Arcadia Old Settlers Sept. 10-12

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Arcadia Old Settlers Festival announces plans for the events, Sept. 10-12. There will be softball games on Friday evening in the Arcadia Ball Park. Those who want to take part in the games or be on a team are asked to contact Mickey Bryant at (417) 638-4105. Games will take place both Friday night and Saturday morning.

Hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks will be available at the ball park for the public to purchase during the games.

Saturday, anyone wishing to be in the parade is welcome to join in the fun. The parade will start line up at 9:30 a.m. on William Street near the ball park and will proceed down Race Street west to Nelson Street.

Other activities are planned for the day such as horseshoes following the parade. There will be kids games, inflatables, various vendors such as face painting, snow cones, and a bean and cornbread feed from 1 to 4 p.m. The Arcadia Fire Department will serve hamburgers and hot dogs. There will be cake walks and bingo. Entertainment will include The Crusaders from Joplin, Mo., as well as local talent.

On Sunday, Sept. 12, there will be community church services in the City Park starting at 10:30 a.m. The theme for the church service is unity. Worshippers are asked to bring your own lawn chairs. At noon, there will be a Community pot luck dinner in the Community Center to end the Festival. The committee would like to extend an invitation to everyone in the community and surrounding area to come join in some old fashioned family fun.

Students of Arcadia High School back in the 1930's were pleased to hear of their home ec and music teacher's happy 100th birthday. Reva Heath Best now lives in Houston, Texas, in a residence where they gave for her a very fancy luncheon for the family and some of her favorite staff members. The highlight was a framed happy l00th letter from Texas Governor Rick Perry. An earlier family birthday celebration was held featuring a barbershop quartet which did Shades of Sun City and The Remember Whens.This information was provided from her son, Ron Best.

Through all the 54 years that JOY Sunday School Class has been organized, the Aug. l6 meeting in Christian Church Bungalow had the smallest crowd in memory. A fine dinner was served to the seven present ending with a birthday cake and best wishes to our Pastor's wife Willa Cable. She gave her birthday offering and thanked Vera Parrish for baking and decorating the cake. President Patty Peterson opened the business meeting by reading "Grandma's Hands."

Correspondence was read from LATM sent by Ralph Shead. A letter from Phil Casey, former Pastor, told that his wife Susan Casey had just celebrated her 61st birthday that week. A greeting was sent to all by Mae Watt. Cards were signed for Mae who is ill, Mable Plum, who is in Sunset Manor, Frontenac, after a fall that caused her to break her neck, and Judy Rawlings, who was a hospital patient at the time.

The AHS Our Gang will meet on Saturday evening 6:30 in Arcadia Community Center. Sub sandwiches will be purchased. Others may carry-in accompainments that go with sandwiches. Table service and drinks will be provided.

Cato Historical Preservation Association President, Susie Stelle, has announced the newly remodeled Cato School Open House will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. It will be an evening of fun and fellowship and a good look at the accomplishments during the past year.All are invited to attend.

Ralph and Cindy Shead spent a recent night in Springfielld, Mo., due to the illness of her uncle who was in a hospital there. He and his wife have since been able to return to their home in Little Rock, Ark.

This past weekend, Larry and Vickie Shead with her niece, Vanessa Murphy, visited their many relatives in Tulsa, Okla. Vickie's mother, Shirley Applegarth, celebrated her birthday with many of her relatives present.

Jim and Shirley Guthrie now of Nevada, Mo., formerly of Arcadia, have told Arcadia friends of the death of a long time friend, Ted Gray, who moved from Arcadia where he was the Frisco Depot Agent for many years, to Fredonia, Kan., where he took a similar job. Mrs. Gray, Beanie as she was known in Arcadia, is in poor health lives in Rush County Nursing Home in LaCrosse, Kan. That is near McCracken, Kan., where their daughter Ruthie Crawshaw and family live. Jim Gray, brother to Ruthie, is in Topeka, Kan.