If you happen to be at the Chariton Cemetery today or tomorrow between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., feel free to stop at the shelter house for a glass of lemonade and a cookie. Volunteers also will do their best to help those who have misplaced friends or loved ones locate graves, although results are not guaranteed. There are about as many people buried here as currently live in Lucas County.
The open house is a joint project of the Chariton Historic Preservation Commission and Lucas County Genealogical Society volunteers. I can't tell you exactly who will be there at any given time because my copy of the schedule is buried somewhere on the kitchen table.
The shelter house, built during 1929, probably to a design by architect William Lee Perkins since it bears all his hallmarks --- including fireplace --- also offers one of the most restful spots for front-porch sitting in Lucas County. You're welcome to do that at any time.
Ev Brightman and I were on the late shift yesterday and didn't have that many customers (the early shift was much busier).
But we did enjoy the views, south across the Baby Heart to the hill beyond.
And north toward older parts of the cemetery.
And probably ate more cookies than we were supposed to while solving many world issues of great importance with just a little casual conversation.