Town Crier News Staff
The 2007 Lost Cane, Whistleville, Little River and Roseland Reunion was held Saturday at the Manila Airport Community Center with over 200 attending. This year marked the sixth year for family, friends and neighbors from the past and present to gather for a special day.
The reunion was created in the memory of James Lloyd Mathes, a well-loved educator in the Lost Cane Community.
Among the states represented were Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Michigan, California, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Arizona and Colorado.
The day was spent reminiscing as old friends enjoyed looking through school yearbooks, pictures, newspapers, scrapbooks and recalling events during their growing up years.
Boyd Estes of Mammoth Spring, one of the reunion planners, served as emcee welcoming everyone.
"Without each of you, there would not be a reunion," Estes said.
Estes thanked the committee members who helped with the reunion and Mayor Clifford Veach for his support of the reunion.
A special birthday cake was presented to Wayne Boren, Pat Davis and Betty Sivage.
A letter from Billy Lott sharing his memories of Lost Cane was read.
Each year Estes recognizes different families presenting plaques in memory of some of the pioneers of the community.
He presented a plaque to the Parks family in memory of the Johnny L. Parks Family.
Members of the Parks family accepted the plaque.
"The Bible says to honor your father and mother," Linda Parks said. "We accept this in honor of our parents. They were special people."
Estes presented two additional plaques of appreciation to Larry Stroud, associate editor of the Batesville Guard, and Revis Chipman Blaylock, news director of The Town Crier. He expressed his appreciation to the newspapers for helping spread the word.
Estes was surprised when he discovered he was the recipient of a special plaque. Pat Owens Davis made a special presentation to Estes for his work and dedication to the Lost Cane Reunion each year.
"We appreciate everything you do," Davis said.
The Lost Cane School was built in the 1920s on land donated by J.B. Lorren. The school was there until the mid 1960s and holds memories for many people.
Letha Veach, 100, who lives in Corning, attended the reunion. She shared her memories of Lost Cane. She moved from Oklahoma to Lost Cane in 1925.
Willie Veach Dobbs shared some of her early years of Lost Cane.
"The roads were bad and my dad had a saw mill. He placed wooden slats along the road so we could walk to catch the school bus," Mrs. Dobbs said.
She remembers he had a store and would take a barge down Little River. Suppliers would pick him up and he would load the barge with supplies to take back to the store.
Door prizes were given away as people visited throughout the afternoon.
By unanimous vote, the reunion will continue on a yearly basis and next year's date was set for Saturday, Sept. 27. It will be held at the Manila Airport Community Center beginning at 9 a.m.
"I look forward to this every year," Estes said. "It is a special day when friends and family get together. We hope to see even more next year."