April 21, 2014

Notorious Quantrill claimed Gardner land

Peter Brechesein, one of Gardner area’s original settlers, stumbled upon the Quantrill’s famous raid while traveling to Lawrence to sell a wagon load of produce and dairy. Photo courtesy of Tressa Stone

Rhonda Humble

Publisher
Although his August 1863 raid on Lawrence made William Quantrill’s mark on history, he was also notorious for raiding Olathe and the Battle of  Blackjack. It was during this time of border skirmishes that free state Kansas …

Looking Back

Photo courtesy of Kay Jones

Gardner students pose for a photo in this photo dated 1948-1949.…

Year 2011 in review

By late January of 2011, Gardner snow totals were six inches above average. Gardner was at 26 inches accumulation by the end of January. A major snowstorm shuttered much of the community. File photo
By late January of 2011, Gardner snow totals were six inches above average. Gardner was at 26 inches accumulation by the end of January. A major snowstorm shuttered much of the community. File photo

Edgerton’s city admin David Dillner resigns

Man who died in Edgerton memorialized on monument

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com

George W. Greenstreet made a life on the rails. And on the rails, he lost his life.

But thanks to a law enforcement memorial in Topeka, the former Santa Fe Railroad Special Officer who died in the …

Many argue Civil War started at Black Jack five years before first shots in South Carolina

Mica Marriott
mmarriott@gardnernews.com

Officially, the first battle of the American Civil War was the Battle of Fort Sumter just outside of Charleston, SC, 150 years ago this week on April 12-13 in 1861. But many argue the true first battle …

Drive-in steak house served Gardner residents in the 1950s

The former Ranch Inn restaurant is pictured during its heyday in the 1950s. Today, the building is The Liquor Barn on Main Street. Submitted photo

Mica Marriott
mmarriott@gardnernews.com

Restaurants come and go in Gardner, and sometimes the memories of good food, outlast the aroma and taste. One of these restaurants was The Ranch Inn.

Built in 1953 by Glen and Evelyn Hinderliter, this drive-in/steak house …

McCamish, Lanesfield join to create Edgerton

Editor’s Note: As Kansas prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday this year, The Gardner News will periodically run stories commemorating the people and communities formed before Kansas recieved statehood.

Mica Marriott
mmarriott@gardnernews.com

The  Santa Fe Trail crossed Bull Creek …

Historical museum purchases slice of American suburban history

Robert Bray poses next to his Standard Oil gas delivery truck in an undated photograph from the 1950s. The Gardner Historical Museum recently purchased the Bray home, directly behind the museum. The home was built in 1953. Submitted photo

Mica Marriott
mmarriott@gardnernews.com

The Gardner Historical Museum is excited to share its newest acquisition with the community, the museum recently purchased what they call, “The Bray House,” which is located directly to the north of their current facility.

After the …

Bushwhackers raid Gardner for first time Oct. 22, 1861

Mica Marriott
mmarriott@gardnernews.com

To Gardner residents in 1861, the early evening of Oct. 22 probably seemed a lot like many other nights. It was a Tuesday and residents attended to their nightly rituals. Most had likely taken to their beds …

Things to do: Gardner Historical Museum Cemetery Walk Sept. 16 & 18

Gardner Historical  Museum Cemetery Walk
September 16 and 18
St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery
The Gardner Historical Museum will host cemetery walks at three different times on two different nights. The fourth annual event will be in the St. Columbia Catholic …