Thursday, August 22, 2013

Medals awarded to family of WWII P.O.W. Mitchell

Herald Patriot August 22, 2013
Bill Howes Associate Editor
Clede Mitchell’s daughter, Dorothy Allen, is holding the
five medals and decorations awarded to her father in the
ceremony on Monday. Allen accepted the medals on
behalf of the Mitchell family and they will be going to the
Lucas County Historical Society Museum in Chariton.
(Bill Howes photo)

A heartwarming ceremony was held on the courthouse lawn gazebo Monday afternoon for the posthumous awarding of medals to the family of Clede Mitchell, who served in the Army in WWII. Mitchell was a prisoner of war in Czechoslovakia for approximately seven months before escaping with fellow P.O.W. troops on May 8, 1945, which is the date that marked the end of the war.
Mitchell was a private in the Army and served from April 1944 to February 1946. He died on May 8, 1971, at age 54.
About 20 members of Mitchell’s family were present for the ceremony. Mitchell’s daughter, Dorothy Allen of Chariton, accepted his medals on behalf of the family and they included the Prisoner of War Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one bronze service star and the World War II Victory Medal. Along with the medals, the Sharpshooter badge with rifle bar and the honorable service lapel pin were also awarded.
This is a photo of Private Clede Mitchell while he was in the servie with his five medals underneath it.
(Bill Howes photos)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Chariton Cemetery Witching

A bus load of people from across the country came into the cemetery to see a "witching" demo. This was one bus load of people. We had one in on August 5 and have 4 more scheduled in. They all really enjoyed the demo and trying out the "wires" for themselves.

The pictures were taken at the Chariton Cemetery when the bus came on Aug 7. These pictures were taken by Abbee, Karen's four year old grand daughter. They are amazing as she got every person there! Thought you might like to post on the Lucas County Genealogy Blog page. The 3rd picture has the tour guide lady looking down and smiling at Abbee. The guy behind her was the bus driver. Hopefully I will get a good picture of the next bus coming into the cemetery. It is an amazing site to see a big tour bus coming into the cemetery led by Mary Ruth.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Windows for Hotel Charitone

New windows are now being put in on the fourth floor of the Hotel Charitone.  The workers started putting them in last week and most of the fourth floor windows are done.  After the fourth floor windows are finished, the workers will work on the interior of the fourth floor. The third floor windows will be put in sometime in late August and the second floor windows will be put in during late September (Bill Howes story and photo).

Saturday, August 03, 2013

2nd Annual Hay Bale Decorating Contest - Deadline Aug. 15th

August 15th is the deadline for this year's contest which begins September 12. Entry forms will be available at Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street and other businesses.  The hay bales must be in place and decorated by September 12. If you are interested in being creative, this is the event for you.  The contest is open to everyone.  Lyle Ansell is again coordinating the event. 
Tourism Lucas County created a one of a kind event in Iowa last year that created interest throughout the Midwest.  The purpose of the event is to find a fun and entertaining way to celebrate the importance of forages in Lucas County and encourage tourism.  Next month's issue of Our Iowa Magazine will feature last years contest.
There will be judging in the following categories:. Youth (eighteen and younger), adult and businesses.  For those without their own supply of hay, the committee will connect those interested with a hay supplier.  The hay used for this event will be returned to the farmers as feed for their cattle, livestock and chickens.  Ansell went on to say hay must be returned to the farmer in condition to feed to their livestock.  Strings or hay nets need to be left intact and only non-oil based paints are approved.  Hay suppliers will explain guidelines and details when they drop off their hay.
Let you imagination be your guide.  The range of possibilities is endless.  These folk art exhibits can be as simple as a hale bale face created with non-oil based paint, and a covering for hair.  As you create your character consider using natural resources such as flowers, garden produce, tree limbs or stumps to add texture to your display.  
Pictured below are some ideas I got from the Internet: