A lot more goes on at the fish hatchery than meets the eye.

A lot more goes on at the fish hatchery than meets the eye. Last Friday, Don and Sue Thompson from Lamar were visiting to reminisce and see what their parents had seen here on Dec. 2, 1939. Parents Roy Thompson and Marjorie Fry were from rural Barton County. They told everyone they had gone to see the Neosho fish hatchery alone and brought back the photos to prove it. What they didn’t say was that they had also eloped, going all the way to Cassville to a justice of the peace to avoid being seen by anyone who knew them. Roy was home on furlough from the Marines and as a private, he was not allowed to marry, thus the secrecy. Roy served in World War II and was at Pearl Harbor during the attack. They never told their children about the elopement and it was only found out two years ago when they read old letters that Marjorie had saved. Roy passed away in 2011 and Marjorie in 2012. They were married for 72 years and lived and raised a family in the Lamar area. Don and Sue shared this sweet story and photos.

The Natural State Ford Model A Restorer’s Club from Rogers, Ark., toured last week as well as Crowder’s Energy class. Alliance lunched here Monday.

Next Monday, assistant manager Roderick May and lead biologist Jaime Pacheco will be aiding Blind Pony State Hatchery with their pallid sturgeon tagging of yearlings.

Roaring River State Park Manager Paul Spurgeon and staffer Dusty dropped by last week to explore our most popular exhibits. Roaring River is revamping their visitor center and looking for ideas.

Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery will be meeting here Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Local visitors of the week are Kenzie and Mia Robbins of Neosho. Long distance visitors of the week are Boonchong and Suwama from Thailand.

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 Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.