Sunday, March 4, was a very fine day in connection with the Arcadia Christian Church in JOY class. Special guests were Nancy and Lloyd Houk, Margaret Jackman and Cheryl Wallis from Moran and Terry Gartner from Arcadia who were present to the delight of members and teacher, Gary Peterson.
During announcement time, anniversary gifts were given by guests Janet and Mark Vanleeuwen for their 28th year and Willa and Charles Cable for their 50th year. All sang the Anniversary Song.
Forty-five attended the dinner served at noon after special music by guests and the sermon by Bob Cable. All were pleased to see Mae Watt and a friend in attendance that special morning. It was announced that JOY class members will have their annual birthday dinner celebration on Friday, March 9, at 6 p.m. at Chicken Mary's.
Jack and Harriett Corporon of New York were recent visitors to Arcadia, Pittsburg and Joplin. They visited Jack's brothers Mick, former mayor of Pittsburg, and Charles, who has retired in Pitttsburg; M.V. Shead, a sister, and Bill Dobbins who lives at Sunset Manor in Frontenac. Jack also attended as a trustee of the William Allen White Foundaton annual meeting at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
Friends in this area are sorry to hear of the deaths of Daniel Nuzum, formerly of Fort Scott, on Wednesday, Feb. 29, and the death the next day of his son Douglas Nuzum of Derby, Kan.
Sandy Watt Nuzum, formerly of Arcadia, is the wife of Douglas Nuzum. Condolences to these families.
Another recent death of a well-known Liberal, Mo., man who was a friend to many Arcadians is Russell "Tuffy" West. He died Friday, Feb. 24, at age 84. During World War II he served in Hawaii and the Philippines in the Navy.
Judge Gerald Hart, who is a teacher of sociology classes at Fort Scott Communiy College, sends word that he reads the Arcadia News. He is a retired judge.
Word from Jodie Dunn relates that in April she plans to return to the Philippine Islands to attend graduation exercises of those who will be honored in the Christian school that she and her late husband, Galen Dunn, started a few years ago on the mission field.
Word was received about a friend, Angela King of Tulsa, Okla., who is now ill with viral meningitis. She is the daughter of Walter Parrish of Texas. Last New Year's Day, as guests in Arcadia Christian Church, she and her husband played piano and led the singing in the absence of the regular leaders. She is in our prayers.
The Feb. 20 meeting of JOY class had 14 present for the dinner and business meeting. Those enjoying the evening were Brian Gust, Michelle Castro, Patty Peterson, John and Vera Parrish, Charles and Willa Cable, Christie and Wayne Parrish, Kathy and Pat Allen, Dave and Carol Bridgewater and Mary V. Shead. March will be the month for class election.
Ladies Retreat has been announced for March 31 and will be held in the Christian church. All area ladies are invited to attend. Kristin Peterson Girard of Joplin will be the speaker with Pat McCall as music chairman.
"Funny business" was read by Vera Parrish. The president closed with the quote, "If you can't change your fate, change your attitude."
Helen Jean Cambers Green from Overland Park, Kan., writes a thank you for Arcadia news that she reads in the Pittsburg Morning Sun. She is a graduate of AHS and likes to know the whereabouts of former classmates and friends. She is the daughter of the late Preach and Lena Cambers. He was our Arcadia city lawman for many years.
Betty June Jewell Dehon, former Arcadia resident and graduate of AHS in l943, writes that she, too, enjoys the Arcadia news that appears in The Nevada Daily Mail, where she is a resident in assisted living. She is visited by her daughter and husband who live nearby and her two sons who live in the Kansas City area.
Kevin and Rita Murphy have been nominated as the Southeast Regional Care Provider of the month. Kevin and Rita have accepted all ages into their home.
Officer T.J. Barnow has submitted his resignation from the Arcadia Police Department.