October 3, 2018 News

Birthdays: October 3, Carly Jo Collazo, Stella Jo Morgan, Janice Norlin, Shelly Oelkers; October 4, Alliyah Oborny; October 5, Danielle Higgins, Leah Baus; October 6, Leslie Irvin Tip, Kellye Irvin, Courtney Gilbert; October 7, Rachel Legleiter, Bill Harp; October 7, Rachel Legleiter, Bill Harp; October 8, Diane McFarren, Heath North; October 9, Wacey Shelit, Lee Hansen.

Anniversaries: October 3, Bob and Marlene Funk; October 5, Michael and Kelly Pfannenstiel; October 6, Les and Rose Diehl, Larry and Ellen Hinman; October 7, Leslie and Sheryl Rogers; October 8, Terry and Helen Showalter.

Edra Stejeskal Gaschler, Omaha, Nebraska, has sent a collection of pictures of the Nickel-Nichol families. The earliest pictures are of the Nickel family in Ireland. A family group picture of the Sam and Emma Nickel includes Blanche (Swisher), Jim, George, Tom, Evelyn, Walter, Robert and Ed. Also included was a military picture of Walt Nickel. There is a collection of individual pictures There are two pictures with one room schools with Mr. Barnard as teacher. Edra plans to send another box.

Susan Keith, Carolyn Thompson, Dave and Janet Dennis, David and Devan Dennis attended the Seventeenth Annual Kansas Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, September 30, at the Old Fire House in Wichita on South Broadway. The service honored Kansas Firefighters that have paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in the Line of Duty. Stephanie Bergmann of KSN News 3 welcomed the firefighters and gave the Fireman's Prayer. Dave Dennis, President of the Sedgwick County Commission and Brandon Johnson represented the Wichita City Commission. The Keynote Address was given by Pete Kirkendall retired Lieutenant of the Wichita Fire Department. All fallen firefighters of Kansas were honored with their name given, a red rose placed on the memorial and the bell ring. Four new names were added to the memorial this year. One added was Frank Roy Dennis, uncle of Carolyn Dennis Thompson, Dave and Danny Dennis, Judy Dennis, Connie Flores and the late Kay Sutherland and families. Roy was a nossleman for the Wichita Fire Department for 11 years and died as a result of the injuries he incurred fighting the January 1911 Bitting Building fire at the corner of Market and Douglas in below zero temperatures. His photo hangs at the top of the stairs in the Old Fire House museum. It was given to the museum by the late D. T. (Colonel) and Virginia Dennis. Following the services the family went to Maple Grove Cemetery and placed the red rose on the grave of Roy Dennis.

It's October! The Mc Cracken Public Library is busy planning some fun for families! Saturday, October 20th at 10:00 am is our Halloween StoryTime. All ages welcome to enjoy a funny/scary/spooky story, themed snack and craft. Then October 27th is our annual Spook Walk and zombie finger (hotdogs) feed. The Board is planning a little something extra so stayed tuned and be sure to 'like' us on fb.

The McCracken Public Library's monthly board meeting has been moved to Monday, October 8th at 7:00. As always the public is always welcome. Still looking for a new board member-we're a fun bunch please consider volunteering

A birthday get-to-gather was held for Craig Rixon Friday evening. Those attending were Mitchell, Sandra and Priscella Jacobs, Joy Petz, and of course Deb Rixon and Clayton.

Marge Elias donated yearbooks MHS 1946 – 1947, 1947 – 1948, 1950, A McCracken Library cookbook and a mug with a picture of the Jail to the Jail/Museum.

What happened to those 70* temperatures over the weekend? BRRRRR!

Austin, Marcus, Dan and Cindy motored to Topeka where they were at the Prairie Band Casino Saturday evening celebrating Austin’s 27th birthday!!!

Jerry, Jodi and Shirley attended the Tanya Tucker concert held at the Fox Theatre in Hutchinson Friday evening. Saturday Jerry and Jodi went to the K-State football game in Manhattan.

Just a reminder, there is not going to be a Fall Fest in McCracken this October. Please make plans to attend the Christmas extravaganza the first part of December.

Les and Rose Diehl, Ron and Cathy Casey, Topeka, were in McCracken for the week-end.

History Notes:
Businesses in McCracken 1946-47.George Myers Hardware phone 16; Farmers’ Cooperative Business Association, coal, commercial feed, grain, petroleum products; Merle O’Loughlin Chevrolet, sales – service; Humburg Co. of McCracken, purchase hardware, plumbing, appliances; Class of 1948, (each senior signed their name) Phyllis A. Cheney, Virginia L. Dugan, Twila M. Jacobs, Georgina E. Unrein, Kenneth Brackney, Johnny Elmore, Ronald Hinman, Bob House, Willard R. Thompson, Gerald Walker. Congratulations, W.A. Spomer, Dentist; Klema’s Groceries, vegetables, frozen foods, meats, fruits; K-T Oil Service Gas, Oil, Pop, Candy, Washing and Greasing, Miller tires, Ben Jacobs; Compliments to the class of 1948 Citizens State Bank; John Deere sales and service, Philco radios, Speed Queen washers, Goodyear tires and tubes, McCracken Impl. Co. S.H. and R.V. Scheideman; John Elias Repair Shop – Plymouth – Desoto Agency; Come to Gertie’s Café for good food; Stop and Shop at Norlin’s, McCracken’s BIG Store; Donecker’s Garrage, welding, electric, repairs and parts; Look your best, make appointments with Pin Up Beauty Shop; Ladies Ready to Wear, May Ann Dress Shop; Be Smart with tailored, cleaned pressed at “Steins”; Compliments of Lubri-Gel Products; Whitis Tavern for Refreshments, Gerald Whitis; Dr. R.H. Cheney, McCracken phone 55, Ness City phone 182; The McCracken Hotel “A Hearty Welcome is Yours McCracken Hotel and Dining Room” Anna Marie Dawson; Vic and Tillie’s, Sterling Ice Cream, Fountain Service, Sundries, Vic Whitis; Western Light and Telephone,Electric and Gas Division; Bryant Pharmacy, for you convenience have your prescription on file at home where you can obtain 24 hr service; Farmers Telephone Company.


Patricia Petz:

Eagle Radio sponsored a bus trip to Branson, Missouri and 44 people boarded the bus at Hays for a fun-filled week!  We stayed at the Grand Plaza Hotel during our three night stay and our entertainment Monday evening featured "SIX".  These brothers are masters at using their human voices to sound like a band while singing a cappella.

We couldn't have asked for a more entertaining day than Tuesday.  We visited the Fantastic Caverns near Springfield. It is the only cave in North America to offer a ride-through tour, by means of a jeep-drawn tram. This cavern was discovered in 1862 by a man and his dog.  It was kept a secret until 1867 when twelve ladies of the Springfield Women's Athletic Club explored the cave. . Two of the largest stalagmites were named "The Hall of Giants" and they were beautiful.  

If you want a down home good cooking meal, you must dine at "Lamberts" which is just 30 minutes from Branson.  It is known for their "thrown rolls."  You simply raise your hand and a freshly baked roll is tossed to you.  Your "massive" meal was served in a skillet. Periodically a waitress brings around "sides" that you able to try: fried okra, black eyed peas, fried potatoes, and macaroni and tomatoes.  This simply has to be my number one restaurant!  

This year's production at Sight and Sound Theater was "Samson."  The music, the actors, the live animals, and the settings and sound effects will leave you filled with astonishment!  The walls even come falling down around you! This is a show that you don't want to miss.

Tanger Outlets is located in central Branson and this is where our Wednesday morning was spent.  We had our choice of shopping at over 50 name brand stores.  

Our next show was the "Janice Martin's Cirque Show," the world's only aerial acrobatic violinist.  Her musical skills and acrobatics and magical illusions will leave you spellbound. 

After the show we spent time at Branson Landing and listened and watched the awesome water show.  The weather was awesome throughout our trip and this evening was simply BEAUTIFUL! 

Our last evening was simply amazing by listening to, singing along with, and enjoying the music of "The Oak Ridge Boys."  Their last song left the crowed in a frenzy by singing "Elvira."

We left Branson Thursday morning and our first stop was at "Osceola Cheese," where over 275 varieties of cheese are on display to sample and purchase.  Another stop closer to home was at Russell Stover's Candies at Abilene.  Our bus sure was smelling pretty good with all of that food on board.

We arrived in Hays with rain pouring down, so our good-byes were said very quickly, but I know that everyone that went had a fantastic time.  

This week-end, Mom, Lynette Doornbos, and I were at Scott City, having a fun-filled day at the "Whimmydidle Craft Show."  The attendance was down because of the terrible cold, but I still had a great show. 

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