News September 12, 2018
Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. "Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day. This federal holiday is celebrated the first Monday in September. One of the nicest parades in our area is celebrated in Hoisington. Although I would have liked to have gone, I decided to stay at home and work on some things that needed to be accomplished. Hopefully, many of you were able to go.
Tuesday was a day spent going to Hays and stopping at various places. I had a chiropractor appointment, a business stop, and some extra shopping to do.
On Wednesday, mom and I attended the funeral of Gertrude Elizabeth Hickel at Claflin. She was the mother of Lois & Pete Krier, Dan's first cousin. Father Terrence Klein (second cousin to my mom) officiated the mass at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A dinner was served after the services and it was nice to visit with other cousins.
I was asked to come in and sub for the Special Ed Department at the Elementary School on Thursday. It was nice to see and work with the students at the Elementary School. Later, I visited with mom before returning home.
Saturday was planned to be a special day for Mom and me. It would have been Mom and Leland's 40th Anniversary. Unfortunately, mom became ill Saturday morning, so I had to venture on my own. I attended mass at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Hays. I didn't get to visit with LeRoy Schuckman or Verlene Wilson (both formerly of McCracken), however, I did spot both of them in church. It's always a nice experience to visit other churches and see what they look like and how their services differ from ours.
After mass, I met my grandson, Nicholas Petz, at Guiterrez's and we had a nice supper together before both of us had to hurry to our next event.
The Hays Symphony's Season Opener was held on Saturday evening at the FHSU Beach Schmidt Performing Arts Center. Shah Sadikov, music director at FHSU, directed his symphonic orchestra throughout the evening in an unbelievable concert. Pianist Behzod Abduraimov, one of the most accomplished pianists of his generation, performed Grieg's Piano Concerto at the concert. He played with such passion and it was sure joy to listen to his performance.
Since mom still wasn't feeling well, I left alone for the Hutchinson State Fair. Have you ever planned on going somewhere and just completely missed your turn off? Well, that's what I did this time. I got to see a new route to Hutchinson, but it took me much longer to get there! I met my daughter, Angie Timson and my grandson Grant, once I arrived and we spent the whole day together enjoying the exhibits in the buildings, the food, and the rides. We couldn't have asked for nicer weather. By the time I got home I was thoroughly exhausted! I hope you get to attend the State Fair and have an enjoyable day.