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Reunion brings back memories

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Sunday afternoon call from a former Arcadian, Weymouth Jones Filkins, was a happy surprise. She had recently read about the Fowler family reunion that was printed in the Mulberry News.

It brought back good memories of days gone by, so she wanted to talk about it. She spoke about days when she lived with her family on the hill in what we folks call Arkansas -- meaning south of the railroad tracks.

Then in later years, she and husband Mel Filkins built a beautiful home on the Haller Hill west of Arcadia. She sent greetings to her friends from school days and Christian Church. Hearing good news from long ago friends is such a nice surprise.

The first Sunday of the month Christian Church dinner was well attended on Aug. 7 and an extra activity was added to the day. A drawing was held by Pastor Charles and Willa Cable in the giving of their bumper crop of cantaloupes to the lucky winners.

That same afternoon, Patty Peterson, Willa Cable and girls from the Sunday School class made cookies that afternoon to benefit the Vacation Bible School that will be held Aug. 8-12 in the Oskaloosa Baptist Church. Special guests that Sunday morning in JOY Class were Debbie and Jeff, Convirs from Arma.

On a recent weekend, Howard and Louise Holland joined Judy and John Rawlings of Liberal, Mo., in a gathering of former classmates for a dinner out, just for old times sake. It was a joyous reunion. On Friday evening, Janelle Rawlings of Joplin while visiting her parents, also enjoyed an evening in the Holland home and playing card games with Ruth Holland.

Ralph and Cindy Shead were weekend guests in LaMonte, Mo., with her former college roommate, Arthea and Bob Wasson. On Saturday the two men helped clean up an area in town, then joined in an All Man's breakfast.

On Sunday, the Sheads preached in LaMonte Christian Church and spoke on behalf of LATM, a mission the church supports. The two couples were Sunday dinner guests of Arthea's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Mahin. The Sheads returned to their home in Carl Junction, Mo., on Sunday evening.

Tim Hughes, a teacher in Topeka, Kan., public schools spent time this summer visiting his mother Portie Hughes in McPherson. This was the week of his high school class reunion on Aug. 5. His sister, Belinda Ammerman, visited the same month she traveled from Texas to Lincoln, Neb., to visit her granddaughter.

We were sorry to learn that Reba Rouse fell outdoors at her home one evening, rural Liberal, Mo., near Prairie Center. She was rescued by someone passing by who helped her. Fortunately, there were no broken bones and she is now in Truman Health Care Rehab Center in Lamar, Mo.

On Friday, Ava Mae Adams and Helen Sisney visited the new Dollar General Store in Fort Scott. It is located where the former bowling alley stood for many years. After their shopping spree, they enjoyed lunch at McDonald's.

Free blood pressure checks will be available from 8:30-10 a.m. in Mercy Medical Plaza of Arma.

The garage for the Arcadia police car has been placed on the lot north of the fire station facing Drake Street.

The car had received a lot of hail damage before the council made this decision.

Mary V. Shead
Arcadia Area News