RCNews May 17
Congratulations to Tina Johnson, former volleyball coach at Hoisington High School, who has been hired as the new volleyball coach at Hutchinson High. Johnson has a career record of 596-208 in 22 years as a head coach. Last fall she had a 39-6 record in Hoisington.
Many McCrackenites enjoyed the Mothers Day buffet in Ransom on Sunday.
Our congratulations to all the grade school, high school and college graduates in the area.
Grandpa House treated Ellen & Cheryl's families to lunch at Boondocks. Then for supper, the Kershner family had a BBQ @ the boys place in Rush Center, where Clayton grilled and entertained with his guitar and Clinton & Addie did some bike riding. Ethan Jaymes and "Ace" joined them for supper.
The afghan made by Sally Irvin is now in the post office on display. Please inquire about buying tickets!
A memorial was given in memory of Marjorie 'Midge' Davenport to the McCracken Alumni from Donnie Schuckman.
McCracken Sports History
High school basketball teams saw action last week in five games altogether and the result was a few wins, a few losses and some good games. Saturday night a boys second team went to Alexander to defeat the Alexander seconds 20 to 17. This was the first win for a McCracken boys team this season. Kenny Showalter made 12 points for the locals to be high point man. Other team members were Wendell Conrad, Klee, Patrick Higgins, Melvin Metz, Lester Higgins, Albert Donecker, Fred Foster and Eddie Suher.
McCracken High Schools basketball team won a closely contested battle last Friday night, winning from Brownell, 25 to 23. The game ended with the score tied and two overtime periods were required to break the deadlock. Higgins, local center, led the scoring with ten points.
Birthdays: May 17, Jeff Crawshaw, Randy Conrad, Olivia Baus, Brennen Steinert; May 18, John Irvin; May 19, Michelle Higgins; May 20, Lyna Gilbert Lero, Terren Showalter; May 21, Shannon Schmidt; May 22, Karen Schadel, Brenda Irvin; May 23, Kim Cao, Jolene Showalter.
Anniversaries: May 17, Walter and Janey Rogers; May 18, Norman and Glenda Pfannenstiel; May 19, Bryan and Treva Bergquist; Ray and Laura Wierman; May 23; Jeff and Julie McCormick.
Carl and Velma Legleiter returned from a trip to the Black Hills, South Dakota.They went to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial (the largest sculpture in the world). They also took a day tour in the area.
Thayne Jones returned home from Great Bend after knee surgery. Machree and Chris Jones and family stayed in Great Bend during his surgery and recovery.
The block at the south end of Main Street has been cleared of the debris of the Humburg building.
Taylor Renz, son of Troy and Lisa (Storer) Renz, is a 2012 graduate of Hays High School.
The Beautification Committee are to be commended for the beautiful blooming roses on Main and throughout town.
Our sympathy to the family of Roger McNair, 63, McCracken, formerly of Denver, who died May 9, 2012 at his home. He was born in Moro, Arkansas on February 23, 1949 to Homer and Jessamine (Shelton) McNair. He was one of thirteen children. He was a 1979 graduate of Brinkley High School, Brinkley, Arkansas. He received an associate's degree in business from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas. He married Norma J. Sloan on March 19, 2006, in at the McCracken United Methodist Church. He was a city bus driver in Denver and was a U. S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Norma; three sons, Bryan McNair, Denver; Jeffrey Molloy, Carbondale, and Cory Molloy, Topeka; four daughters, Birttany McNair, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; Tammy Gourd, Severance, Colorado, Tracy Humbert, Topeka and Jamie DeWitt, Carbondale; two brother, Howard (Arky) McNair and his wife Diane, McCracken; Cecil McNair, Benton, Arkansas; three sisters, Betty Fear, McCracken, Sara DeSautel, Browns Valley, Minnesota and Patsy Edgin, Marianna, Arkansas, thirteen grandchildren. Burial was in the McCracken City Cemetery. Roger was a friend to everyone he met. If you asked him to do a task, he was always willing and did it with perfection. He helped restore our postoffice so that it could be re-opened. He was active with the McCracken Country Club and instrumental in getting the High School Sand Green Tournament to McCracken. He loved to read westerns and his Bible. Roger was a faith-filled follower of Christ.
Kansas History Notes
1. Kansas was the first state west of the Missouri river to establish what form of primary education?
2. How many state senators do we have?
3. Who was the marshall of Abilene in 1871?
4. What is the official symbol of Lindsborg?
5. What lured Coronado to Kansas?
Our sympathy to the family of John David Flynn, 68, who died at Shepherd's Residential Home in St. Joseph, Missouri on April 7, 2012 He was a retired teacher and coach for Maur Hill/Mount Academy School. John was born August 17, 1943, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of David Daniel and Mary Ruth Moran Flynn. His grandparents were the late John and Marie Moran of McCracken. In 1953 his family moved to Atchison where he attended St. Benedict's Elementary School and Maur Hill Prep School. He graduated in 1962. He attend St. Benedict's College for one year where he was a member of the football team then attended Northwest Missouri State University where he played football for two years. He then returned to St. Benedict's College where he graduated in 1970. He married Patricia (Patty) L. Purslow on May 30, 1967 at St. Benedict's Church in Atchison. He taught and coached for two years at Saints Peter and Paul in Seneca, then moved to Leavenworth where he taught and coached for two years as Immaculata. He returned to his Alma Mater in 1975 as the assistant football coach under Coach Guy Galley. After coach Galley retired in 1977, he assumed the position as head coach. He coached the Maur Hill Ravens for 15 years. His record was ninety-nine wins and forty-eight losses. He took them to play-offs six times, won the state championship in 1979, was runner-up in 1984 and again state champion in 1992. He coached the Shrine Bowl in 1980. He was athletic director from 1992-2004. He retired in 2008. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patty Flynn of Atchison; a son Matt and his wife Rachael Flynn, Glendale, Arizona; two daughters, Molly and her husband Jack Burgess, St. Joseph, Missouri and Maggie and her husband Chad Winder, Troy, Kansas; a sister, Julie Ann Staudenmaier, Bendena, Kansas, six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and a step-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Jane Suther. The funeral was held at St. Benedict's Abbey with burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Atchison. Marge Moran and Michele Moran attended the funeral. Paul and Dorothy Moran, Roz and Del Bethke, Jeff and Peggy Renz and Bill Potter attended the Wake.
3. James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickock
4. The Swedish Dala horse
5. The Cities of Gold north of the great bend of the Arkansas River.
Mother's Day weekend guests of Marge Moran were Nicole, Clark and Madison Kirk, John, Ellen and Josh Moran, Jason Moran, Michele Moran. They ate at Boondocks on Mother's Day.
Hoop and Twila Higgins went to Lakin Saturday for Cody's High school graduation. Cody is the son of Rich Higgins. They were accompanied by Doug and Mary Higgins. They all spent the night and returned home Sunday. Other guest on Sunday afternoon was Mark Brackney from Hays.
Michael Greenway, son of Bill and Paula Greenway, received his Certificate in Residential Electricity at Beach/Schmidt at Fort Hays State University on Saturday, May 12. A reception was held at the American Legion Building in McCracken on Saturday evening.
Haily Gilbert, daughter of Brett and Holly Gilbert, graduated from LaCrosse High School on Sautrday, May 12. A reception was held at Rush Center Township Hall.
Others graduating at LaCrosse with McCracken connections were Andrew Johnson, son of Don Johnson and Edna Jenkins; Garrett McCormick, son of Lance McCormick and Laura Pechanec; Tayler Stull, son of Mike and Jerilyn Stull; Tanner Yohe, son of Bryan and Michelle Yohe.
Memorials have been given in memory of Midge Davenport to the McCracken Jail/Museum from David Davenport and Shirley Higgins.