Janet and Mark VanLeeuwen treated her parents, Vera and John Parrish, with a trip to Branson, Mo., the weekend of Oct. 8. They attended several shows, including the Legends , Norma Jean’s Cowboy Church, Cassandre, Voice of an Angel and the Texas Tenors. They also went to a show titled the Shrine of the Holy Spirit.

Janet and Mark VanLeeuwen treated her parents, Vera and John Parrish, with a trip to Branson, Mo., the weekend of Oct. 8. They attended several shows, including the Legends , Norma Jean’s Cowboy Church, Cassandre, Voice of an Angel and the Texas Tenors. They also went to a show titled the Shrine of the Holy Spirit.

Jack and Mary Lee Payne and family gathered Oct. 8 in the home of Jeff and Sherry Payne Sisney to celebrate to celebrate Mrs. Sisney’s birthday. Hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans and trimmings were served, along with cake. Chris, Mindy and Jaxson Payne hosted the event. Others present were Courtney Sisney, Steve and Kelly Base, Tom and Ronnie Davied, Hardy and Jessie Dunn, Helen Sisney, Steve Sisney, Sherry Sisney and Susan Cherry.

Raymond Kalm entertained with a dinner for friends and neighbors Oct. 8 in his rural Garland farm home. Special guest Jerry Kinchen, a deer hunter from Louisiana, was the cook. Guests were Irene Thomas, Liberal, Mo., Lewis Kalm, Fort Scott, the Weber family, Ava Mae Adams and Larry and Vickie Shead.

Jack Corporon, Brooklyn, N.Y., reported that Bill Turner, a longtime friend from Arcadia who now lives in California, has suffered a heart attack. Turner was able to drive himself to the doctor, was treated and reported that he is now back to normal. Turner spent the past two summers in Italy, but plans to attend the next Arcadia High School reunion if possible. Before leaving Arcadia  Turner worked in Dr. Hinkle’s office. He became a lawyer in Kansas City, and moved to Los Angeles after his retirement.

Arcadia Christian Church had special music Sunday by Loryn and Andrew Woodworth, Lawrence, special relatives of Pastor Charles and Willa Cable. Loryn Woodworth sang “How Great Thou Art,” accompanied by her grandfather, Charles Cable, and Andrew Woodworth played a piano solo. Accompanying the couple to church that morning was her other grandmother, Mable Taiclet, Fort Scott. The Cables reported that their grandson, Loryn Woodworth’s brother Landon Walrod,  Eudora, suffered a broken leg Friday night at a football game.

Mae Watt reported that her daughter-in-law, Linda Watt, Wichita, had shoulder surgery recently and is recovering well in her home. Her husband is Allen Watt.

Dony and Alison Bielak and daughter Audrey, 9 months, surprised the Larry Shead family with a visit Oct. 15 at the family farm home. Dony Bielak, his brother Roby and their sister Jenny were students from 1989 to 1993 at Faith Christian Academy. The guests visited his classmate, Michael Shead, wife Chrisi and Hudson.

Those attending the Autumn Leaves Senior Citizens meeting Oct. 10 were Betty Dehn, Sharon DeGruson, Shirley Garrett, Jim Turner, Jerry and Lilly Coonrod, Jake Campbell, Bob Prettyman, Raymond and Lewis Kalm, Mary V. Shead, Carole Garrison, Mary Lee and Jack Payne, Jessie and Hardy Dunn, Charles Cable, Ava Mae Adams, Helen Sisney and Jodee Valley, Ruth Popejoy and Jan Mayfield, who took blood pressure readings. Pamela Hewitt Reinkens, former Arcadia resident now living in Oakville, Wash., was a special guest with Carol Bridgewater.

The Arcadia High School class of 1945 was the World War II class. In December of 1941 the United States was attacked by Japanese planes at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and in August of 1945 two atomic bombs dropped on Japan ended the war. During the four war years the AHS class endured gas rationing, sugar shortages, no tires for their parents’ cars, deaths of older former students and other deprivations. There were 19 students in the class of 1945 and nine are still living. Eight of them live in southeast Kansas, and six recently gathered for a luncheon and reminiscing. Attending were Patty (Potter) Daniels, Redfield; Marie (Hoover) Marshall, Fort Scott; and Betty (Thayer) Baima, Marie (Kunstel) Rodich, Jessie (Eggen) Dunn and Charles Corporon, all of Fort Scott. Others present were Richard Marshall and Hardy Dunn and special guest Rose (Shular) Campbell, Pittsburg, former teacher and champion gin rummy player.

Recent guests of Mae Watt were cousins Jim and Maxine Variot and Phillip and Jennifer Variot, Paducah, Ky. The men are sons of Sam and Edith Variot, former Arcadia residents. Their mother was a sister of the late Ray Watt, Arcadia. The group had dinner at the Buffalo Grill in Fort Scott. Other visitors were Doug and Sandy Nuzum, who came from Wichita and had dinner with her sister and husband, Linda and Bob Roweth, Redfield.

Don Payne, Arcadia, was honored Sept. 28 as a 4-State Hero on KOAM TV.

In September Matthew and Ashley Shead, Joplin, made a six-day bicycle trip to see the length of the Katy Trail, a former railway converted for hikers and bicycles from Clinton, Mo., to St. Charles, Mo. The couple took camping equipment and spent nights at recommended camp sites along the way, as well as some nights at a bed and breakfast. They met one young man who had started his bike trip in Rhode Island and was headed to the West Coast. More than half the 237-mile trail is along the Missouri River with beautiful scenery. A highlight of the trek was when Mrs. Shead’s mother drove out to their camp site near Jefferson City, Mo., with pizza and a giant cookie to celebrate her daughter’s birthday.
After returning his mother, Mary V. Shead, to her home recently, Larry Shead drove west from Arcadia and before reaching the mile corner was rammed by a large deer. He was not harmed, but the passenger side of his car was marred and the mirror destroyed.

On Oct. 2 a dinner was held in the home of Vickie and Larry Shead to honor Michael and Chrisi Shead and baby Hudson. They are missionaries on leave from Guatemala and after dinner he spoke about their new adventure. That morning the Sheads, Jesse Hudson and Maria and Clayton Whitson attended the Pittsburg church where Whitson was youth minister during his college days at Pittsburg State University. Others at the dinner that afternoon were Chris and Sarah Kate Osbun, Anna, Joshua and Matthew, Pittsburg; Nick and Chris Nickerson and Carol Liston, Joplin. Charles and Willa Cable, Shirley Applegarth and Mary V. Shead attended the Arcadia Christian Church and the church dinner which followed, then joined the Sheads at the farm in Garland to hear Michael Shead tell of their future work in Guatemala. The Mark Shead family attended the Community Christian Church in Fort Scott before joining others at the farm. Raymond Kalm, a neighbor, was also an afternoon guest. A special treat for all was frozen banana dipped in chocolate and nuts.