July 11, 2018 News

Welcome to the 32nd annual McCracken Rodeo.

Birthdays: July 12, Leonore House, Justin Casey, Byron Gilbert; July 14, Travis Elias, Bryan Yohe, Anna Taylor, Roy Conrad (age 80), Zachary Moran; July 15, George Sommers, Cassandra Karlin, Brianna Casey, Kaiden Mills, Kalden Mills; July 16, Shelly Sewell, Elizabeth Ohmes, Kelly Walker, Mike Conner, Lee Legleiter, Lance Legleiter; July 17, LeeRoy Schuckman, Zachary Peach, Jordan Taylor.

Happy 80th birthday Roy Conrad.

Anniversaries: July 14, Shane and Jennifer Anderson; July 16, John and Rosy Elmore, Brandt and Haily Rogers, Silas and Megan Albers.

There will be a mass on Saturday (Rodeo Weekend) at 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Eric Gyambi. All are welcome.

McCracken Jail/Museum news:


Stephanie S. Stephens, John and Tammy Horesky, Edith Moses Blair, Mike, Susan and Shannon Keith, Ness County Historical Society, Jametta Basgall, Jean Oelkers, Arline Rues, Tony, Tomi, Shelby, Emma, Kate and Will Rues, Kim Jay, Tom Rues, Marge Moran, Jerald and Kathy Dugan, James, Kathy and Justin Coen, Lynnette Doornbos


Kathryn and Bard Stephens and Ruth and Claude Stephens by Stephanie Stephens; Vic Higgins by Tammy and John Horesky; Paul Moses by Edith Moses Blair, R. B. Hayes by Mike, Susan and Shannon Keith; Terry Peters by Jametta Basgall; Al Rues and Machree Jones by Arline Rues; Elmore Ryan by Tom Rues; Bill Moran by Marge Moran.

Donations :

Jean Oelkers, Kim Jay, Tom Rues, Ot and Louse Otero, Lynnette Doornbos.

Blue and Gold:

Tony, Tomi, Shelby, Emma, Kate and Will Rues; Mike, Susan and Shannon Keith; Stephanie Stephens.


Mike and Stacy Milam, Houston, Texas, and Deb Luft, Wichita were guests of Al and Judy Hugh for a week. They were surprised by the flood in Hays because it came right down Lincoln Draw in front of the Hugh home. At the corner one of the neighbors cars was covered with water.

Be sure and take in the special display at the McCracken Public Library.


The McCracken Library is presenting a display from the Kansas Humanities Council “Trading on the Santa Fe Trail” beginning the weekend of the rodeo. The display will be shown until the end of July.

The annual Rodeo golf tournament is this coming week-end, July 14, beginning at 8:00 a.m. 4 person Texas scramble, $100.00 per team 9 hole tournament. This always seems to be a FUN tournament so come and enjoy!

Phil Ochs, Arky and Diana McNair motored to Marianna, Arkansas over the week end and attended funeral services for Glenn Edgin, brother-in-law of the McNairs. They spent on evening in Rogers, Arkansas and another in Benton, Arkansas.

Sharon Lovitt, Judy Bleumer, Teresa Lovitt, Shirley Higgins, Babe & Arlene Gilbert, Verleen Wilson, Patsy Baker, & Marlene Funk motored Friday afternoon to the Shiloh Vineyard west if Wakeeney. They enjoyed wine tasting, cheese & crackers and lots of visiting.

Dora Lou Lamer Clark 91, died June 23, 2018 at Hays Medical Center. She was the daughter of Harry Bernard and Clara Willis Lamer and also the sister of C.W. (Bus) Lamer.

Don’t forget to stop at the Jail/Museum for a display of MHS memories, faculty, clubs, scholarships, alumni etc. Please take the time to ‘browse’.

The Timken family appreciates all the help in locating their black cat that had disappeared. This family lives in the former Brandt and Haily Rogers home on West Locust.

Gary Musselman has retired after 30 years at KSHSAA, including 22 years as the executive director. Mr. Musselman was formerly from Brownell.

History Notes

1987: February: Lorraine Ryan has been appointed vice-president for Region 8 of the Kansas Association of school boards; Denise Carpenter, Maureen Georg, Frances Janke, Rosy Elmore and Katherine Ryan are volunteers for the Rush County United Fund; three Rush County residents were injured Monday in a two vehicle accident on Highway 96 in Nekoma, John and Michele Moran and Bill Potter; The Nekoma State Bank opened this week in the former Farmers and Merchants State bank building in LaCrosse; born to Mr. and Mrs. John Elmore 111 a daughter, Lacey Ann.

April 1987: The combination of high winds and blowing snow left drifts up to 10 feet following a second blizzard in less than a week. A Union Pacific train with 12 engines and 109 cars passed through Rush County late Monday. The train stretched over 1 1&Mac218;4 miles, the consolidation of two trains that had been trapped by the snow in Pendennis. The main problem with some farmers was the drifting of their cattle and the tall snow drifts that separated them from their calves; heavy rain storms moved into the county on Monday and persisted through Tuesday, two to four inches of rain was reported; plans are to have a play during the Centennial; born to Kirk and Nada Wells a daughter, Hayley Marie, April 19; Lillian Irvin is in charge of the orders for McCracken History Book; Gary Musselman is the new LaCrosse High School Principal and Melvin Barnett is the principal in McCracken Middle School.


Patricia Petz:

I thought that you might appreciate a little bit of history, so I checked on the origin of the Fourth of July or our Independence Day in the United States. 
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2, by the Second Continental Congress. The Declaration of Independence, had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author.  After much revision of wording, it was finally approved two days later on July 4.  John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail: "The second day of July, 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America.  I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."  Adams's prediction was off by two days.

Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.  Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, another Founding Father who was elected as President, also died on July 4, 1831.  So far, the only President to be born on July 4, was Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President,  in 1872. 

Although many people chose to celebrate the 4th in many different ways, I found the celebration on TV at the White House for the American servicemen to be quite honorable. The speakers, singers, and fireworks were unique. 

After church on Sunday, mom and I went to Hays and had dinner at Applebee's.  Afterwards we had a fun time shopping at several different stores.  It was nice when we got back home and got out of the heat and humidity.  Have a safe week! 

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