Tom and Phyllis Watt of Lee's Summit, Mo., recently attended the International Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, Calif. This was a business trip for Retail Services Inc. to meet with current manufacturers that represent their Specialty Foods Department and to meet with new manufacturers. Also attending were Mike Jones, category manager with Value Merchandising. Tom and his brothers have recently been in the Arcadia area visiting their mother. Allen and Linda spent Saturday and Sunday . Delton Jr. attended a pre-graduation meeting with son Joseph in regards to his forthcoming graduation from Fayette, Mo., High School in May.
The latter part of January, Bill and Delton Jr. visited Tom Watt as they traveled to Arcadia to spent time with Mae and all enjoyed dinner at El Charro in Fort Scott.
Merle Rouse, deceased, from Liberal, Mo., was shown as America's 4-State Hero on KOAM TV, Tuesday Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. His wife, Reba Rouse, lives in rural Liberal.
Upon telling in the news of a piano in a bay, Dow Quick made the comment "You can tune a piano, but you cannot TUNAFISH."
In the Morning Sun featuring Jennie Careggio as Patrick's People on Friday, Jan. 28, oldtimers in Arcadia were pleased to read the name of her favorite Arma teacher, Ted R. Taylor, who later served as Girard superintendent of schools for many years. Taylor was raised in Arcadia and his brother, Jesse Lee Taylor, taught in Arcadia Junior High School.
Sam Sackett, who now lives in Wichita with his wife and family, was a classmate of Michael Shead at Faith Christian Academy. In 1996, the two made a mission trip to Santiago, Chile. Michael and wife, Chrisi Shead are now in Guatemala under the corporation name of Reach World Mission. The board held a meeting before the Sheads left the USA. Their board consists of Sam Sackett, Jon and Rosetta Bailes, former Missionaries to Haiti, now living in Fort Scott; John Bennett, Fort Scott, formerly with Peace Corps in Central America; Marcy Reynolds, mother of Michael's classmates Ben and Aaron Parris. She was a teacher's aid at the academy. The Sheads may be reached at: www.reachguatemala.org
The Fort Scott Tribune recently told about another former Arcadia resident. Back in l961, coach Charles Watt resigned from the Fort Scott school system at the end of the school year. Fifty years ago, he went to Pittsburg as the head coach of the high school. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rich Watt and was a graduate of Arcadia High School in 1943.
Garland recently received their new fire truck from a federal grant. Several members of the fire department made the 483-mile trip to Lyons, S.D., to bring it to Garland Rural Fire Department, north of Arcadia.
In January, Charles (Chuck) Corporon, formerly of Arcadia and presently living in Pittsburg, visited Jack and Harriett Corporon in Brooklyn, N.Y. The purpose of the trrip was to see the Opera La Traviata at the Metroplitan Opera House. He reported that the costuming was in modern dress. The players all wore modern clothes, which takes away some of the glamour of the production, but that the music was performed beautifully.
On Sunday afternoon the entire family gathered at the Brooklyn home. The guests were John and Shelah Corpron, with daughters Claire and Anna and David and Yvette Corporon and their daughter, Christiana and son Nicco. As part of the trip, he overnighted with the John and Kirby Gould family in Olathe where he was royally entertained. Kirby is the daughter of former Arcadia resident, Portteus (Corporon) Hughes of McPherson, Kan.
The next scheduled meeting for Cato Historical Preservation Association will be Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. According to weather, Autumn Leaves Senior Citizens will be carry-in dinner, served at noon, Feb. 14, 2011. Both gatherings will be in Arcadia Community Center.