his farm and pastures his cattle and milch cows there.

At present the Allen's maintain eight milch cows and sells the butterfat to creameries in Southern Iowa.  Before the creamery project opened in Iowa, Mrs. Allen in five years made 13,000 pounds of butter with her own hands.  Now she sells the butterfat to the creamery.

The Hillcrest farm is well improved, and one of the most modern farm homes in the country.  It is located on the hill well back from the road.  A well-kept lawn leads to the house and flowers and shrubs lend color to the farm.  The barns, of which there are many, are well kept and well painted.  All poultry is kept in well fenced-in runs.  The roads leading to the barn have been hard surfaced with shale.

Mr. Allen is not a "dirt farmer".  He believes in raising cattle for the market and has backed his belief with successful stock during the years of the farm.

Mrs. Allen is not disappointed with her life on the farm.  "I would unhesitatingly choose the farm again," she said in reply to a question if she were given an opportunity would she again choose a farm life.  "There is no possibility of starving on the farm even though some years find little actual profit accruing from the year's work", she declared.

John Harvey Allen, second son of Milton Harvey and Jennie Vance Allen, was born near Russell in Cedar Township on November 4, 1866, and departed this life at his home in Des Moines, March 9, 1950,  at the age of 83 years, four months and five days.

He was united in marriage with Elsie Chambers at LaGrange on November 15, 1888, and to this union were born three children.

He grew to manhood on the farm north of LaGrange in Cedar Township where he was born and lived until his marriage when he and his wife started housekeeping on the farm he had purchased at LaGrange and where they continued to live for 51 years.

Farming and raising stock was his life's work, until he was no longer able to conduct the farm and they sold it and moved to Chariton.

Elsie Chambers Allen, second daughter of Sarah and Columbus Chambers, was born in Lucas County near Russell on May 5, 1870 and departed this life in Chariton, June 23, 1954 at the age of 84 years, one month and 18 days.

She was united in marriage to John H. Allen at LaGrange on Nov. 15, 1888.  They had three children together.  Mrs. Allen lived in Lucas County for 75 years and then moved to Des Moines in 1945.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

2010 Fair Reminder

You may think it is early to be thinking about the fair, but the end of July will be here before you realize it.  I know, I have been planning my vacation for several months now and the time for me to leave is almost here.  The categories I have shown here may not be exactly correct, they are last years list, so bear with me.  You can contact Ev Brightman for a copy of this years booklet or call her for answers to any questions.

CLASS - Photographs (copies of photographs are accepted)

Ancestral portrait (1 or 2 persons)
Family group photograph (more than 2 persons)
Ancestral home photograph
Wedding photo
Pictorial family history or poster
Organized collection of family pictures
Ancestral church
4 or more generation photos (1 picture)
Miscellaneous photo or picture item

CLASS - Books and Legal Documents

Records from family bible
School records
Diary or ledger
Personal letter
Birth certificate
Marriage license or certificate
Land grant, deed, mortgage or record
Military record
Will or probate record
Church or religious material
Organized collection of documents
True story of the past, written by the exhibitor (limit 500 words)
Miscellaneous document

CLASS - Genealogical Research Material

Pedigree or family tree chart (shows parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc. or an individual)
Lineage chart (shows blood relationships between any 2 persons)
Genealogical record book
Genealogical map
Family census records (three years)
Organized collection of newspaper research
Organized collection of genealogical research material
Family poster
Published family history
Miscellaneous research material

CLASS - Heirlooms and Artifacts

Scrapbook (clippings, greeting cards, etc.)
Small piece of silver
Piece of china
Kitchen utensil
Small household item
Small tool
Personal item
Religious item
Small toy
Child's clothing
Heirloom display

CLASS - Lucas County Heritage

Picture of early life in Lucas County

CLASS - Poster

Poster depicting the history of Lucas County town, township, organization, or event
Poster depicting the history of a method of lost art, craft, trade, or custom common to Lucas County

CLASS - Mixed Display

Visual Display (display may use items from all classes).  Display means "at a glance" or may be suitable for framing.

YOUTH - 5 through 16 years of age

A pedigree of lineage made by the exhibitor
A family pedigree
Family record book, compiled by the exhibitor
Genealogical poster
Map showing where ancestors lived
Photographs showing recent present home and an ancestral home
Any other not specified

Last year there were 105 entries using 48 of the 60 categories.  Twenty participants entered.  Seven were members who had participated previously and one member entered for the first time.  Six non-members entered who have participated before and four non-members entered for the first time.  A family member of one of the new participants state, "I think you have her hooked".  Also two youths participated. 

Friday, May 14, 2010

Early Schools of Lucas County

A new blog has been added to the Lucas County Genealogical Society's blog list.  Check out "Early Schools of Lucas County".  It can also be accessed from the blog listed to the right of this article.  Hope you enjoy it.

Lewis Darrah and his wife visited the Genealogy room in the library today and they donated a book he wrote.  "Digging up Byards".  It is on our bookshelf, be sure you take a look at it.  He attended Zion and later attended 2 years of high school in Chariton.   He is trying to obtain as much information as he can about Zion.  There are a lot more pictures on the website.  Click here:  to access his very interesting articles. 

Nelson B. Gardner - Civil War Diary (continued)

(continued from June 11)
Taken from the book:  Nelson B. Gardner - Civil War Diary - donated to the Lucas County Notes and Shakin' the Family Tree by James V. Heckman.  Appeared in their newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 1 - January-March 2006

This is a very interesting account of the Civil War.  It is such a treasure that he took the time to write in his diary and that his descendants kept his records and passed them on to us.  We will start out by telling a little bit about Nelson B. Gardner.
Memorandum in back of diary:
Oliver Harvey
1 overcoat         $7.20         1 dress coat       $6.30
1 blouse            $2.63          1 pr. pants         $3.03
1 undershirt      $ .88          1 pr. socks         $  .32
Oliver Harvey, Private
Age 41, Height 5 ft. 9½ inch.  Light complexion.  Dark hair.  Hazel eyes.  Born in Guernsey County, Ohio.  Enlisted in Chariton on the 13th day of August 1862.  Mustered in the service Oct. 15th 1862 by Lieut. Charles J. Ball at Burlington, Iowa.  Paid to the 13th day of Sept. 1862 by Maj. Remey.
See George Harpold and tell him that his wife is dissatisfied to live where she does and tell him that Nash says he never cut timber land, that he would give $5.00 to see him and set all right.  Nash says the Harpold ought to come home and see his family.
Joseph Lamb
Near Little Rock, Arkansas within 8 miles of Little Rock, a brother of Alexander Lamb
George T. Chamel left Lewis Township
Capt. G.N. Waters, Co. B. 20th Iowa, Mt. Pleasant
Pocket Diary 1864
Sunday, January 17, 1864
This morning I was detailed Brig Officer of the day.  At 12 p.m. ordered to cross Mattagordas Bay and land on the head of the Peninsula at Point.  Our brigade consisting of the 18th and 15th Maine and 34th Iowa.  Went on board Steamer "Planter".  In crossing the bay we struck a sandbar and lay there all night.
Thursday, January 21
Appointed in a board of survey with Capt. Belsey of the 15th Maine Vol. to assess deficiencies in three cargos of commissary stores shipped to this point.
Friday, February 12
Orders came for Lieut. Swank to report at new Orleans before a military commission.
Monday, February 22
Was out on duty this day.  Col. Dungan and myself rode up the beach to look for wood and burnt shells.
Tuesday, March 9, 1864
Col. G.W. Clark returned to the Regiment with some recruits from Iowa.  Rec'd letter from B.F. Murphy by the hands of Simon Cross.
Saturday, March 12
Went with the boys of my company to the Gulf to battle and from there went to Light House on Mattagorda Island, Texas.
Sunday, March 13
The troops from Indianola came down to the Island.  In crossing McHenry Bayou they sunk the Pontoon and twenty three of 69th Indiana Vol were drowned.
Monday, March 14
Letter to Lieut. Swank at Chariton, Iowa.  Also rec'd a letter from R. McCormick
Monday March 27
Had "Co" inspection and had the payrolls signed.  In the afternoon had dress parade.
Wednesday, March 30
I sent for the members of my company a $503 in draft to S.L. Edgington, Chariton, for the families of said Co.
Tuesday, April 5, 1864
This afternoon we had "Co" drill and Battalion drill.
Friday, April 8
I went to see Judge Advocate about Allen Williams case.
Tuesday, April 19
Put our property on board Steamer "St. Mary".  Regiment went on board in the evening, ran out in the bay and anchored for the night.
Friday, April 22
Arrived at the mouth of the Mississippi.  Arrived at New Orleans at 6 o'clock.
Thursday, April 28
Our picket guard was driven in and we were ordered to the front.  Went out 1½ miles, formed line of battle and remained there ten hours.  Orders came from Gen. Banks to fall back immediately and what we could not move to destroy.  We fell back two miles in the rear of our camp.
Tuesday, July 12, 1864
Arrived at Vicksburg.
Thursday, July 14, 1864
Arrived at Memphis
Saturday, July 16, 1864
Arrived at St. Louis, Missouri
Sunday, July 17
Went to Benton Barracks.  Saw Capt. Whisenand, Webster Matson and Dave White.
Tuesday, July 19
Left St. Louise
Nelson B. Gardner of Co. "E" was mustered out July 1864.
(This concludes this series)