January 30, 2019 News

Birthdays: January 30, Ian Stevens; January 31, Debbie Oelkers, Todd Frazier; February 1, Joshua Moran, Justin Georg, Mason Brackney, Karen Simmerman; February 2, Neal Jacobs, Patty Miller, Doug Elias, Michael Allen Showalter; Donny Anderson; February 3, Don Irvin, Elaine Albright; February 4, Darian Rogers, Everett Legleiter; February 5, Haily Rogers, Rhonda Allen, Austin Pfannenstiel.

Anniversary: February 4, Josh and Carly Collazo.

Seth and Jami Albers had a girl on January 25, 2019 They named her Lennox Lou. She was five weeks early so is in ICU in Wichita.

Cassie Karlin graduated mid-term from the University of Hawaii at Honolulu with a B.S. in Psychology. She will return to the mainland to pursue her master's degree this fall. She is the granddaughter of Addie Mills.

Rich and Linda Conrad of St. Louis, wrote to tell about their family. Rich has retired so decided to work part time at Grant's Farm. He is in the Guest Relations Department. He likes to give the history in the back seat of the welcoming tram. Rich and Linda have done a lot of traveling the past year. A highlight was a trip to New York City for the band Chicago when it was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. For their 35th wedding anniversary they were in Hawaii. They took a cruise to all the islands. Son Mike and Savanna moved to Denver and Andrew and Ashley moved in August 2018 to Champaign, Illinois. Grandchildren are Hunter age 7, Emma age 5, Soren is 3 and Sage is 1. Andrew is a PhD Electrical Engineering student/lab researcher at the University of Illinois. Mike works at NGA.

The February 10 Bleeding Kansas program is entitled “War on the Border 1854-1865, Kansas and Missouri” by Ralph A. Monaco, II, Esq., author, historian, living historian, and past president and current treasurer of the Jackson County Missouri Historical Society. Books signing follows presentation. This will be at 2.p. on Sunday afternoon.

Al and Judy Hugh celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary at the Smoky Hill Country Club.

Mike and Susan Keith visited with Mr. and Mrs. Ron Ochs near Quinter on Saturday. They were greeted by the birth of a Hereford calf born an hour before they got there.

On Monday the Dream group met at the home of Carol Heiman in Hays. Those attending besides the hostess were Christine Wagner, Kathleen Kuchar, Shirley Higgins and Carolyn Thompson.

Congratulations to Mark Goodheart, Jerry Higgins and Chris Rorabaugh who were honored by the KSHSAA. Mark Goodheart was the only one honored in the nation to the NFOA Contributor Award. 12 other officials won State Officials of the Year awards including Jerry Higgins, Hutchinson, Girls Basketball, and Chris Rorabaugh, Ellis for Boys Track and Field.

Jerry Higgins officiated at the Hill Top Classic in this weekend in Great Bend. Phil White, Little River was in attendance watching the Little River girls. We got acquainted with him at the Hutch Juco tournament in March many years ago as he had season tickets close to ours. He played against McCracken in high school at the State Tournament in Hays. McCracken won the game 57 to 49 to capture 1st place in State in 1972.

Jeff Jennings, Kansas City; Chuck Hamm, Polo, Missouri; Phil Pieschl Minneapolis; Steve Orendac, Mustang, Oklahoma; Roy Powers; Kansas City; Kevin ?, his son Todd and grandson Blake also from Kansas City were McCracken guests at the residence of Dennis Shell.

Craving chocolate this winter? The McCracken Public Library will be hosting their annual Death by Chocolate fundraiser again Saturday, February 9th in the city building starting at 5:30 p.m. A free will offering will get you a delicious spaghetti dinner followed by oodles of rich, decadent chocolate-some sugar free as well.

Our sympathy to the family of Tony and Tomi Rues on the death of her mother, June Rocky, who died as the result of a traffic accident, January 21, 2019.

John and Tammy Horesky were Saturday overnight guests of Bryant and Kyra Reese in Logan. They met in Glade where they enjoyed lunch.

Don’t forget the soup supper sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion beginning at 5:30 to whenever on Saturday, February 3. Desserts will be provided by the Relay for Life. Free will offering.

September 1946: Schools all over Rush County seem to have larger than ever enrollments, according to reports coming into the office of H. Manahan, county superintendent. Alexander high school has an enrollment of 43, grade school 67; LaCrosse high 189, grade school 190; St. Michaels grade school 105; McCracken High 34, grade school 94; Bazine high school is dropping out of the REN league and has become a member of Ness County activities; Bison High has cancelled its remaining football for the season because of a lack of players; the annual cost per pupil in all Rush County schools for the 1945- 1946 term amounted to $150.82; MHS basketball players are: John Elmore; Jimmy Higgins, Warren Irvin, Donald Greenway, Richard Shiney, Willard Thompson, Wayne Irvin, Tony Schlitter, Robert Thompson, William Spomer, Kenneth and Duane Brackney, Julius Unrein and Calvin Wilson; MHS basketeers defeated LaCrosse High School five here Friday night 24-18. The game was slow with only 12 field goals being scored by both teams. McCracken seconds also won, 17-12.


Patricia Petz:

When it's cold, it's cold without any exceptions!  And, that's the way it was when mom and I attended the Winter Expo in Dodge City during this past weekend. The weather was fairly nice when we left La Crosse on Friday, but by the time we had reached Dodge City it had turned very cold, windy, snowy, and icy.  There were over 100 vendors, over 100 tables in the gun show, and 22 collector cars, live music, great food, and tons of fun for everyone that attended. 

On Sunday morning, mom and I attended mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The choir had awesome singers and it's always a pleasure to see that beautiful church.  

Wednesday evening, mom had supper for De.Wayne, Vicky, and me.  The fried macaroni and beans were delicious.  This is one of my favorite German meals. Later that evening, I attended the Parish Council meeting.  There were many things that were discussed and when the meeting was over, I returned to mom's house and we had a nice visit together.

Friday seemed to be a very busy day for me.  I was called in to sub at the High School that morning.  Later, I had my hair cut and then I went to see how mom was doing since she had not been feeling well. Maynard Steitz, her brother in law, was visiting with her.  It was nice to see him as I was able to wish him a Happy Birthday!  Later, I decided that I needed to go to Hays to get a few things that were on my list.  For supper, I called in my favorite meal at Guiterrez's and then I headed home. 

I don't cook very much any more, but Saturday I decided to make potato and dumpling soup and a German chocolate cake.  Kelly was at the farm so I shared some of it with him and we both agreed that it was pretty tasty.  After mass at St. Michael's on Sunday, I stopped by mom's and shared some soup and cake with her.  She thought it was pretty good too, so I guess I'm not losing my cooking skills too much. 

I'm not one that enjoys winter very much, so I certainly hope that the cold weather ends soon and that nicer weather will be in the forecast soon! 

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