March 6, 2008
Rich and Mary Lou Higgins were in attendance at the Hoisington – Lakin basketball in Lakin last Tuesday evening.
We recommend the book “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.  It is a true story about one man’s mission to promote peace . . .one school at a time.  Mr. Mortenson is a former mountaineer and military Veteran, he spends several months each year building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  He lives in Montana with his wife and two children.  Mr. Relin is a globe-trotting journalist who has won more than forty national awards for his writing and editing.
John Irvin was featured in the February 2008 issue of Midland Marketing pamphlet.  John is on the Midland Market Board. 
Don and Lynnette Doornbos and family motored to Kansas City this past week, and they left the children with Bill and Kelly Harp and flew to Chicago.  The children enjoyed going to build a Bear Workshop.  Don and Lynnette had a grand time in Chicago.
Arriving in the Balkans in 1993 to set up educational programs in refugee camps during the Bosnian war, artist and photographer Cynthia Underwood soon found herself turning her lens on five refugee girls whom she befriended. This film is the result. Following the girls for 14 years -- from the time they fled their villages to escape "ethnic cleansing" to young adulthood -- the documentary reveals the lasting effects of war on children.  Cynthia is the daughter of Leslie Underwood who has been to McCracken for our rodeo two times and plans to come back this July.
Cynthia Underwood – Documentary
Cynthia is the daughter of Leslie Underwood who has been to McCracken for our rodeo and plans to come back this July.  She bid on our high school when it was posted on e-bay and lost.
Donald Earl, husband of Patty Teter Earl died last week.  He was the brother-in-law of George and Joy Hunter.
Don’t forget to bring Carolyn your pictures that would like to have in our history book from 1988 – 2007.  They can be current or history.  They will be returned to you. 
The Producers, a Mel Brooks musical, was held Monday night at Beach-Schmidt Performing Arts Center.  The Rush County Transportation bus took a full load – Shirley Higgins, Joan Micheli, Lorraine Ryan, Norma McNair, Carolyn Thompson, Carol Weber, Maggie Dechant, Ruthetta Irvin, Pat Highfill and Ellen Kershner.  Others we saw there were John and Sharon Irvin, John and Janice Stull, Don and Sharon Urban, Francis and Julia Zeller, John and Melanie Zeller, Paulette Harp, Richard and Phyllis Stull.
Venita K. Schrott, 77, died February 29, 2008 at LaCrosse.  She was born May 5, 1930 in Rush County to Clarence V. and Dortha Keener Murphy.  She graduated from Alexander High School in 1948 and from Fort Hays State College in 1951.  She married Buddie Schrott in Nekoma on October 12, 1951.  He died December 14, 2005.  Survivors include a son, Bruce, three daughters, Brenda Legleiter, LoRee Schrott and Lela Schrott, a sister, Frances Sigurdson and four grandchildren.  Burial was at the Locust Hill cemetery in Rush Center.
Addie Mills was a Saturday overnight guest of Carol Howell, rural LaCrosse during the snow storm.
Dorothy Eileen Grate Cooley, Leoti, will celebrate her 80th birthday on March 24, 2008.  She was born March 24, 1918 in Stratton, Colorado to Carl and Pearle Washaliski Grate.  She was raised in McCracken and graduated from McCracken High School in 1937.  She married Glenn Cooley on September 13, 1941 in Bazine.  He died September 20, 1985.  She would enjoy you cards.  Please send them to her at RR 2 109 N. Bell, Leoti, Kansas  67861.
Shirley Higgins and Carolyn Thompson attended the Smoky Hill Trail Meeting at Forsyth Library in Hays on Saturday.  Afterwards they enjoyed a buffet at the Robbins Endowment Center and then went to the Men and Women’s basketball games at Fort Hays.  They saw Jerry and Karen Casey and family there.  Justin is a member of the team.
Now that we have the 8 Wonders of Kansas, they are moving on to the next round – 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture.  A selection committee will narrow to 24 finalists by mid-April.  If you have a suggestion you can send a nomination to Kansas Sampler Foundation 978 Arapaho Road, Inman, Kansas 67546, beginning March 1.   Some suggestions are the State Capitol, the Might Samson of the Cimarron Bridge, Skyscraper of the Plains (Ness County historical bank).  Nominations may include anything to do with the built environment including businesses, homes, churches, courthouse, bridges, barns, jails, mills.  The nomination should possess the WOW FACTOR.  It also should be unique to Kansas.
Evelyn Cosby and Addie Mills enjoyed supper at 4 Corners Café on Friday evening.  They also visited with Melvin and Mildred Littler while there.
 Our heart is heavy over the death of Jessica Derr.  Blessings on her family and friends.
Jessica Rae Derr, 20, died March 1, 2008 of a severe, acute asthma attack.  She was born January 13, 1988 at Hays the daughter of Peter M. and Rhonda J. Trout Derr.  Survivors include one daughter, Makenzie Rae Cressler, her parents; two brothers, Dylan and Benjamin; paternal grandmother Natalie Derr and maternal grandmother Deanna Trout.  Burial was in the Nekoma Union Township Cemetery, Nekoma.
McCracken History Notes
March 1908
Lon Irvin has bought the residence owned by Simon Brandt, beyond the mills, and Simon is moving on the Davidson place southwest of town.
Thomas McKenzie died at his home northwest of McCracken Sunday morning.  He was born in the state of Indiana 1849.  In 1872 he came with his parents to Kansas settling in Montgomery County.  He married Sarah A. Engle in 1873 coming to Rush County in 1878.
March 1938
McCracken will have two newspapers.  “Scoop” L. Elmore would be editor of the first edition.
More than $103,000 in government checks are being distributed this week at the county court house to farmers and landowners of the county who had signed up under the soil conservation program.
Mrs. William Hinman, 79, died Wednesday.  She is survived by her husband and three sons, Charlie, Bill and Ralph.
March 1948
Howard R. Barnard is honored on his 85th birthday at the LaCrosse grade school auditorium.  The high school and the library board presented a program consisting of books reviews, talks and musical numbers.  He was unable to attend as he is ill.
Mrs. Edith Chenoweth presented a program for New Earl Club on Monday.  It is entitled “My Scrap Book”.  She has kept clippings from the newspapers for over 50 years and has been filing them in her book.  (Later she donated these scrapbooks to McCracken.  They are being preserved by the Jail/Museum)
March 1958
Fred Sultzer, died March 14, 1958.  He was born in New York in 1870.  He moved with his parents to Kansas in 1885.  Survivors include one son, Eugene; one daughter Edith
Minnot; two brothers Harry and Sidney, and a sister, Edna Durand.
Construction of a 250,000 bushel capacity grain elevator in Nekoma is now well underway.  It is being built by the Farmers Cooperative Company at Rush Center.
March 1968
MHS students attending league speech clinic at Hudson were Patricia Foos, Claudine Owings, Gloria Baus, Kim Elmore, Leanne Morgan, Dennis Elias, Lana Scheuerman, Rodney Taylor, Duane Williams and Kim Wendler.  They were accompanied by Margaret Buxton, LeeRoy Schuckman and Lorraine Ryan.
McCracken women attending the World Day of Prayer at Alexander were Bessie North, Carrie Darkes, Elsie Showalter, Lydia Mills, Faye Doerr, Ann Foster, Polly Doerr, Ida Davidson, Hattie Conner, Tacy Hanson, Cora Derr, Lucille Crotinger and Lillian Irvin.
March 1978
Marsha Healy has been elected to the Alpha Chi Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, professional home economics fraternity.
Ricky Keady plays with the Hutchinson Juco Blue Dragons basketball team.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Schuckman, a daughter, Stacy Lynn, March 8 in Hays.
(Congratulations on your 30th).
March 1988
Sadie E. Wilson Kraus, 94, died February 16, 1988.  She was born March 6, 1893 in a sod house in eastern Ness County to William J. and Mattie Ward Wilson.  She graduated from McCracken High School and Fort Hays Normal School.  She was a school teacher at Brownell and McCracken.  She married Carl. W. Kraus, February 11, 1919 in McCracken.  Survivors include four sons, John, Kenneth, Harold and Warren, a daughter Dorothy Bemis.  Burial was in Mount Allen Cemetery, Hays.
March 1998
Rev. Howard West, former McCracken Methodist pastor, and Gwenth McDonald Reeder of Caldwell, Kansas, have married.
Martin and Mary Higgins are vacationing in Hawaii.

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