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    Descendants of Hiram Sweet, Civil War veteran and early Crawford County settler, gathered Sept. 20 at the Madison House Bed and Breakfast, Girard.
    Hiram Sweet came to Crawford County in 1869 from Dover, Iowa, with his wife Hannah (Moore) and two sons, Franklin and James. Land was purchased from the railroad to establish their farm west of Girard. Three more sons were born, John Nelson, George and Clarkie, who died at an early age.
    Hiram served in the Civil War, attached to the 25th Iowa Co., G Infantry. He was wounded in battle at Vicksburg, Miss., but continued to serve until the war’s end. He was born in 1835 in New York and died in 1885. He is buried at the Spangler Cemetery.
    Those attending the reunion were: Debra (Sweet) Engelken, Seneca; Vetra Savage, Geri Tisdale and JoAnn Wilson, Onaga; Tammie Meas, Carbondale; Juliana Kissel, Bess (Sweet) Strukel, Don Sweet and wife Betty, along with Chet Sweet, Chad Erickson and Logan and Wade, Girard; Amy Tompkins, James Sweet and wife Marge, Effie (Sweet) Toney, Deta Toney and Bill Houdashelt, all of Pittsburg; Donna (Bennefeld) Moore and husband Bill of Frontenac; Jackie Lane, Traci Lane, Brandon Lane, Eddy McHarque and Ashley Pulliam, Wichita; Brad Blex and wife Mariva, Springfield, Mo.; Patcy Stoddard, Topeka; Eddie Sweet, Frost, Texas; Rusty Pulliam, Richmond; Zach Pulliam, Fort Scott; Robert Pulliam and Tracy Pulliam, Chanute; Clarence Sweet, Thornton, Colo.; Florence (Sweet) Taylor and husband Leon, Mapleton.
    The next reunion will be Sept. 20, 2009.
    Raymond Grace and friend Jackie Cato, both of Carthage, Mo., recently visited his cousin, Walter Foulk, in Arcadia. Grace grew up in Arcadia and is a 1936 graduate of Arcadia High School.
    Scott Ball, featured in the “Patrick’s People” column Oct. 16 in The Morning Sun, did something special this summer for friends in Arcadia, where he now resides. He and his mother, Joyce Stephens, and friend Maxine James and others, went to the Heitz corn fields to pick roasting ears and delivered them to people in town, including several widows who said they were very grateful for the fine gesture from Ball, his mother and the others. They also expressed their thanks to the Heitz family for the past years they have done this.
    The “50 Years Ago” column by Neil Dikeman in the Fort Scott Tribune, dated 1958, co-editors of the “Bearcat,” official Arcadia High School newspaper, were Janie Crowe and Carol June Simpson. Art work was done by Beverly Swafford and Sharon Powell. Mike Sheffield, Gary Skidmore and Ron Gazaway edited sports. Edna Hunt was journalism teacher and typing instructor was a man named Arnold.
    JOY Sunday School Class dinner and business meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 instead of the regular night of Oct. 20.
    While on a tour for two weeks with eight couples for School of Missions, Cindy and Ralph Shead met some near acquaintances while in Protection, Kansas. They were housed in Kent Wolfolk’s Hunter’s Lodge. They learned that he was a cousin of Don Wolfolk, who was a Pittsburg State University roommate of Shead’s brother, Larry Shead. The group attended Christian Church services in the town, which is where Jace Pavlik grew up, and they met his grandmother. Jace and Jesse Pavlik were recently Sunday school teachers in the Arcadia Christian Church, where Ralph Shead grew up.
    Page 2 of 2 - Danny Yates, Mulberry, visited Mae Watt on a recent Sunday afternoon.
    Mark and Haley Shead and daughter Katy have returned home to Fort Scott after a business trip to Milwaukee, Wis.
    Cato Historical Society will meet Nov. 8 in the Arcadia Community Building.
    Lou and Betty Dehn have been working on God’s Coffeehouse during the past week. A fundraising dinner will be held there at 5 p.m. Nov. 8. Menu will be hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, chips, cake and beverage for $6.50. Additional donations will be appreciated. There will be a raffle and drawing for two sets of jewelry. God’s Coffeehouse is a project for Arcadia youth, and was started by Cal and Judy Swickard while they preached at the Arcadia Christian Church. They now live in the Kansas City area.
    Richard Goldston, a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Fort Scott, was in Arcadia on business on Columbus Day.
    Student Support Services Group from Fort Scott Community College went to Rosewetha’s Schnitzelbank, a German restaurant north of Joplin. Victoria Hinrichs, college student from Germany, was the speaker and told about life in Germany. Heads of the group are Steve and Suzette Kramer, assisted by Larry and Vickie Shead.
    Free blood pressure readings will be taken by a representative from Arma Health Center every month on the meeting day of the Autumn Leaves Senior Citizens. Next screening will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the club’s cottage. Non-members may also have their blood pressure checked, and may stay for the noon carry-in dinner. Bingo will be played after the business meeting.
    A huge bonfire was held Oct. 18 in back of the Arcadia Community Center for Kids Night. Hot dogs were roasted and hayrack rides were held.
    Fall Aglow Leadership Conference was held Oct. 11 at the Open Door Mission, Arcadia. Registration began at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast buffet, juice and coffee. Meeting began with praise and worship led by Valerie Griffith, Coffeyville. They are Nellie Briggans, Coffeyville, Kay Wright, Girard, Esther Talent and Jo Anderson, Pittsburg. Pastors Chuck Smith, Augusta, and Don Talent, Pittsburg, are the group’s advisors and each gave a message. Barbara Laflin, Manhattan, was conference featured speaker. Theme was “Go for the Gold and See God’s Glory.” Nancy Jefferson, Scandia, state prayer coordinator, gave the vision for prayer for the state. Lunch was catered by Charley Gibbs, Girard, at the Arcadia Senior Citizens Building. Dessert was provided by members of the Pittsburg Aglow Chapter, and they helped serve and clean up after the meeting. Meeting was concluded by those present taking communion as a group, led by Talent. There were 43 men and women who attended from chapters in Wichita, Wellington, McPherson, Parsons, Coffeyville and Pittsburg. Pittsburg Aglow meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Homer Cole Community Center. Report for the leadership conference was provided by Linda Bridgewater.

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