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Special to The Gardner News
In 1976, Dr. Marion Callahan bought a historic Gardner home that was built in 1919 and still lives in it today. Dr Callahan was born in 1923. In the late 1930’s, when he was in his early teens, his family moved from Lowry City Missouri to Pleasanton Kansas, where his father worked the Callahan Coal Company.
In 1942, he was employed in the construction of the nearby Sunflower Ammunition Plant.
Drafted into the US Navy in 1943, he was assigned to the newly commissioned USS Sage, which had the dangerous task of removing enemy mines.
Dr. Callahan describes spotlighting mines at night and shooting them with a 30-06 rifle with humor, but he also noted the serious danger when describing one of the other ships in his caravan hitting a mine and sinking.
Dr. Callahan was discharged from the Navy in 1946 and returned to Kansas. He worked construction and attended school at night to become a chiropractor . He opened his own practice in 1959 in Overland Park and later had offices in Olathe and Wellsville.
In 1976, he and his wife bought their home in Gardner and are still living there today. Dr. Callahan said he liked Gardner because he thought the area would grow – noting the population was around 3,000 when he bought the house and over 30,000 now.
We’re proud to recognize Dr. Marion Callahan as a Hometown Hero!