Clayton Whitson, husband of Maria Shead Whitson, a teacher in Tulsa, Okla., is in New York helping clean up the city after the Hurricane Sandy. He expects to be back home by Christmas. They will spend Christmas holiday with his parents in Wichita, Kan.
Mary Lee Payne took Helen Sisney, Judy Rawlings and Mary V. Shead to Liberal, Mo., Christian Church on Monday, Dec. 10, to attend a Christmas brunch given by The Joy Makers Sunday School Class. Biscuits, gravy, egg casserole, fruit and juice were served. Following the fine food, games with prizes and gifts were enjoyed.
President of the class, Louise Holland, welcomed the 21 ladies present and gave each the prize she won including the eldest, Mary V. Shead whose 94th birthday was the next day. Others present were Marilyn Dubray, Joan Engle, Carolyn Steele, Peggy Worsley, Mary Ellen Street, Doris Whitson, Leota McClendon, Sherry Ross, Carolyn Noyes, Karen Carpenter, Valorie Worsley, Reba Rouse, Kay Waring, Grace Bryant, Heather Stebbins and Caroline Clark.
It was noted that among the 21 ladies present, Mrs. Shead knows nine personally, and her Father, G.W. Corporon performed marriage ceremonies for four including Judy Rawlings, Louise Holand, Peggy Worsley and his own daughter, Mary V. Shead.
Birthday gifts given lately in Arcadia Christian Church were by Nicholas Younge, 28 years, Zachary Younge, 21 years, Cathy Allen, 54 years and Mary V. Shead, 94 years. Congratulations to all.
The third annual Arcadia Area Holiday Dinner was a huge success in that 90 people were served at the counter that evening after signing the book and receiving a ticket from Scott Ball at the door for a drawing of prizes throughout the evening. At least 28 dinners were delivered or carried home by the others. This dinner was prepared by the best cooks in town. Pat Krieger honored the cooks by presenting a jar of her homemade plum jelly to each.
The table set aside for the Christmas foods given by all to make up baskets for giving to folks for their own Christmas dinners in town was plentiful that night.
Santa Claus Night was a fine evening for young people especially those receiving gifts of bicycles and other gifts besides the treats. Willa Cable could not remember how many cups of hot chocolate she made throughout the evening.
Keith and Glen Twombly of Pittsburg took Walter Foulk to Independence, Mo., to visit his niece Fannie Mae Christenson last week. The boys are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Twombly, a brother to Fannie Mae. The two of them grew up in Arcadia. Many of Fannie Mae's works of art deck the walls of Arcadia Community Center.
The John Parrish family of Pittsburg had a holiday dinner in the home of Wayne and Christi Parrish after all attending Arcadia Christian Sunday of Dec. 16. Old-timers were so glad to greet Mr. and Mrs. Walter Parrish from Texas, Janet and Mark Vanluween from St. Paul, Kan., and their parents, John and Vera Parrish.