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160 alumni gather at Arcadia High School's yearly banquet

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

More than 160 alumni members and guests were feted at the Arcadia High School yearly banquet which was held at the Lamplighter Inn and Suites May 2, in Pittsburg, Kan. This was 40 more than attended last year's festivities.

The association presented two $l,000 scholarships. One was awarded to Tanner Williams, the grandson of Pat and the late LeRoy Wright. The other was awarded to George Hoener, grandson of Linda and Bob Turner.

These scholarships honor Mr. A.F. Bowlus, who was the superintendent of schools for many years and Ms. Betty Kirkey, former student and longtime aide to Mr. Bowlus.

Bill Skidmore was the soloist for the evening. The group expressed its appreciation to the outgoing oficers: Virginia Smith, president and Joyce Wilson, vice president.

The present secretary-treaurer, Hilda Page, was re-elected to that officee. The newly elected officers are President Pat Wright and Vice President Kay Butt.

An Elliott family reunion was held recently at Farlington Lake with approximately 60 in attendance. All enjoyed a hog roast on Sunday at noon.

Lois and George Hoxie from Mesa, Ariz., attended along with her cousins Janet and Mark Van Leeuwen, Wayne and Christie Parrish, Jenny Ryan and family and John Parrish who is an uncle of Lois Hoxie.

Stuart Semple of Redfield, Kan., filled the pulpit in the absence of pastor Charles Cable on the last Sunday in June at Arcadia Christian Church. A birthday offering was given by Wayne Parrish for his daughter Jenny Dugan's 20th birthday. Guest speaker the first Sunday in July will be Bob Cable from Lamar, Mo.

A new member to the youth group is Ariel Mapes, a guest of Bridgette Schmitz for this Sunday morning. We welcome her back.

A boys Sunday school class from Mount Orum Church and their fathers had a campout in the woods at the Shead farm the last weekend of June. The young men were Seth Shore and his friend Tyler Davidson with Brent Shore, Cole Wagner with Kenn Wagner and Jez Simpson with Matt Simpson. The fishing event was so successful they shared with the host family.

Delton Watt attended a Vietnam veterans reunion in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June l6-l8. Delton served in Vietnam with Charlie Co., lst Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th LIB--Americal Division during 1969 and l970. About 60 of his former Charlie Company friends attended the reunion.

Tom and Phyllis Watt along with Jack Jacobs, Matt Ruggles and Mandi Harris -- all employees of Retail Services, Inc. -- attended the International Fancy Food Show in Washington D.C. Mike Jones with Value Merchandisers Inc. and his daughter Becky Jones also attended the show.

One evening, everyone attended a reception at the British Embassy. The reception was sponsored by Walker's Shortbread Cookies.

On Friday afternoon, June 22, a van was loaded with Mae Watt and her friends for a joyride around the Farlington Lake area.

Port Hughes of McPherson, Kan., attended a Hughes family gathering. Families of Altha Mae Hughes Coonrod, Floyd Hughes and Bill Hughes met in Neosho, Mo. The above mentioned are deceased and the gathering consisted of cousins and in-laws meeting in the David Hughes country home.

Port's daughter Kirby Gould from Overland Park, Kan., accompanied her mother and while traveling visited her brother and wife, Mick and Ellie Corporon in Webb City, Mo. Joining them was cousin, Andy Corporon from Branson, Mo.

On June 4, the Bill Redd family with grandparent, Ernestine Berkey from Arcadia celebrated Kriste's l9th birthday with a hot dog cookout, cake and ice cream.

Other guests present were Nathan Schriener, Katie Conroy, Clay Herrington, Haley Brown and Travis Allen. Grandpa Berkey was sorry to miss out because of his working duties.

Mary V. Shead
Arcadia Area News