May 22, 2019 News

Birthdays: May 22, Brenda Irvin; May 23, Kim Cao, Jolene Showalter; May 24, Madelyn Harp; May 25, Scott Littler, Lydia Buster; May 26, Ellen Kershner, Janet Herdman, Veronica Baus, Tayler Stull; May 27, Drew Keady; May 28, none.

Anniversaries: May 24, Allen and Kayla Casey; May 27 Terry and Pat Miller; May 28, Kelly and Melanie Petz.

The theme for this week is Rain, rain, go away, little Josie wants to play.

Jail/Museum news. These items have been given to the museum: A straight edge razor belonging to Ivy Irvin by Linda Bittel; and two postcards belonging to Miss Pearle Washaliski (Mrs. Pearle Grate) One is a street scene of McCracken of Main Street looking north sent to her in Gurnsey, Wyoming in 1914 by Marie and the other a card with roses with this verse. “Well, here I am in McCracken, Kas., Enjoying the sights and cheer; Everything's great and I'm feeling first rate, But, Oh! I wish you were here.” It was sent from Pueblo to Pearle in Lacrosse, Rush Co., Kans sent on June 15. The postcards are a gift from Paulette Grate Woellhof.

Last Monday the Dream group met at the farm home of Christine Wagner in Yocemento. We also got to tour their restored post rock guest house. Her husband Jerry makes stained glass and they are used in the decorations. In the upstairs room he is installing an altar railing. Accompanying the ladies was their dog Sophie. She was born in McCracken at the Derr farm. Those attending the Dream session were Shirley Higgins, Carol Heiman, Kathleen Kuchar and Carolyn Thompson and the hostess Christine Wagner.

Mass at St. Mary's on Saturday, May 25, at 4:30 p.m. Rosary at St. Mary's Cemetery and Military Service on May 27, at 10 and 10:30; Military Service at McCracken City Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on May 27 with the Members and Sons of the American Revolution. There will be a dinner at the Community Building at noon.

Colby Stull, Keldon Day, Kadin Depperschmidt and Hunter Morgan qualified for State Track in the 4x100
Relay (took 1st at Regionals) and the 4x400 relay!!! Kadin also qualified in the 200M and Keldon in the 400M! You can watch State Track online, which is pretty awesome!

Jenna Elizabeth Higgins graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Applied Behavioral Sciences and a minor in Business. She will be attending the University Of Kansas Medical School in the fall to earn her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Those attending her graduation were Jerry, Jodi, Tanner, Chuck Higgins; John, Tammy, Cameron, Courtney, Elliott Horesky and Alyssa Talbott.

Thursday Roy and Phyllis Conrad attended Commencement for their granddaughter Ashleigh Allen at Koch Arena. She graduated from Wichita Northwest High School. A total of 356 students graduated. She intends to go on to school to become a Marine Biologist. . When returning home on Sunday while coming out of Neil and Rhonda Allen’s house, we were told by their neighbor next door they had their car and pickup vandalized. We checked our vehicle and fortunately it was not broken into, thank goodness.

We will receive books about the school closings in Kansas from James Kenyon June 1. They are $24.00 which includes postage. If you would like one you may contact Shirley. There are 109 schools listed with their ‘stories’.

Rhonda Brenner Stramel, Hays, visited St. Mary’s Church this past Tuesday. She was especially interested in the baptismal font as it was where she was baptized. She also wondered where the communion rails were. She had just been to St. Mary’s Cemetery where she placed flowers on her mother’s grave, the late Margaret Brenner. She was very pleased with the mowing etc. of the cemetery.

History Notes:

1951 Bonded Elevator Service Giving Warehouse Receipts on Wheat and Milo ..... Rush County Elevator – W.E. Harper, Manager. Boost the Mustangs . . Meyer Hardware, Anderson Motor and Implement Co., Humburg Company, Merle O’Loughlin Chevrolet, Dell Klema’s Grocery, Citizens State Bank, John Deere Farm Supply, Farmer’s Coop Business Assn., Dugan Implement Co., Vic Whitis Mgr, Norlin’s, J.P. Moran Insurance; McCracken eased out Bison 20-18 Friday in a six man football game played at McCracken; a dinner was given Sunday by the McCracken Band Mothers with approximately 300 attending; Ransom recuperated in the second half and defeated McCracken 32-12; Pat Keener received severe head injuries last week when he was thrown from the back of a pick-up in which he was riding with some other boys; MHS will be on the stage with ‘Shadow of a Dream’ directed by Margaret Buxton. The cast will be Dight House, Patricia Klee, Shirley Lovitt, Dean Gilbert and Juanita Walker, Dight House and Patricia Klee were chosen as outstanding players of the group and they received top honors; all athletic rivalry between Otis and LaCrosse has been discontinued. Both school principals said relations between the schools are excellent and they added it is important that they be kept that way.


Jonathan Gilbert Chapter NSDAR - Wednesday, May 20

Jonathan Gilbert Chapter NSDAR met Wednesday, May 20, at Cuppa Joe's in Ness City for lunch and for their meeting at Wheatview following.

The DAR ritual began with Chaplain Lou Windholz and Carolyn Thompson leading the ritual. The group said The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and repeated The Preamble.

The President General's Message was read by Roxie Thornburg. The outgoing President General is Ann Turner Dillon. The new administration will be installed at the June Continental Congress in Washington, D. C.

The National Defense Report was taken from the National Defender. It was entitled “Our Little Marjie”. On July 30, 1942, the WAVES became a World War 11 Division of the U. S. Navy and consisted entirely of women. Marjie McKenney, of Brunswick, Maine, traveled to Boston and enlisted in the WAVES. She was deployed to Norman, Oklahoma to attend Aviation Machinist training. In six months she graduated and was deployed to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville. At age 95 she is a volunteer. She keeps fit by running triathlons and is on a swimming team. She set a new mark in November at a masters swim meet at Pensacola State.

The minutes were read and approved by Joy Schell. The Treasurer's Report was given and approved.

Roxie Thornburg and Carolyn Thompson reported on the State Conference in Topeka. They brought gifts purchased at the Junior Shop for the members and guests. Roxie represented the chapter in the skit put on by the chapters in the Northwest District. This was the centennial of Women's Suffrage and that was the theme of the skit. At the Regents Dinner Jonathan Gilbert Chapter received the following awards, American Heritage , American Indians, Commemorative Events, Community Classroom, Constitution Week, National Defense, Women's Issues, State Treasurer and 100 % participation in the President General's Project. The State Conference will be held in Wichita next May at the Marriott. The Fall meeting will be held in Lawrence the second week in September.

The program presented by Lou Windholz was “A Slice of History, The Savory and Sweet Origins of Pies from the American Spirit Magazine. Pies are an American icon - our traditional dessert, but there is evidence of pies by the ancient Egyptians. Bakers of the pharaohs (Rameses 11) added nuts, honey and fruit to bread dough, which functioned as a primitive form of pastry.The Greeks invented a flour-water paste and wrapped it around meat to seal the juices as they cooked. The Romans had the first pie receipe with rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie. In England in the 12th century they named the dessert “pyes” They were filled with beef, lamb, wild duck and magpie pigeons and flavored with pepper, currants and dates. They called the covering coffins, which means basket or box The crust wasn't meant to be eaten. In the 15th century, the English mixed together uncooked apples, sugar, spice and cooking oil and baked them inside a closed pie shell. Fish pie began with Henry ! when his cooks rolled crusts over a a freshwater fish and baked it in a pie. Pie makers in the 16th century added sweet potatoes and pumpkins. They believed the sweet potatoes were an aphrodisiac. Henry V!!! had them served in a heavily spiced and sugared pie. The people of Mystic, Conn. had the use of whale bones. They carved items for their wives to use in food preparation like crimpers. Women of the midwest had a pie at every meal. In Florida they developed the Key lime pie. Pennsylvania ovens made the shoofly pie, crumb-topped filling concocted from molasses, sugar, shortening and eggs. Early frozen pie makers were Birdseye, and Mrs. Smith's. Finally the pizza pie was introduced. 3 billion pizzas are sold each year in the United States.

Those attending the meeting were From Ness City, Dixie Strecker, Joy Schell, Lou Windholz, from Utica, Roxie Thornburg, From Otis, Juanita Hanhardt and from McCracken, Shirley Higgins and Carolyn Thompson. This is our last meeting until October 16, 2019.


Patricia Petz:

Now that school is over, it's time to schedule my shows for the rest of the summer.  I'll have to see if I can squeeze in a couple of small vacations, and do many clean up jobs around the house and farm.  There's really no dull moments! 

Tuesday, I was able to make a trip to Ellis and visit with my mother-in-law, Dolores Petz. I wanted to wish her a belated "Happy Mother's Day." We had a very good time chatting about many events. 

The weekend fun started Saturday afternoon when I met up with my daughter, Angie Timson, and my grandson, Grant.  They hadn't seen Grandma for awhile and got to Ellis early enough that we stopped to visit with her for a short while and then we headed to Wakeeney to the Trego County High School Graduation.  Dallas Schneider, son of Christie (Conner) Schneider graduated and had a very nice reception. 

After the reception, Angie headed back to McPherson and I headed to Hays to pick up a few things at the Mall and Wal-Mart. Oh my, everything is in a different location at Wal-Mart as they are remodeling.  I finally gave up on a few things as I was not able to find them.  I agree that change is good at times, but then again when you're in a hurry and want to pick up certain items, it can be very frustrating when you can't find them! 

After church on Sunday, mom and I attended Dalton Janousek's graduation in Otis-Bison. Dalton had been one of my students in second grade.  He will be attending Garden City Community College majoring in Music Education.  We attended his reception which was held in Albert. 

On our trip home, we decided to stop by my aunt and uncle's home, John and Rita Liggett who live in Rush Center. I wanted to wish them a Happy Anniversary.  They will have been married for 62 years on Monday, May 20th. Congratulations and Best Wishes to them!

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