Bates County Old Settler’s Day August 28, 2019
Not many events in Bates County have remained constant throughout the years but on Wednesday, August 28th the Old Settler’s Society held their 122nd yearly meeting. This is celebration of men and women who have stood the test of time, and many are in the twilight of their lives, but come together to just celebrate the longevity of both their lives and their marriages.
Ione Berry called the meeting together, and the celebration began. Butler Councilman Dale Newkirk greeted the crowd, Ross Wainscott led in both the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. Mandy Yates then took the stage and blessed all with her lovely voice. The program speaker was Peggy Buhr, Curator of the Bates County Museum that told of wonderful history of our area.
The Old High School gym highlighted different vendors, Representative Patricia Pike, Papinville Historical, Poplar Heights Living History Farm and the Bates County Museum.
Honored during the meeting were the following for anniversaries:
Charles & Louise Carroll – 72
John & Bernice Golladay – 72
Floyd & Winifred Gaston – 68
Ross & Wanda Wainscott – 63
Jimmie & Reta Eidson – 56
Larry & Nora Smalley – 56
Paul & Melissa Phillips – 50
Oldest Person not born in Bates County – Louise Carroll
Oldest Man born in Bates County – John Golladay
Oldest Woman born in Bates County – Bernice Golladay
Person present 90 – 94 -Charles Carroll – 91
Person present 85 – 89 – Barbara Burch – 89
A special thank you to business and organizations who helped in any way to make
this event such a wonderful day for all who attended. We do hope more can attend next year. Remember it is always the fourth Wednesday in August.