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

Chris Knust Reaches 1 million safe driving miles

From the September 21, 2017 Chariton Herald-Patriot

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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 atwww.iowahistoryjournal.com, or call (515) 490-7325. Thanks for reading and be sure to tell your Friends on Facebook to "Like" us!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Craft and Vendor Show

Chariton Farmer's Market Vendor Meeting

County Wide Garage Sales


Join Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street for our annual County-Wide Garage Sales on Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd. Put your garage sale on our map for only $5. Deadline is Friday, May 26th at 5 PM.

Maps will be available for purchase on Friday, June 2nd at all Casey's locations, BP, and Gasland Express for $1.