Michelle Young recently came from Independence, Mo., with her sister and father to learn more about former Arcadia residents. Her mother is Susanna Porter Young, and her grandparents were Lottie Bradbury Potter Smith and George Potter. Her aunt was Edna Bradbury Potter. Arcadia residents remember her as Mrs. Tom Potter, who lived for many years with her family near the ceramic shop.  Ena Potter Jones was the last of the Potters to live there. The out-of-town visitors were looking for a small vine-covered home where her mother, aunts and uncles of the Bradbury family were born. Greg Sisney, city employee, spoke with the visitors and gave them information that may help their future research.


Michelle Young recently came from Independence, Mo., with her sister and father to learn more about former Arcadia residents. Her mother is Susanna Porter Young, and her grandparents were Lottie Bradbury Potter Smith and George Potter. Her aunt was Edna Bradbury Potter. Arcadia residents remember her as Mrs. Tom Potter, who lived for many years with her family near the ceramic shop.  Ena Potter Jones was the last of the Potters to live there. The out-of-town visitors were looking for a small vine-covered home where her mother, aunts and uncles of the Bradbury family were born. Greg Sisney, city employee, spoke with the visitors and gave them information that may help their future research.

Due to the illness of Pastor Charles Cable on Sunday morning, Willa Cable led the Arcadia Christian Church in a shorter morning service by making the announcements, answering the prayer requests. Communion time was cared for by the elders and deacons. Because of the death of Mabel Plum, Mrs. Cable’s mother, the JOY Class meeting was canceled Monday evening and the Ladies Class No. 10 gathering Wednesday afternoon. That was the day of Mrs. Plum’s funeral at the Cheney-Witt Funeral Home, Fort Scott.

According to Nell Dikeman in the Fort Scott Tribune, Robin Billiard, daughter of Ron and Karen Billiard, was one of 19 Pittsburg State University coeds competing for the title of 1985 homecoming queen. She was a junior nursing student at the time. Ron Billiard was born and raised in Arcadia. His grandfather was the late Rollie Scott, former Frisco Railroad agent.

Larry and Vickie Shead took granddaughter Katy Shead, 3, to Tulsa, Okla., on Oct. 15 to help her cousin, Cademon Ray, also 3, celebrate his birthday. The three visited in the home of daughter Mitzi and Joel Ray and Atalie. Joining in the celebration were Maria and Clayton Whitson, also of Tulsa.

A recent article from 50 years ago spoke about a well-known farmer of the past, Lyle Howard, rural Arcadia, who said that farmers generally would do well that year (1960). The crops were good and prices fair. Howard recalled the year 1936, which was a very dry year when farm crops largely failed. He had 100 acres of corn that did not yield a single ear in 1936. Now, in 2010, Howard’s grandson, Larry Howard, and his family live not far from the old home place and had a fine crop. Another grandson, Terry Kunstel, also had a fine corn crop this year, located within a mile of Arcadia.

After visiting Bill Dobbins in Via Christi Hospital, Rose Shular Campbell came with Charles Corporon to visit Mary V. Shead in Arcadia and reported that Dobbins is gaining strength and able to walk with his walker. All four are Arcadia High School graduates, and Campbell and Dobbins, after receiving degrees from Pittsburg State University, returned to teach in Arcadia schools.

Greg King, ARNP C, presented an educational program on arthritis Oct. 21 at Presbyterian Village, Fort Scott. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim King, whose ancestors were longtime rural Arcadia residents.

Friends were sorry to hear of the death of Bob D. Jones, who grew up in Arcadia and was a 1941 Arcadia High School graduate. He attended AHS Alumni dinners each year and kept track of oldtime Arcadia friends. Friends send condolences to his family in Nevada, Mo.

Grade school friends from the 1930s of Natalie Viano would like to send her congratulations on the Patrick’s People article about her son, Dr. Joseph Galichia, MD, FACC, which was published Oct. 17 in The Pittsburg Morning Sun.