2021 King & Queen:
Anne & Perry Johnson
Perry’s parents were Billy & Catharine Johnson; he has a sister, Kathleen Peterson. After his father died, his mother remarried, so he has a step brother & sister, Gary Scrivner and Nancy Hinerichsen. Anne’s parents were Paul & Barbara Jane Downs; she has 4 brothers, Ed, Howard, Steve & James Downs & a sister, Janice Howell.
We both grew up in this area and attended St. Charles school and graduated from Interstate 35. Perry attended Simpson College for one year before being drafted into the US Army. Anne graduated from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri with a degree in piano performance and music education.
We were married in June 1969 and have celebrated 52 anniversaries. We have two daughters who both graduated from Interstate 35. Melissa Phillips lives near St. Charles with her husband, Josh, and daughters, Olivia & Nora; Heather Huntley lives in Ottawa Hills, Ohio with her husband, Jason, and son Aidan.
Perry worked at Diamond Laboratory in Des Moines for 25 years and retired from the US Postal Service. Anne taught instrumental music at Interstate 35 until her retirement and then spent 9 years as administrative assistant at Kale Funeral Home.
We are active members of the Indianola United Methodist Church where Anne plays in the Hand bell Choir. Perry is a member of the St. Charles Lions Club. We enjoy camping and love to travel. Anne likes to sew and has started making quilts since retirement. Perry spends time puttering around in his shop and taking care of our large yard.
Our Old Settlers memories include a carnival with a ferris wheel, watermelon, homemade ice cream in the Christian church basement and our parents locking the house (which was highly unusual) because there were carnival workers in town! Anne remembers being in the parade every year and playing the piano on stage for the talent shows.
We thank you for the honor.
2021 Button Honoree: Mae Hulbert
“Mae wasn’t born in St. Charles, but she got here as quick as she could” (quote from Chris Benedict)
Mae moved to St. Charles in August 1958. Mae assisted her husband, Lester Hulbert in the operation of Hulbert’s Conoco as well as Hulbert’s Mobil. She started the Fabric Store (Alice Boutique Shoppe) in September of 1971 in the Locker Building and relocated in spring of 1972 to building next door to the Mobil station on Main Street. The Fabric Store closed January of 1977.
She served as member of the Madison County Conservation Board 1973-1976 and was appointed Chairman of the Covered Bridge Committee on January 3, 1977. Mae was instrumental in relocating the Imes Covered Bridge from Hanley on October 18, 1977, to its current location just on the east end of St. Charles on Highway G 50. She also assisted in field survey of St. Charles Cemetery to locate names on headstones and established maps for easier burial site locating.
Mae had a passion for St. Charles history which led her to do extensive research and development of three volumes of St. Charles History which are listed below:
- Old Settlers of St. Charles Iowa, And a Look to The Future, Volume I, (1991)
- Old Settlers of St. Charles Iowa, And a Look to The Future, Volume II, (1992)
- Old Settlers of St. Charles Iowa, And a Look to The Future, Volume III, (1993)
Another passion of Mae ‘s was painting covered bridges. She donated many of her works to various fundraisers and charities including the Old Settlers Silent Auction and the Haiti Medical Missions of Memphis.
Mae loved to paint various Imes covered bridge scenes on Christmas tree bulbs which are hung annually on Christmas trees in many states across the US.
Mae’s greatest joy was her four boys, Jerry, Frank, David and Roger, and their families.
Kirk and Sean (Jerry’s)
Jenny and Brent (Frank’s)
Austin and Collin (David’s)
Great Grand Children:
Caelin, Cannon, Cara (Jenny’s)
Nyah and Bodhi (Brent’s)
Madden and Maezie (Collin’s)
Lexi, Ashli, Ali, Kendall (Dana’s)