Sunday, July 3, was a fine day for those attending Arcadia Christian Church where Sam Truesdell and Ryan Clark from the armed forces were in attendance. Birthday offering was given by Jenny Dugan and an anniversary offering was given to honor Mick and Jody Bryant.
The dinner following services was served to 30 friends. The menu included a special cake to congratulate the honorees.
Twelve youth enjoyed Kids Fun Day on June 30 when David Bridgewater directed the making of bird houses. Hot dogs were enjoyed and were served by the adult helpers.
Those attending were Cheyenne Mellon, Courtney and Joey Allen, Atlantas and Austin Sprague, Connor, Joshlynn and Gibson Fess and Becca and Nate Bridgewater. Adult leaders were Patty Peterson, Brandy Mellon, Willa Cable, Carol and David Bridgewater, Pat and Cathy Allen and Carrie Fess. Announcements were made for area youth: July 11, 12, and 13 there will be a new cooking class in Arcadia Community Center sponsored by Crawford County Extension Club.
Bible school will begin on July 18 at 6 p.m. in Oskaloosa Baptist Chuch. All Arcadia kids are invited.
Brent Weece, son of Leon and Cynthia Weece, Miami, Okla., is now serving in Afghanistan. He is deployed for nine months. His parents served as Arcadia Christian Church pastors in 1966-68 while attending Ozark Christian College in Joplin. Years later, Leon was campus Christian minister at Pittsburg State University before moving to Fort Scott as pastor of Community Christian Church.
Friday, July 1, Ralph and Cindy Shead came from Carl Junction, Mo., and took his mother, Mary V. Shead, to the home of Larry and Vickie Shead. Joining them for supper were Mark, Haley, Katy and Benjamin Shead. Vickie Shead had just returned home that evening after spending the week in Tulsa with Mitzi, Joel, Cademon, Atalie and 1-week-old Ryan Ray. Vickie and Tulsa relatives toured the ruins in Joplin.
Chelsi Riley and Jillian Crooks from Lexington, Mo., granddaughters of Lou and Betty Dehn, spent last week in Arcadia with the Dehns celebrating the Fourth of July. The next day they visited great-grandparents Earl and Ollie Hill in Versailles, Mo.
Tuesday, June 29, Ashley Semple from Redfield, Kan., with her assistant Shawna Semple from Springfield, Mo., were in Arcadia taking pictures at the Shead home. The babies, Heston Jackson, 4-month-old son of Ceara Bridgewater, and Candice Crawford, l-week-old daughter of Cheyenne Crawford, were the ones who were featured in the pictures taken in a cradle, a wagon and with other backgrounds. The photographer, Ashley, can be found on Facebook: A.SEMPLE PHOTOGRAPHER.
During a recent weekend, Rose Shular Campbell and Charles Corporon, Pittsburg, both with strong past ties to Arcadia, visited in Wichita and McPherson, Kan. Rose spent the weekend with her sister, Mary Shular Logan, and Charles went on to McPherson to see his sister, Portteus Corporon Hughes. She and Charles attended the play "Oliver," an excellent presentation by mostly amateur singers and musicians. The production was staged in McPherson's newly renovated opera house.
Presbyterian Village in Fort Scott is celebrating National Ice Cream Month in their manor on Thursday, July 7, with an ice cream social at 2:30 p.m. Special friends of the tenants are invited to enjoy the fellowship.
In celebration of Angela Redd's 45th birthday, a cookout was held at her home in rural Pittsburg with her family. Bill was in charge of the grill. Daughters Bethany and Kristen and mother, Ernestine Berkey, were the guests. Forrest Berkey was on duty at Casey's in Pittsburg, so food and birthday cake were taken to him.
Schools will be in session at the time of the Cato Kansas Sesquicentennial on Oct. 21 and 22. School children and teachers will be receiving special invitations to attend. All are reminded to keep the occasion on your list of future things to attend.
A fine article was printed in the Nevada Daily Mail on June 24 about a former Arcadia family, Ivan and Velma Tillery. Their daughter, Carmen Pettibon, made a special framed picture and poem of servicemen in their family as a special gift for Father's Day and Fourth of July. While in Arcadia as residents, Ivan worked as a carpet layer for Dunton Hardware. Velma was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Hoover. Mr. Hoover worked for Ruth Shead and ran the cream route each week. The Hoovers at one time lived in the former Turner Hotel behind Shead's Service and the cream station. Later, the Tillerys lived in the same house before moving to the Nevada area. The Hoover children attended and graduated from Arcadia High School. Two of the daughters, Ruth and Marie and their families, live in the Fort Scott area. Many Arcadians well remember the family.