October 31, 2018 News

Birthdays: October 31, Don Bergquist, Walter Rogers, Valerie Mills, Sandy Beisner, Natalie Neeley; November 1, Callie Weber; November 3, Kayla Casey, Gary Turner; November 4, Tony Rues; November 5, Mel Basgall, Lynnette Doornbos.

Anniversaries: October 31, Robert and Eileen Mills; November 1, Jay and Maureen Georg; November 3, Barry and Sharla Schwien; November 4, Kyle and Anna Cooley.

Items given to the museum: From Joe Higgins. An envelope: on the back it reads Deposition of Lydid Coleman taken by J. R. Stock, J.P. McCracken, Rush County, Kans. On the front it mentions Jerry Mowry plaintiff versus John Coleman, Defendant It was sent in the mail and postmarked McCracken Kas August 8, 1890. The document was then filed August 11, 1890 to Scott McCleland, Brookville, Jefferson Co., Pennsylvania.

The next items are copies of postcards given to Randy Conrad for the museum. They were at an antique place in Hays and they gave them to Randy. They include two views from the north and south side of the Eagle Hotel, McCracken, Kans.; the frame Methodist Church; the frame U. B. Church, a residence with a white picket fence with the church in the background; Main Street looking North, McCracken, Kans.; The Mo. Pac R. R. Yards, McCracken, Kans; birds eye view of McCracken, Kans, looking N.E. from the railroad; Public School Building, McCracken, Kans; MoPac depot, McCracken, Ks. Ruins of fire, January 20, 09 McCracken, Kans (two pictures); McCracken Roller Mills, McCracken, Kans.; Main Street looking south, McCracken, Kans; and one of Main Street looking North, includes hotel in Picture.

Ursula Butler and Nathan Pohlman were married, Saturday, October 27 at The Kansas Beach House, rural Brookville, Kansas. Parents of the bride from McCracken are Jeff and Anita Butler. Grandparents of the bride are Bob and Marlene Funk, WaKeeney Great-aunt and Uncle, Arlene and Babe Gilbert, McCracken; Great-aunt, Verlene Wilson, WaKeeney; Cousins, Bryan, Treva and Audra Bergquist, Clayton, Kizmin, Gunner, Isley and Presley Wilson, Brandt and Haily Rogers and Cal; and friends all attended. The wedding was at sunset and the arbor was built and decorated by the bride's father, Jeff Butler.

The Friends and Acquaintances Show at Shafer Gallery in Great Bend is open through December 8. Valerie Mills has three pieces in the show.

On Saturday, October 27, Austin McGaughey conducted the marriage services for his sister, Ashley McGaughey and her groom Richard.

Carolyn Thompson attended the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce meeting on Thursday as a representative of the board of Elder Care. She then had lunch at the Senior Center with her classmates, Doris White and Evelyn Kaiser.

A first birthday party was held for Elliott Horesky in Eudora at the home of his parents, Cameron and Courtney Horesky. Guests included Kayla Weskamp, Lindsey Tacha, Nicole Tacha, Jenna Higgins, John and Tammy Horesky, John and Joni Moran, Lee and Breanne Goetz, Joanie and Brenna Haines, Courtney, Cameron and Elliott Horesky.

“To Kill a Mockingbird, “a coming –of-age story about racism and injustice, overpowered wizards and time travelers to be voted America’s best-loved novel by readers nationwide. More than 4 million votes were cast in the six-month-long contest that put 100 titles to the test.

Jerry Higgins officiated in Hutchinson at the Sports Arena in the 48th Annual KSHSAA State Tournament for the class 3-A and 4-A State Volleyball tournament. This was the first time a volleyball tournament was held in Hutchinson. He was presented a plaque for officiating volleyball for thirty years. Silver Lake won the class 3-A, Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege won the class 4-A. A few facts: Most overall state championships, Bishop Miege 24; Lawrence 15; Centralia 14; Granfield-Wheatland 10. Otis-Bison won class 2-A in 1986.

Those who participated in the Spook Parade sponsored by the McCracken Library were Mason, Hunter and Maverick Dewitt, Tenley Wittman, Harper McComick, Gorgi Kendall, James and Jacque Littler, Jacob Beube, Myriam Ducharne, Owen, Evelyn and Quade Keener, Zoe, Kameron, Quinn, Sadie and Piper Anderson, Kade Greenway, Quinton Elias, Taylor and John Doornbos.

History Notes: 1955
Wendell and Gladys Hinman and family have moved into the residence of Earl and Laytha Turner; Cora Ream Elias Nowles died July 25 in LaCrosse, she is survived by her husband, Caleb, her son Orvis, daughters Marjorie Walker and Betty; MHS 1955 Seniors are Priscella Rixon, Byron Gilbert, Bill Lovitt, Wilma Pfannenstiel, Carol Rein, Bob Ohlemeier, Jim Jones, Dorothy Crotinger, Mary Vogle and Twila Graf; new teachers are George Collis and Dale Crown; Marion and Alice Foster have moved to Great Bend where Marion has found employment; Sam Lovitt, 45, died August 11 in Phoenix, Arizona. He is survived by his wife Irene and three children, Mary Beth, Sammy and Tony; Donald Lee Wierman was honored with his 4th birthday party with guests Jimmie Conrad, Robert Juvenal, Lee Allen Showalter, Douglas Whitis, Russell and Mike Peters; Mary Margaret Vogel will leave for Ft. Scott where she will begin nurses training; Sam and Eunice Oller, Lola, Carolyn, Gary Sam and Shirley Lovitt left for a 10 day vacation to the northern states and Canada; McCracken women who attended the retreat at Dodge City were Marie Moran, Bonnie Zeller, Irma Wegher, Mary Ann Moran, Kate Marak and Minnie McCormick; LuAnne Scheideman and Henry Mathias, Jr., marriage has been announced; Robert Ohlemeier and Clifford B. Gilbert will leave for physicals to Kansas City; Katharen Rodeman will begin her 15th teaching year; beginners in grade school in 1955 are Deborah Rogers, Dixie Walker, Paula Zeller, Sarah Casey, Danny Petz, Douglas Higgins, Terry Peters, Benny Rogers, Michael Peters, Elaine Wetzel, Linda Irvin, Karen Casey, Sharon Mills and Penny Irvin; Guy Conner will begin coaching in the Brownell High School.


Patricia Petz:

Mom and I along with 45 other people left LaCrosse Monday morning on a Village Tours Bus and spent the next four days on an awesome fall trip sponsored by the Walnut Creek Extension Service to O'Fallon, Herrman, and St. Louis, Missouri.   

Tuesday came early as we traveled to Hermann for a delightful day sampling sausages, tasting wine, and touring the town.  Herrman was founded in 1836 by the German Settlement Society of Philadelphia.   Our first tour was at the "Swiss Meat and Sausage Co." where over 70 varieties of bratwurst and sausages are made. We toured the immaculate facility and were able to sample and purchase their delicious sausages. 

Our next stop was at the "Deutschheim State Historic Site". This German School was built in 1871 and was
used until 1955. Classes were conducted in both the German and English languages.  This building captured the culture and heritage of the German people who migrated to Missouri in the mid-late 19th century. 

Lunch was served at the "Herman Wurst Haus" in downtown historic Hermann.  Wurstmeister Mike, is well known for his German specialty products such as Braunschweiger, Headcheese, Blood Sausage and German Bologna, as well as his 47 other flavors of sausages.  He served us a delicious smoked brisket sandwich, potatoes, green beans, and bread pudding.  

The Hermann Living Farm Museum gave us tractor pulled wagon rides over the nearly 200 acres of the German settlement of George Husmann, one of the most prominent vintners in the development of the wine industry in America.  

Over 165 years of wine-making experience came to life during our guided tour of the "Stone Hill Winery". We were able to tour the largest underground cellars in North America that took 22 years to construct and we were able to sample some of their finest wines.  Later, we enjoyed pasta or their German dish known as "Schnitzel" at the "Vintage Restaurant".

We began our tour on Wednesday at the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.  The majestic exterior of the church is designed in the Romanesque style.  The interior houses over 83,000 feet of Byzantine and Italian mosaics containing the world's largest collection of mosaic art. 

If you are a St. Louis Cardinals fan you would have loved our next stop! The new "Busch Stadium" was built in 2006. Our tour was simply amazing as I had never been in a stadium before.  Many of us, and myself included, were able to sit in the "Dugout" which made me feel pretty awesome.

The "Tom Sawyer," a paddle-wheel riverboat was originally brought to St. Louis in 1964 to give spectators a close-up view of the construction of the arch. We ate lunch on the cruise as we enjoyed the mighty Mississippi River.

You can't go to St. Louis without visiting the Anheuser Busch Brewery.  Budweiser was introduced in 1876 and
today, it produces the two best selling beers in the world: Budweiser and Bud Light.  Of course, not only seeing the brewery, but seeing the Clydesdales and where they were housed was amazing.

Over these few days, we were able to meet many new friends and see such awesome sights.  It was an amazing trip.

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