Chatsworth Historical Society pioneer gets name on museum

first_imgThe museum and preserved home are both part of the homestead, where paths meander past gardens and fruit trees. The one-room museum includes American Indian artifacts and photographs of families who settled in the area. Watson founded the Chatsworth Historical Society in 1963, and one of the group’s first major projects was to help save and move the original Chatsworth Community Church to the Oakwood Memorial Park where it still stands today. “There are still a bunch of us old-timers here who work and care for Chatsworth,” said Lillian Schepler, treasurer for the Chatsworth Historical Society. “We’ve had a wonderful life here,” she said. “Chatsworth has been so good to us.” Many who attended the event were unaware of Chatsworth’s early days, of those first families who settled on the land after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act in 1862. The historic decree allowed any qualified citizen or intended citizen to acquire up to 160 acres of federal land in the West, free of charge. “I had seen these buildings before, but I had no idea what they were and what they meant,” said Elizabeth Puno, 55, of Reseda. Others said the event itself offered great history lessons. “I went panning for gold, I made butter, and I liked the bean bag race,” said Kristin Long, an 8-year-old Chatsworth resident. “And we learned to polish stones.” Her mother, Lisa Long, said they had come to the event at the last minute, but managed to experience more than they had expected. “It’s been a great outing,” Lisa Long said. “It’s a beautiful park and it’s been a wonderful day.” [email protected] (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHATSWORTH – Virginia Watson helped bring the pioneers of Chatsworth home again. And in return for decades of work, Watson received what she called the best gift she could ever imagine on Sunday: Her name was emblazoned on a small, yet historically vibrant, museum she helped to establish. “I was terribly surprised,” the 86-year-old woman said after the ceremony. “It’s the greatest gift anyone could ever give to me.” Watson was honored during the annual Chatsworth Historical Society Pioneer Days, held on an acre stretch of land where the early-20th-century Hill-Palmer Homestead Cottage still stands inside Chatsworth Park. last_img read more

Mum-of-two charged in connection with €250K arson at Donegal stables

first_imgA mother-of-two has been charged with aiding and abetting arson at horse stables in Donegal causing €250,000 damage in November of last year.Julie McCartney (31) appeared today at Buncrana District Court where new charges were brought against her on which the State wishes to send her forward for trial in the Circuit Court, following the completion and service of a book of evidence. Inspector Denis Joyce made an application to withdraw three charges, two burglaries and one criminal damage, previously brought against the defendant who has been in custody for nine weeks.Garda Patrick Cunningham gave evidence of charging McCartney with the new offences at this morning’s court.Her reply to each charge after caution was ‘no comment’, Judge Paul Kelly heard.The first of the new charges brought against McCartney, of Ashmore House, Edenmore Court in Derry is handling stolen property at Sea Breeze Apts, Shroove, Greencastle, on November 4 and 5, 2018.The stolen property she was found to be in possession of was four horse bridles, 13 harnesses, ten reins and one horse saddle.McCartney has also been charged with aiding and abetting arson at Lenamore Stables, Derryvane, Muff on November 4 causing damage to the value of €250,000, including a Scania Lorry, two pedigree horses, adjoining stables and contents.Inspector Joyce made an application to remand the defendant in custody with consent to bail on the same conditions set out in Cloverhill High Court on December 4, 2018 which included a €20,000 cash bail.Applying for bail, Solicitor, Mr Ray Lannon told the court that his client was a mother of two children with special needs whom she hadn’t seen in nine weeks and had no previous convictions.Judge Kelly noted that bail had previously been refused on the basis of possible intimidation of witnesses and flight risk as the defendant is not resident in the State.Mr Lannon told the court that his client had an address with a friend in Castlederg, Co Tyrone where she could stay and therefore would not be near any witnesses.The solicitor also said there would be no flight risk as his client wished to meet the case and protest her innocence.Judge Kelly remanded McCartney in custody, with consent to bail on the High Court conditions, to appear before Letterkenny District Court by video link on Monday, January 14.Mum-of-two charged in connection with €250K arson at Donegal stables was last modified: January 10th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacourtdonegalJudith McCartneylast_img read more