Wednesday, December 12, 2018

FamilySearch New Indexes and Images

A new database available on
Iowa, Monroe County, Card index of births, deaths & marriages from
newspaper clippings, 1898-2015
Index and images of births, deaths, and marriages clipped from local newspapers

Friday, October 26, 2018

Lucas County Newspaper Indexes

We apologize for the inconvenience you have been experiencing trying to access the Newspaper Indexes from the library.  We have added the Lucas County Newspaper Indexes into our blogs to help solve this problem.  It looks different than what you are used to, but I think you will be able to read it.The right hand column will be the place where you will choose the index you are looking for.
This is the blog address, just click on it and it will take  you to the site.  Then you can save it in  your bookmarks for further reference.
I am through entering the indexes.  Hope they are what  you want.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Chariton firemen win 2018 IFA Convention

By Bill Howes, Associate Editor,  Chariton Leader, Oct 4, 2018

     The Chariton Volunteer Fire Department once again reigned supreme with a first place finish at this year’s Iowa Firefighters Association Convention held in Waverly Sept. 7-11. Chariton also set new state records in both the Thief Drill and the two-firefighter Coupling drill.
     The Chariton firemen claimed the first place trophy with 40 points. State Center was second with 16 points followed by Corydon, which was third with 11 points. Russell was fourth overall with 10 points.
     Iowa Falls and Riverdale tied for fifth place with four points each and Nashua placed sixth with two points. Hawkeye and Radcliffe tied for seventh with one point apiece.
     The team of Chariton 3 set a new state record in the Thief Drill with a winning time of 12.22. Team members were Ken McCormick, T.J. Smyser, Steve Davis and Tim Graves. Also in the Thief Drill, the Chariton 1 team of Brian Crozier, Brandt Smith, Matt Riechmann and Alex Greubel placed third overall in 13.92.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Iowa Weather from The Story of Iowa

From the Lucas County Notes & Shakin’ the Family Volume 23, Issue 3 Third Quarter – July-August-September 2018 Page 57

     As a basis of comparison with the tales of Iowa weather in the past, let us consider the years 1934, 1935 and 1936. The year 1934 was made memorable by sunburn, dust and insects. The scorching sun produced excessive and prolonged heat, increased wind velocities dried out the top soil and a deficiency of rainfall left the soil parched and arid. Iowa was not alone in suffering from this trinity of evil circumstances, for adjoining States suffered, too, and added to Iowa’s woes by breading hordes of chinch bugs and sending clouds of dust over the State.
Iowa Weather in 1934 The average temperature for the State as a whole for 1934 was only 51.5 degrees, which is below the record annual mean, but the really excessive heat came in the spring and early summer when it did the most damage to crops. May, with a mean of 69.6 degrees, was the warmest May on record; indeed the monthly mean temperature for the entire year was above normal for every month save September and December. The heat was particularly extreme in southern and western Iowa and its effect is clearly to be seen in the fact that in twenty-three of these counties the yield of corn was less than five bushels per acre.
     The heat produced other effects, too. All summer the roads were jammed with Cars of Iowans seeking relief at lakes and river-sides and in wooded areas. Many aged persons and people with weak hearts died during the summer from heat exhaustion. Livestock, exposed to the sun in the fields, suffered greatly. On one July day, the carcasses of two hundred heat-killed hogs, twenty-two cattle and twenty horses were carried to a single rendering plant at Des Moines. There is always humor in any catastrophe and some such instance in all this heat was that a citizen of Dubuque was jailed for trying to obtain his winters supply of fuel without the formality of paying for it. That very day the temperature stood at 104 degrees.
     The real depth of the drought is not to be found in the fact that 1934 had less rain than normal, for 1933 had been dry also. In fact, with a single exception, the winters since 1930 had all been dry.
     Thus the water table in the soil was seriously lowered, demonstrated by the fact that when 1934 opened, the Mississippi River was 4.2 feet below zero, the lowest stage on record. It was not until July of 1934 that normal rain returned and by that time practically all Iowa streams were at record low levels and many communities were in serious plights over their water supplies. Creston probably suffered most of all Iowa municipalities. Each day, it was necessary to bring in a train of forty tank cars, each holding 10,000 gallons of water, to keep the city going even on a basis of strict rationing. The price of water at Creston rose from 35 cents to $1.50 a thousand gallons. Chariton and Osceola also suffered severely.
     Actually 26.85 inches of rain fell on Iowa during 1934 compared with the average of about 32 inches, but this rain was spotty. Muscatine received 37.47 inches while only 16.77 inches fell at Glenwood. The real story is shown by the record at Davenport where the first six months of 1934 showed a deficit of 8.54 inches, about 50 per cent under normal, although a total of 36.55 inches fell during the year.

Dust Storms

     Dust storms were one of the weird phenomena of this queer year of 1934. The first came as early as January 28th when a winter blizzard not of snow but of dust swept across the State. In February there were several minor dust storms and in March there were nine such storms, northwestern Iowa having a very severe dust blanket dropped over it on the 6th. April brought twenty-two days during which dust filled the air. The sun was frequently obscured, motor driving was often hazardous, and housewives could not keep their homes clean. The worst State-wide storm came on April 23rd when from dawn until after sunset the sky was darkened. Visibility at Davenport was less than a mile while at Keokuk the Illinois shore was shut from sight. Airplane pilots reported that the dust extended to a height of more than two miles and in some places dust was drifted so badly on the roads that snow-fighting equipment was called out to remove the two
and three foot blockades. The storms continued through May, often obscuring the sun and at times drifting the dust right over the fences. For a time many people feared that the fertility of Iowa would be lost beneath the dust accumulations, but at last the rains came and Iowa was saved.
     In fact, the State was enriched, for this modern gift of loess represented the best top soil of the unfortunate States to the west and northwest.
     Added to the troubles of heat and drought and dust, and perhaps caused in part by the dread trinity, Iowa that summer suffered a severe plague of chinch bugs. Having eaten the barley, wheat and oats, the insects swarmed into the corn fields. Miles of paper and chemical barriers were built in the 47 counties of the State hardest hit and some 3,000,000 gallons of creosote were applied as a control measure but by the coming of autumn it was feared that damage caused could not be estimated at less than $25,000,000.

The Iowa Weather in 1935

     The year 1935 was also unfavorable for Iowa farmers, costing them millions of dollars. Heavy rains came in the spring and delayed corn planting by nearly a month. Instead of being “knee-high by the Fourth of July” much of the corn was barely six inches above the ground by that time. Then, to make matters worse, early frosts badly damaged the corn at the end of the growing season so that
the crop ran about 31 per cent below normal – the worst reported during the 46 years that records had been kept.
     Much of this poor corn crop could be placed at the door of the heavy rains which fell frequently in the spring, making the soil very cold and wet. During these rains, there was considerable flood damage. The Des Moines River, in particular, behaved badly. Between June 3rd and July 5th, four consecutive flood crests moved downstream, reaching at one time a flood crest of 18.5 feet. At
Eddyville conditions were dangerous for a time. An emergency levee of 14,000 sand bags was thrown up to protect the town and everyone was prepared to evacuate at short notice. An additional four-inch rise in the river might have flooded the entire town. At Ottumwa cots and tents had to be provided for eight families driven from their home by the high water, and the Milwaukee railroad
bridge across the waterworks channel was held in place only by being ballasted by a train of cars loaded with coal. There were many semi-humorous incidents, as the one at Eldon where a doctor and nurses arrived at a home by rowboat just in the nick of time to welcome the arrival of a new citizen of the State. Between Des Moines and Eldon some forty thousand acres of land were flooded and damage to crops, livestock, farm building and equipment was conservatively set at half a million dollars.
     In addition to a severe outbreak of chinch bugs and locusts, 1935 brought some unusual weather disturbances. Dust came in from the southwest on February 23rd and discolored the snow, while on March 20th a great cloud of dust blanketed the entire State. Visibility was reported as low as a hundred feet. In April other minor dust storms plagued the State.
     On the whole there was less than normal damage from wind and hail, but on March 20th near Alton some damage was done by a baby twister and on March 24th a larger tornado hit a small area in Mahaska County, unroofing buildings, bursting barns apart and felling trees. The damage was set at $60,000.
Not content with this freakish weather, Nature gave Iowa two earthquakes this year of 1935.
     The first came at five in the morning of March 1st, a tremor of very short duration felt mostly in the southwestern part of the State. Windows and dishes rattled and farmers reported that their stock were uneasy. No damage was reported. The second shock was probably associated with the severe shock which originated near North Bay, Ontario, and rocked much of eastern Canada and the
adjacent United States.

Iowa Weather in 1936

     In 1936 Iowa had a most unusual year, scientifically certified. January, February and March were remarkable months. On January 18th there began the most prolonged cold spell in 117 years of Iowa’s recorded weather up to that time. This cold, which endured unbroken until February 22nd, reached its depth with a reading of 30 degrees below zero at West Bend. In the three winter months, ending with February, 42 inches of snow fell, a Statewide record broken by the winter of 1950-51, when the average snowfall over the State reached 46.1 inches. Then in July, from the 3rd to the 19th, the temperature exceeded 100 degrees every day, making that July the hottest month in Iowa’s known weather history. The entire State had an average of 17 days with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees in an unbroken series. Some towns fared even worse. Corning, for example, had reading of 100 degrees or more for 25 days.
     The winter cold mentioned above caused some odd freaks. At Davenport, the  old froze the factory whistles so they could not be blown at noon. In Northwood, sixty school children were badly frostbitten. But at Des Moines one day when the mercury stood at 21 degrees below, a fat robin was seen cheerfully going about his business. Snow fell heavily all of January and State and county officials waged a weary battle to keep the roads open. Coal ran short and in some  instances churches, schools, and places of amusement were closed.
     On February eighth, when it seemed that the weather could no become worse, the most terrific blizzard in years came roaring out of the northwest. At Tipton, the temperature dropped 30 degrees in an hour and everywhere swirling clouds of snow blinded vision and blocked the roads with great drifts. One farmer in Marion County took care of twenty-eight marooned motorists, trains were badly delayed and buses trucks and ambulances were stalled in snow banks. Two Charles City firemen had their ears frozen while answering an alarm, while at Randalia a woman, driving down from her house to her mail box at the corner, reported that the ears of the team of mules she was diving over the snow “continually touched the telephone wires among the route”.
     Under such conditions, snow-fighting equipment could not always meet the emergency adequately. Snow drifted faster than it could be pushed aside by ordinary snow plows and rotary plows were in great demand. Even on the primary roads, only one-way traffic was possible for long periods in many places while county roads and farm roads were blocked for weeks. It has been estimated that more than half of the 212,276 farms in Iowa were without wheeled  communication for a period of about seven weeks. In northern Iowa particularly, some towns were without railroad service for about three weeks.
     Then came the summer heat and drought! – the summer which was to break all records as the most prolonged heat spell in the Upper Mississippi Valley. The torridity began on June 25th and the effects of the dryness began to make themselves evident shortly thereafter. To add to the distress of the farmers, a plague of chinch bugs and grasshoppers developed. The hard-pressed farmers
appealed to Washington for help in the rapidly worsening emergency. Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace toured the drought-stricken area and President F. D. Roosevelt himself came to Des Moines to confer with the Governors of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. But 1936 was a presidential election year, officials were busy, so nothing of importance was accomplished.
     Factories closed early because the heat wilted the workers below the point of effective labor.
     One man put up the following sign of his office door: “Closed for the after-noon, owing to the hellish heat. Home in the cellar, reading Dante’s ‘Inferno.’”         At Charles City, the continuous heat hatched two chickens in a pail of  discarded eggs. At Preston, a large thermometer burst when the rocketing mercury pushed right through the glass and the empty bulb, acting as a lens, set fire to the building – a garage owned by the town fire chief. At Mt. Pleasant, on the farm of H. F. Eicher, 515 turkeys were killed by the heat.
     While August was not as hot as July, the heat continued excessive all month and the hottest August on record. August 18th was the worst day of the month with 113 recording stations reporting an average maximum of 106.5 degrees.
What made things much worse was the absence of the customary summer rains. It was not bone dry, of course, for thunderstorms did bring a total average fall of 6.84 inches for the three months of June, July and August – but this amount was 4.91 inches below normal. In other words, Iowa had only a little more than half as much rain as is customary and for an agricultural State that was bad.
     In writing about weather, it is the unusual which is reported. The previous accounts were given only because they were unusual. Normally Iowa is blessed with a mild and temperate climate with adequate rain in summer and not too much snow in winter. Despite occasional hot waves and frigid blasts, despite heavy rains and some dry spells, Iowa is still a comfortable place in which to live.


     Chinch bugs have oval shaped
bodies. Adult chinch bugs have
two wings that overlap over their
     Chinch bugs of all ages have
piercing mouthparts that puncture
grass blades.

Chinch Bugs Defined

     Chinch bugs are easy to
recognize, but hard to see.  They're about 1/5" long with black bodies and white wings folded across their backs. It takes chinch bugs about four to six weeks to mature. They start out yellow, then soon turn red as they grow. They have a telltale white stripe across their bodies.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Scotter Darrah Retires after 57 Years

April 26, 2018 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot f
By Bill Howes
Associate Editor

     For nearly six decades, Bill “Scooter” Darrah of Chariton has been an exemplary figure in the garbage hauling business. He has provided the most dedicated, efficient and loyal service to his many customers over the years while also being their friend and someone they greatly respect as well.
     Darrah retired on April 1, 2018, after 57 years in the garbage hauling business. He started his 57th year in business with Darrah Garbage, which he founded himself, in March 1961. Midwest Sanitation and Recycling has taken over his business and is now “doing the rounds” picking up garbage for Chariton and Lucas County residents.
     Darrah started his business in March 1961 when John F. Kennedy was president. He has worked through 11 U.S. presidents starting with Kennedy and ending with current president Donald Trump. The month Darrah started his business, March 1961, was the same month that then President Kennedy established the Peace Corps.
     Darrah explained why he decided to retire now. “I’m 84 years old and I just thought it was about time to retire,” he said.
     Darrah provided both residential and commercial garbage service to Lucas County residents. At the time he retired he said he had 700-800 customers, but when he started his business he didn’t have any. When asked who his first customer was, Darrah had a humorous response.
     “Myself,” he said laughing.
     Actually, Darrah’s first customers were his parents and some close friends. When Darrrah started he used an old-style packer vehicle that was chain-driven instead of hydraulic. A few years after he started Darrah bought a newer style truck that was hydraulic.
     “At that time people used the regular 20-gallon metal garbage cans and we usually went to the back of people’s houses to pick their trash up. We also hauled the garbage to an old dump south of town down past where the bypass is now by Lockridge,” he said.
     Back then they only had to go a few blocks south of town to dump garbage and it was free to dump there. Now they go 70 miles round trip to the landfill at Tracy, Iowa, in Marion County and they pay about $40 a ton to dump it.
     When Darrah started, they picked up garbage on different days of the week like they do now. They also charged people $1.50 a month for garbage service when he started. “We charge from $14 to $20 a month now,” he said.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Project Undercover meeting

Fair associaton sets Project Undercover meeting to discuss arena roof

Chariton Herald Patriot - Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:54

     The Lucas County Fair Association (LCFA) would like to erect a roof over the outdoor arena at the Lucas County fairgrounds. The LCFA is holding a public meeting at the fairgrounds on May 1 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be at the outdoor arena if the weather permits, otherwise it will be held in the 4-H exhibit building. This will be an excellent opportunity to discuss this project and answer questions about the project.
     According to a Lucas County Fair Association release, the roof would be a great improvement to the outdoor arena. Currently, horse exhibitors are in the full sun or rain during the horse show at the fair in July and during practices throughout the year. Likewise, many spectators are sitting in the stands during inclement weather, supporting the exhibitors. The hot July sun or cold rainy drizzle can be very annoying and keeps many spectators from coming to the fair to enjoy the shows. Also, sitting in the bleachers at 7 p.m. with the sun shining in your eyes while you watch the events is not a pleasant experience. The roof would solve these issues plus it would also allow for the cattle shows to be held outdoors.
     LCFA said tht if the outdoor arena had a roof, many more venues could be held at the fairgrounds. These venues would bring in revenue not only for the LCFA but also for the community. Whenever, a community can bring in tourists for planned events it benefits the entire community. Tourists buy food, gas, stay in motels, etc. the LCFA statement read.
     In terms of fund-rising, a donation of $250 or more is necessary for a supporter to have their name on a plaque, which will be displayed at the fair grounds.

SCICF awards

Chariton Herald Patriot Thursday, April 19, 2018

SCICF awards 28 grants totaling $111,980

Pictured are the representatives from each of the 28 organizations that were awarded grants by the South Central Iowa Community Foundation (SCICF) at Pin Oak Lodge Monday night. (Bill Howes photo)

     On Monday night at Pin Oak Lodge the South Central Iowa Community Foundation (SCICF) awarded 28 grants to local organizations totaling $111,980.19. 

     All the SCICF board members were present along with SCICF Executive Director Diane Ross. Representatives of each organization who received a grant came up and spoke briefly about what they were going to use the grant money for. 

     A majority of the grant money awarded by SCICF Monday night is from the Lucas County Granting Fund. A total of $6,000 came from the Lucas County Endowment Fund.

     The groups who were awarded grants along with the amount each one was awarded and what they plan to do with the money areas follows:

Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street-$250-for Dazzle Fest costumes

Lucas County Fair Association-$10,000 pledge to erect a roof over the outdoor arena at the Lucas County Fairgrounds

City of Chariton-$2,000 to expand the disc golf course at Northwest Park

Lucas County Inter-Church Council-$2,156 to remove and replace the building siding

Jericho Hills Camp (General Council of Christian Union Church)-$1,300 to purchase commercial ice machine

John L. Lewis Commission Inc.-$9,000 to repair the roof at the John L. Lewis Mining and Labor Museum in Lucas

Friends of the Chariton Airport-$4,000 to replace the heating and cooling systems

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Genealogy Can Be Habit Forming

Genealogy Can Be Habit Forming
     Genealogy Pox (very contagious to adults) Symptoms: Continual complaint as to need of names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expression, sometines deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses. Has compulsion to write letters. Swears mailman doesn’t leave mail.
     Frequently in strange places such as cemeteries, ruins and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls. Hides phone bills from spouse and mumbles to self. Has strange faraway look in eyes.
      Treatment: Medication is useless. Disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines, and be given a quiet corner in the house when he or she can be alone.
     Remarks: The unusual nature of this disease is – the sicker a patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it.  For this disease there is no known cure.
                                                      - Southwest Nebraska Genealogical Society Newsletter

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rich, Cain both win re-election to school board

By Bill Howes Associate Editor  Chariton Newspapers Web site
Dave Rich

     In the school board elections held in Lucas County Tuesday, incumbents Dave Rich and Dusty Cain both won re-election and people voted to renew the PPEL Levy by an overwhelming margin, 289-78.
     A total of 385 ballots were cast including absentee votes, which is only .07 percent of the total eligible voters in Lucas County. The following are the unofficial results of the election. The canvas will be held this Friday morning.
     Rich won re-election to the Director District 1 seat over challenger and write-in candidate Christie Stout, 264-47. There were 22 write-in votes for the District 1 seat. Rich will begin his 18th year in office with this new term.
Dusty Cain
 Cain won re-election to a second term to the At Large District 5 seat over challenger, Jerry Book, 249-112.
     PPEL needed just a simple majority to pass and it was renewed for 10 more years from 2019-2029. Chariton Schools Superintendent Paula Wright explained why they held the PPEL renewal election this year instead of waiting until it expired in 2019.
     “We held the PPEL vote this year because our regular election schedule is every two years. If we had waited until 2019, it would’ve been too late to vote on PPEL without having a special election. We didn’t want to pay for a special election,” Wright said.
     Wright gave her thoughts on PPEL passing after the final vote was known at the Lucas County Courthouse Tuesday night.
     “We’re very pleased that PPEL passed and that the community is so supportive of our school district. We have several projects planned and this Levy helps support those improvements. It’s a very positive thing for our community,” Wright said.
     Along with Wright, other people waiting for voting results at the courthouse Tuesday night were Dave Rich and his wife Colleen and Chariton School Board Secretary Kelley Reece.
     The voting breakdown for both races and the PPEL vote by precinct was as follows. In the Director District 1 race, at Chariton City Hall 192 people voted for Rich while 34 voted for Stout and there were eight write-in votes.
     At the Lucas Community Building, 18 people voted for Rich, three voted for Stout and there were two write-in votes. At the Russell Community Building, 29 people voted for Rich, and there were 11 write-in votes, five of which were for Stout. At the Williamson Community Building, 21 people voted for Rich, five voted for Stout and there was one write-in vote.
     In the absentee voting, four people voted for Rich while zero voted for Stout and there were no write-in votes.

Homecoming Parade Announced

Homecoming Parade announced

Chariton’s annual Homecoming Parade will begin at 2:30, Friday, Oct. 6, following the Homecoming Assembly. 

The theme for this year’s Homecoming is “Lights, Camera, Homecoming.”
The Chargers will be playing the Davis County Mustangs.
     Forms are available at the high school office for businesses and other interested parties who would like to have their entries judged.      There will be three divisions of judged entries: youth, school, and community. Unlike past years only horses with owners who are willing to clean up their horses’ waste will be allowed in the parade. All parade entries should display some form of Charger Pride. Entries who would like to distribute candy should have someone walking to hand out the candy to ensure the safety of the children along the parade route.
     Youth entries may pick up their entry forms at the high school or from their building principals. Youth entries will include all Pre-school through 8th grade children. Youth may walk, ride a bike or scooter, or other non-motorized appropriate forms of locomotion. Prizes will be given for the top three youth entries.
     The youth entries will be judged on originality, relation to theme, and school spirit. To be judged for prizes, the entry forms must be returned to the high school by 3:30, Thursday, Oct. 5. All youth entries, judged or not judged, should be in the community center parking lot on the south side of the high school by 2 p.m. on Oct. 6.
     The school entries and community entries will be judged on originality, workmanship, connection to theme, and mechanics. Forms for these groups may be picked up at the high school office. They too, must be returned by 3:30, Thursday Oct. 5 if they wish to be judged. No prizes are given for these categories.
     Those entries in any of the three categories not wanting to be judged.
     Homecoming parade do not have to fill out a judged entry form. Parade entries judged or non-judged who need to have a designated spot on the parade route (such as class reunions, 4-H clubs, teams etc.) need to call Heather at the high school (774-5066). On the day of the parade, a parade committee member will direct you to an open spot on Grand between Orchard and Lucas, or on 8th between Orchard and Lucas. All parade participants should be parked and ready by 2 p.m. the day of the parade.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Russell Museum and Library

A big THANK YOU to the Russell Museum and Library for hosting our Sept 11, 2017 meeting and giving us a tour and program of their museum. They shared the love of our history and the story of Lucas County, and it is a beautiful and well documented source. Follow news of the Russell Museum @ Russell Historical Society Blog:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Russell's Fall Festival Sept 16


Saturday, August 19, 2017

September Meeting

Notice:   September Meeting

Our September meeting on the 11th will be held at the Russell (Iowa) Historical Society building in Russell to tour their Museum.  The tour will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Come see the collection of items relating to the creation of Russell and its surrounding community.  Memorabilia from many of Russell's own citizens is displayed in this unique Museum.

Location:   1½ blocks south of Railroad crossing, on East side of Prairie St.

Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

To Get A Prairie Chicken

A new blog has been added to the Lucas County Genealogical Society blog list.
Elizabeth Tuttle's book "To Get A Prairie Chicken".
I am in the process of putting the book on the Internet.  It will be completed in the near future.
To go to the blog, click on the following link:  To Get a Prairie Chicken

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Special Election set for Nov. 7th

Special election on whether or not to change the form of city government set for Nov. 7
Posted: Thursday, June 8, 2017 4:29 pm | Updated: 4:30 pm, Thu Jun 8, 2017.
By Bill Howes Associate Editor

At Monday night’s Chariton City Council meeting, the council approved to adopt a resolution to accept a petition calling for an election to change the form of government in the City of Chariton and set a special election on this topic to be held Nov. 7, 2017, at the same time as the regular city election. This is permissible under Iowa Code section 39.2.
Only people living inside the city limits of Chariton will be able to vote in the special election. Voting will be held at the regular city polling places.
On May 11, 2017, Chariton City Hall receive a petition in the mail from Mark Giese entitled, “The following petitioners and citizens of Chariton, Iowa, would like to petition the Chariton City Council to change the form of government from 372.6 Council-manager-at large form of government to 372.4 Mayor-council form of government. This change would allow the citizens of Chariton to vote for our mayor. This change of government makes the mayor, C.E.O. of the city.”
According to the resolution accepted, the voters in the city of Chariton will be asked the following question on Nov. 7: “Shall the form of city government for the City of Chariton, Iowa be changed from council-manager-at large form of government pursuant to Iowa Code 372.6 to mayor-council form of government pursuant to Iowa Code 372.4?”
The vote needs just a simple yes vote majority to pass. If it passes and the form of city government is changed, then it has to stay that way for six years before citizens can vote on it again according to Lucas County Auditor Julie Masters. “If it doesn’t pass or it fails, people can’t vote on it again for four years,” Masters said.
There wasn’t much discussion held on the topic of holding a special election on whether or not to change the form of city government before the council voted on it Monday night. Chariton City Manager Joe Gaa said that he has discussed this issue with both the County Auditor, Julie Masters, and City Attorney, Verle Norris.
Read the June 8, 2017 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Iowa History Journal

From the Lucas County Genealogical Society Facebook Page on April 26, 2017

Volume 9, Issue 3 (May/June 2017) — As the boys of summer return for another season, we cover the bases of baseball's origins in Iowa and highlight some of the small town players who made it to the Big Leagues in our cover story written by John Liepa, who also shares with us his collection of rare baseball cards. Like an extra-innings game, it's a story that will keep diehard fans and casual observers on the edge of their seats.

Also in this issue: A preview of the John Wayne Birthday Celebration in Winterset; John Brassard Jr.'s story of how the citizens of Long Grove gunned down bank robbers in 1921; columnist Arvid Huisman recalls a mid-summer's night memory; Mike Whye takes off on a story about flying a World War II legend named "Gunfighter"; eyewitness accounts of the 1879 Estherville Meteorite; Urbandale, once known as a "streetcar suburb," celebrates its 100th anniversary; and Publisher Michael Swanger sings the praises of the writers of IHJ stories who recently swept the annual Mills-Noun Awards.

Iowa History Journal is sold at every Casey's General Store and Hy-Vee Food Store in Iowa, as well as Beaverdale Books in Des Moines. To purchase a subscription, a gift subscription, or to buy collectible back issues and posters, visit us online, or call (515) 490-7325. Thanks for reading and be sure to tell your Friends on Facebook to "Like" us!