RCNews Feb 12

Ty Elias, Tina Harris and Quintin and Marge Elias joined Doug, Staci and Maggie Elias, Travis and Tina Elias, Tanner and Kate in Colby in January at the home of Alan and Sherry Rupp to celebrate the birthdays of Maggie (5) and Alan (?).  

Andy Hansen, Marty and Tina Mills were last week visitors of Addie Mills.

Lonnie Irvin, Chuck Higgins and Zach attended an 8th grade basketball tournament in Inman Saturday evening.  Hutch Trinity won over El-Saline by a score of 35-23.  They joined Jerry, Jodi and Jenna Higgins; Mylo and Ann Oyler at the game.  Sunday Jerry, Jodi, Jenna, Mylo and Ann motored to Pratt where Jenna played in a 6th grade volleyball tournament.  This is their 3rd tournament and their third 1st place trophy.

Ty Elias, Tina Harris and Quintin spent last week end in Hutchinson visiting with Dave and Carolyn Davenport.

Wilma Jacobs, Mary Ann Quinoness and Addie Mills met at the Rooster Café in LaCrosse on Tuesday for pie, coffee and a good visit.

Phillip Carver, 80, of Bagley, MN, died Sunday, February 1, 2009 at his residence near Bagley.  He was born June 2, 1928 to William and Myrtle Phillips Carver in Vienna, MO. He moved when he was six weeks old to a cattle ranch in Chama, NM. In the early 1940’s he logged in the Washington and Idaho areas.  He moved in the early 1950’s to the Midwest, where he built concrete elevators. On September 5, 1959, he married Judith Ann Whitis in McCracken, Kansas.  He was the construction superintendent of Roberts Construction in Kansas.  In 1962 he and Judy moved to Albuquerque, NM where they farmed.  In 1965 they moved to Bagley where they bought land and farmed.  He is survived by his wife, Judith Ann Carver, Bagley; son, Jerry Phillip and LeAnn Carver, Prescott Valley, Arizona; Terrie Annette Carver, Los Altos Hills, California; son, Justin Nelson and Tammy Carver, Bagley; daughter, Cathy and her family; and four grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Nelson and Clyde and sisters, Lillian Bryan, Lucille Cookson and LaVerne Bursch.  Burial was in the Bagley City Cemetery.

If you are interested in joining the Smoky Hill Trail Association, Inc. you can send your dues of $25.00 to P. O. Box 322, WaKeeney, KS 67672.  They are in the process of working with Rep. Jerry Moran to make the trail a National Historical Trail.  

Happy Valentine’s Day to Grace Thompson, LTC, Rush County Memorial Hospital and Katherine Ryan, Frances Janke, Nap Derr, Icis Eisenhour, Lydia Schuckman at the Rush County Nursing Home both in LaCrosse.

Congratulations to Michael Greenway and Shelby Haug who were named King and Queen at Western Plains High School basketball homecoming on Friday, February 6.

Congratulations to Chris and Katie Schuckman of Overland Park, on the birth of a son, Corbin Joseph.  He was born Tuesday, February 3 and is 21 inches long and weighed nine pounds one ounce.   He is the grandchild of Myron and Debbie (Baus) Schuckman.  Great grandparents are Florentine Schuckman and Bill and Barbara Baus.

Our thanks to the Rush County United Fund for the check for $257.50 to the Jail/Museum as the result of the fund drive conducted by volunteers in Rush County.  

The Bleeding Kansas 2009 series marking the 150th anniversary of Lincoln in Kansas continues at Constitution Hall in Lecompton on Sundays at 2:00.  The program on February 15 is “Abraham Lincoln Remembered” and on February 22 “The Civil War’s First Blood” by James Denny, historian, Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

George Elmore is a National Park Service employee at Fort Larned.  He is the nephew of the late Mervin Elmore formerly of McCracken.  His aunt, Mary Elmore, is living in a Houston suburb.  You should “take in” this wonderful reconstructed National Historical Site in our own backyard.

The Ladies Night Out event presented by the DeBakey Heart Institute at Hays Medical Center was held on Thursday, February 5 at the Fox Theatre.  Those attending were Sharon Irvin, Sheryl Rogers, Lorraine Ryan, Shirley Higgins, Norma McNair and Carolyn Thompson of McCracken and Louann Legleiter and Julie Huber, LaCrosse.
Heart attacks are the number one killer of women.  

McCracken History Notes
February 1879

Rush County skipped her monthly county seat fight in January.  It was merely an oversight however.

February 1899
A storm with a northeast wind driving snow through cracks of the buildings, apparently looking for a warm place.  Saturday it was too cold to snow, but the north wind built drifts all day and everybody stayed within door.  Mercury in the thermometer descended until it dropped to twenty-six below zero.

February 1909
Bert Irvin, Tom Temple, Will and Resto Darkes went to Colorado this week in search of homesteads.

F. C. Burch is putting down another deep well, this time at the rear of his new hotel.  His son Roscoe is doing the work.

February 1919
With this issue, February 14, the McCracken Enterprise begins its thirty-first year.

The city has purchased the dirt to be evacuated from the Norlin basement for 15 cents a load to be distributed on the streets.

February 1939
The bodies of Frank Story, 73, and his son, Walter, 41, farmers one mile north and twelve miles west of McCracken were found Wednesday, victims of an apparent murder and suicide.  Ness County officers were called to the scene by Lawrence Higgins, a neighbor, who believed the son shot his father as the latter stood on the porch of their home and then returned to the living room where he shot himself.

Bonnie Foster was chosen as reporter of the grade school news.  The seventh and eighth grads are having a Kangaroo Court.  Allen Showalter was elected judge and Betty Ruth Skinner, Gordon Pratt, Hollis Irvin and Donald Ramsey are lawyers; Donald Hinman, Helen Smith, Norma Ryan, Bonnie Foster and Arla Dougherty were elected policemen.

February 1949
Richard Moses and Vida Schwendener were married February 13 in the First Methodist Church in Salina.

Charles Marak and Frances Caulkins were married February 14 in Wichita.

February 1959
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Derr left Monday for Mountain Home, Arkansas to visit Mrs. Derr’s mother, Mrs. Murphy and her brother Fred Morris and family.

John Charles O’Conner was arrested in Grants New Mexico for the $2,963 robbery of the Citizens State Bank.

February 1969
National Honor Society members are Jim Rein, John Brack, Kirby Wendler, Kim Elmore, Gloria Baus, Patricia Foos, Lynne Hinman and Cheryl Casey.

McCracken High School basketball team members are Donnie Shuckman, Bill Wetzel, Jim Brack, Kirby Wendler, Dave Davenport, Jim Conrad, Kenny Foster, Rich Higgins, Lance Morgan, Tommy Tomlinson and Kent Bible. Glenn Conner is coach.

February 1979
Dr. Bhargave and his wife, Shobhana have moved to LaCrosse and will begin practice on a full time basis as of March 1.

Robert Fear has been initiated into Alpha Chi, a scholastic honor society at Texas Wesleyan.

©2009, McCracken Alumni Association
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