The JOY Sunday School class met on May 16, for their monthly dinner and business meeting. Charles and Willa Cable were hosts in the Christian Church parsonage. It was voted to send $50 to the missionary team in Bosnia this month. President Patty Peterson presided at the meeting. Others present were Carole and David Bridgewater, Wayne, Vera and John Parish, Betty Dehn, Mary V. Shead, Hailey Allen, Bill Johnson, Ryan Brooks, Kyle Whetzell, Gary Peterson, Henry Brown and Karen Jerkens. Vera read a chigger poem. The next dinner meeting will be June 20. All are invited to attended the JOY class each Sunday morning in the Christian Church bungalow. Lesson study begins at 9:l5 a.m. Church follows beginning at 10:30.
Nell Dikeman of The Fort Scott Tribune again drew attention to Arcadia and Cato in her recent column. Fifty years ago, F.W. Brinkerhoff was featured speaker at the Cato Celebration and introduced old timers, Mrs. Lena Beals, 70; Mrs. D.B. Coonrod, 80, Mrs. George Ater, 81 and Mrs. Lloyd James, 73. Nancy Brown, 15, of Arcadia, took part in the Centennial Celebration as the youngest of five generations. She was wearing a beaded cape shawl that came from England about 115 years ago. Remember the Kansas Sesquicentennial is Oct. 21-22 in Cato.
The Fort Scott Sunbeam Christian Preschool held its graduation in First Baptist Church on May 17 with Marilyn Barker as director. Among the proud people attending were relatives of pupil Katy Shead, 4. They were her parents Hailey and Mark Shead and Benjamin of Fort Scott, grandparents Vickie and Larry Shead, Garland, and great-grandmother Mary V. Shead, Arcadia.
Johnnie Potochnik, a 1938 graduate of Arcadia High School, known as a clown to his classmates, was on the list of those who died this past year. Before the school had a bus route, he used to hitchhike from rural Mulberry to Arcadia. He often rode with Irene Losick from Mulberry who was the typesetter for the Arcadia Journal when G.W. Corporon was the newspaper owner in the l930s.
Mae Watt called her friend Vera Parrish one Sunday morning asking her to give greetings to members of JOY class. Mae was a faithful member until her health limited her attending regularly. A recent visitor of Mae's was old friend Ronnie Swezey. Her son, Delton Watt, Fayette, Mo., came to spend from Wednesday to Friday with his mother.
On a recent Saturday, Maria and Clayton Whitson came from Tulsa to visit her grandmother, Mary V. Shead. They were en route to enjoy an overnight stay with her parents, Vickie and Larry Shead. All of the local Sheads were pleased to receive the announcement of the birth of Hudson Michael Shead, born May 26 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where his parents Michael and Chrisi Shead are now living while serving as missionaries.
On a special occasion, Forrest and Ernestine Berkey had a steak dinner by candlelight where she received a dozen yellow roses and a special card. At a later date Ernestine, with Angela and Bill Redd, attended Kristen Redd's track meet at Northeast in Arma. She placed fourth in javelin and shot put and fifth in pole vault.
On a Saturday night, Ralph and Cindy Shead brought supper to his mother's home and spent the night. Early Sunday morning they left Arcadia for Westline, Mo., where they spoke on behalf of LATM (Learning and Teaching Materials) in the local church. LATM of Joplin is headed by Phil and Susan Casey, former pastors of Arcadia Christian Church. This company translates Christian learning books from English into foreign languages for churches in different countries.