A total of 27 members of the Hurl Kalm family celebrated his 98th birthday with a wiener roast Oct. 17 at the Kalm Farm.

A total of 27 members of the Hurl Kalm family celebrated his 98th birthday with a wiener roast Oct. 17 at the Kalm Farm.

Among the many Arcadia area friends who attended the funeral of Mabel Plum Oct. 20 in the Cheney-Witt Chapel were Brandy and Cheyenne Mellon, Terry Gartner, Patty and Gary Peterson, Vera and John Parrish, Ava Mae Adams, Bob and Linda Roweth, Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Widmar, Ashley, Stuart and Katherine Semple and Mary V. Shead. Women from the Redfield area and family friends were in charge of the dinner, which was served to about 30 relatives and friends in the Cheney-Witt Carriage House, Fort Scott. Patty Peterson assisted in the kitchen. Officiating at the funeral were Pastor Charles Cable and son Bob Cable. Daughter Willa Cable and her daughter, Cherri Walrod, also spoke of their loved one. Casketbearers were grandsons Seth, Samuel and Nate Cable and Landon, Jamison and Roeyn Walrod. Music was presented by Lloyd Houk. Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery, Hiattville.

Tom and Phyllis Watt came from Lee’s Summit, Mo., and visited Mae Watt Sunday afternoon. Ava Mae Adams and Vera Parrish were her visitors one day last week. Mae Watt is gaining strength and enjoying the fresh air as she sits out during the pleasant fall days.

Two articles concerning Arcadia residents were in Nell Dikeman’s 1960 items. In one article, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith announced the  engagement of their daughter, Miss Ruth Arlene Smith, Lester Waring, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Waring, Garland. In the other, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Corporon celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 18 in the Arcadia Christian Church bungalow. A family reunion was held in connection with the celebration.

Many friends attended the funeral of Helen Payne Oct. 22 in the Bedene Chapel, Arma.  The Rev. Bob Cuthbertson officiated, with burial in Rosebank Cemetery, Mulberry. Son Jack Payne, with his wife Mary Lee, greeted friends before the service. Sharon Barone was organist, with Murray Lockwood as soloist. Casketbearers were Ron Morton, Steve Base, Jeff Sisney, David Carpenter, William Palmer and Billy Wells. Honorary casketbearers were Chad Morton, Ben Base, Chris Payne, Drew Carpenter and Seth Morton. Following the burial, dinner was served to family members in the Mulberry Presbyterian Church, which Helen Payne had attended.

Larry Shead took his mother, Mary V. Shead, to the Bourbon County Courthouse in Fort Scott Friday afternoon to renew her driver’s license. The new one cost $20 and is good for four more years. She hopes she will be good at driving for that long. While there, Larry Shead renewed his license plates for one more year.

Benjamin Shead celebrated his first birthday with a dinner served by his parents, Mark and Haley Shead, and sister Katy, 3. Guests were grandparents Larry and Vickie Shead, great-grandmother Mary V. Shead and friend Kayla Probst. It was announced that Benjamin was born Oct. 13, 2009, on the 100th wedding anniversary of this late great-great-grandparents, G.W. and Portteus Corporon. Gifts were opened, cake and ice cream were served and games were played.

John Parrish gave his 82nd birthday offering Oct. 24 at the Arcadia Christian Church, and the birthday song was sung in his honor. Special guests at church were Ian Horn and Ryen Brooks, who came with Carol Brooks from rural Arma. Josie Bryant and Bridgette Schmitz helped lead the singing with Clay Carrington and Willa Cable. Young people of the church will have a pizza party and movie at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 in the church bungalow. Any age may attend.

Jerry and Marilyn James, Cato, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Oct. 24. They were married in the Arcadia Christian Church. They have two daughters and four grandchildren, and said they are enjoying their retirement.