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!

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.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Underwater Movie

Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street Facebook page

On Monday, June 19, from 10am-Noon, we're having a Underwater Movie morning! In order for us to make this happen, we need at least 20 kids to RSVP. PLEASE call us at 641-774-4059 to make a reservation! Crafts, a movie, and snacks... $10!

Golf Fun Day

Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street

Don't forget... June 22 is the Golf Fun Day at Honey Creek! Use this registration. Get your team together for this event w/ great prizes!

Outdoor Movie Night

Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street

Outdoor Movie Night... sponsored by Hy-Vee, Community 1st Credit, CACMS, and Splash Committee! Check out the flyer for more details!

Camping Kickoff

From the Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street April 27, 2017

Dog Jog

From the Chariton Area Chamber/main Street May 2, 2017

Don't miss out! This is a great opportunity to help create a much needed dog park for Chariton and Lucas County!


Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:50 am | Updated: 10:56 am, Tue Jun 13, 2017. Chariton Newspapers

In the game of Monopoly, winning is all about purchasing your spaces on the board early in the game. Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street (CACMS) is giving area businesses, organizations and individuals a chance to establish a presence on a one-of-a-kind board game to be called Chariton-opoly, but they will need to move fast. Spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and there are very limited spaces available.
“We’re offering a unique opportunity to become part of a board game showcasing Chariton,” said CACMS executive director Kris Patrick. Chariton-opoly, which is based on the popular board game “Monopoly,” will be available for purchase in the fall of 2017.
But to make that happen, Patrick said, local residents, businesses and organizations will want to “get in the game now.” CACMS president-elect Mike Armstrong is on the project committee and Karen Wilker is spearheading the initiative to get all the spaces filled on the board.
“This is an exciting way to celebrate Chariton and capture what’s happening in our community right now,” Armstrong said. For those who have played the game, the board is familiar – a square playing field with properties available for purchase around the perimeter of the board. The object of the game is to become the wealthiest player through purchasing, renting and selling property.
From the “Go” space clockwise around the board the properties increase in value starting at $275 and become more desirable to players in the game to win. Wilker said each property is an opportunity for local businesses to get their name on the board.
Read the June 16, 2017 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chariton Carnegie Library

Thought you might enjoy this picture from the Tourism Lucas County Facebook Page May 2016

The Chariton Public Library pictured in 1907 and 2016. It is celebrating it's 110 year birthday this year. One of the Andrew Carnegie Libraries in Iowa. We are very proud of this building
The Chariton Carnegie Library is located across the street from Constitution Park. What a beautiful setting. Thank you Master Gardener's and Friends for keeping a special place just off the Chariton Square.  
Red Haw State Park will be aglow in a month or so. The Red Buds peak the end of April and first week in May if weather cooperates.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Veteran's Day Activities

In spite of a very cold day, a large crowd gathered during the dedication ceremony for the first of six memorial benches that the U.S. military held at the Lucas County Memorial Park in Chariton on Tuesday, December 13.  It was the first of six that will be held by the Memorial Park Committee.  In honor of this first bench dedication, the keynote speaker for the event was Brigadier General Steven Altman, the Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard.  National Guard traces their birthday and origin to Dec 13, 1636.
Civil War and Revolutionary War re-enactors Terry Fenoglio of Knoxville and Mike Rowley of Clive preformed Color Guard while the flag of St George was hoisted.  Steve Scott of Chariton played snare drum as the flag rose.

Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park Committee Chairman Earl Comstock welcomed everyone to the dedication  Following this Memorial Park Committee member Melody Allen announced that the National Guard Bench would now be unveiled.  Army CWO4 Jim See and Retired SFC Dick Warren of the Iowa National Guard did the unveiling.  After this the ceremony moved inside where Memorial Park Committee member Roger Blunk gave a brief history of the National Guard.

"The history of the National Guard of the United States began on Dec 13, 1636, when the Massachusetts colonial legislature ordered the organization of the North, South and East Regiments.  These regiments still continue to serve in today's Massachusetts Army National Guard as the 181st Infantry Regiment, 182nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Engineer Battalion.  These organization have served the state and nation for 380 years.  From this initial force of fewer than 1,000, the National Guard has grown to 455,000 men and women," Blunk said.
  Allen listed of U.S. Presidents who were in the National Guard:  George Washington, Commander of the Virginia militia as a Colonel, later by an act of Congress was promoted to the title of General of the Aries, with the rank of six stars; Abe Lincoln, Caption in the Illinois Militia, Harry S Truman, Captain in the Missouri National Guard in WW I in France.  In August 1940, President Franklin D Roosevelt signed an Exective Order Calling up 400,000 National Guard and Reserve to active duty and those men were part of the first troops that engaged to Japanese at the start of WWII.  In 1962 President John F Kennedy referred to the Guard as part of the nations total force during the Berlin crises.  The Guard has served sine Dec 13, 1636.  This was the 380th birthday, the oldest of all the U.S. services

Picture of Chariton Public Library done by Mag Prange

From the January 3, 2017 Chariton Leader

Chili Cook-Off

Get signed up for the Chili Cook-Off! This is our first event of 2017! Come support the HS Boys and Girls BB teams as they face rival Albia and try some of the best chili in Lucas County! Trophies will be awarded. Call the Chariton Chamber office at 77-4059 and get signed up!