During the last week of May, grandson Drew Carpenter stayed with Jack and Mary Lee Payne and helped paint their LP gas tank and wash down their north garage. Drew did a lot of hard work and was a great help. He was grandpa's guest at Kiwanis Club on Thursday and then played golf at Four Oaks in Pittsburg. That evening they enjoyed a steak fry with his mother Amy and brother Lane Carpenter who joined the family.
Earl and Marvlyn Williams of Fort Scott, good friends to Pastor Charles and Willa Cable, were guests in Arcadia Christian Church on the first Sunday in June. Earl is quite a fisherman and discovered recently, while at the lake for two hours, that he was blessed with 10 catfish that he caught by using tiny marshmallows as bait.
The Williamses are former residents of Bronaugh and attended the Bronaugh Christian Church when G.W. Corporon was pastor. He performed their marriage ceremony. His daughter, Mary V. Shead, was very pleased to meet and visit with her parents' longtime friends.
Mrs. Carol Burns of Cherokee, Kan., was a guest in church and especially for the dinner and reception following in honor of Pat Allen and his daughter Hailey Allen who graduated from Fort Scott Community College this summer. Mrs. Burns is the mother of Mrs. Pat Allen. The honorees were presented gifts of a Bible inscribed by pastor from the members of the church. A very large decorated cake was served with punch by the ladies of the church. Many of the Allen relatives and friends offered congratulations.
During the Sunday school hour at Arcadia Christian Church, birthday cards were signed by the JOY class members for the former teacher Emory Briggs, who now lives in Nowata, Okla., and Mae Watt whose birthday offering was given by her friend, Vera Parrish. Wayne and Christie Parrish gave an offering for their 37th wedding anniversary. David Bridgewater gave for his 65th birthday. Appropriate songs were a blessing to the presenters. Before sermon time, Pastor Charles sang the solo "Jesus Has Lifted Me."
It is a long-standing tradition of the descendants of G.W. and Portteus Corporon to hold a family reunion in conjunction with the Arcadia High School Alumni Association reunion. All eight of the Corporon children graduated from that institution. Over Memorial Day 23 Corporon descendants gathered in Pittsburg for show and tell sessions of epic proportions. Many of the stories exchanged were true and most were plausible. Two of the family, Kirby Gould and her daughter Ginny, showed dozens of pictures of their recent trips to Spain. A few days before she was to return to the USA, Ginny had the frightening experience of being robbed by purse-snatchers. Her dad, John Gould, served as photographer. They live in Olathe, Kan.
Other attendees were Mary V. Shead, Arcadia, her two sons and spouses, Larry and Vickie Shead, Garland, Kan., and Ralph and Cindy Shead, Carl Junction, Mo. Also in attendance were four children of Portteus Corporon Hughes, including the Goulds. They are Tim Hughes, Topeka, Lisa Blodgett, Republic, Mo., and Steve and Sandy Hughes, Dallas, Texas. Lisa's daughter, Marisa Keene and daughter Paige Ussery, Springfield, Mo., came for the day.
Others were Chuck Corporon, Pittsburg, Beth Murphy, Girard, special guest, a former Arcadia student and teacher, Rose Shular Campbell, Pittsburg, Gael and Dave Martin, Spring Hill, Kan., Dr. Bill and Melinda Corporon, Overland Park and Tom Corporon, Lexington, Mo.
Recent visitors of Mae Watt over Memorial Day weekend were Tom and Phyllis Watt, Yvonne and Eddie Gazaway, Mary Ann Klinger of Emporia and Gene Smith.
A report from Hilda Page concerning the Arcadia High School Alumni dinner held on the evening of May 28 in Lamplighter Inn, Pittsburg, says 78 alumni members and 48 guests made a total of 126 attending the dinner. The recipients of the scholarships were Bret Hartman, son of Brad and Robin Hartman and grandson of AHS Alumni graduate of l957, Ron Billiard, who received the A.F. Bowlus scholarship. Molly Caldwell was the recipient of the Betty Kirksey scholarship. She is the daughter of Doug and Jackie Caldwell and the granddaughter of Shirley McKinstry Landon, AHS graduate of the class of 1956, and the late Alvin Caldwell. Congratulations!
Sherry Payne-Sisney received her master's degree in social welfare May 20, from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan. After the capping that Friday, Sherry and family and Jack and Mary Lee Payne met with other family members at the home of Steve and Kelly Base in Excelsior Springs, Mo., for a get-together and meal.
The next evening, everyone met in the Ron and Cindy Morton home for a cookout. The entire weekend was a celebration of Sherry's hard work in achieving her master's. Congratulations!
Tami, Tobiah, Micaela, and Moriah Murphy stopped to see their cousins at the Larry Shead farm home. Tami is a cousin to Vickie Shead. They were returning to Webb City, Mo., from a violin lesson in Kansas City. The children started taking violin lessons when quite small and the violins were even smaller. Their teacher then was their grandmother, Tasci King, Joplin, Mo.