I've awakened, after a long winter's nap, the Lucas County Historical Society blog --- commencing with a post regarding Emily Braden's 1859 "Chariton Polka," the music of which turned up during a winter sort of contents of a Stephens House closet where difficult-to-display paper artifacts had been stashed over the course of some 40 years.
I try not to blog here using artifacts that belong to the historical society, so you're going to have to go to that blog to read the entire post. You can do so by clicking here.
The Bradens, Emily and Joseph, were among Chariton's earliest residents, moving here soon after their 1854 marriage in Dubuque County. Joseph had arrived a year earlier as officer in charge of the U.S. Land Office in Chariton. Both were natives of London and Emily, an accomplished musician educated both in London and in France. If the name sounds familiar to Lucas Countyans of today it's probably because Chariton's Braden Avenue is named for Joseph and Emily.