November 1, 2017 News

Birthdays: November 1, Callie Weber; November 3, Kayla Beth Casey, Gary Turner; November 4, Tony Rues; November 5, Mel Basgall, Lynnette Doornbos; November 7, Troy Petz, Kathy Coen; Dave Libberton, Donna McKinney,

Anniversaries: November 1, Jay and Maureen Georg; November 3, Barry and Sharla Schwien.

Debbie Gaunt and Eric Scriven returned from their annual trip to Southern Missouri for a music concert. Enroute they stopped in Eureka at the gas/store and were talking to Mona. She asked where they were from and they said McCracken. She said “Oh, my grandmother, Polly Doerr lived there. My dad was George Doerr”. Debbie said “We live in that house”. What a small world. At the music event Debbie bought a ticket that benefited children. The prize was a signed ukulele by the musicians at the concert. Debbie won!!!!!

Mike and Susan Keith were here for the weekend. On Friday night Carolyn joined them for dinner at Hickock's in Hays. Then they attended the State Volleyball tournament at Fort Hays. They visited with relatives, Joyce Baalman and Jeanettte Beougher (Carolyn's cousins) who were there to support the Wheatland Volleyball team and their Coach, Shannon Baalman Foster.

There will be a Hamburger Feed at the McCracken American Legion on Saturday evening, November 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Peddlers Fair sponsored by the Hays United Methodist Church will be Saturday, November 4, beginning at 9:00 a.m. There will be a luncheon at 11:00 a.m.

Those attending the Hays Book Club dinner on Sunday evening were Al and Judy Hugh, Betty Swanson, Carolyn Thompson, Marsha Swanson, Harlan Radke. The speaker was Dr. Oliva who gave the same program about the Women Writers of the Santa Fe Trail that we heard at the City Building in McCracken. The leader of the book club is Cathy Van Doren.

Jim and Donna Schaffer, Ulysses Kansas, Christy Kleweno, Hays Kansas, Darrin, Melissa and Caitlin Murray, Colwich Ks were Saturday noon guests of Patrick and Angela Murray. Christy and Donna brought cakes to celebrate Angela's birthday.

The McCracken Public Library had a good time celebrating Halloween. Saturday morning Clayton Sewell, Quinton Elias, Taylor and John Doornbos and Lincoln Rogers joined us for a Halloween Storytime. We got a kick out of reading, Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds. Anita was going to originally read a spider book so the craft was wax resistant spider webs and everyone played a balancing game on a spider web. Everyone then chowed down on ghost poop Cheetos and purple bat blood. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for our Thanksgiving and Christmas Story Times

The annual Spook Parade was a huge hit again. About 30 costumed kids and their parents, many also in costume, met at the library anxiously awaiting Mark McCormick to lead them to the church for the hot dog feed. The kids enjoyed his follow the leader game while chanting Rock Chalk Jayhawk. The kids and parents enjoyed hot dogs, mac and cheese, chips and drinks while waiting for the Halloween book drawing. Winners were Clara Thielanhaus, Owen Keener and Jayden Colozo. Upon their departure they were all given a goody bag of Halloween treats: pencils, tattoos, stickers, bouncing eyeballs, ghosts, rattles and more. Thanks everyone for making this event so fun and successful!

Jerry Schutte was a guest of his mother, Jean Schutte this past week. He had quite a time getting back to Arizona because of plane problems, but he made it.

Chris Ault won a vacation trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico through the company he works for. He and his wife Ali enjoyed 6 days of all expenses paid.

Jim and Donna Schaffer, Ulysses Kansas spent the weekend at Patrick and Angela Murray's. They enjoyed Oktoberfest and helped celebrate Angela's birthday. Donna won the chili cook-off. It was a good fun weekend.

Jan Higgins, Beard, Nebraska and his daughter, Misty, Northern Montana was here enjoying the Fall Fest.

Guests of Mary McCormick for Fall Fest were Kim and Dan Townsend, Jeff McCormick, Kathy McCormick.

Congratulations to Sandra Jacobs on her first place win in the best Scarecrow contest and to Twila Higgins for placing second at the Fall Fest Scarecrow Contest.

Congratulations to granddaughter, Nicole Tacha who was accepted to Central Methodist’s Nursing Program for the next two years. Her older sister, Lindsey, is a RN at Ness County Hospital.

Congratulations to Ben and Lexie Wolfe on the birth of their daughter, Olivia Blayke born October 23. She weighed 5.5 lbs, 171/2 inches long. Grandparents are Gary and Leila Wolfe, Woodward, Oklahoma, great grandparents Lola Rixon and the late Pete Rixon, Abilene, Texas.

On August 9th 2017 Bob Lipton, Lacrosse , Kansas dowsed St Mary's Catholic Cemetery and found 25 unmarked graves on the south side of fence, along 1st row of graves on inside of south line. A cross has been placed to signify the line of graves found south of the fence and on the west fence 5-6 graves were

found on the inside between the west gate & NW corner. The graves on the south side ran north and south which Bob said was very usual because most graves he found ran east and west. A sign has been placed on the west fence. Thanks to George and Marilyn (Wierman) Sommers who made it possible for the west sign and the writing on the cross.

Our sympathy to the family of Dennis Gottschalk on the death of his wife, Silvia Gottschalk who died October 25 at her home. Among the survivors are Glenn and Shannon Herrman and family, LaCrosse.

Cathy and Ron Casey were weekend visitors at their home in McCracken.

Roy Langdon, his friends, John Brown, Marty Stover, Jacob and Debbie Hershberger, Columbia, Missouri, was in the ‘City’ working on Roy’s house.

Jerry Higgins was one of the officials at the volleyball tournament in Emporia. He visited with Gary Musselman and he said he was retiring.

Clinton and Tara Swan, Kansas City; Jay and Erin Delcshal, Bonner Springs were weekend visitors at the ‘Hunting Lodge’. They ‘observed’ Chuck, Zach, and friends moving cattle.

Congratulations to Cameron and Courtney Horesky on the birth of a son, Elliott Lonnie, born Sunday, October 29, 2017. He weighed 8 lbs, 13 oz and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are John and Tammy Horesky, Russell; John and Joni Moran, Claflin; great grandparents Shirley Higgins and the late Vic Higgins, McCracken.

Melissa, I’m going to have you read over the article about Bob Litson at the St.Mary’s Catholic cemetery. I’ve read it several times and still don’t think it is right.....thanks a bunch. shirley


Patricia Petz

Since I had a Liturgy meeting in La Crosse Monday evening, mom, Mary Steitz, invited me over for supper.  She made me one of my favorite suppers: fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and corn.  A meal just can't get any better than that; it's called "Delicious!"  

I had to help out at the La Crosse High School on Tuesday.  I worked mostly with the Middle School students.  They were working with maps and naming the states and capitals and their abbreviations, and learning their locations during their Social Studies classes.  In the science department, DNA was being discussed along with designing scooters to see how far they would travel without motors. Intriguing!

Wednesday evening, mom and I traveled to Hays to do a little shopping and then attended the annual Wolfe Furniture Sale.  We  bought a few gifts for Christmas. I came really close to buying a beautiful dining room set, but then decided that what I had was still really good enough for me.  

I had a hair appointment in La Crosse at noon and then we were back in Hays on Thursday afternoon for an eye appointment for mom.  We had a few things to pick up and then we ate at Applebee's for supper.  We had my daughter in law, Melanie Petz, and my granddaughter, Kallynn Petz, meet us there.  I hadn't seen them since this summer, so it was nice visiting with them.

Mom and I left shortly after lunch on Friday to travel to Garden City.  We were able to set up that afternoon for the Annual Peddlers Market at the Finney County Fairgrounds which was held on Saturday and Sunday.  The show filled the Exhibition Building and some vendors were located outside as well as in the Grandstand Meeting Room.  There were many vendors who shared their talents at this event and It was very well attended. We were very busy both days and by the time we got to our Motel room we were asleep soon after. Bob and Lynn Litson of La Crosse were also one of the vendors at the show.  We were able to eat with them after we set up on Friday evening.  Mom and I had never eaten at "Old Chicago" so that's where we decided to eat that evening.  We helped Bob and Lynn celebrate their 49th wedding Anniversary! 

Before we headed to the Peddlers Market on Sunday morning,mom and I were able to attend mass at the St. Dominic Church in Garden City.  Father Warren Stecklein was the pastor of this amazing church.  It was fun to learn that Father Rene Labrador and Father Reggie Urban had both been priests in this parish. 

Mom and I decided to eat "on the road" after we got my van loaded Sunday afternoon.  Even though we didn't make it home before dark, and had a couple of deer crossing our path on the highway, we made it home safe and sound! We're looking forward to our trip to Oklahoma next weekend! 

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