Our Gang of AHS fame has decided to have a gathering on Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m., at Gebhardt's, rural Mulberry. Reservations are under the name Virginia Smith and have been made for 15-20. If you want to attend, let Virginia know by Thursday, Dec. 2 to be included.
Mae Watt enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner in the home of her Son, Bill Watt in Napoleon,, Mo. His wife Karen cooked a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner of chili, soup, meatballs and spaghetti with a large selection of desserts. Bill, Karen and Mae shared the day with Delton Watt Jr. and Joseph from Fayette, Mo.; Tom and Phyllis Watt of Lee's Summit, Mo. Allen and Linda and Doug Watt from Wichita. Bruce and Nancy Watt and daughter Chelsea and her family, Aaron and Jenny Edwards and family. Also, Tom Lee Watt and family. Kayla Edwards and her family, also Tracey and Austin Siemens and family. It was a great get-together for everyone. Delton Jr. took his mother back to her home that afternoon.
Larry and Vickie Shead hosted a Thanksgiving dinner in their home on Thursday at the noon hour. All four of their children with husbands and wives and four grandchildren that included Mark, Haley, Katy and Benjamin Shead from Fort Scott. Michael, Chrisi Shead; Michigan; Maria and Clayton Whitson and Mitzi and Joel Ray with Cademon and Atalie from Tulsa, Okla. A total of 50 were from Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Canada, Illinois, Texas, Michigan and Virginia. Close by relatives and friends were Mary V. Shead, her brother Charles Corporon and Rose Campbell. As always on this special occasion, a talent show was held featuring all who cared to perform.
Barbara Gardner Scott was guest in Arcadia Christian Church on the last Sunday in November, as did many from both churches, Barbara with her sister, Judy Rawlings and other friends attended the fine chicken noodle dinner in the downtown community.
Center cooked by Edith Bridgewater and family members as a benefit for bringing Santa Claus to town on the evening of Dec. 11. This is a tradition the Bridgewater family started several years ago.
Many people found the article in Morning Sun recently that told of the last meal of several prominent people of the USA. It was written by Andrew Caldwell.
The annual National Missionary Convention took place this year in Lexington, Kentucky, Nov. 18-21. About 8,000 people participated including many missionaries who work around the world. One of the more that 500 exhibit booths featured literature and teaching ministries with Phil and Susan Casey, founding directors. Chris DeWelt was one of the main session speakers and surprised the audience by calling home as soon as he took the podium. It was his 39th wedding anniversary. The whole audience of a few thousand yelled in unison, "Happy anniversary Carol." Then he said goodbye to his wife with, "Well, I'm kinda of busy here so I have to let you go. I love You!"
Caseys visited a church that supports their mission in Kentucky and drove the whole distance home to Joplin on Sunday, arriving just before midnight. Ralph and Cindy Shead also work with LATM and arrived home a little later.
These names are familiar to Arcadia folks in that Phil and Susan Casey were pastors at Arcadia Christian Church from 1971-1974. Chris and Carol Dewelt were pastors at Arcadia Christian church in 1994. Ralph was born and raised in Arcadia and was guest speaker from time to time. All three couples attended Ozark Christian College and served as missionary families in Santiago, Chile, before LATM (Learning and Teaching Ministries) was organized and moved to the College Press Building in Joplin, Mo.
While in Kentucky, Ralph and Cindy enjoyed eating and visiting with Jeff Cornish, who was a one-time weather man for KOAM TV.
Good news her friends learned that after surgery in Joplin Hospital, Nellie Kalm has returned to her home in Presbyterian Village in Fort Scott.
Congratulations to former Arcadians who have had birthdays the last of this month include Bill Watt, Velma Jewell, Rita Leist and Jim Guthrie.
Reba Rouse and Lucille Johnson visited Mary V. Shead last week and enjoyed dinner at the Bearcat. Both are from Liberal, Mo., and interested in the foundation of their town. Reba brought information about her city. When it was first founded it would not allow a church to be established there. She and Ralph Shead have been interested in exchanging information about this subject. Ralph's former Pastor, Boyce Mouton of the Christian Church in Carl Junction, Mo., had written a book about Liberal, Mo., that he shared with Reba. They first discussed this when they met in Arcadia at the Fall Festival in October.
The Cato Tour was a big success this past month when more than 80 people attended the program, tour and wiener roast.