SIKESTON - Friends and relatives gathered May 24 to honor Ernest and Shirley M. Stidham on their 50th wedding anniversary.
Ernest Stidham married Shirley M. Emerson on May 24, 1952, in El Paso, Texas. The Stidhams operated the Ranch House Restaurant in Jackson, the Cornucopia Restaurant in Cape Girardeau and Shirley and Ruth's in Sikeston.
They are the parents of five children, John Stidham of Marion, Ill., Ernest Stidham Jr. of Madison, Ill., Daniel Stidham of Key West, Fla., Patricia Stidham Smith of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Elizabeth Stidham Hawkins of Sikeston.
They have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.