Tonganoxie Community Historical Society publishes a quarterly newsletter to update members of on-going business of the historical society and any upcoming events. There is always a feature on local history.
Excerpt from NEWSLETTER, June 2021
The Pearson home and tree house
This is a picture of the Don Pearson Tree House. It was constructed ca.1949 or 1950 in a large Maple tree about 100 feet northwest of the Pearson home. It is close to 30' from the ground. The width was something like 4 or 5 feet square with a full roof. It existed a number of years. It lasted much longer than it should.I was inside this tree house 5 or 6 times. I didn't likeclimbing up the tree to enter the treehouse, but I managed. You can see the slats at the lower left of the tree house. These represent the ladder to the house. Getting into the house through the trap door was not a problem, but exiting yourself through the trap door was a problem—at least for me. The problem was leaving the treehouse and determining where the first rung of the ladder which was a blind experience.
The Pearson home was originally build by the Dreisbach family in the late 1860's. You can see the original house in the photo of the Tonganoxie Creamery located on the NW corner of 2nd and Main. The house is still being used, but the original home had a very large porch on the east side which has been removed by a recent family. This owner added 4 pillars of wood. …
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