May 15, 2019 News

Birthdays: May 15, David Moran, Tran Pham, Kelly Weber; May 16, Lynette Buhr, Jessie Rubottom; May 17, Jeff Crawshaw, Brennen Steinert, Randy Conrad, Olivia Baus; May 18, John Irvin; May 19, Michelle Higgins; May 20, Lyna Lero, Olivia North, Terren Showalter; May 21, Shannon Schmidt

Anniversaries: May 17, Walter and Jeanette Rogers; May 18, Norman and Glenda Pfannenstiel; May 19, Bryan and Treva Bergquist, Ray and Laura Wierman.

When you come to Mass at St. Mary's on May 25, if you would like to buy one of our 100th anniversary church book or the plate made for that event, they will be available at the back of the church There are just a limited amount of them left.
Check out all the graduation pictures on Facebook. Also the individual pictures of area graduates in the Rush County News.

Military Services will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. by the Members and Sons of the American Legion and at 11:00 a.m. at the McCracken City Cemetery.

Friday evening a get to gather was held at the McCracken American Legion honoring Anton Foust’s high school graduation for those unable to attend the exercises in Otis.  A delicious meal of hamburgers, salad, chips and dip and strawberry cake were served by his parents, Chad and Crystal Foust. Family and friends were in attendance. 
Priscella Jacobs motored to Wichita where she spent Mother’s Day weekend with Neal and Amy Jacobs, Jaden and Jenna Jacobs and family.
History Notes: 

1951 Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Kinsinger, Hays, are moving into the Steinshouer apartment this week. Mrs. Kinsinger will teach home economics in the local school; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Malotke and daughter, Risha, are planning on returning to their former home in LosAngeles. Mr. Malotke, who has been associated with the Dugan Machine Company here for the past several months has disposed of his interest in the firm. Mr. and Mrs. Everett Reinhardt and children are coming here from LaCrosse and will occupy Mrs. Janeal Ryan’s house which is being vacated by the Malotke family; McCracken and the Liebenthal areas were hit with torrential rains ranging from three to seven inches in the their vicinities which caused floods along the Big Timber Creek.  Water came into McCracken and reached into the east side of Liebenthal.  Edmund Casey, employee of Albert North who lives north of McCracken on a Big Timber spur, was washed off the road in his car Thursday night.  Casey who can’t swim was rescued after he had roosted on the car top for two hours by Alvin Janke and Joe Malotke. The North home was flooded. Other homes which received water damage were those of Chester Rogers and Ed Allberts.  Water surrounded in north and east McCracken; Bessie Davis and Etta Irvin are in charge of the hot lunch program at the school;; McCracken’s six-man football team, which last year swept through all opposition without a defeat, will start football September 28 against Hanston at Hanston.  Eleven have reported out to coach Al Rues. Pat Keener, Richard Gordon, Ed Cain, Dean Gilbert, Dight House, Harold “Curly” Juvenal, Joe Jennings, Tom O’Loughlin, Byron Gilbert, Jim Jones and Robert Ohlemeier. Their schedule is Hanston, Arnold, Bison, Ransom and Rozel.


May 15 McCracken Golf News.

The McCracken golf tournament season got off with a bang on Sunday, May 5th with a 3 person scramble tournament. Everyone agreed that Smokey and his gang picked another perfect day weather wise to kick off the season. Thanks to Smokey and Butch Harp for running the tournament and to Lance McCormick for all things related to the spectacular condition of the course.

This was also the inaugural run for our new bridge on hole # 3. The bridge is now complete and is spectacular! It is also special because we now have water in the creek and needed the bridge to play the tournament. Thanks to everyone that helped on the bridge. That bridge will outlast most of us and is beautiful! Discussions regarding a new second bridge on the course are already underway.

Back to the tournament, the deserving winners were: Championship flight 1st Place: Corey Webber, Jeff Wallgren, and Collin Herald with a score of 58 (WOW!)

2nd Place: Butch Harp, Sean Peters, and Mike Felder with a score of 59. (Ask Sean Peters about the 7 mulligans they burned on # 5 and couldn’t sink the putt. He predicted at the time that that earned them 2nd place and he was right! Otherwise, they played “other worldly”!).

First flight

1st Place: Lane Pfanenstihl (sorry Lane, spell check tells me I have never spelled your name right), Larry Kraft and Chad Oberhelman (Chad is McCracken’s newest resident with his family. Welcome Chad, Kris and kids!) Score of 65.

2nd place: Jeff Werth, and Denny Brungardt . A nice effort by a 2 member team! Pretty nice guys, too!

Kris cooked up some really fancy ham and cheese sliders and some great potato salad that were devoured by a group of hungry golfers. The meal was excellent! Thanks Kris for all the hard work shopping, preparing, serving and cleaning up! It was really appreciated!

Next tournament is Sunday, May 26th at 9 AM. It is the Sons of the American Legion tournament. It is a 3 person scramble. $75 per team . This is the Sunday of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The tournament is a nice tribute to all veterans so try to work this event into your holiday plans!


Patricia Petz:

What a busy, exciting week!  I started my week on Monday by subbing at the La Crosse Elementary School.  The little ones are always so excited to see me.  

After school, I hurried off to Hays High School for their annual Achievement and Awards Night.  Kallynn Petz, my granddaughter is a junior with perfect attendance for the past three years.  She has had a 4.0 grade point average this year, was a volleyball manager, and has received an Honorable mention from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Mark Arts for Excellence in Visual Arts. Her art work is amazing and I'm a very proud grandma! 

Tuesday was a fun day at the High School.  Although I was subbing in many different classes, I had time to congratulate 6 of the 11 seniors who were my previous second graders.  I was so excited to wish them good luck and enjoyed a few fun memories before they graduated on Saturday. Congratulations to Garrison Herdman, Garrett Holopirek, Ethan Seib, Jamie Bourassa, Tristan Hasenfratz, and Matthew Frick. 

Since I taught second grade for many years, it was fun to end my year of subbing in the second grade room on Wednesday.  The students were fun to be with and it was neat to see how the curriculum had changed in just a few short years.  

Mom and I left early Friday morning for the 106th McPherson All Schools Day Celebration.  It began with an amazing parade filled with many marching bands, amazing designed floats,music from the  Bagpipe Band, Shriners with their fun vehicles, and horses just to name a few.  Trent drove his  67 Convertable Oldsmobile, with the lady that created the button design and theme for the parade: "Sharing Our Story."  Grant was on the Lincoln Kindergarten float and was so excited when he saw his grandmas.  Different events were held throughout the day.  The boys enjoyed the inflatables, the petting zoo from Nickerson, and the balloon artist.  To end the day, McPherson had an awesome fireworks display. 

There's hardly anything more fun than celebrating a grandchild's birthday, EXCEPT, when you get to celebrate two of your grandson's birthdays.  Saturday was a very special day for Drake who will turn 9 on May 14th, and Grant who will turn 6.  They were both born exactly 3 years apart.  They got to celebrate their special day having a pool party, a magician, gifts, cake and ice-cream, and a fun time for family and friends!  We ended the evening by attending McPherson's High School Award winning play, "Noises Off!" 

Mom and I attended mass at St. Joseph's Church on Mother's Day and then Trent, Angie, Drake, and Grant took mom and I to eat at the Golden Dragon.  After receiving beautiful potted petunias from the family, mom and I headed back home.  To my surprise, I had a beautiful bouquet of roses and a "Grandma" tee shirt from my son, Kelly and his family.  This lady is truly blessed!

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