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Southenders honor Arthur

Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Jack Nelson, Southender Reunion Committee member, gives a framed proclamation to Mayor Tom Arthur making him an Honorary Southender. Left: Jack Tucker, Southender Committee member; Arthur; Nelson; Jim Dressler, Committee member; Ken Barr, former Arketex employee who worked on the first circular kiln at Plant 2 and Mary Moore, Curator of the Clay County Historical Museum.

Mayor Tom Arthur was made an honorary Southender Tuesday at the Clay County Historical Museum by the Southender Reunion Committee. They will hold their second reunion Saturday at the Forest Park Pavilion starting at 10 a.m. Besides Southenders, all former Arketex employees and their families are invited as special guests.

The museum has pictures of the old Arketex factories. Two different photos of Plant no. 2, on south Chicago Ave. show before and after aerial shots. The 1946 picture includes the old beehive kilns. Another photo, taken in 1951, shows the same plant after it had been remodeled with new circular continuous kilns.

"This makes him legal," Southender Reunion Committee member Jack Tucker said, laughing, referring to the proclamation for Arthur. "Now he can go down to the south end of town."

The Bloomington native who was raised in Spencer was pleased with his gift.

"This is an honor, not being originally from Brazil," Arthur said. "It's an honor that a group like this would make me a part of their group."

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