Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Martha Peterson Celebrated her 99th Birthday

Martha Peterson has celebrated her 99th birthday but if you would like to send her a card her address is 19968 535th St. Chariton, Iowa 50049

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Winners in the People's Choice Hay Bale Contest

From the Chariton Leader, November 11, 2014
Winning pictures may be seen on the Lucas County Genealogical Society Blog Page  


Pictured are the winners in the Youth Division of the People's Choice voting of the Hay Bale Art Contest.  Front: John and son Zander Curran-Second Place.  Back from left:  FFA students Joel Uthe, Carlie Schaeffer, Shaynee McCormick, Madison Offenburger, Mickayla McCarty and Taylor Sandy-First Place.  Not pictured:  Sawyer and Carver Dow-Third Place.  (Bill Howes photos).


Pictured are the winners in the Business Division of the People's Choice voting of the Hay Bale Art Contest.  From left:  Carolyn Elam and Sandy McSparen of Adoptable Paws Rescue-First Place; Cindy Reyes of Frontier Trading Post-Second Place; and Noranne Keller of Midwest Family Mutual Insurance-Third Place.


Pictured are the winners in the Adult Division of the People's Choice voting.  From left:  Jane and Dave Beatty-Third Place; Lyle Asell-Second Place.  Not pictured:  Dan and Toni Reynolds-First Place.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Etter's to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Jim and Kim Etter will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary on November 10th.  Their children, Johnathan and Kelsey are hosting a card shower.  Cards may be sent to:  Jim and Kim Etter, 48495 260th
Ave., Chariton, IA.  50049.

Jack McClure 90th Birthday

Please help Jack McClure celebrate his 90th birthday by sending cards to 5378 130th St. Lovilia, Iowa.  His step-daughter Linda Braida is hosting the card shower.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Class of 1954 - 60th Class Reunion


Front Row L-R:  John Stout, Carl Alfred Shelton, Harold Willis, Fred Bankus, Don Drutsinger and Walter Grimes.  Row Two L-R:  Jerry Narber, Doris Morrett Rosenburger, Jeanie Campbell McMurray, Margaret Liljedahl Wagner, Colleen Parrish Seaman, Betty Gookin Umbenhower, Rosie Moffet Shor and Ray Spiker.  Row Three L-R:  Gloria Hoffman Lee, Carol Shanks Luke, Lucille Nichols, Darlene LaRue Bowers, Roxie Rowe Wilson, Norma Retherford LaRue, Elaine Roberts Byers, May Sullivan Atha, Kay Carson Steinbach, Sherrill Johnson Garton and Betsy Conrad Berggren.  Row Four L-R:  Connie Tennant, Betty Pirtle Snuggs, Carol Davis, Kay Darrah Worden, Margaret Anderson McGee, David Rosenburger, Geral McCormick, Alyce Sandahl Spencer, Merrian Westman, Paula Dale Culber, Don Gartin, Ellen Pearson Crowe and Duane Hibbs.

Leland and Linda Shelton 50th Wedding Anniversary


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ray and Jane Wilson 50th Wedding Anniversary

Please help us celebrate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of our parents and grandparents, Ray and Jane Wilson of Creston, Iowa on October 2 with a card shower.  Please send your cards to Ray and Jane Wilson 1007 N. Sycamore St. Creston, Iowa 50801-1364.

Hy-Vee and PDI Employees Receiving High Awards

Pictured are the Hy-Vee and PDI (Perishable Distributors of Iowa) employees that received high awards at the Iowa Motor Truck Association Annual Meeting in Cedar Rapids September 24th.  They are from left:  Doug Ballard of PDI, Keith Lyman of PDI, Lisa McNeeley of Chariton Hy-Vee dispatch, Chariton Hy-Vee truck driver Jim Curtis and Chariton Hy-Vee Assistant Vice President of Transportation Jim Moore.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bill Duer Celebrates his 80th Birthday

Please help us celebrate Bill Duer's 80th birthday with a card shower.  Please send cards to Bill Duer at 203 Kerry St., Melrose, IA  52569.  Happy Birthday Bill!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Five Genertions: Klages Family

Five Generations of Klages.  Doris Klages, Great-Great Grandmother (who passed away on October 9, 2014); Sandy Shelton, Great-Grandmother; Abel McClish, Baby; Joyce Shelton, Mother; John Shelton, Grandfather.

Four Generations of Cofers get Together


Pictured are Luella Cofer of Chariton, her daughter Brenda Cofer Trumbo of San Clemente, CA, Brenda's daughter Megan Trumbo Craft of Nashville, Tenn. and Megan's daughters, Kaleiah Hope Craft, age five years and Paisley Joy Craft age five months.  Kaleiah has a twin brother Kaden William Craft, not pictured.  Brenda who was visiting her mother, Luella during the month of August, Megan was visiting from Nashville for the day and they got together for an impromptu four generation picture.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Evelene Bingham Celebrated her 90th Birthday


Evelene Bingham celebrated her 90th birthday on October 5th.  Her family hosted a card shower in her honor.  Greeting may be sent to Evelene at Homestead Assisted Living, Room 168, 908 South Park Lane, Knoxville, IA, 50138.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Ella McDermott Celebrated her 85th Birthday

The family of Ella McDermott hosted a card shower for her 85th birthday on September 22.  Please help celebrate her birthday by sending a card to Ella at 3640 Indian Hills Dr.  Apt. #302, Sioux City, IA.  51104

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dee Hibbs Celebrates 60th Birthday

Dee Hibbs celebrated her 60th birthday on September 19th.  Dee's family held a shower in her honor.  You can send cards to:  407 N. 17th St., Chariton, IA  50049.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Five Generations of Dachenbachs

Great Great Grandmother Mary Dachenbach, Chariton; Great Grandfather Lynn Dachenbach, Knoxville; Grandmother Crystal Ealy, Knoxville; Mother Courtney Willoughby, Pleasantville; Baby Ryker Willoughby, Pleasantville who was born on August 7, 2014.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Elizabeth Loney Celebrated her 85th Birthday with an Open House

   The family of Elizabeth (Lib) Loney hosted an open house for her.  Friends and family helped her celebrate on Sunday September 7th at the Chariton Senior Center at 117 S. Grand St. from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  If you were unable to attend, please send cards to Elizabeth at 50560 260th Ave.  Chariton, Iowa 50049.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Ihnen's Celebrated their 80th Birthdays

Bill and Shirley Ihnen celebrated their 80th birthdays on September 6, 2014.  Their family celebrated with them at the First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall in Indianola, Iowa.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Celebrating 90th Birthday

Joe Bahr celebrated his 90th birthday on September 3rd.  His family hosted a card shower in his honor.  Cards may be sent to Joe Bahr 1110 N. 6th Street Chariton, IA  50049.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Four Generations of Hofmann Family


Left to Right:  Son, Ryan James Hofmann, Humeston; Grandfather John Hofman, Humeston; Great Grandfather Silas Hofman, Chariton; Father Cody James Hofmann, Humeston.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ruddells Celebrated 50th Wedding Anniversary


Ron and Ruth Ruddell celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday August 31, 2014.  Their family hosted a card shower in their honor.  Please send cards to 743 Ashland Ave., Chariton, IA 50049.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Being Written on Bingham for Special Forces

   Forty-five years ago, (July 17) Dennis W. Bingham, a Chariton Green Beret, was killed in action fighting in Laos. The Chariton newspaper's headline read "First Vietnam Fatality in County".
   After graduating from the U.S./Army Special Forces training group, 22 year old Bingham volunteered to serve with Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG). He was assigned to the Command and Control Central (CCC) compound in Kontum, Republic of Vietnam (RVN) and joined Recon Team Hawaii.
   The unit operated in the politically denied areas of Cambodia, Laos and the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that were declared as a neutral territories by the 1962 Geneva Accords.  The agreement was continuously violated by the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) who moved troops and supplies to the battlefields of South Vietnam on what became known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail.  The MAC V SOG Recon Team's mission was to interdict the NVA by reconning areas and gathering intelligence, ambushing enemy units, conducting prisoner of war snatches and exploiting targets with air assets.
  On July 16, 1969, Recon Team Hawaii with Glenn Uemura the Team Leader, Joe Morris the Assistant Team Leader, Dennis Bingham the Radio Operator, William Delina personnel were inserted into Laos by helicopter an hour prior to last light.  The team moved away from the Landing Zone (LZ) into the jungle as they listened to the helicopter fade off into the distance.  The noise also Notified the NVA that a recon team was in the area and they started searching for them using mortar fire.
   The following morning Recon Team Hawaii was up and on the move just as dawn broke.  The team's movement was slow, the jungle was thick, their vision limited and the heat, combined with the humidity, made them sweat profusely as they tried not to make a sound as they walked.
   Later that afternoon, Recon Team Hawaii made contact with a North Vietnamese patrol that was searching for them.  The exchange of gun fire was short as the team broke away and tried to evade the pursuing enemy.  The team ran for a distance before they could stop, study a map and radio for assistance.  Recon Team Hawaii located and moved to an area that was large enough to allow a helicopter to extract them.  Just as the team started to move toward the clearing, the NVA initiated an ambush with small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs).  Bingham was killed in the initial assault and the battle raged for about an hour before the enemy was suppressed long enough to extract the team.
   Bingham was posthumously awarded the Silver Star (the nation's third highest valor award) for his actions that day in Laos.
   Jason M. Hardy, a writer for Special Forces History, is doing a book on the event and is seeking information from friends and family of Bingham.  He is also interested in obtaining photos of Bingham.  His address is P.O. Box 634, Spencer, N.C. 28159, phone 978-337-1982, e-mail is

Donna Irving to Celebrate Birthday

Donna Irving is having a birthday on August 3, 2014.  Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are hosting a card shower in her honor.  Please send your greetings to 715 Woodlawn Ave. Chariton, IA  50049.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gerry Allen Celebrates her 80th Birthday


Family has three babies born on same day

Chariton Leader, July 22, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor


   Three was certainly a lucky number for the Farrell Family in Chariton as they had three babies born into their family on the same day, July 15th.  All three babies were born at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines and all three mothers were in the maternity ward there at the same time.
   Pat Farrell of Chariton became a grandpa, a great uncle and a great-great uncle on the same day with the three births."I thought it was pretty darn cool.  I'm still pretty happy about it," he said in a phone interview.  Pat's wife, Shari, became a grandmother, a great aunt and a great-great aunt.
   Bruce Jayson's parents are Jeann Farrell and her boyfriend Bruce Green.  Alexander Allen's parents are Jared Farrell and Tonya Hobbs.  Angelynne's parents Chris Coleman and Makala Farrell.
   Iowa Methodist Medical Center didn't have a record of three babies being born in the same family on the same day before.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fred Amos to Celebrate his 80th Birthday

   June 28, 1934 in Barnes County, ND.  Roy and Engeline Amos gave birth to a son, Fred Thiel.  He weighed nine pounds and was 21 inches.
   To celebrate Fred's 80th birthday, his wife Ruth, his children Joe, Bryant, Ann, Bruce and Tom, his grandchildren Chad, Cory, Cole, Whitney, Mallory, Brandy, Luke, Amber, TJ, Cody, Josh and Trevor, his great grandchildren, Kennedy, Parker, Dylan, Blaine, Payton, Blake, Colby, Nicole, Denali, Emerlee, Katelyn and Colten will be hosting a card shower in Fred's honor.  Please send birthday wishes to Fred Amos, 42598  225th Ave., Chariton, Iowa 50049

Merle Conrad Retires From Hy-Vee

Merle Conrad is retiring from Hy-Vee and his children and grandchildren are hosting an open house in his honor on Saturday, June 28 from 1-4 p.m.  Stop by and congratulate him at 331 South Main Street, the Buddy Conrad residence.  If you are unable to attend, please send your greetings to 55674  250th Avenue Chariton, IA 50049.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ruth Roach Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

Ruth Roach celebrated her 100th birthday on June 27, 2014.
Her daughter Mary Kay Kaikkonen hosted a card shower in her honor.
Please send your greetings to Ruth Roach, 1214 N. 7th St. Chariton, IA  50049.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ribbon Cutting Held at Country Cabins Glamour Camping Resort


   Ambassadors from the Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street held a ribbon cutting on June 23rd at the Country Cabins Glamour Camping Resort. The Resort's themed suites, outdoor decks, burn pits and trails leading through the woods to adjoining Lake Ellis have drawn many large wedding parties and other groups to Chariton since its opening. The virtual tours provided on the Country Cabins website lets visitors choose from the Harley Davidson, Tikki, western, and other suites that offer kitchens, living rooms, washer/dryers, and other amenities.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Norm and Juanita Owens to Celebrate their 85th Birthdays


Norm and Juanita Owens are celebrating their 85th birthdays on June 15th at 2 p.m. at the Weldon Community Center.  Come celebrate with us and have cake and ice cream!  No gifts please.

Better Homes Club


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Melvin Tubbs Celebrated his 62nd Birthday

Melvin Tubbs celebrated his 62nd birthday on May 31st.  His family hosted a card shower in his honor.
 Please send your greetings to V.A. Hospital, CLC 2 Building 12, Melvin Tubb's Room B207, 3600 30th St., Des Moines, IA  50312.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Merlin and Becky Pierschbacher Celebrate 40th Anniversary

You are invited to attend Merlin and Becky Pierschbacher's 40th wedding anniversary Open House, Sunday May 18th, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at House of Prayer Church, 160 E. Albia Rd. Chariton.  Cake and refreshments will be served.  If unable to attend; cards may be sent to 54194 265th Ave. Chariton, IA  50049.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Klaassen Receives International Award for Rotary Polio Service


  At the recent Rotary District 6000 Conference in Ames, Corliss Klaassen received the prestigious International Service Award for a Polio Free World.  International Awards, given in recognition of broad service to the cause of polio education, do not exceed ten individuals in the world.

  During the presentation, Klaassen was described by Bill Koellner, the District's Award Chair, as "A tireless soldier in the battle against polio, Corliss Klaassen has taken the fight to many fronts.  He had led District 6000 fundraising for Polio, plus eradication efforts for 14 years.  In 2005-06 as District Governor he utilized the platform to carry the polio eradication message to over 4,000 members in more than 60 clubs.  From 2010-2013, Klaassen served as District Rotary Foundation Chair.  Through his efforts, polio eradication funds raised per individual donor in the district exceeded $140 per person.  Corliss has been a powerful advocate for Polio Plus fundraising.  Under his leadership as the District Rotary Foundation Chair, District 6000 achieved the Zone Polio Champion Award as a district that donated 20 percent or more District Designated Funds (DDF) to Polio Plus. The District was also honored as a top total DDF contributor in the Zone of $42,480 (28.8 percent of DDF) given to the polio eradication effort.  Corliss has led by example through personal contributions, rolling up his sleeves to immunize children in two countries against polio and providing influence and encouragement for others to give to the eradication effort.  He is a constant source of information for district leaders on polio and foundation giving, unselfishly devoting untold hours to educating others.  This is the true measure of his outstanding effort, the dedication with which he has shared the mission of polio eradication to clubs, district, zone and internationall.  The battle is not over for Corliss until the last country is declared polio free and he will continue the fight until that special day."
  Klaassen's commitment to polio eradication has gone far beyond the District borders.  He and his wife, Jeanne, have taken the initiative to participate in two National Immunization Day trips, one to India during the 2004-2005 Rotary year and one to Nigeria in 2007.  They personally financed these journeys to two of the most challenging fronts for fighting the disease.  They have shared their National Immunization Day experience through speaking at over 60 additional clubs - carrying the message of polio's devastating effect through photographs and the desperate need to eradicate the disease.
  Both Corliss and Jeanne Klaassen have received the Regional Service Award for a Polio Free World.  
  At the last Chariton Rotary Club meeting, Corliss received a standing ovation when it was announced that he was one of ten in the world to receive the International Service Award.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Joe and Rose O'Reilly Celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary

The children of Joe and Rose O'Reilly are hosting a card shower to help them celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary, which is May 1st.  Cards may be sent to Southgate Apartments, 429 South Main, Apt 523, Chariton, Iowa 50049.

Chariton Couple Wins Vision Award at Indian HIlls Community College

  A Chariton couple was honored at the Third Annual Vision Awards at Indian Hills Community College.
  The Vision Awards were created to help honor entrepreneurship in Indian Hills' 10-county region.  All of the individuals and businesses selected are great examples of the entrepreneurial spirit that can be found in southeast Iowa.
  The winner of the entrepreneurial business award was Fat Baggers, Inc. of Chariton.  The company, owned by Gary and Amy Chipp, manufactures complete, custom motorcycle baggers and custom bagger parts.
  The business was born when customers of an existing family business started asking for customized parts.  Since those first requests this year's winning business has steadily grown over the past 10 years.
  Fat Baggers' reputation for producing one of a kind baggers has spread far and wide.  In fact, their products are shipped worldwide.  They now employ 30 people.