This is one of those small Lucas County-related curiosities that make their way home to the museum now and then, courtesy of families long gone. It was delivered to the Lucas County Historical Society Museum this week with other items by Jona Forbes of Spirit Lake and is related to the family of her mother, Mary Elizabeth Flynn Stahl (1901-1991).
Mrs. Stahl was born in Lucas County and graduated from Chariton High School, but after college married John B. Stahl in 1939, then spent the balance of her life at Ocheyedan.
This was intended to be installed on an automobile back in 1928 when it and others like it were sold as a fund-raiser by members of Carl L. Caviness American Legion Post No. 102. Although cast from pot metal, it was manufactured by the Golden Gate Brass Manufacturing Co., San Francisco.
Looking ahead to the 1928 general election, The Chariton Leader of Aug. 21, 1928, mentioned the device in an editorial paragraph, as follows: "The local American Legion post have sponsored and made a unique automobile plate having cut-out letters, 'Chariton, Heart of the Corn Belt.' Probably all the campaign orators and Midwest congressmen will want one of these on their running gears."