October 17, 2018 News

Birthdays: October 17, Norma Kober, Megan Conrad, Joseph Rogers; October 18, Stacy Moran, Michael Harp, Linda Kenyon; September 19, Frank Littler, Pat Miles, Casey Shaw; October 20, Larry Buster, Kyra Reece; October 21, Kevin Casey, Brady Whitis, Sonny Showalter, Chris Ault, Angela Murray; October 22, Kevin (Shane's) Anderson; October 23, Terri Everhart, Brandon Mills, Donna Hill, Mary Peach, Olivia Wolfe.

Anniversaries: October 17, John and Sharon Irvin, Tony and Tomi Rues; October 21, Aaron and Lesley McGaughey; October 23, Josh and Hannah Enslow

Phyllis and Roy Conrad attended the 100th birthday open home for Leonard Hepp on Sunday at Locust Grove Village.  They also visited Marge Elias, Viola Depperschmidt (she was asleep) and James and Billie Slemp.
The McCracken City Cemetery was lined by American flags at half-staff for the burial of Larry Eisenhour on Wednesday afternoon.   The West-Burch Post 59 of McCracken conducted the Military Ceremony will the help of the Sons of the Legion and sounded Taps.   Two soldiers from Fort Riley prepared the flag which was given to Larry’s wife, Joyce.  Pall bearers were Scott Littler, Ted North, Tim McDowell, Heath North, Tim Hubert and Matthew Stull.  The services were conducted by Rev. Barry Dundas.  Following the burial, there was a gathering at the Community Building in McCracken.  Larry was buried near his parents, Glenn and Icis Eisenhour. 

Karen Klee Beebe, Derby, Kansas and Teresa Klee Erickson, Cave Creek, Arizona, were Saturday visitors of Aunt Addie Mills.  Marty and Tina Mills joined them for lunch.


Capper's Quick Facts of Kansas has the following Fun Facts published in 1990.

It has been estimated that Kansas has between 30,000 to 40,000 miles of stone fence post. Largest concentrations are in Ness and Hodgeman Counties.

The Hugoton natural gas field was discovered in the 1920's.

Every spring, Cheyenne Bottoms near Great Bend is one of only two locations in America to host 75% of all migrating shore birds.

Salt is the most abundant mineral in the state.

From 1854 to 1936 more newspapers were published than any other state.

Lenexa is the “Spinach Capital of the World”.

The following birds are listed as either threatened or endangered in Kansas. They are the Bald eagle, Eskimo curlew, Least tern, Peregrine falcon, Piping plover, Snowy plover, White-faced ibis, Whooping crane.


The First United Methodist Church in Hays will have their Peddler's Fair on Saturday, November 3 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be served.

The Dominican Sisters will have their annual Craft Fair at the Motherhouse in Great Bend on Saturday, November 10. Lunch will be served

The McCracken Firefighter's hamburger dinner will be Saturday evening November 10 beginning at 6:30.


The Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Joseph's in Liebenthal will be Sunday, November 11. There will be a raffle with lots of cash prizes/

Mark your calendars for the above special events.

The McCracken Public Library will be hosting their annual Fall Soup Supper and Guest Speaker November 17th at the city building. Thanks to a grant from the Kansas Humanities Jim Hoy will be sharing Kansas Legends and Folktales. A free will soup supper will be held prior to the speaker at 5:30. All ages are welcome to stay for the speaker.

KANSAS LEGENDS AND FOLKTALES Grasshoppers so big that cowboys can ride them to herd cattle. Summers so hot that corn pops in the field. Rancher Henry Mudge wrecking pianos, shooting sheep, and fooling European dignitaries. Kansas is a place of big skies and tall tales, but these exaggerated narratives help us understand the character of our state and its people. This talk will explore some of the many Kansas legends and folktales and help audiences decipher between a myth (folk religion), legend (folk history), and tale (folk literature). When possible, local legends and folk tales—and what they say about that particular community—will be discussed. Presented by Jim Hoy. Jim is a folklorist who works with the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University

Attention Wichita area KSU Alumni: The Kansas State University Wildcat Marching Band will be in Wichita on Friday Night, October 19 at the Wichita East HS vs Wichita West HS football game held at Northwest HS at 7:00 p.m.

Jerry visited with Shari Hart last week, she told him she is now an assistant director of special education in Hutchinson.

Tammy Horesky spent this week in Eudora baby-sitting with her grandson, Elliott Horesky.

I HAD SOME FAKE NEWS last week. There will NOT be a Christmas extravaganza this year due to the death of Debbie’s dad, Lynnette’s dad and Rose’s mom. No one really feels like getting in the Christmas spirit.

Jeff Jennings and Jerry Higgins attended the Aquinas – Miege football game in Kansas City Friday evening. Aquinas won 41-21. Randy Dreiling is the coach of Aquinas.

We are having November weather in October. Farmers are getting very “antsy” as there is wheat to drill, milo, corn and soy beans to be harvested, we had 3-4 inches of snow and probably .50-.75 in rain Sunday.

I read this in Sunday’s Hutch News. What if the world would come to an end and nobody noticed? The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists working under the aegis of the United Nations, issued a report on our planet’s health. “ It is worse than we thought...barring prompt and politically unlikely measures to drastically cut carbon output within the next decade, they say we will begin to see worsening droughts, wildfires, coastal flooding, food shortages and poverty beginning as soon as 2040”.

History Notes:
1955 Tena Vogle, Judy Gaschler, Carol Davis ,Glenda Herdman, and Marilyn Higgins are the officers of Girl Scouts; Wm Grumbein died April 1 at Salina; Erman and Jean Oelkers are parents of a son Galen Lee, born April 11; Twila and Glenn Grumbein are parents of a son, Darwin Lee born April 9; LeRoy Gilbert arrived home from Korea where he had served for over a year; Benny Anderson has returned from serving 16 months in Germany with the Army; MHS athletic banquet was held at the Masonic Hall with Bob Lovitt as the toastmaster and Doris Jones gave the welcome; MGS grade schoolwill hold graduation exercises for the following: Gerald Barnes, Melissa House; Janice Myers, Allen Showalter, Dorothy Thompson and Judy Whitis; Floyd Thompson returned home from Ft. Hood, Texas where he recently received his discharge; “Doc” and Carrie Davis moved this week to Larned where “Don” will be employed in the Humburg store; Dorothy Crotinger has been awarded a scholarship to attend KSU; Harley and Marjorie Irvin are parents of a son born May 18 named John Harley.


Patricia Petz:

Although there was no school on Monday, the teacher's of USD #395 had an inservice meeting throughout the day.  The Victoria and Ness City School Districts joined the group.  The keynote speaker was the Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson. After lunch the teachers broke out into different sessions and reviewed their curriculums with each other.  To end the day, Dr. Gayla Lohfink had a presentation on Trauma Sensitive Training.  This was a very rewarding inservice for the teachers. 

Monday evening Mom prepared some of her delicious German ribble soup for us and then I had to attend a Liturgy Committee meeting at the Parish Center.  We discussed several items that will be coming up in the near future. 

Rain, rain, rain... it seems like it will never stop!  My pond was full and running over. My driveway had water running across it, along with the water finding it's way into my basement.  Thank goodness for sump pumps! Since their wasn't much I could do about the rain I decided to help out at the Elementary Building Wednesday morning.  I knew that I couldn't use my usual road so I had to leave extra early to go around Antonio and hit the highway to get to La Crosse.  I'm having to learn a new way of teaching math since this has changed since I retired.  It is quite challenging, but I was able to grasp on to the new concept rather quickly.   Wednesday evening, the Rosary Makers met for supper at Tracey's and then began making our rosaries right after our meal at the Parish Center. 

I subbed again on Thursday for the Special Ed Department at the Elementary Building and later that afternoon visited with my mom and my sister-in-law, Vicky Foos.  I also got to see my grandson, Nicholas Petz as he was trimming some trees.  

Friday morning, mom decided to go along with me to my craft show in Mound City. We had lunch in McPherson with my daughter, Angie and her husband Trent before we took off to unchartered territory. Thank goodness I had GPS on my phone to help guide me as I had never been to Mound City before. //Unfortunately at one point, my GPS was unaware of the rainfall (over 10 inches) and it led us to a road that had water running across it.  We decided that our best decision was to turn around and find another route! Mound City is very small, so we had to book a motel in Fort Scott (30 miles away). Saturday evening, mom and I attended mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Mound City.  We were surprised to see some other vendors, Martha Donahue and her friend Kathy (from Valley Center).  We decided to eat supper together to celebrate Kathy's birthday.

Sunday was quite a challenge getting home. We ran into rain all the way back until the snow started to hit us very hard.  We spent the night in McPherson with my daughter and her family.  It was nice to visit with them and to get out of the storms.  The boys were so excited to see the snow when they woke up. Grant remarked, "That snow is all mine and I'm playing in it when I get out of school!"

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