Reunion draws large crowd

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Boyd Estes, chairman for the annual Lost Cane School and Lost Cane, Little River, Whistleville, and Roseland community reunion, welcomed people from several states to the 12th annual reunion. It was held Saturday, Sept. 24, with over 150 attending. Estes thanked the committee members and everyone who helps to make the reunion successful each year. Estes gave a special thank you to Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner and city employee Susie Baker for all of their help.

Members of the Parks family enjoyed gathering at the Lost Cane, Whistleville, Little River, and Roseland reunion.

"We appreciate being able to meet at the Airport Center," Estes said. "It is a great place to hold our reunion each year."

It was 12 years ago when the first reunion started bringing together former Lost Cane classmates, neighbors and friends.

"It is an event we look forward to each year," Estes said.

It was established in memory of James Lloyd Mathes, long time educator at Lost Cane.

A former Lost Cane superintendent, Jerry Haley of Maumelle, attended the reunion for the first time.

Lee Wiggington reminisced about growing up in Lost Cane.

"We love the reunion and hope we can do it every year," Wiggington said. "When we were growing up most of us were poor in some ways but in other ways we were very rich."

The memory tables were filled with pictures, old newspapers, maps, and other memorabilia from Lost Cane School and previous reunions.

People gathered from several states. A potluck luncheon was served.

Rebecca Williams from Bay gave an original cotton boll painting last year as a door prize. It was won by Revis Blaylock. She presented a second original cotton painting to Blaylock.

Guests were given a ticket as they registered and drawings were held for door prizes provided by Estes and committee members.

The reunion will be held next year on the last Saturday in September.

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