October 4, 2015

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 Edgerton railyard in 1912 is not forgotten. Greenstreet road the rails from his home in Continue Reading

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 of the war occurred on June 2, 1856 five years before shots rang out in Continue Reading

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

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 was the newest and greatest thing to the Gardner area. Famous for its steaks and Continue Reading

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 northeast of Edgerton. The crossing was a popular campsite for travelers on the trail, including American Continue Reading

Historical museum purchases slice of American suburban history

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 conclusion of World War II, the “Baby Boom” generation was beginning to sprout, and new Continue Reading

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 by 10:30 p.m. But before the night was over, Gardner residents of the time would Continue Reading

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 Cemetery on the northwest corner of 159th Street and Moonlight Road in Gardner. Walks will Continue Reading

Cemetery walk set for next weekend

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com Although they’ll be strolling through a cemetery, those who attend next weekend’s Cemetery Walk will get to see history come alive. The fourth annual walk, sponsored by the Gardner Museum and Historical Society, will take place Thursday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 18 at the St. Columbia Cemetery, located at Moonlight Continue Reading

Looking Back: 1973

Looking Back: Population figures for 1973 released

Johnson County is the second largest in the state according to figures released this week by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. The county population for 1973 is 236,766, following only Sedgwick County with 355,564. The state population was set at 2,301,623, an increase in 23,718 over the 1972 figure. The count, as of Jan. 1, Continue Reading