If you can't stand to throw away a scrap of paper that has something written or printed on it, bless your heart. Call it "ephemera" and consider yourself vindicated.
"Ephemera" is a good old fashioned word that encompasses hand-written or printed material that never was intended to be saved but thanks to packrats like you, was.
My grandfather, William Ambrose Miller, had a considerable collection of ephemera, including this little card from the Hatcher House, one of Chariton's earliest and most widely known hotels.
The Hatcher House was a rambling wood frame building constructed on the southwest corner of the square (where the U.S. Bank drive-up office is located now) during the fall of 1853. Rooms were available there, of course, but businesses also operated out of ground-floor locations and Perry's Hall, a popular meeting place during Chariton's second full decade, also was located here.
I'm not quite sure when this card dates from (probably the 1870s), altough it would be possible to figure that out because of the printed names of the proprietors --- Frank and G.W. Dungan. Benjamin Franklin Bates, who went on to build the city's premiere hotel, the Bates House, also managed the Hatcher for a time during the early 1870s.
I have no idea who collected the card, but it probably wasn't Granddad, born in 1875. By the time he had arisen from the cradle and was moving around the Hatcher House had been eclipsed by both the Bates House and the Depot House hotels. Granddad's father, Joseph Cyrus Miller, may have picked it up and first tucked it away.
The card certainly was printed after 1867 since it lists on the back distances from Burlington (where the B.&M.R.R.R. began) to other locations across southern Iowa along the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad, which reached Chariton on the 4th of July, 1867, then moved rapidly on to Council Bluffs.
You can see the Hatcher House, sort of, on the engraving below from the 1875 Andreas Illustrated Historical Atlas of Iowa. The view here is to the northwest with Lucas County's second courthouse in the middle of the square. Hatcher House is on the corner of the square to the left of the courthouse.
If you ever want to take a closer look at this map, we have several copies in various formats at the Lucas County Historical Society museum. This version was scanned from my own modern copy of the atlas, reproduced during the 1960s by the State Historical Society of Iowa and now something of a collector's item itself.
The map, which is remarkably accurate, is a tour de force. There was no aerial photography in the 1870s --- a balloon ascension is unlikely here. And no higher place to look down upon the town from. So the artist had to move around at ground level sketching buildings and putting them in context, then imagine what it all would look like from the air. Amazing.
So keep on saving those scraps of paper. Somebody somewhere down the line --- if you selected your ephemera wisely and tucked it away safely --- will call your name blessed.