The Sheldon Old Settlers' Picnic is Sheldon, Missouri's annual homecoming festival hosted in Sheldon's beautiful City Park.
Join us this year August
14, 15 & 16!
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To Shorty and Betty Lathrop, the Sheldon Picnic has always been about making new memories and having the precious opportunity of visiting with friends and family. As this is Shorty’s 83rd Picnic, Betty and Shorty both agree that the parade and kid races are always a great time. Betty has always enjoyed the displays in the community building. Some of their other Picnic favorites are the Leavell Brothers playing, their daughter Barbara being crowned princess, the tractor pull and the baby show. Shorty is a past presiding president of the Picnic Association. Betty was often a contributor of pies for the Lions’ food stand.
Shorty and Betty Lathrop are long time area residents. H.C. (Shorty) was born August 2, 1929, at the Lathrop farm in northern Barton County to Homer and Marguerite Lathrop. He has nine siblings; Jack, Hank, Nick, Gene, Dorothy, Olene, Lois, Shirley, and Marilyn. He attended school in Rockdale. After school, Shorty joined the Army. Shorty made many lifelong friends while in the Army. They still meet every September for the Army Buddy Reunion. Following the Army, he returned home to Betty and the rest of his family. Shorty worked a long side his father and brothers building bridges in the area. Betty was born on April 30, 1929, at Fairplay, Missouri to parents Murvy and Mildred Wilson. She has two brothers; James Wilson and Bill Wilson. She went to Oak Grove school, situated between Bolivar and Aldrich. She left home to work at Big Smith in Lamar. Betty is currently very active in the Sheldon Jolly Senior Citizens. Betty and Shorty met through mutual friends on a date and they married on November 14, 1951. They have five children; Harold Gene, JD, Barbara, Charlie and Kathy.
The Sheldon Old Settlers’ Association proudly salutes H.C. “Shorty” and Betty Lathrop as the 2012 Grand Marshals!