March 7, 2018

Birthdays: March 7, Ron Rein, Shirley Higgins; March 8, Stacy Scheetz; March 9, June Bell, Kelly Pfannenstiel, Jan Showalter; March 10, Kyle Schwindt, Quintin Elias, Janette Rogers; March 11, Joy Petz, Melanie

Albright, Pat Showalter; March 12, Taylor Yohe, Dolores Petz, Mathew Wetzel, Sierra Shelit; March 13, Leanne Miller, Deanne Heier, Kelly Shelit, Reggie Irvin.

Anniversaries: March 10, Ted and Shawna North; March 12, Richard and Rosemarie Schwindt, Stuart and Brenda Clancy; March 13, Arlyn and Jan North, Jeff and Billie Crawshaw.

Addie Mills was a Saturday overnight guest of Jay Klee at Council Grove City Lake.  She also had lunch with Chris Zimmerman on Sunday.

The Jail/Museum has received two copies of car invoices from John Elias Motor Company. They sold DeSoto and Plymouth Motor Cars. Also given were two yearbooks from MHS - 1922 and 1923 all the above from Jeannie Elias and the late Dennis Elias. The yearbooks were then called the Purple and Gold.

The row of American flags were at half-mast at the cemetery for the military services for Dennis Elias. He was the current Commander of West- Burch American Legion Post 59 of McCracken.

Judy and Al Hugh and Carolyn Thompson were in Wichita on Thursday to attend the Celebration of Life for Wanda Yawger Luft. Her first husband was J. B. Yawger. She is survived by their daughters, Deb and Joyce Luft and her sister-in-law Judy Hugh The services were at Resthaven Mortuary.

A celebration of life was held for Dennis Elias Saturday, March 3 at St. Mary’s Church, McCracken with Father Michael Helms, cousin of Dennis’ officiating. Coyote wagons were in front of the church to take Dennis to his final resting place in the McCracken Cemetery. Dennis came from a family of coyote hunters, granddad Oscar Elias, his dad Claude Elias and other uncles and cousins. I will remember him for his sense of humor and his laugh. Peace.

Maybe we all need to do a rain dance every day until it rains.........

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day a week early at the McCracken City Library March 10th with a fun Story Time! Are you smarter and more nimble than a leprechaun? Well, let's find out. Story Time will have some challenging games, a fun craft, mint inspired snack and of course a good book! Fun starts at 10 am.

I received a call from Curly Juvenal Thursday evening. He just got out of the hospital a short time ago, had a defibrillator put in. Said he is feeling pretty well.

Elaine Littler hosted an event that was a “ Welcome to the Neighborhood” coffee for Linda Seymour. Those present were Sheryl Rogers, Cindy Suppes, Jean Oelkers, Shelley Oelkers, Louise Hein, Janice Stull, Corrine Baldwin, & the honored guest, Linda. Linda said it was good to know who lived in her neighborhood!!!

Congratulations to Gary Sam Oller and Jennifer A. Breeden who were married February 12, in Hendersonville, N.C. Jennifer has a daughter, Pam of Hendersonville and a son Chris of Idaho. Gary Sam has two sons, Todd, Holyrood and Tony, Marysville. The newlyweds are at home on a farm near Holyrood, Kansas.

A sign on the post office door says: Due to recent vandalism occurring at the McCracken Post Office, management is considering having the lobby open only when the customer window is open, 8- to noon. The lobby would be locked at all other times. This will create an inconvenience to our residents. Please call the LaCrosse Post office, 785-222-2611 if you have information pertaining to this incident.

We wish June Bible Bell a very Happy 98th Birthday March 9 from her nieces and her many friends. Tanner Higgins flew to Dallas Wednesday to interview with the Company of Kimley-Horn.

It was reported approximately 70 people enjoyed the fish-fry at the American Legion Saturday night.

Jerry Higgins officiated Monday in Claflin with Andrew Flax of Ransom; he was also an official at the 4-A sub-state tournament in McPherson this week-end.

We are sorry to hear that Joann Elder fell and broke her hip last Friday evening in Great Bend. She was attending the “Quilt of Valor” ceremony for her son-in-law Rick Holopirek at the American Legion when she fell. Pat Lohrey was the ‘quilter’ that presented the quilt to Rick.

Sports History Notes Baseball History notes May 1914: The opening game of the Rush County League was staged on a slow field Wednesday afternoon with LaCrosse. Owing to bad roads, the country people could not get in butthe town was out in a body and gave the locals royal support. All places of business were closed and the auto livery did fine work, especially Kueffer, who hauled nine loads. This cooperation was greatly appreciated by the team. The game started at 3 o’clock with LaCrosse at bat. In the first session a LaCrosse man got on by a walk but died on base. In the McCracken half Ivy Irvin was the first local at the bat and flew one out to left field. Harry Seiling followed with the first single of the season to center field, Claude Stephens got in by an error by short stop; Seiling scored on Ralph Stephens single to center, Foster was out at first, Glenn Ryan followed with single scoring Stephens, Raleigh Irvin struck out and the side was out. (The rest of the paper was lost). May 22: Pill-Flinger Will Metz pitched some game against Bison and should have won it but Ralph Stephens started the big thing to going wrong when he mussed a grounder in the seventh. The game was lost by poor judgment. Norlin and Irvin were sure right Wednesday; slipped through the mud and grabbed a fly each. McCracken trimmed Otis Friday in a slugging match marred by many errors. The hitting of Jack Stephens featured the game. Mc R 18 H 17 E 10; Otis R 17 H 14 E 7. Batteries Leon Lovitt and Irvin; Otis Lebsack, Scheuerman and Brack.

Patricia Petz:

There was a four day school week this past week due to the Musical Festival being held in La Crosse on Friday.  I was able to sub two different days, once at the High School and once at the Elementary School. 
Friday, I was literally blown to Liberal for my first Magnetic Jewelry show of the year.  I was in hopes to visit "Dorothy's House" but unfortunately, I did not allow enough time to visit the house and museum before they were closed for the day.  I did get set up Friday evening and then was able to participate in the Spring Fest Home Show at the Seward County Activity Center on Saturday and Sunday.  It was a nice event and I was able to meet many new vendors.  

Saturday evening, I attended the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Liberal.  The inside of the church was really awesome.  It had many circular stained glass windows and two chapels for extra prayers and devotions, and it even had a gift shop at the main entrance.  The most amusing part of the service was that it was completely spoken in Spanish.  I do not speak nor understand Spanish, so I just had to follow along the best that I could in the English booklet. The music was amazing, as they had a group of men that not only sang, but played an accordian, a saxophone, guitars, and some hand held instruments. It was simply a joy to be at church Saturday evening. 

The trip to Liberal turned out to be exactly three hours from my home. Since I did not have any company with me on this trip, I was glad when I finally made it home. Mom and I visited on the phone the last part of my journey and I'm glad to announce that she is finally doing much better.   Stay healthy everyone! 

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