RCNews Jan 19
Only in McCracken on Friday the 13th!! A young man from Palestine, Ahmed Aliwaisi, hired a taxi from the Wichita Airport to McCracken arriving at Boondocks around 11:00 p.m. after waiting in the airport six hours for his ride to pick him up! His ride arrived in Wichita at exactly the same time Ahmed arrived in McCracken!!!
Matt Wheeler, Jessica and Lauren, and Glenda Rowe, were visitors of Shirley Higgins Friday evening. They all ate at Boondocks.
Dave and Carolyn Davenport, Hutchinson and Cecelia Wheeler, Inman attended the funeral of Francis Zeller Friday morning. They were afternoon guests of Tina and Quintin Elias.
Landon, Hunter and Madison Davis, Hutchinson, were guests of their grandparents, Bruce and Sue Davis this weekend. They went to the Sternberg Museum in Hays and enjoyed the dinosaur exhibition.
Les and Rose Diehl, Pat and Vicky Salsbury and Tim Rues, Topeka, were in McCracken this weekend and attended funeral services for Francis Zeller.
We are thankful to see Roger and Norma McNair back home after his treatments in Wichita.
Priscilla Jacobs motored to Wichita this past weekend, her most favorite place in Kansas, to visit Neal, Amy, Tessa, Jaden and Jenna Jacobs.
Just days after University of Kansas alumnus Thomas Lovitt made arrangements with KU Endowment to create a music scholarship in honor of his late wife, KU alumnus Polly Owen Lovitt, he received a diagnosis nobody wants to hear---pancreatic cancer. Lovitt made a $60,500 gift to create the Polly Owen Lovitt Music Education and Choir Scholarship for KU music majors who participate in KU choirs.
Katherine Dick, of Lawrence, is the inaugural recipient and will receive the scholarship in spring of 2012. Polly died in December 2010.
Tom is in the process of writing a book about her life using as backdrop decades worth of letters Polly wrote to her family and meticulous scrapbooks she compiled
The Hutchinson Salthawks basketball team will be playing in Dodge City this weekend in the Tournament of Champions basketball tournament. It will bring back lots of memories. (McCracken History Book, 1972. McCracken, enrollment of 51 students is the smallest school entry in the Dodge City Tournament of Champions, led Shawnee Mission North, enrollment pushing 2,000, most of the game before falling 53-51 in the first round action in the tournament. McCracken then beat Dodge City 59-58 in the losers bracket game and defeated Chapman 54-38 for fourth place Saturday afternoon).
Birthdays: January 19, Kellan Jane Wieboloas; January 20, Ivan Janke, Stacey Steinert, Lee Oelkers; January 21, Don Schuckman, Kenneth J. Mills, Doris Thompson; June 22, Marty Mills, Jake Tomlinson, Eleanor Halbleib; January 23, Jessica Shapiro; January 24, Paula North, Carolyn Oller; January 25, Dana Irvin, Marlene Funk, Arlene Gilbert, Tommy McCormick, Paulette Harp, William Rues.
Anniversary: January 24, Neal and Amy Jacobs.
In last week's RCN there was a picture of Rush County young men who were called to Service in 1943. We found the following article in the McCracken Enterprise in the February 23, 1943 issue: "Of the sixteen Rush county men who left Tuesday night for Fort Leavenworth to report on the 24th for their physical examinations, four were from McCracken: Albert F. Donecker, Jr., Edwin N. Funk, August W. Schutte and James E. Birdsong. Two reported last Saturday for active duty after spending a seven-day furlough at home. They were Melvin D. Rhoades and John D. Grumbein." Viola Schraeder, Rush Center, called to say that she has the same picture, Leo Schraeder is in it. He is dark headed and is on the back row. Also Chet Irvin is on the front row. She will find her picture and see if the other names are on the back.
Lucy Vogle has a clipping of Ness County young men who were inducted into the service, but we don't have a date. They are Harry Schwein, Lyle Becker and Robert Lane of Bazine; Leon Nieberger, Lyle Foster, Brownell; Angelus Lieker, Arnold; Don Harkness, Ransom; Robert Barnett, Jr., Beeler; Clifton A. Risenger, Glenn Mauch, Carl Green and Clarence Schneiderwind of Ness City. Mary McCormick called about this clipping. Our thanks to her.
Family attending the funeral for Allan Thompson on Friday were Joyce Thompson, Goddard; Kelly and Crystal Thompson, Rose Hill; Ken and Bryan Thompson, Salina; Doris Thompson, Lawrence; Keith Thompson, Kansas City; Carol Supanic, Eudora; Jim and Nancy Stevens, Wichita; Curtis and Joyce Burns, Lawrence; Steven Miller, Derby; Susan Stipp, Wichita; Susan Keith, Ellsworth; Carolyn Thompson, McCracken; and the family of Joyce Thompson. If you would like to send a card to Joyce Thompson, her address is 502 A Easy Street, Goddard, KS 67052
Our sympathy to the family of Francis C. Zeller, 89, who died at his home in McCracken on January 9, 2012. He was born July 7, 1922 to Joseph and Agnes (Silberhorn) Zeller near Brownell. He graduated from Brownell High School. He married Julia Davenport on February 1, 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a member of the U. S. Army Air Force during World War 11. He is survived by his wife, Julia, of the home; two sons, William Zeller and John Zeller and his wife Melanie, all of McCracken; grandchildren, Dan and William Zeller, Rachel Legleiter and Sarah Urban and four great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends. Burial was in McCracken City Cemetery beside his son, Martin.
The Jail/Museum has received a post card of the M. E. Church of McCracken that was purchased on Ebay by Suzanne Randa. Our thanks to her for doing this for us. The card was sent to Mr. W. C. Abernathy of Springfield, Missouri from his 26 year old daughter, Jen. It was written May 2, 1913. She says she is running a restaurant. (It is perhaps the Bonton.)
1. Name some of the Kansas Wildflowers.
2. What is the State bird?
3. Do we have a state rock or mineral?
4. Who received a bronze medal in the 1932 Olympics?
5. Who was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic?
Our sympathy to the family of Marilyn R. Moore, 71, LaCrosse who died January 8, 2012. She was the daughter of Earl Loren "Jack" and Esther Marie Reifschneider Murrary. She married Don "Mike" Moore, June 6, 1959. He died August 24, 1973. Survivors are son, Corey; brothers, Pat and Gary; sisters, Karen Donovan and Linda Holden and two granddaughters.
Andrew Casey, son of Jerry and Karen Casey of Plainville. has been named to the Kansas Shrine Bowl. This all-star football game is July 29 in Emporia. Only 68 young men are invited to play each year.
Our sympathy to the family of Henry E. Swartz, 88, Alexander, who died January 8, 2012. He was the son of Paul and Ethel Morgan Swartz. He married Norma Clark January 28, 1945. She died June 28, 1998. Survivors include sons, Edward and Steven; daughters Dianna O'Brien, Cynthia Seltmann, Susan Bailey and Patricia Johnson; brothers, Roger and Wayne; sisters, Hazel and Estella.
Congratulations to Ellsworth Elementary School for being named a Governor's Achievement Award winner for 2010-11. This is in recognition
of their classes reaching the Standard of Excellence in both reading and math while being in the top 5% of all elementary schools across the State of Kansas.
1. sunflower, wild morning glory, aster, clover, columbine, daisy, goldenrod, sweet William, verbena
2. Western Meadowlark
3. No (Don't you think we should?) We are one of four states that do not have a state rock or mineral
4. Glenn Cunningham
5. Amelia Earhart Putman