April 5, 2017 News

Birthdays: April 5, Sarah Emerson, Melodie Casey, Brian J. Fear, Nicholas Petz; April 6, Pat Petz, Chelsea Petz, Sarah Wills, Al Hugh, Norma McNair, Tyron Steinert; April 7, Randy Mills; April 8, Mitchell Pfannenstiel, Elaine Fulkerson, Kim Moran; April 9, Darwin Grumbein, Paul Trujillo, Les Diehl, Kelli Rourke, Secily Mills; April 10, Mary Steitz; April 11, Galen Lee Oelkers.

No anniversaries.

Don and DeAnna Bergquist attended the funeral for Father August Moeder, 89, on Friday, March 31 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Park. He was a priest of the Salina Diocese for sixty-four years. Father Moeder was a frequent visitor of the Bergquists and invited friends to attend mass with them at their home. Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Park.

Suzanne Sauer, Eric Scriven and Deb Gaunt attended the film “Shroud of Turin” last Tuesday evening at Great Bend with the Dominican nuns. Eric showed them his wood art of the face of Jesus taken from the Shroud.

What a wonderful tribute and celebration of life was held on Friday at LaCrosse United Methodist Church for Leslie Jo Morgan. We understand there were 425 in attendance. Wade Russell, husband of Leanne Morgan, gave a eulogy for Leslie and told many stories of the Morgan family and their love for Leslie. Pastor Angie Vertz conducted the service. Leslie's grandson, Brantley's, middle name is Friend after Leslie's grandfather, Friend Morgan. Our sympathy to all the Morgan and Basgall families and especially to her parents, Jametta Basgall and Larry Morgan, her sons and daughter; Sean Key and her extended families.

I received a letter about the Christ Pilot Me Hill. Here is what it read, “The Hill conveys a message to all east bound travelers as they round the curve on Highway 96 three miles East of Bazine. The lettering is now constructed with large limestone rocks. Each letter stands twenty feet high and the expanse is two hundred feet wide. The lettering and the center cross are painted white. The hill is now lighted with a thousand watt metal halide light which is controlled by a desk to dawn sensor. Travelers can read the marker and find out the story of the hill which is at the intersection just west of the hill. The purpose of this hill is to glorify the Lord”

Congratulations to Penny Schuckman, daughter of LeRoy Schuckman, Director of Learning Center,  Haysville, for receiving the Haysville Chamber of Commerce 2017 Volunteer of the Year for outstanding dedication and service.

Mike, Susan and Shannon Keith returned home from Spring Break in Florida. They got to see a Cardinal spring training baseball game and drove down the Keys to Key West.

Stacey, Trevor, Brennen, Tyron and TJ Steinert of LaCrosse and Kristy, Seth, Ella, Jarrett and Tyson Packard of Gove traveled to Friendswood, TX for their spring break to visit Brenda and Carl Rosenlund. Visits were made to NASA, the Houston Zoo, the Houston Natural Science Museum, Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston Island. While on the island, the group took a boat tour of the harbor and was able to see dolphins, had ice cream at La King's Confectionery and went to the beach. The weather was fantastic and a good time was had by all.

Jerry Higgins accompanied Tim Pauley to Manhattan where they were guests of their sons, Tanner Higgins and Chad Pauley for father’s day. They ate at a restaurant (don’t remember the name) but Jerry saw and visited with a dear friend, Nancy Baker.

McCracken received a nice rain this week, between 3.5 and 4.5 inches.

Hampton History Notes 1887:

J.C. Littler can be numbered among the oldest settlers, there being no houses on the western prairie when he came here ten years ago; Henry Embry is carrying a petition to vote bonds for a new $600 school house; Wheat is worth from forty to fifty-five cents in McCracken; Two hundred thirty-three names were registered in Hampton township. This gives us a population of at least 600 in the township; Mr. Curtis called last Friday and presented us with one of the largest grasshoppers we ever saw; The creek is being scoured daily by plum tramps; E.R. Farrington and wife were out plumbing the other day and found a den of fifteen rattlesnakes on Peter Metz farm. They killed fourteen of them; Married September 1, Horace L. Williams and Miss Carrie Darr; Mrs. Brooke and several of the children are reported down with the measles.

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