Charles Corporon, Pittsburg, formerly of Arcadia, recently ran into two relatives of old acquaintances. At a funeral Dec. 17 in Joplin, he was approached by Arlie Carpenter, who graduated from Arcadia High School in 1940 with Corporon's sister, Margaret. The next day, as Corporon left a Pittsburg store, he was approached by a young woman who asked his last name. When she heard it, she told him that more than 60 years ago, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Vaught, formerly of Pittsburg, had been close friends of Nelson and Eloise Corporon and that she herself had grown up with Dan and Tom Corporon.
Larry Shead visited with John Scott last Sunday at Fort Scott Community Christian Church. Scott noted that it was 14 years ago that his mother, Cleo Scott, had died. She and her husband, also named John Scott, ran Scott's Grocery in Arcadia for many years.
The Old Settlers staff, Arcadia, served a community holiday dinner Dec. 14 at the Arcadia Community Center. Organizing the dinner, gifts and goody bags for the festivities were Patty Peterson, Willa Cable, Joyce Stephens and her son Scott Ball, Pat Krieger and Cathy Allen, all members of the Old Settlers. After serving around 135 people, the group sold the extra fruit and cream pies to raise additional money. The Old Settlers Committee also had help from members of the Arcadia Christian Church. Santa made his appearance and handed out at least two gifts for every child. Autumn Leaves Senior Center donated a pair of gloves for every child, and the City of Arcadia provided candy for the goody bags given to each child.
Brent Zeller, former Arcadia resident and son of Lou and Betty Dehn, Arcadia, was baptized on his birthday, Dec. 8, at the First Baptist Church, Henrietta, Mo. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Dehn and Zeller's sisters, Christina Long, a friend and Long's son, Austin Anderson, Melissa Due, a friend and children Kyle Kraft, Parker Due, Reece Due, Melody Due and the friend's daughter, all of Warrensburg, Mo. Also present was Shirley Coen, Wellington, a longtime family friend. Pipes were frozen and it was around 12:30 p.m. before they were thawed so that the baptistry could be filled, making it a cold baptism for Zeller.
There are now Christmas decorations in place on the utility poles on West Race Street, and the Arcadia City Hall has a festive look for Christmas.